Scrappy Marketing on a Budget: Grow Social Media Influence

Boxing Gloves Hanging In Change Room

In a highly competitive market, the struggle for exposure can be difficult and expensive, and sometimes your own resources aren’t available for a costly campaign blitz. This is why commercial dealership success requires a nimble-minded ability to think outside the box and develop advertising solutions that don’t break the bank. In other words, commercial dealers need to learn how to be scrappy in marketing without spending a dime — or at least, spending very few dimes!

It’s important to keep in mind that being scrappy with resources doesn’t mean a dealership’s marketing strategies should suffer. Even on a tight budget, commercial dealers can maximize exposure, cultivate a sterling reputation, develop a leading voice, and become a powerhouse in sales. In Part 2 of our Scrappy Marketing on a Budget series, we’re discussing how that success can be achieved when dealers Grow Social Media Influence!! Continue reading “Scrappy Marketing on a Budget: Grow Social Media Influence”

Mastering the Commercial Vehicle Marketing Circus

In Allan Dib’s book, “The 1-Page Marketing Plan, Dib provides one of the best examples of marketing I have ever read. Here is an excerpt from the book:

“If the circus is coming to town and you paint a sign saying, ‘Circus Coming to the Showground Saturday,’ that’s advertising.

If you put the sign on the back of an elephant and walk it into town, that’s promotion.

If the elephant walks through the mayor’s flower bed and the local newspaper writes a story about it, that’s publicity.

If you get the mayor to laugh about it, that’s public relations.

If the town’s citizens buy a ticket to attend, as well as buy concessions, that’s sales.

And if you planned the whole thing, that’s marketing.” Continue reading “Mastering the Commercial Vehicle Marketing Circus”

Generating Leads Through Content Development

There are many ways to develop leads and connections, from growing your networking leverage and building a sphere of influence to advertising through emerging technology and bold marketing strategies. Personable relationships and attention-grabbing campaigns are certainly effective and lead to a great deal of sales. However, these are only two parts of a strategic, connection-generating trifecta. What is this third, final piece of the puzzle? We’re glad you asked, because today we’re talking about Generating Leads Through Content Development!! Continue reading “Generating Leads Through Content Development”

How Far is Too Far?

It’s perhaps one of the biggest tensions that marketing professionals have to wrestle with: How far is too far? Dealers selling anything from dozers and big-rigs to toothpaste and toys have to figure out ways to be relevant, edgy, and interesting, while still keeping their target demographics in mind. How can we keep our current customers feeling good about our products so they don’t leave, while also being dynamic enough to bring in new buyers – especially younger generations that can keep your company in business for decades to come??
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Upgrading Mayberry: Digital Ads Bring Business Into the Future

Mayberry

Some days we may wish for simpler times, like those in Mayberry, but business is no longer as easy as opening the doors to your dealership and waiting for customers to arrive. Success now requires utilizing your computer or mobile phone to take full advantage of opportunities to develop leads online, using emerging and innovative methods. Digital advertising in an online marketplace is a smart way to keep your business growing by meeting millions of buyers where they are. And where are they? Online. Did you know that 85% of shoppers research a product online as the very first step of the purchasing process?? We can hold on to the sense of honest community and sweet simplicity that we remember from those old black-and-white sitcoms, but it’s time to bring our advertising into the 21st Century!! Continue reading “Upgrading Mayberry: Digital Ads Bring Business Into the Future”

Cost Per Lead

In prospecting for new customers there are many ways to target.  Three important measures successful companies use to evaluate the effectiveness of any successful marketing campaign are “cost per prospect,” “cost per lead,’ and “cost per sale.”  Let’s look at all three terms and then talk about the most effective ways to gain new customers. Continue reading “Cost Per Lead”

Co-op Advertising Creates Enormous Advantages for Dealerships

It still surprises me when I come across a franchise dealer who is not fully utilizing his co-op advertising funds. To me, it’s the same thing as throwing half your paycheck in the trash. Co-op funds are earned by dealers. It’s not a present from the OEM. These funds are designed to help drive more leads that will convert to more sales. Continue reading “Co-op Advertising Creates Enormous Advantages for Dealerships”