Valerie Vallancourt

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Valerie is the Vice President of Marketing for Outsell, the first AI-driven marketing automation platform that empowers automotive dealerships and OEMs to create lasting customer relationships driving incremental sales and profits.
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Social Media: The 5 Dos and Don’ts Your Dealership Marketing Team Needs

Connecting with customers via social media requires a different mindset from other forms of marketing because the goal is to create an ongoing two-way engagement. The challenge in putting the “social” in “social media” requires dealerships to find new ways…
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4 strategies to make your sales department more effective – Victor Antonio

Sales managers often find themselves looking for ways to motivate their teams to take the next step in their development. Here to discuss four strategies that can take your sales department to the next level is Victor Antonio, renowned sales…
Andrew Gardnervideo

How to ensure your dealership’s customer experience and buying journey sync up – Andrew...

As the retail automotive industry shifts to increased online sales, the customer experience is also shifting. So what does this mean for your operation? What can you do to stay ahead of the curve and continue to provide a high…

FCA and PSA revise merger due to COVID-19

Fiat Chrysler and PSA announced plans to amend the merger that will launch Stellantis in 2021.  FCA announced in a press release that the amendments were made to address the liquidity impact on the automotive industry due to COVID-19. The…
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Hertz navigating bankruptcy, but rental car industry expecting growth

The goliath car rental corporation Hertz Global Holdings continues to battle their way through bankruptcy proceedings post-COVID. On May 22, 2020, Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection in the throes of the pandemic with roughly $19 billion in debt and almost…
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Dealerships team up with charitable organizations

Charities have been especially hard-hit by COVID-19. Many previous donors might be in financial straits themselves, and limits on gatherings and events further challenge fundraising efforts. At the same time, needs have grown, with more people than ever relying on…

Auto ventures capitalize on stock market strength to push through acquisitions...

Welcome to another edition of The Friday 5 with Steve Greenfield, Founder and CEO of Automotive Ventures, an auto technology advisory firm that helps entrepreneurs raise money and maximize the value of their companies. In this episode, Greenfield takes a…

The role diversity plays in your dealership’s customer communications

Welcome back to Diversity in Automotive brought to you by TrueCar and CarNow. As you look across your customer base, there are several moving parts of communications that everyone has to get right. Externally, dealers have to represent the franchise…

Conducting customer interviews online to discuss F&I options

It’s time to face a new reality. Offsite deliveries aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. COVID-19 has forever changed the way car dealers do business, quite possibly forever if not for the foreseeable future. In growing numbers, more dealers performing offsite…

Auto investors make bold moves with this week’s tech company deals

Welcome to the first edition of The Friday 5 with Steve Greenfield, Founder and CEO of Automotive Ventures, an automotive technology advisory firm that helps entrepreneurs raise money and maximize the value of their companies. This weekly CBT News series…