website conversions

Why Carvana Will Fail (and How They Might Succeed)






  (This is an updated and edited version of my two-part series originally posted on the 3 Birds Marketing blog.) Before we dive into why Carvana will fail (and how it might succeed), I want to make sure we’re all up to speed on the used car market, in general. Unless you just don’t pay(…)






Chatbots are Here, They’re Necessary, and They’re Surprisingly Inexpensive






  …oh, and for car dealers, chatbots are moving metal! Time for some quick level-setting with the car dealer readers out there: Facebook is not going away; Most of your customers are already there; Your kitten pictures and inventory vomits aren’t being read; and Facebook Ads work, but you need to start communicating with these(…)






Hey Car Dealer: Stop Letting Carvana (and Everyone Else) Define You!






Hey Car Dealer: Stop Letting Carvana (and Everyone Else) Define You!  If you believe the corporate manifestos and marketing pitches of every automotive retail-related startup for the last twenty years, then you’d think America’s car dealerships are staffed by a bunch of puppy-kicking thieves providing zero value as they work overtime to deliver the absolute(…)






The Leads Are Dead!






Haven’t you heard? The Leads Are Dead! According to those who struggle to generate consumer sales leads for businesses, “Sales leads are dead.” Furthermore, these (interestingly, mostly digital) marketers claim that today’s connected consumers are simply unwilling to trade their personal information online in exchange for some promise of pricing or other product data. What?(…)






8 Easy-to-Fix Website Mistakes Car Dealers Make That Are Killing Their Conversions






  As I’ve written before, your website has just two goals: Attract and Convert. Your site should be constructed in a way that is search-friendly so as to attract visitors; and then once they’re on your website, your only goal is to convert those visitors into buyers. That’s it; the only two goals.  Unfortunately, while(…)






Trade-In Leads are Not Your DMS – You Can (and Should) Have More Than One Vendor!






  There is a misconception in automotive retail that you only need one trade-in partner providing your dealership with trade leads. This is lunacy and would be the 1990’s equivalent of advertising on just one radio station. For those who weren’t around dealerships back in the 90s, limiting yourself to advertising on just one radio(…)






Website Design “Experts” Are Killing Your Website’s Design!






How To Design Your Website to Convert More Visitors into Buyers! Little-known baseball great and minor league manager Rocky Bridges once said “There are three things the average man thinks he can do better than anybody else: build a fire, run a hotel and manage a baseball team.”  If Rocky were alive today he might(…)






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