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Leading the Nation in PPP Loans, Texas Dealers Rely Heavily on Stimulus Through Pandemic

Texas has been undoubtably one of the hardest hit states for the continued spread of the coronavirus. As some areas of the country have minimized restrictions, Texas has been forced to roll back their reopening plans. For Texas auto dealers,…
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As CVS and Walmart Make Masks Mandatory, Should Dealers Follow Suit?

Effective July 20th, CVS Health will require that all customers wear face masks while shopping in their stores nationwide. Walmart has also announced that all their shoppers in the United States will also be required to wear masks while in…
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What the 2008 Recession Can Tell Us About The Impact of COVID-19 on Auto...

Can we learn a bit about the future of the automotive industry from lessons of the past? The recession of 2008 could tell us a lot about what to expect as the automotive industry looks to rebuild. Currently, automotive sales…
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Five Tips for Recruiting Dealership Team Members During COVID-19

Even amid a global pandemic, workers will resign, or you may see the need to add additional support to your teams. However, being able to meet potential candidates in person, or holding dealership hiring fairs may no longer be an…
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How Dealerships Can Come out of the COVID-19 Scare Stronger Than Before

The globe is facing an unprecedented challenge, and in many ways, auto dealerships are in the front lines. Despite the growing popularity of online car buying, 95% of vehicles are still purchased in a dealership. Those numbers are likely to…
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Bill Jacobs BMW Makes Donation to Protect First Responders and RMHC

In yet another story of dealers helping their communities, the focus turns to Bill Jacobs BMW of the Bill Jacobs Auto Group in Illinois. In Mid-May, Bill Jacobs BMW joined with the regional BMW marketing team to hand out hand…
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How Autotrader is Encouraging Consumers to Buy Online – Greta Crowley, VP of Marketing

On today’s show, we’re very pleased to welcome Greta Crowley, Vice President of Marketing for Autotrader. In this segment, Greta and Jim tackle Autotrader's recently launched, new national TV campaign, “Dealer Chats,” which shows shoppers how easy car buying can…
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How Managers Can Better Train Their Staff After the Pandemic – Dave Anderson, LearnToLead

On today's show, we’re pleased to welcome back Dave Anderson, motivational speaker, leadership strategist, and President of LearnToLead. Last time Dave was on our show, he tackled how managers should deal with the varying degrees of employee entitlement. In today's segment, Jim and…
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Making the Commitment to Provide a Top-Tier Customer Experience

On this week’s episode of Kain & Co., host and President of Kain Automotive, David Kain discusses the necessary changes to the customer experience brought on by COVID-19. Did you enjoy this segment? Please share your thoughts, comments, or questions regarding…
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How to Up Your Game When it Comes to Engaging with Consumers Online –...

On today’s show, we’re so pleased to welcome back Mahesh Shah, EVP, Chief Product and Technology Officer at CDK Global. In this segment, Jim and Mahesh discuss what CDK is doing to help its customers engage with consumers now that restrictions…
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3 ways data analytics can help your F&I staff

As the markets start waking up from their COVID-19 slowdown, F&I departments are also trying to get back in the groove they were in before all of this started in March. It’s a challenge, especially for the stores that may…
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Southeast dealer Matt Bowers discusses his recent rebranding and acquisitions

Despite the pandemic, experts we’ve talked to say the retail auto industry is booming. We continue to see acquisitions happening across the country, and some are even taking an aggressive approach. On today’s show, we’re talking to Matt Bowers, President…
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Online consumer engagement showing indications of industry rebound

Car shoppers are continuing a slow but steady push back to normal purchasing practices, according to analysis of marketing data by Comscore in a press release issued Tuesday, and used car shopping is where the greatest interest growth has occurred.…
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Tips to improve your virtual showroom

On a typical day, when most people will never stop by your dealership but they'll visit your website, the importance of digital showroom curb appeal matters tremendously. If your website doesn't meet your possible buyers' standards, you won't grow online,…
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6 ways Glenn Lundy copes with automotive industry stressors

Tough days are to be expected in the retail automotive industry, so what’s the key to remaining positive and motivated for success? Whether you’re a dealer or out on the floor making sales, we’ve got some techniques to help you.…

Automotive startups make big headlines with strong funding rounds and 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. NADA Impact on Vendors Big and…

Do people of color have more leadership opportunities in automotive retail...

Welcome back to Diversity in Automotive: Tier 1 spotlight edition, brought to you by TrueCar and CarNow. In today's segment, host Cory Mosley is joined by an esteemed panel of automotive retail professionals including Gary Graves, CTO and founder of InteractiveTel,…

7 ways to increase your dealership website’s local organic search optimization

In this episode of Auto Marketing Now, host Brian Pasch discusses search engine optimization and the problems that he often finds while auditing dealership websites. Most dealers fail to understand that local, organic search is the highest quality, most sustainable,…

Automotive sales for Q3 and strong M&A activity from the Presidio...

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…