Topic: digital marketing

CarGurus’ inaugural One Voice Report reveals divide among franchise and independent dealers

Posted by Sarah Pekala on February 14, 2020

2019 was a strong year for used car dealers in the US. The market was just ahead of 2018, with approximately a third (36.9%) of dealers reporting improvement year over year, and a smaller proportion (32.2%) finding conditions tougher. But if you polled a room of franchise and independent dealers how their year went, you’ll get a mixed response. 46% of franchise dealers reported improvements in their market over 2018, but only 32% of independent dealers agreed.

Built around a survey of nearly 1,000 independent and franchise car dealers and our annual Dealer Council meeting, the inaugural CarGurus One Voice Report examines topics set to be key to retailer performance in 2020.

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Topics: attribution, dealer insights, digital marketing, franchise dealer, independent dealers

Top dealer resources and stories from 2019

Posted by Sarah Pekala on December 16, 2019

It’s hard to believe that the decade is almost over. As we inch closer to 2020, we searched our Dealer Resource Center archive to find our favorite dealer resources, stories, and best practices we published in 2019. We hope to continue sharing interesting stories and valuable best practices like these well into 2020. Thank you for reading! We’re excited to share what’s to come in 2020.

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Topics: best practices, CarGurus Customers, digital marketing, Marketing tips, Navigate, reviews

Perry Hewitt’s digital marketing strategy tips: Navigate 2019 video

Posted by Sarah Pekala on November 26, 2019

Does this statement ring true for you? Digital marketers are drowning in tactics and struggling to figure out what marketing really is—and isn’t.

Today’s marketing environment is complex, has been disrupted by technology and tools, and is constantly changing. Nodding your head? This session from our 2019 Navigate conference might help you untangle the marketing mess.

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Topics: digital marketing, Navigate, video

4 ways to handle after-hours leads

Posted by Sarah Pekala on November 21, 2019

Your dealership hours might be nine to five, but your customers’ lives are not. More and more are doing their homework—73% of car shoppers research and compare exhaustively—and a lot of it is done online. Shoppers visit 13 auto sites on average. So it’s likely that their first contact with a dealership is after regular working hours.

The worst thing you can do with customer leads is let them sit, so there’s extra pressure on dealers to respond even when the physical shop may be closed. Here are four ways to capture and address those after-hours leads.

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Topics: digital marketing, leads, Marketing tips

A car dealer’s guide to videography

Posted by Meg Bernazzani on October 3, 2019

Dealers are no doubt aware of the impact a decent set of photos can have on a used car shopper, but video takes things one step further because it’s the next best thing to seeing a car in person. More and more retailers are using walkaround videos to show off their inventory, but as with any form of advertising, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it.

We explain the dos and don’ts of producing a top-quality used car video that’s guaranteed to catch shoppers’ attention.

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Topics: digital marketing, Marketing tips, video

3 simple steps for improving your dealership website

Posted by Lydia Thein on September 9, 2019

Most dealers say their website is their highest converting tool. However, in my role as a CarGurus account manager, I often see a one-size-fits-all approach to dealership websites. They’re missing any personality or wow factor, and they can be difficult to use. Together, these website issues don’t make me want to explore the inventory on the site or submit a lead for a vehicle that fits my search.

There are plenty of ways to optimize your website for shoppers though, whether you maintain your website in house, or you rely on a website host to keep it up to date. Here are three things CarGurus Digital Consultants suggest doing to improve your website.

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Topics: best practices, digital marketing, Marketing tips, website optimization

Auto Remarketing on digital marketing best practices that lead to more car sales

Posted by Meg Bernazzani on September 5, 2019

Competition is fierce in the auto industry, but savvy dealers use digital marketing to set themselves apart and convert more car shoppers into buyers. Ashley Karr, CarGurus’ VP of Global B2B Marketing, outlines four best practices that should be at the top of every dealers’ digital marketing to-do list.

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Topics: best practices, digital marketing, media, Navigate

Understanding the what and why of retargeting

Posted by Meg Bernazzani on June 12, 2019

You visit a website to check out a pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. You leave without buying them. You visit ESPN to check a score, then sign into Facebook to look at your newsfeed, and so on. Suddenly, you notice there are ads for the very shoes you were looking at following you around the web.

Maybe you ignore the ads at first, but after seeing the shoe ad for the tenth time, you decide to go back to the website and buy them.

That’s retargeting at work—and we’ve probably all had this experience in today’s digital age.

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Topics: digital marketing, Marketing tips, retargeting

A car dealer’s guide to digital marketing best practices

Posted by Meg Bernazzani on June 5, 2019

Unless you’re really lucky, keeping car sales rolling in isn’t as easy as turning the lights on at your dealership and crossing your fingers. Instead, you need a digital marketing strategy that attracts shoppers and ultimately turns them into buyers.

From optimizing your website to personalizing email campaigns and creating helpful videos, there’s a lot you can do to give your dealership a competitive edge. But there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, and that’s where these marketing best practices come in:

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Topics: best practices, digital marketing, Marketing tips

Choosing a digital marketing partner to set your dealership up for success

Posted by Meg Bernazzani on April 16, 2019

Digital marketing is a crucial way for your dealership to reach today’s online shoppers. But where do you start? There are essentially three main ways you can handle your dealership’s digital marketing efforts:

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Topics: digital marketing, marketing, Marketing tips, partner