Topic: Marketing tips

Use CarGurus resources to connect with customers after their car purchase and stay top of mind

Posted by Meg Bernazzani on November 20, 2018

People have become information-obsessed, even over the small stuff. And car buyers are no exception. They’re spending more time than ever—over 13 hours in many cases—researching their purchase options before ever making a decision.

But what happens to those car buyers after they’ve done their research and made their purchase at your dealership? Their need for information doesn’t end. As car owners, they need to know how to maintain their vehicles, where to go for service, what insurance to get, and more.

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Topics: consumer resources, driving sales, Marketing tips

Carefully measuring the performance of your email newsletter leads to better content and more engaged customers

Posted by Meg Bernazzani on August 15, 2018

As a car dealer who wants to engage customers and nurture loyalty, you probably send a regular e-newsletter (and if you don’t, you really should). But too many customer newsletters are bland, self-serving, and easily ignored. Great dealers set their newsletters apart by using key metrics to continually fine tune everything from core content to the time of day they send them. Customers value their newsletters, which makes them a potent weapon in your marketing mix.

Refining your own newsletter isn’t complicated, and it will never be wasted effort. Email marketing—of which an e-newsletter is an important component—remains an extremely effective marketing channel. According to Campaign Monitor, every $1 spent on email marketing earns $44 in return.

In other words, an effective e-newsletter is a key part of your marketing strategy. But measuring that effectiveness and tweaking it accordingly is vital. Newsletters that offer no value annoy consumers, who are increasingly prepared to report irrelevant emails as spam and unsubscribe from contact lists.

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Topics: email marketing, Marketing tips, metrics

Dealers who create content ramp up authority, trust, and sales

Posted by Meg Bernazzani on July 12, 2018

Good content gives you a trustworthy voice—and makes you stand out from the crowd

Creating your own content can transform you from one dealer among many into a trusted industry voice, helping to reassure potential buyers of your credibility and expertise. Engage your audience with video, graphics and images, as well as words. It’s all a lot easier than you might think.

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Topics: content creating, digital marketing, Marketing tips

What’s in a subject line? More than you think

Posted by Zev Ginsberg on June 4, 2018

Some absolutely amazing, creative, and engaging emails come from dealerships, but sometimes it’s purely by chance or curiosity that recipients open the messages. It’s often overlooked, but the subject line is the single most important piece of your email messages. People are bombarded with countless emails and most times, the only thing standing between your email and the “delete” button is the subject line.

According to a HubSpot study, automotive industry emails have an open rate of only 35%. Despite being slightly higher than open rates across all industries, which average 32%, it still means that 65% of your emails are never opened.

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Topics: advice, Marketing tips, tips and tricks

SEM metrics that matter: the value of VDP views and cost per VDP

Posted by Meg Bernazzani on March 26, 2018

Search Engine Marketing (SEM) has become an increasingly effective way for dealers to connect with in-market shoppers. In fact, over 80% of dealers are now investing in SEM, according to a CarGurus study. However, if you manage an SEM ad campaign you know that simply upping your budget isn’t enough. You also need to take the time to measure and analyze your campaign’s performance so you can optimize and refine your marketing accordingly.

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Topics: Marketing tips, search engine marketing, SEM

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