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New Customs
Keeping up with technology requires us to constantly re-evaluate our needs and take no tool for granted.
Check Your DMS Bill
Billing errors for dealership management systems are more common than you may think. Technology expert suggests you check your monthly invoice for erroneous charges related to hardware and software, annual increases and click fees.
Stik.com Co-founder Jay Gierak Stik'in It to Fake Reviews
Stik.com’s Jay Gierak sits down with Auto Dealer Monthly to discuss how his online review site builds authenticity for businesses and consumers by backing reviews with Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
Netting Online Shoppers
Expert says converting online credit applications to closed deals requires a solid process, an emphasis on transparency and cooperation from the finance department.
Dealer Review Venues to Expand
As consumer dependency on customer testimonials grows, automotive sites are exploring new ways to accommodate them.
Dan Machu McLaughlin Motors (Moline, Ill.) Sales Professional of the Month October 2013
Dan Machu knows all too well the power of a referral. In fact, it’s how he got his start in the car business back in 2001.
Reviewing Yelp
Yelp’s Morgan Remmers speaks with Auto Dealer Monthly about the company’s latest changes. She also offers tips on how dealers can best use the platform.
The Television Bureau of Advertising described the late Cal Worthington as “probably the best-known car dealer pitchman in television history.” Some of his most memorable “Go See Cal” commercials show Worthington wrestling a grizzly bear, hanging upside down from an airplane, riding an elephant and standing upside down on his head. Cal Worthington: Brand of Gold
Every good business needs a voice. So whom do you want to be the face of your dealership? And how can you be sure the right message is being delivered?
The YouTube page for Rosenthal Automotive in Reston, Va., has attracted a regular following of nearly 50,000 subscribers. The dealership’s staff constantly uploads new videos of test drives, reviews and more. YouTube Sensation: Google Auto Talks Video
Auto Dealer Monthly goes one-on-one with Lindsay Schultz, head of industry for automotive at Google, the parent company of YouTube.
5 Ingredients for Compelling Vehicle Descriptions
Try this recipe for vehicle descriptions that are guaranteed to tantalize online shoppers.

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Autosoft Adds Carfolks to Integration Program
Carfolks, an integrated marketing and employee-retention solution, has become a partner in Autosoft’s third-party integration program, FLEX Connect.
J.D. Power Acquires Korrelate
The addition of the measurement and analytics firm expands J.D. Power’s capabilities to measure the effectiveness of digital advertising spending.
Dealers' Choice Awards: Cast Your Vote Today
Voting for the 2014 Dealers’ Choice Awards is now open. Readers of the magazine can now cast their vote for the top vendors, consultants and trainers.
ADP Plans to Spin Off Dealer Services Business
The company expects to complete the separation of the two companies in the early part of the fourth quarter. Leading the Dealer Service business unit will be ADP executives Steve Anenen and Al Nietzel.
Kelley Blue Book Announces 2014 Brand Image Award Winner
Honda holds onto its reign as best overall brand and most trusted brand, while Kia, GMC, Jaguar earn first Brand Image Awards.
Industry Summit Adds Dealership Sales & Technology Track
Dealership Sales & Technology joins the F&I, Special Finance and P&A Leadership tracks for the annual event, which will be held Sept. 8–10 at Paris Las Vegas.
Dealers' Choice Awards Moved to August
The publishers of Auto Dealer Monthly have announced that the magazine’s annual Dealers Choice Awards have been moved from the April issue to the August issue.
Auto Dealer TV Debuts
Catch the first episode of Auto Dealer TV, brought to you by Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazine.
Allstate President Resigns
Douglas Herberger resigned from his post as president of Allstate Dealer Services this week. A replacement has not been named, but the company told industry partners on Tuesday it’s already in the process of transitioning to new leadership.
Dealer Count in Carfax Antitrust Suit Reaches 530
The lawsuit, which was filed last April, now lists 530 dealer plaintiffs, with the firm leading the case reporting that new dealers are being added every day.