Guess Who’s Going To Canada?

The following Facebook conversation that recently took place between myself and Brent Wees, Partner and Client Services Director at Glovebox, is based on true events.

BRENT – Hey man, Canadian Digital Dealer 7 is coming up on February 18th & 19th, we’d love it if you’d speak at the event!

ME – Hi Brent…I think you meant to message Karbaum, he’s over there.

BRENT – No seriously, I’m talking about you.

ME – Seriously? That’s awesome! I haven’t been to Canada since….wait…never mind. Any hoo, I’m in! Thanks for the invite!

BRENT – Hold on…you haven’t been to Canada since what?

ME – It was nothing really…I’m sure he’s forgotten all about it.

BRENT – He? Who’s he?!

ME – Hmm? Oh it’s nothing, I swear. Hold on…just sending a quick tweet …What do you want me to speak about?

BRENT – Well we wanted you to talk about how to Blog for your Dealership like you did at DSES in Las Vegas…but….who are you tweeting? Why?!

ME – Just clearing the air :) Looks like we’re good to go!

BRENT – Right on, the gang at the Trillium Automotive  Dealers Association is stoked you’re willing to take part (and still allowed in the country apparently)!

ME – I’m stoked too Brent. Looking forward to an amazing event!

For those who didn’t get a chance to see it LIVE! at the 2014 DrivingSales Executive Summit, here is the audio recording and slide deck to my Blog to the Future breakout session.

Also don’t forget to check out my Ultimate Bloggers Resource Pack before you launch or relaunch your dealership’s blog. It has everything you need to build your content foundation.

Kick back, relax and enjoy!

"If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough." Mario Andretti

When I ran across this quote from Mario Andretti this morning, my plan was to simply share it socially figuring someone out there might get a dash of motivation from it.

However as I was putting together the image you see above, I really started think about the words in the quote and what they mean to me.

It turns out I can totally relate to it, because it speaks to me on many different levels.

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Optimize Your Twitter Hashtags with RiteTag

Hashtags. They’re a key component when it comes to your social media marketing efforts. Using the right hashtag can take your tweet from reaching a five hundred people, to reaching five thousand people.

However, the question I often run into when composing a tweet is how do I know which hashtags to use, if any?

Optimize Your Twitter Hashtags with RiteTag

Sometimes it’s fairly obvious, If I’m tweeting about Football, I’ll use the #NFL hashtag. If I want to share something automotive digital marketing related, I’ll use the #automarketing hashtag.

But what about the topics you don’t normally tweet about? Or even better, what if the regular hashtags you use aren’t the most effective ones?

That’s where RiteTag comes in.

#012: Do Car Dealers Need 3rd Party Leads? With Kevin Frye [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 12 (and the one year anniversary episode) of the MarketPunch Podcast! Talk about time flying by, I can’t believe the podcast is now one year old. Wow!

On this episode I’m going to be joined by Kevin Frye, eCommerce Director for the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family, and we’ll be talking about a subject that I think is on the minds of most of us in the #automarketing space…

MarketPunch Podcast Episode 12 featuring Kevin Frye

Do we as car dealerships need 3rd party inventory aggregators and lead providers, like AutoTrader, Cars.com and Edmunds.com as a part of our digital marketing strategy?

It’s a simple question with a not so simple answer.

During our interview, Kevin and I will

  • Share our thoughts on the recent Edmunds.com “No Haggle” commercial
  • Discuss how to set up link attribution in your Google Analytics
  • How to calculate your ROI from AutoTrader and Cars.com
  • Help you prioritize your digital marketing efforts
  • …and more!

Enjoy The Show!

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#011: 6 Reasons Why Your Dealership Needs a Blog [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 11 of the MarketPunch Podcast! In this episode of the show, I’ll be helping you discover the reasons why you’re going to want to launch you dealership’s blog by 2015.

While this episode of the show stands on it’s own in terms of its content, it’s actually a prequel podcast to my Blog to the Future breakout session that I’ll be hosting at the 2014 DrivingSales Executive Summit.

6 Reasons Why Your Dealership Needs a Blog

My presentation at #DSES accomplishes two things:

  • It focuses on HOW you can prepare to launch your company blog for 2015.
  • Shows real-life examples of our blogging efforts on FamilyDealBlog.com – the official blog of the LaFontaine Automotive Group.

Because I only have 30 minutes to cover a year’s worth of blogging experience and insights, there isn’t a lot of time to talk about the WHY a dealership needs a blog (more on that in just a minute).

This podcast will not only be a great resource for those who attend Blog to the Future, but it’s also anyone who is looking for reasons to launch their company blog.

Enjoy The Show!

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A Year’s Worth of Article Ideas to Stock Your Dealership’s Blog

If you’re going to Blog to the Future for your dealership, one of the biggest challenges you’ll face is determining what content will be most useful and relevant to your audience.

Running a successful blog for your dealership takes more preparation, dedication and participation than just about any other digital marketing strategy that you have.

Blog Article Ideas for Car Dealerships

So how do you prepare so you can make sure you have a steady flow of content to publish to your blog?

There are two things that have helped me immensely when it comes to publishing new content for both my personal & company blogs.

1. Develop a ‘Blog First’ Mentality

As you become intentional about the blogging efforts for your dealership, you’ll start to develop what I call a ‘blog first’ mentality.

What you’ll notice happening is that as you see stories developing in and around your dealership, you’ll naturally start asking yourself “is this something I can blog about?”.

It’s hard to put in to words because for me it was something that just started happening. It’ll happen for you too, when it does, let me know.

8 Steps to Launch Your Company Blog: Guide and Worksheet

Ready to launch or re-launch your company blog? This worksheet will help solidify your content marketing foundation before you begin your journey.

Below you will find a link to the blog worksheet that you can download and fill out as well as a step-by-step guide through each section of the worksheet.

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Click Here to download the Launch Your Company Blog Worksheet

If you’ve found this post from a search engine or social media share, this resource is a part of my Ultimate Bloggers Resource Pack that I put together for my Blog to the Future breakout session at the 2014 DrivingSales Executive Summit.

If you haven’t done so already, download the worksheet and let’s get ready to Blog to the Future!

Become a Better Blogger Mega List

Once you begin your quest to Blog to the Future, you’ll quickly find out (if you haven’t already) that blogging ain’t easy and you’re going to need as much help as you can get.

Luckily, the past year I’ve been curating a list of blogging related articles, tips and tricks that I’ve found extremely useful.

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I’m happy to share my mega list with you because I want you to become a better blogger.

I plan on adding to this list as I discover more relevant content, so please add this list to your favorites so you can visit it often.

#010: The DrivingSales Executive Summit With Skeetle & Karbaum [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 10 of the MarketPunch Podcast. In this episode, I’m going to be joined by two of my favorite #AutoMarketing pals, Megan Barto – Marketing Director at Ciocca Honda & Hyundai and Robert Karbaum, eCommerce Manager at Weins Canada.

This is a very special episode of the MarketPunch Podcast because Megan, Robert and I will be talking all about the DrivingSales Executive Summit.

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With DSES2014 only a few weeks away, I wanted to use this episode to let first time and regular attendees know what to expect from this year’s DSES and also to take a look back at our involvement in last year’s event.

Enjoy The Show!

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