Ironically, Flash was voted in Wired magazine as the best software for building Web sites because of all its benefits. It makes home pages much more attractive and captivating, and in a world where there are literally millions of Web sites, something has to make one Web site stand out above another. Visual captivation is critical in such a crowded marketplace where you have about one second to capture the attention of an online shopper. Flat, HTML sites were not doing the trick to attract eyeballs. Imagine removing all lighting from your dealership and never again using balloons, streamers and window paint.
Flash also allows for animated navigation elements that minimize the number of clicks it takes to find the information consumers seek. One click access to all pages within a Web site is a critical feature for lower bail-out rates and higher lead-to-visitor ratios.
Because Flash is so beneficial in Web development, search engines now “crawl” or “spider” Flash elements for content. This means that Web sites with Flash are no longer invisible to search engines. Anyone telling you otherwise is wrong and is doing you a disservice by trying to talk you out of using it. In fact, Web sites with Flash on them can be indexed just as effectively as ones without.
Furthermore, Flash is and will continue to be critical in product display and demonstration for dealer Web sites. Flash allows us to provide the 360-spin pictures, multi-picture slide shows, animated vehicle color changers and video walk-arounds that are essential for online vehicle research. Without Flash, we would be back to using heavy .jpg images and spotty QuickTime movies for vehicle display.
So for homework, research a new car, TV (CircuitCity.com, BestBuy.com and ElectronicExpress.com all use Flash), boat, motorcycle or RV. Go check the latest scores on ESPN.com or set your fantasy football roster on NFL.com. Then imagine if none of these sites used Flash. What would your online experience have been like? Now explain to me why you would not want to use Flash on your own site to gain competitive advantage.
Vol 5, Issue 11