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January 12, 2017 - Industry News

automotiveMastermind Adds Toyota to Its Platform

automotiveMastermind, a predictive analytics and marketing automation technology company for automotive dealerships, today announced that Toyota dealerships across the country will now be able to partner with it.

Tags: automotiveMastermind, Data, Marketing, Technology, Toyota

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Autobytel Sells Off Specialty Finance Leads Product to Internet Brands

Autobytel last week completed the sale of its specialty finance leads product to Internet Brands Inc. for $3.2 million in cash and $1.6 million in additional transition licensing income.

Tags: Autobytel, Internet Brands Inc., Sale

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Edmunds Unveils New Website, Logo Design

Edmunds this week unveiled a revamped online experience and refreshed new logo. The company has also dropped the '.com' from its name and will now be known as simply “Edmunds,” according to a company announcement.

Tags: Edmunds, Logo, Redesign

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

Tech Companies Offer 2017 Marketing and F&I Predictions

This year saw a slew of companies enter the automotive space looking to push vehicle sales into the Digital Age. With the New Year’s bells within earshot, several of them offered their 2017 predictions in the areas of marketing and F&I.

Tags: 2017, Drive Motors, Outsell, Predictions, Technology

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

Wheel's Automotive to Service Kia Canada's CPO Marketing Needs

On Jan. 12, 2017, Wheel’s Automotive Dealer Supplies Inc. will begin servicing the certified pre-owned merchandising and marketing needs of Kia Canada’s network of dealers.

Tags: Canada, CPO, Kia, Wheel's Automotive Dealer Supplies Inc.

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Now Integrated Into DealerOps

As part of the integration, dealerships that use both vendors’ solutions will now receive automatic and seamless updates from their Auto/Mate Automotive Management Productivity Suite (AMPS) software into their DealerOps Platform.

Tags: Auto/Mate, Auto/Mate Dealership Systems, DealerOps, Mobile Applications, Technology

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

AutoBase Customers to Gain Access to Flick Fusion's Video Marketing Platform

Flick Fusion has announced a partnership with AutoBase that will allow users of the company's inventory merchandising solutions to create and distribute inventory videos, personalized walkaround videos, dealership value proposition videos, customer testimonial videos and more.

Tags: AutoBase, Flick Fusion, Smart Flicks, Video Marketing

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

Reputation Butler to Shake Up the Online Review Game

The company’s directors say Reputation Butler tackles a problem that dealerships face almost daily: monitoring and keeping track of online consumer reviews on countless platforms.

Tags: Cars.com, Customer Reviews, DealerRater, Edmunds, online reputation management, reputation management, SureCritic, Yellow Pages, Yelp

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

Helion: 5 Priorities for Dealership IT Departments in 2017

Helion Automotive Technologies issued its Top 5 priorities for dealership IT departments today. According to the company, allocating budgets to improve internet bandwidth, wireless signals, incoming call flow, security and regulatory compliance are a must for 2017.

Tags: Dealership, Helion Automotive Technologies, IT, Technology

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Beepi Merges With Scott Painter's Fair.com

Former TrueCar CEO Scott Painter is back. On Wednesday, TechCrunch reported that his newest venture has added online retailer Beepi, which is shutting down its operations outside of California and laying off 180 staffers.

Tags: Beepi, Fair.com, Online Buying, Scott Painter

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Appoints New Head of Marketing

In this role, Patrick Reilly will oversee the development of a corporate marketing strategy that will increase awareness of Auto/Mate’s DMS offering, fulfill the company’s growth objectives and drive revenue.

Tags: Auto/Mate Dealership Systems, DMS, hiring

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Bazaarvoice: Consumer-Generated Content ‘Critical’ to Sales

Ratings, reviews, photos and videos created by customers — collectively known as “consumer-generated content” (CGC) — have become a “critical” component in dealership branding and vehicle sales, according to new research from Bazaarvoice.

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Pearl Technology Launches Proximity Marketing Platform for Dealers

The new solution, according to Pearl Technology, gives a dealer the ability to circumvent a retail transaction at a competitor’s lot by delivering real-time offers through the customer’s mobile device.

Tags: Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Pearl Technology, Proximity Marketing, Technology

November 22, 2016 - Industry News

FCC, Canadian Regulator Sign Robocall Agreement

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau and the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission have agreed to cooperate and share intelligence to combat unlawful automated telephone calls.

Tags: Federal Communications Commission, Robocalls, telemarketing

November 22, 2016 - Industry News

Car Shoppers Looking for Deep Discounts, SUV/CUVs on Cyber Monday, Survey Shows

Jumpstart Automotive surveyed approximately 2,500 consumers to gauge their interest in buying a car on Cyber Monday. According to results, 33% of men and 35% of women would be most interested in shopping for SUVs/CUVs on Cyber Monday.

Tags: Cyber Monday, Dealerships, Jumpstart Automotive, Online Marketing

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Employees Tout 1,000-Plus Years of Combined Dealership Experience

Auto/Mate Dealership Systems today announced that after its latest round of hiring, its employees have surpassed 1,000 years of combined experience working in car dealerships.

Tags: Auto/Mate, Customer Service, Dealership

November 18, 2016 - Industry News

NADA Study: Mobility Services, Autonomous Vehicles Biggest Risk to Dealership System

The single biggest risk to the dealership system within the next decade will be the convergence of mobility services with autonomous vehicles. That’s the conclusion of a new research project commissioned by the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Tags: Dealership, Industry Research, J.D. Power, NADA

November 10, 2016 - Industry News

Clarivoy Adds Native Integration With Google Adwords

Clarivoy this week announced the native integration of its Multi-Touch Sales Attribution solution into Google Adwords, allowing dealers to optimize their AdWords campaigns based on actual sales data.

Tags: Clarivoy, Digital Marketing, Google Adwords, Marketing

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

Fletcher Jones Targets Millennials With New Car-Buying App

The mobile app allows customers of the group's Mercedes-Benz stores to select their vehicle, the dealership from which to buy, apply for financing or a lease, and then take their approval to the dealership to pick up their vehicle.

Tags: AutoGravity, Fletcher Jones, Mercedes-Benz, Mobile Applications, Technology

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

DRIVIN Wins Chicago Innovation Award

DRIVIN, which operates an online marketplace for dealers to sell, search and buy used inventory, was named one of the winners at the 15th annual Chicago Innovation Awards, the firm announced this week.

Tags: Awards, DRIVIN, Online Marketplace, Used Vehicles

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Gubagoo Adds Facebook Integration

Gubagoo has announced that its dealer solutions are now fully integrated with Facebook Messenger, allowing Facebook users to chat with dealerships just like they would with friends.

Tags: Dealerships, Facebook, Gubagoo, Mobile Applications, Technology

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

CloudOne Hires New Director of Business Development

The automotive-specific call center announced the appointment of Ceren Isildak as director of business development. She will be responsible for developing relationships with agencies and dealer vendors that would benefit from the firm's services and infrastructure.

Tags: CloudOne, Director of Business Development, hiring

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

DealerVault Rolled Into Authenticom

DealerVault and its holding company, Data Specialty Group LLC, have merged into Authenticom LLC, creating one company serving more than 15,000 dealerships across the company, the companies announced today.

Tags: Authenticom, Data, DealerVault, Merger

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

GM, Costco Team Up on Holiday Sales Event

Last year, the three-month promotion resulted in 58,000 vehicle sold, a 34% increase from the year prior. According to Costco officials, more than half of the people who purchased vehicles during the 2015 event said they switched to a General Motors brand because of the promotion.

Tags: Costco Auto Program, General Motors, Lead Generation

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Former AutoNation Direct Head Joins CU Direct

Ron Frey, former chief strategy officer and president of AutoNation Direct, has joined CU Direct as chief strategy officer of its automotive solutions. He will oversee the planning and direction of automotive solutions for the credit union technology provider.

Tags: AutoNation, Chief Strategy Officer, CU Direct, CUDL, hiring, TrueCar

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