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In today’s shrinking auto industry auto dealers are being forced to reduce staff to keep expenses in synch with reduced sales and profits. AdAgencyOnline.Net is an automotive advertising resource/networking portal that reviews cutting edge automotive advertising applications for consideration by their affiliated automotive advertising agencies, auto dealer/vendor clients and site visitors. Philip Zelinger, the President of Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. and host of the blog talk radio station – WAAOL, All Automotive Advertising News All The Time – featured on AdAgencyOnline.Net, will be reviewing a new Internet based Human Resource platform, “Hire The Winners” on his Lunch With Phil Discussing Automotive Advertising show scheduled for this Monday, November 9th 2009 from 12:00 Noon EST to 12:30 PM EST.

Philip explained why he selected Hire The Winners to be considered as a preferred automotive advertising vendor on AdAgencyOnline.Net after being questioned as to why an employment screening and training application would be of interest for an automotive advertising agency. “The areas of responsibility for full service automotive advertising agencies have been expanded to satisfy the needs of auto dealers with reduced budgets, staff and sales in our shrinking economy. Auto dealers are demanding more for less on all levels from their staff and key vendors and automotive advertising agencies are no exception. It is not enough for an automotive advertising agency to simply deliver sales traffic to the front door for their clients. If the leads in the auto dealer’s real world showroom and their virtual one online aren’t processed correctly by a professional sales staff, and they don’t result in increased sales or service, then the agency will share in the blame so they better share in providing the solution!”

“A reduced sales staff puts pressure on the remaining sales people and managers to produce more sales per person. The solution lies with improved processes that start in the hiring procedures and continue into ongoing training and monitored performance. Hire The Winners attracted my interest due to their scalable and cost effective HR services that rely on the Internet to provide communication and distribution efficiencies in the delivery of their products and services. The key to developing, monitoring and maintaining a professional sales staff is to have a consistent hiring and training program focused on individual performance and accountability on an ongoing basis. That process must start at the employee screening stages and then continue with ongoing training and support. Based on my preliminary review of Hiring The Winners they are the first vendor to provide a comprehensive online solution.”

Philip will be discussing Hire The Winners during an interview with Steve Munyan who will be representing Hire The Winners during the blog talk radio show. The affiliated automotive advertising agencies and auto dealer/vendor clients of Ad Agency Online, (AAOL), will be calling in questions to the pair of automotive advertising professionals to determine their level of interest. After the show, the comments will be discussed with the current preferred automotive advertising vendors featured on AdAgencyOnline.Net and the final decision to approve them as a preferred vendor will be announced to the affiliated automotive advertising agencies of AAOL followed by a public announcement posted on AdAgencyOnline.Net.

About Steve Munyan

Steve Munyan is the President and National Sales Director of Hire the Winners. He has 32 years of successful Auto Retail experience, 9 years as a sales consultant, 4 years as a sales manager, 3 years as President of Team Builders Consulting, traveling the nation working with some of the finest most productive dealers in our country and 16 years as a General Manager, Executive Manager or Partner. Experienced with 19 manufacturers (10 Domestic and 9 Import) along with having attended Center for Creative Leadership and the Kellogg School of Business, Steve brings the experience and leadership necessary to attack the real life challenges of today’s market to improve dealer profitability. Steve possesses a passion to help people succeed through proper Assessment/Planning/Developing/Training and Measuring performance. He enjoys his 4 children, 5 grandchildren, exercise and golf. Steve’s faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of his life. He has been privileged to study and teach God’s Word for the past 35 years.

About Hire The Winners

Lee Kemp, the founder of Hire the Winners and creator of “The Car Sales Simulator,” birthed the idea for the simulator in the 90’s. As a Ford Dealer, Lee experienced incredible frustration in hiring and retaining sales consultants. In the midst of his frustration, he saw simulators in other fields that he thought could work well in the automotive industry. Lee started by involving dozens of experienced automotive experts in the designing and writing of realistic simulations involving sales consultants and customers interacting when attempting to purchase a vehicle. Lee’s vision was to create a tool that would measure the dominant traits necessary to be an effective auto sales consultant. After a significant time and financial investment, “The Car Sales Simulator” was born. In 2004, Hire the Winners launched its new creation at the NADA Convention in New Orleans. Over the past 5 years, thousands of people have experienced the Car Sales Simulator and over 40 dealers have integrated this unique tool into their business model.

Lee continued to improve the simulator with feedback from numerous experienced automotive experts, most recently updating and fine tuning the program in January 2009 after Steve Munyan partnered with Hire the Winners as the President and National Sales Director. Steve brings more than 32 years automotive retail experience and has focused on Lee’s vision of “creating a world class simulator that helps dealers hire and retain better auto sales consultants, so they can be more profitable in today’s economic climate”. Steve possesses a passion for excellence and a belief that all auto dealers need a world class hiring process. There’s no question that “The Car Sales Simulator” has become the best automotive sales aptitude assessment/training tool on the market today.

So much is on the line these days and automobile companies cannot afford to take the incredible risks they have been taking as they hire sales consultants. Dealers across the country continue to struggle with high turnover and low production on their sales teams. As part of the comprehensive hiring process, Hire the Winners has the answer to today’s auto dealers needs. Knowing that every person hired is critical to the dealer’s success, Hire the Winners helps them assess the risk before spending large amounts of time and money.

Hire the Winners is committed to helping dealers build strong teams by implementing effective processes and we believe that together we will help the dealers bring on and RETAIN the best talent available.

In November of this year, Hire the Winners will roll out a new division. They will assist dealers by finding, screening and serving up qualified candidates. This eliminates advertising costs and the time to weed through would be applicants. When dealers calculate the costs associated with all that goes into finding a qualified candidate, the distraction to the sales and management teams and the time off the floor, this service makes economic sense and allows the manages to do what they do best….Sell Vehicles!

About Philip Zelinger

Philip Zelinger is the President of Ad Agency Online, LLC and founder of AdAgencyOnline.Net. He invested 25 years as a General Manager and Dealer Principal followed by his last ten years in the automotive advertising industry learning from the teams that he built so he can now presume to teach on forums like AdAgencyOnline.Net. His role as a “Dealer Coach” is enhanced by his hosting a nationally recognized auto industry social networking portal and blog talk radio station – WAAOL, All Automotive Advertising News All The Time. As the author of two books on the auto industry, including “How To Sell A Car – a Career Guide to The Automobile Industry,” he is a recognized authority on market trends and developing technologies with the responsibility of selecting key vendors and applications for his dealer clients as well as forming strategic partnerships for his vendor clients to leverage their shared resources to help them bring their products and services to market.

About AdAgencyOnline.Net and Ad Agency Online, L.L.C.

AdAgencyOnline.Net reviews automotive advertising vendors and new technologies on several blog talk radio shows in addition to the Lunch With Phil Discussing Automotive Advertising. Other shows include “Lunch With Ralph Discussing Automotive Advertising” and “Automotive Advertising Experts.” The shows attract automotive advertising agencies, auto dealers, auto industry vendors and O.E.M. representatives that listen to WAAOL to find vendors, applications and technologies to maximize the R.O.I. for their automotive advertising dollars.

AAOL is a national network of independent affiliated automotive advertising agencies linked by an online communication / distribution system developed by Philip Zelinger. The proprietary operating system that powers AAOL was designed to reduce fixed and semi-variable expenses for full service automotive advertising agencies. The developing technologies that enhanced the performance of the independent automotive advertising agencies linked by AAOL has served as the role model for the solutions suggested on AdAgencyOnline.Net and represented by AAOL to their affiliated automotive advertising agencies when serving their auto dealer clients.

Ad Agency Online L.L.C is focused on discovering and representing new automotive advertising vendors not yet recognized by the mainstream automotive advertising industry. Recent automotive advertising vendors represented by AAOL include; Argistics – AutoTransaXion, EveryCarListed.Com, DealMaker.Com, CityTwist.Com, Bulldog Marketing Technologies, LeadConverter, Gumiyo, Kihon Media, CarFolks.Com, Ai Dealer, NeoSynergy, Laser Stream Video and Winked-In.Com; to name a few.

The list of previous guests interviewed on WAAOL include many of the most recognized automotive advertising experts in the industry as well as some new entries into the exploding automotive advertising technology sector. Past guests included, Clayton Stanfield from EBay Motors, Mark Boyd and Mark Dubis from CarFolks.Com, Jared Hamilton from DrivingSales.Com, Dale Pollak from vAuto, David Wassmann from NeoSynergy, Jerry Daniels from Automotive Broadcasting Network, (ABN), Terry Alling from Kihon Media, David Marod from LeadConverter, Brian Ferris and Spencer Sterling from DealMaker.Com, Mike Parsons from Laser Stream Video, Brian Hoecht from Ai Dealer, Ralph Paglia from ADP and host to the auto industry social networking community ADM, Len Critcher from ecarlist.com, Tim Zierden from AAX, Jim Ziegler, motivational speaker and consultant to the auto industry, Jeff Kershner, ecommerce director for The Mile One Automotive Group and host of the auto industry social networking forum DealerRefresh.Com, Jeff Raab from the Detroit Trading Company, (DTX), Mike DeCecco from Dealer.Com, Ken Schwartz from CityTwist, Michael R. Spadafore from R. L. Polk & Co., Kevin Schwartz and Rick Rochon from AdSymetrix, Bruce Cerbone from Argistics, Scott Davis from Bull Dog Marketing Technologies, Matt Watson and Douglas Kinney from VinSolutions, Hal Howard and Don Pollock from New Wave Automotive, LLC, (NWA), Michael T. Fay from Colliers Abood Wood-Fay Real Estate and their C.A.R.S. division, Matt Brown and Zack Powell from TheDealerDashBoard.Com, Mark Burack from Liquid Motors, Pat Ryan, Jr. from FirstLook, Al Cantarella from AutoWebsitePlus.com and Cliff banks from Dealer Communications.

For more information on Philip Zelinger, Ad Agency Online, L.L.C., Hire The Winners or any of the preferred automotive advertising vendors previously reviewed on WAAOL auto dealers and automotive advertising agencies should contact Philip through AdAgencyOnline.Net. Automotive advertising vendors, automotive advertising agencies and auto dealers that would like to be considered as a “preferred automotive advertising vendor” on AdAgencyOnline.Net and/or to hire/join Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. to represent them can contact Philip Zelinger at pzads@bellsouth.net, call him at 888-796-2228 or visit AdAgencyOnline.Net at http://adagencyonline.net. To quote Philip Zelinger, “Help is only a click away!” ###

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Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. is a national network of independent affiliated automotive advertising agencies linked together by their proprietary online communication and distribution system. The full service automotive agency sponsors an auto industry resource / networking portal, AdAgencyOnline.Net, to review cutting edge automotive advertising applications for consideration by their auto dealer clients.

In order to attract new vendor solutions Philip Zelinger, the President of Ad Agency Online, L.L.C., hosts a blog talk radio station – WAAOL, All Automotive Advertising News All The Time – that is featured on AdAgencyOnline.Net. The “Lunch With Phil Discussing Automotive Advertising” blog talk radio show is an open business meeting that reviews potential vendors for approval as a “preferred automotive advertising vendor” on the portal. The show runs every Monday through Wednesday from 12:00 Noon EST to 12:30 PM EST. The show scheduled for Wednesday October 21, 2009 will be reviewing a potential new vendor – Vesponse – during an interview with several of the key managers representing the new email / video R.O.I. analytic application.

About Vesponse

Vesponse Agency, LLC. is a privately held multimedia marketing solution that is based in Seattle, Washington. Their services offer the most compelling, and dynamic forms of online marketing, specializing in email marketing. They focus on gathering data to inform their clients about return on investment and how they can implement new strategies to achieve a much higher ROI using Vesponse technology. Vesponse will create, manage, and distribute any and all advertising media forms while providing deep analytics all the way down to unique viewership. They employ a team of highly professional, qualified, and motivated staff that will meet and exceed the expectations of their clients by delivering an enterprise class solution.

Philip only invites senior level managers or principals to interview on WAAOL. The value of having the originators and/or decision makers for the various technology platforms on the shows promises the audience an insight into their products and services that is not available through other sources. The following biographies were provided to Philip in advance of the show to familiarize him with his guests and to pass on to his affiliated automotive advertising agencies and auto dealer/vendor clients that follow the show religiously to listen and learn about the ever changing automotive advertising technologies that are required to preserve profitability in a shrinking auto industry.

About Brock Boehm, Director of Biz Dev, Vesponse Agency LLC:

Brock is extremely passionate about helping people but more importantly, helping businesses with their offline and online initiatives. He has helped all size businesses with online marketing efforts, including Flash, Interactive Media, Online Media, Website Design/Development, International and Domestic SEO/PPC Campaigns, Blog Management, Copywriting, Reputation Management, Ecommerce Consulting, Optimizing Copy, Print, Graphic Design and more. Outside of helping clients directly, he has also been the driving force to establishing many strategic partnerships along the way. He has had the pleasure of being helpful towards many Fortune companies online initiatives both internationally and domestically and working with in-house teams, including Novel, US Postal Service just to name a few. His ability to listen, understand, and being persistent allows him to put the Vesponse.com name in front of some of the largest companies in the world.

About Jason Villanueva, Co-Owner, Vesponse Agency LLC:

Jason Villanueva is a multifaceted business professional who specializes in email marketing. He has provided business class solutions to many companies with the realization of their return on marketing spent through multimedia email campaigns. Jason knows how difficult it can be to create and analyze effective email campaigns. He is committed to helping businesses maximize profits by consulting on email marketing strategies or providing email marketing services.

Philip explained his reason for selecting Vesponse as a potential vendor for his affiliated automotive advertising agencies, “The role of a full service automotive advertising agency has changed to keep up with the demands of an economically challenged auto industry. Return on investment, R.O.I., is a critical computation that must be managed and monitored to insure profitability with reduced automotive advertising budgets. The science that has evolved to take on the challenge of tracking the many new channels and marketing methods available on the WWW has forced automotive advertising agencies to expand their knowledge base and vendor relationships accordingly. Investments in Internet based channels, video and email is now dominating most limited automotive advertising budgets and Vesponse promises to focus on these critical areas.”

The following article was provided by Vesponse to explain their products and services to the supporters of AdAgencyOnline.Net and listeners of WAAOL.

Vesponse Agency, LLC. Announces New Multimedia Email Campaign Services With Analytics

Seattle, WA, October 21, 2009 – Vesponse Agency has developed a service that allows marketing and campaign managers to track and identify unique viewership on multimedia email campaigns.

Vesponse has developed a system that allows companies to track user interaction with video email campaigns. Along with the ability to track unique viewers, we also trend and test email campaigns to maximize their conversion rate effectiveness. The proprietary technology also allows Vesponse to track specific user interaction with video to include things such as start and stop times, average viewed, video scrub, times played, times paused, and any other pertinent data that is requested.

For additional information on Multimedia Email Campaign Services With Analytics, contact Brock Boehm or visit www.vesponse.com.

The list of previous guests interviewed on WAAOL include many of the most recognized automotive advertising experts in the industry as well as some new entries into the exploding automotive advertising technology sector, like Vesponse. Past guests included, Clayton Stanfield from EBay Motors, Mark Boyd and Mark Dubis from CarFolks.Com, Jared Hamilton from DrivingSales.Com, Dale Pollak from vAuto, David Wassmann from NeoSynergy, Jerry Daniels from Automotive Broadcasting Network, (ABN), Terry Alling from Kihon Media, David Marod from LeadConverter, Brian Ferris and Spencer Sterling from DealMaker.Com, Mike Parsons from Laser Stream Video, Brian Hoecht from Ai Dealer, Ralph Paglia from ADP and host to the auto industry social networking community ADM, Len Critcher from ecarlist.com, Tim Zierden from AAX, Jim Ziegler, motivational speaker and consultant to the auto industry, Jeff Kershner, ecommerce director for The Mile One Automotive Group and host of the auto industry social networking forum DealerRefresh.Com, Jeff Raab from the Detroit Trading Company, (DTX), Mike DeCecco from Dealer.Com, Ken Schwartz from CityTwist, Michael R. Spadafore from R. L. Polk & Co., Kevin Schwartz and Rick Rochon from AdSymetrix, Bruce Cerbone from Argistics, Scott Davis from Bull Dog Marketing Technologies, Matt Watson and Douglas Kinney from VinSolutions, Hal Howard and Don Pollock from New Wave Automotive, LLC, (NWA), Michael T. Fay from Colliers Abood Wood-Fay Real Estate and their C.A.R.S. division, Matt Brown and Zack Powell from TheDealerDashBoard.Com, Mark Burack from Liquid Motors, Pat Ryan, Jr. from FirstLook and Al Cantarella from AutoWebsitePlus.com.

The list is about to get longer according to Philip Zelinger, “The auto industry is consolidating their brick and mortar facilities in response to a shrinking economy and the government directed bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler. The solution to serving the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s car buyers can be found on the Internet Super Highway vs. yesterday’s local auto row. Automotive advertising agencies are challenged to replace conventional advertising like radio, T.V., Newspaper with online marketing messages. The key is to provide selling systems and processes that integrate the new “virtual showrooms” with the brick and mortar facilities all linked to the diverse channels available on the Internet to address a targeted audience. That solution is being provided by the automotive advertising vendors that I invite onto my shows.”

About Philip Zelinger

Philip Zelinger is the President of Ad Agency Online, LLC and founder of AdAgencyOnline.Net. He invested 25 years as a General Manager and Dealer Principal followed by his last ten years in the automotive advertising industry learning from the teams that he built so he can now presume to teach on forums like AdAgencyOnline.Net. His role as a “Dealer Coach” is enhanced by his hosting a nationally recognized auto industry social networking portal and blog talk radio station – WAAOL, All Automotive Advertising News All The Time. As the author of two books on the auto industry, including “How To Sell A Car – a Career Guide to The Automobile Industry,” he is a recognized authority on market trends and developing technologies with the responsibility of selecting key vendors and applications for his dealer clients as well as forming strategic partnerships for his vendor clients to leverage their shared resources to help them bring their products and services to market.

About AdAgencyOnline.Net and Ad Agency Online, L.L.C.

AdAgencyOnline.Net reviews automotive advertising vendors and new technologies on several blog talk radio shows in addition to the Lunch With Phil Discussing Automotive Advertising. Other shows include “Lunch With Ralph Discussing Automotive Advertising” and “Automotive Advertising Experts.” The shows attract automotive advertising agencies, auto dealers, auto industry vendors and O.E.M. representatives that listen to WAAOL to find vendors, applications and technologies to maximize the R.O.I. for their automotive advertising dollars.

AAOL is a national network of independent affiliated automotive advertising agencies linked by an online communication / distribution system developed by Philip Zelinger. The proprietary operating system that powers AAOL was designed to reduce fixed and semi-variable expenses for full service automotive advertising agencies. The developing technologies that enhanced the performance of the independent automotive advertising agencies linked by AAOL has served as the role model for the solutions suggested on AdAgencyOnline.Net and represented by AAOL to their affiliated automotive advertising agencies when serving their auto dealer clients.

Ad Agency Online L.L.C is focused on discovering and representing new automotive advertising vendors not yet recognized by the mainstream automotive advertising industry. Recent automotive advertising vendors represented by AAOL include; Argistics – AutoTransaXion, EveryCarListed.Com, DealMaker.Com, CityTwist.Com, Bulldog Marketing Technologies, LeadConverter, Gumiyo, Kihon Media, CarFolks.Com, Ai Dealer, NeoSynergy, Laser Stream Video and Winked-In.Com; to name a few.

For more information on Philip Zelinger, Ad Agency Online, L.L.C., Vesponse or any of the preferred automotive advertising vendors previously reviewed on WAAOL auto dealers and automotive advertising agencies should contact Philip through AdAgencyOnline.Net. Automotive advertising vendors, automotive advertising agencies and auto dealers that would like to be considered as a “preferred automotive advertising vendor” on AdAgencyOnline.Net and/or to hire/join Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. to represent them can contact Philip Zelinger at pzads@bellsouth.net, call him at 888-796-2228 or visit AdAgencyOnline.Net at http://adagencyonline.net. To quote Philip Zelinger, “Help is only a click away!” ###

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Philip Zelinger, the President of Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. and host of the blog talk radio station “WAAOL, All Automotive Advertising News All The Time” featured on AdAgencyOnline.Net, announced today that he will be interviewing Cliff Banks, the recently announced Vice President and Editorial Director for Dealer Communications, on this week’s Automotive Advertising Experts blog talk radio show. The pair of automotive advertising insiders will be discussing the many speakers and exhibitors that will be supporting the 7th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition being held at the Nashville Convention Center November 1st through November 3rd 2009.

The show will air this Friday, October 23rd, 2009 from 12:00 Noon EST to 12:30 PM EST with live callers invited to ask questions of Philip and Cliff in a problem solution forum. The show has a growing audience of automotive advertising decision makers anxious to listen and learn from the invited auto industry insiders who are willing to share their experience and insights into the changing auto industry.

Cliff provided Philip with the following column that he authored for the Digital Dealer magazine announcing his recent move to Dealer Communications. In the article Cliff shared his vision regarding the changes that are impacting the automotive advertising and retail auto industry and his role at Dealer Communications to help Auto Dealers deal with them.

The Winds of Change

By Cliff Banks

Those of you that know me might be wondering why I’m writing a column in Digital Dealer magazine. That’s because – until last month – I had been with another magazine, competing vigorously against the Dealer Communications properties for nearly 10 years.

But, as we have all been reminded this year, “Change” is a constant in life, and this is one change I am excited about. I am happy to say, I am now the vice president and editorial director for Dealer Communications.

From a market perspective, this has been a turbulent time in the automotive industry, especially for dealers. It’s times such as this in which leaders step up. I believe Dealer Communications and its team is uniquely positioned to continue being the leading source of management information for dealers and their managers as we move forward in the 21st century. Frankly, I want to be a part of that.

I’ll be responsible for all of the editorial content for the company, including Dealer magazine, its digital initiatives, the six weekly e-newsletters, the digital magazines, webinars and the soon to be launched Dealer web portal.

You’re going to hear a lot about the web portal in the weeks to come. It will be the “go to” online destination for dealers and general managers, as well as having micro-sites for Internet sales managers and e-Commerce directors, pre-owned managers, sales managers, F&I managers, service directors, fixed operations managers, parts managers and body shop managers.

In other words, anything you and your managers need to run your dealership, as well as selling and servicing more cars, you will find on our site.

We’re going to have the largest selection of best-practice, how-to columns written by the industry’s leading consultants. Just like you see in the magazines, the site will include profiles featuring innovative dealers and their secrets – at least, the ones they’re willing to share.

The Dealer web portal also will feature news, blogs, forums and social-networking communities, video, calendars and user-generated content, all segmented by department.

And we’re going to offer a mobile component that will let you access the site from the road.

The next two to three years will be an exciting time in this industry. And I predict 2011 through 2015 will be heralded as a golden era in automotive retail.

Most of you have restructured your businesses and your departments to be profitable in a year in which 9 million new vehicles are sold. Imagine what will happen when sales are back at the 12 to 14 million unit levels.

Dealers and vendors alike will be awash in money. With nearly 3,000 fewer dealers, many of you will be selling more vehicles than you ever thought possible.

Now is the time to begin instilling a winning culture in your organization. It’s also the time to refine and tweak your store’s processes, optimizing the dealership for when sales do come back.

Now also is the time to get the right staff in place. With thousands of dealership employees now looking for work, finding and keeping the right staff should no longer be an excuse. As one service director at a Ford dealership told me recently, he has the “pick of the litter.”

The point is, times such as this are when foundations are laid for future fortunes. That is our goal here at Digital Dealer — and its parent Dealer Communications. We want to provide you with all of the information you need to help you build those foundations.

To be honest, we’re building a foundation here at Dealer Communications also. In the end, it’s all about making money conducting business the right way – with integrity, brains and toughness.

Prior to joining Dealer Communications Cliff was a well known contributor for the Wards Automotive Group. Cliff’s addition to the Dealer Communications team was announced just recently in the following press release provided by Michael Roscoe, the President of Dealer Communications.

NASHVILLE – October 6, 2009 — Dealer Communications, the leading multi-media information source for franchised automotive dealers and managers, has named Cliff Banks as Vice-President and Editorial Director.

Banks will be responsible for the content side of Dealer Communications, including Dealer magazine and the company’s digital initiatives, overseeing six weekly e-newsletters, three existing digital magazines, three upcoming digital magazines, Webinars and its soon to be launched new Web portal.

The Dealer Web portal will feature blogs, podcasts, white papers, social networking, buyers’ guides, video, user-generated content, mobile content, news aggregation, archives and calendars all segmented by department.

The Dealer Web portal will be the “go to” online destination for dealers and general managers, as well as having micro-sites for Internet sales managers and e-Commerce directors, pre-owned managers, sales managers, F&I managers, service directors, fixed operations managers, parts managers and body shop managers.

“Everybody has access to the technology we will be using. Some companies are doing parts of what we will be doing. But the connection Dealer Communications has with this audience, America’s franchised dealers and managers…that is what will make our web portal the online destination. With Cliff Banks on board, we’ve got the right guy to ‘stir the drink,'” said Michael Roscoe, company founder and president. “He is an award winning journalist with nearly 20 years in the business. His writing reflects a strong passion for the automotive retail industry and its dealers. And most importantly, he is a hard-core pro-dealer guy.”

“From a market perspective, this has been a turbulent time in the automotive industry, especially for dealers,” Banks said. “It’s times such as this in which leaders step up. I believe Dealer Communications and its team is uniquely positioned to be the leading source of management information for dealers and their managers as we move forward in the 21st century. Frankly, I want to be a part of that.”

Dealer Communications is the leading multi-media information source for the automotive retail industry. Connecting with franchised automotive dealers and managers over ten million times per year, Dealer Communications publishes the monthly print Dealer magazine, and the Dealer e-zine, Digital Dealer e-zine and Dealer Fixed Operations e-zine. Online weekly newsletters include Dealer; Digital Dealer; DFO; Dealer Pre-Owned; Dealer F&I, and Dealer Sales and Marketing. Dealer Communications also hosts the industry leading bi-annual Digital Dealer Conference and Exposition.

About Cliff Banks

Cliff Banks is an award winning journalist with nearly 20 years in the automotive retail industry. Banks spent the last nine years as an editor with the Ward’s Automotive Group, the last three as director of its retail publications. He is a featured speaker and moderator at industry events and is known for being a hard-core, pro-dealer advocate.

Cliff also provided Philip the following press release describing the 7th Digital Dealer Conference that will be reviewed during the interview on Friday.

Premier Event for Car Dealers Less Than Two Weeks Away

Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition features automotive retail’s leading practitioners

NASHVILLE — October 19, 2009 — Join 500 of the industry’s top performing dealers and managers at the 7th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition at the Nashville Convention Center, November 1st-3rd, 2009.

The conference, whose theme is, “How to Get Ahead Today and Stay Ahead Tomorrow,” features the newest trends, cutting edge practices and tips from the leading minds in automotive retail.

Featuring numerous tracks, the 7th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition offers valuable and practical information that will help every department in the dealership outperform the competition.

The agenda is packed with some of the automotive industry’s leading practitioners who are having great success in their markets. The conference also features speakers from outside the industry to help forward–thinking dealerships stay ahead of the curve.

Once again, a half-day “newbie” class will be held before the program even starts so anyone new to this side of the business (including dealers themselves) can get up to speed quickly and get the most out of the two days of powerful sessions presented.

And the super-successful first-time Peer Networking Roundtables that were featured at the last event in Las Vegas are available again in Nashville. Dealers will interact with peers from outside their markets discussing their biggest challenges and solutions. They’ll be able to pick each others’ brains to see what works…and what doesn’t, comparing metrics and results at tables of 10 with peers of similar-sized operations.

With nearly 60 exhibitors, dealers also will find the latest technologies and solutions that will improve their businesses.

For more information, visit http://www.digitaldealerconference.com/.

Digital Dealer Conferences and Exposition are held twice a year and are owned and produced by Dealer Communications, the leading multi-media information source for the automotive retail industry. Connecting with franchised automotive dealers and managers more than 10 million times per year, Dealer Communications publishes the monthly print Dealer magazine, and the Dealer e-zine, Digital Dealer e-zine and Dealer Fixed Operations e-zine. Online weekly newsletters include Dealer; Digital Dealer; DFO; Dealer Pre-Owned; Dealer F&I, and Dealer Sales and Marketing.

Philip Zelinger has been an invited speaker at the Digital Dealer Conference for four consecutive years. His session at the 7th Digital Dealer Conference is titled “How To Use Social Networking To Get Ahead By Building Your Brand And To Stay Ahead By Protecting Your Online Reputation – Learn how to monetize social networking by building relationships online to improve profits in both sales and fixed operations.” The following description of his session is posted on http://www.digitaldealerconference.com/ in the speakers section: “The shift from brick and mortar dealerships to Internet showrooms has been forced by reduced profit margins and a struggling economy. This seminar focuses on the solutions – not the problems – that have risen from the ashes of a shrinking auto industry.

Social networking has a place on the worldwide web but monetizing the investment of time and resources needed to develop an acceptable ROI has been a challenge. Dealership web sites are experiencing reduced visitors as online car shoppers have found other sources for the information they need. Customers are bypassing dealership web sites in favor of sharing experiences with likeminded shoppers before, during and after their buying/service experiences.

A properly orchestrated social networking program provides an excellent platform to build brand recognition and protect an auto dealer’s online reputation. A poorly constructed program will have the opposite impact. This seminar will provide a road map to a cost effective solution.”

About Philip Zelinger

Philip Zelinger is the president of Ad Agency Online, LLC and founder of AdAgencyOnline.Net. He spent 25 years as a GM and dealer principal and the last 10 years he has been focused on digital marketing. Zelinger is an expert on Internet technologies that improve selling process sourced from his social networking portal and blog talk radio station – WAAOL, All Automotive Advertising News All The Time. As the author of two books on the auto industry, including “How to Sell a Car,” he is a recognized authority on market trends with the responsibility of selecting key vendors and applications for his dealer clients.

About AdAgencyOnline.Net and Ad Agency Online, L.L.C.

AdAgencyOnline.Net reviews automotive advertising vendors and new technologies on several blog talk radio shows in addition to the Lunch With Phil Discussing Automotive Advertising. Other shows include “Lunch With Ralph Discussing Automotive Advertising” and “Automotive Advertising Experts.” The shows attract automotive advertising agencies, auto dealers, auto industry vendors and O.E.M. representatives that listen to WAAOL to find vendors, applications and technologies to maximize the R.O.I. for their automotive advertising dollars.

AAOL is a national network of independent affiliated automotive advertising agencies linked by an online communication / distribution system developed by Philip Zelinger. The proprietary operating system that powers AAOL was designed to reduce fixed and semi-variable expenses for full service automotive advertising agencies. The developing technologies that enhanced the performance of the independent automotive advertising agencies linked by AAOL has served as the role model for the solutions suggested on AdAgencyOnline.Net and represented by AAOL to their affiliated automotive advertising agencies when serving their auto dealer clients.

Ad Agency Online L.L.C is focused on discovering and representing new automotive advertising vendors not yet recognized by the mainstream automotive advertising industry. Recent automotive advertising vendors represented by AAOL include; Argistics – AutoTransaXion, EveryCarListed.Com, DealMaker.Com, CityTwist.Com, Bulldog Marketing Technologies, LeadConverter, Gumiyo, Kihon Media, CarFolks.Com, Ai Dealer, NeoSynergy, Laser Stream Video and Winked-In.Com; to name a few.

For more information on Philip Zelinger, Ad Agency Online, L.L.C., The 7th Digital Dealer Conference or any of the preferred automotive advertising vendors previously reviewed on WAAOL auto dealers and automotive advertising agencies should contact Philip through AdAgencyOnline.Net. Automotive advertising vendors, automotive advertising agencies and auto dealers that would like to be considered as a “preferred automotive advertising vendor” on AdAgencyOnline.Net and/or to hire/join Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. to represent them can contact Philip Zelinger at pzads@bellsouth.net, call him at 888-796-2228 or visit AdAgencyOnline.Net at http://adagencyonline.net. To quote Philip Zelinger, “Help is only a click away!” ###

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Consolidations in the auto industry have created a new urgency for automotive advertising agencies to shift automotive advertising online. The rise of the Internet isn’t new news as 92% of car shoppers are said to be cruising the Internet Super Highway vs. their local auto dealer row. However, the need to fill in gaps for manufacturers who have closed thousands of brick and mortar facilities throughout the United States has surfaced problems for some and opportunities for others.

AdAgencyOnline.Net has focused on the opportunities on their free automotive advertising resource / networking site that has earned its reputation as the “One Stop Site For All Of Your Automotive Advertising News and Needs.” The portal’s blog talk radio station – WAAOL, All Automotive Advertising News All The Time – features blog talk radio shows including “Lunch With Phil Discussing Automotive Advertising,” “Lunch With Ralph Discussing Automotive Advertising” and “Automotive Advertising Experts.” Philip Zelinger, the President of Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. and host of the blog talk radio shows on WAAOL has interviewed dozens of nationally recognized automotive advertising experts and respected auto industry insiders to share best practices with his online audience of automotive advertising agencies, auto dealers and automotive advertising technology vendors.

Philip explained the recent accelerated pace by automotive advertising agencies to find customers on the World Wide Web, “The shrinking economy may have warranted the reduction in the number of brick and mortar auto dealership facilities needed to service current sales, however, no business can survive if they only market themselves to today car buyers. Branding messages have always been integrated into conventional advertising to build top of the mind awareness for auto dealers who recognize the need to get on the short list for tomorrow’s car buyers as well as today’s. The problem is that automotive advertising agencies are working with reduced automotive advertising budgets to stay within line item expense guidelines set by their auto dealer clients who can barely cover payroll so conventional media messages must be limited to calls to action to buy today. The solution for both today and tomorrow can be found on the Internet with the use of cost effective Search Engine Optimization plans, monitored Search Engine Marketing campaigns with managed R.O.I. guidelines and the integration of leveraged online automotive advertising platforms like http://EveryCarListed.Com.

“In addition to the extended online footprint offered by inventory based websites like Every Car Listed, automotive advertising agencies are turning to new automotive advertising technologies and applications that improve the conversion of existing online traffic to produce leads in sales and/or service when automotive advertising budgets don’t leave them any alternative. For example, online customer interaction platforms like Argistics with their AutoTransaXion application that provides a two way video dialogue allowing online shoppers to negotiate and even purchase a vehicle online are able to fill in for the missing auto dealership facilities. Similarly, applications like SiSTeR Technologies Video CarLot enhance online presentations to replicate those in the real world by converting still pictures into professionally produced videos placed on the auto dealer’s website as well as on the search engines through their dedicated API with You Tube to facilitate shopping on the WWW vs. at a neighborhood auto dealership.”

“Another impact that the reduction in real world facilities has had on the auto industry is in the servicing of vehicles and the customer loyalty and retention that is tied to it. The inconvenience for customers that have lost their neighborhood auto dealer presents an opportunity for the surviving auto dealers who are fighting to pick up the closed dealership’s service and parts business. Fixed Operations can represent income equal to 85% plus of an auto dealer’s operational expenses. More importantly, as these new service customers mature into needing a new vehicle the profits in the resulting sales are the key to survival in a changing auto industry. Automotive advertising agencies are sensitive to this new audience of potential conquest customers and the best place for auto dealers to find them, or more correctly – to help them find the auto dealer – is to advertise on the Internet.”

AdAgencyOnline.Net has scheduled several new blog talk radio shows in September featuring previous guests including Clayton Stanfield from eBay Motors who will appear on Friday, September 25th 2009 between 12:00 Noon EST and 12:30 PM EST. Other shows interviewing automotive advertising insiders that have appeared on Automotive Advertising Experts in previous months are expected to include Mike DeCecco from Dealer.Com, Michael Spadafore from R. L. Polk and Tomer Alpert from SiSTeR Technologies. Past guests included Mark Boyd and Mark Dubis from CarFolks.Com, Jared Hamilton from DrivingSales.Com, Dale Pollak from vAuto, David Wassmann from NeoSynergy, Jerry Daniels from Automotive Broadcasting Network, (ABN), Terry Alling from Kihon Media, David Marod from LeadConverter, Brian Ferris and Spencer Sterling from DealMaker.Com, Mike Parsons from Laser Stream Video, Brian Hoecht from Ai Dealer, Ralph Paglia from ADP and host to the auto industry social networking community ADM, Len Critcher from ecarlist.com, Tim Zierden from AAX, Jim Ziegler, motivational speaker and consultant to the auto industry, Jeff Kershner, ecommerce director for The Mile One Automotive Group and host of the auto industry social networking forum DealerRefresh.Com, Jeff Raab from the Detroit Trading Company, (DTX), Ken Schwartz from CityTwist, Kevin Schwartz and Rick Rochon from AdSymetrix, Bruce Cerbone from Argistics, Scott Davis from Bull Dog Marketing Technologies, Matt Watson and Douglas Kinney from VinSolutions, Hal Howard and Don Pollock from New Wave Automotive, LLC, (NWA), Michael T. Fay from Colliers Abood Wood-Fay Real Estate and their C.A.R.S. division, Matt Brown and Zack Powell from TheDealerDashBoard.Com, Mark Burack from Liquid Motors, Pat Ryan, Jr. from FirstLook and Al Cantarella from AutoWebsitePlus.com.

The list is about to get longer according to Philip Zelinger, “The auto industry is consolidating their brick and mortar facilities in response to a shrinking economy and the government directed bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler. The solution to serving the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s car buyers can be found on the Internet Super Highway vs. yesterday’s local auto row. Automotive advertising agencies are challenged to replace conventional advertising like radio, T.V., Newspaper with online marketing messages. The key is to provide selling systems and processes that integrate the new “virtual showrooms” with the brick and mortar facilities all linked to the diverse channels available on the Internet to address a targeted audience. That solution is being provided by the automotive advertising vendors that I invite onto my shows.”

About Philip Zelinger

Philip Zelinger is the President of Ad Agency Online, LLC and founder of AdAgencyOnline.Net. He invested 25 years as a General Manager and Dealer Principal followed by his last ten years in the automotive advertising industry learning from the teams that he built so he can now presume to teach on forums like AdAgencyOnline.Net. His role as a “Dealer Coach” is enhanced by his hosting a nationally recognized auto industry social networking portal and blog talk radio station – WAAOL, All Automotive Advertising News All The Time. As the author of two books on the auto industry, including “How To Sell A Car – a Career Guide to The Automobile Industry,” he is a recognized authority on market trends and developing technologies with the responsibility of selecting key vendors and applications for his dealer clients as well as forming strategic partnerships for his vendor clients to leverage their shared resources to help them bring their products and services to market.

About AdAgencyOnline.Net and Ad Agency Online, L.L.C.

AdAgencyOnline.Net reviews automotive advertising vendors and new technologies on several blog talk radio shows in addition to the Lunch With Phil Discussing Automotive Advertising. Other shows include “Lunch With Ralph Discussing Automotive Advertising” and “Automotive Advertising Experts.” The shows attract automotive advertising agencies, auto dealers, auto industry vendors and O.E.M. representatives that listen to WAAOL to find vendors, applications and technologies to maximize the R.O.I. for their automotive advertising dollars.

AAOL is a national network of independent affiliated automotive advertising agencies linked by an online communication / distribution system developed by Philip Zelinger. The proprietary operating system that powers AAOL was designed to reduce fixed and semi-variable expenses for full service automotive advertising agencies. The developing technologies that enhanced the performance of the independent automotive advertising agencies linked by AAOL has served as the role model for the solutions suggested on AdAgencyOnline.Net and represented by AAOL to their affiliated automotive advertising agencies when serving their auto dealer clients.

Ad Agency Online L.L.C is focused on discovering and representing new automotive advertising vendors not yet recognized by the mainstream automotive advertising industry. Recent automotive advertising vendors represented by AAOL include; Argistics – AutoTransaXion, EveryCarListed.Com, DealMaker.Com, CityTwist.Com, Bulldog Marketing Technologies, LeadConverter, Gumiyo, Kihon Media, CarFolks.Com, Ai Dealer, NeoSynergy, Laser Stream Video and Winked-In.Com; to name a few.

For more information on Philip Zelinger, Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. or any of the preferred automotive advertising vendors previously reviewed on WAAOL auto dealers and automotive advertising agencies should contact Philip through AdAgencyOnline.Net. Automotive advertising vendors, automotive advertising agencies and auto dealers that would like to be considered as a “preferred automotive advertising vendor” on AdAgencyOnline.Net and/or to hire/join Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. to represent them can contact Philip Zelinger at pzads@bellsouth.net, call him at 888-796-2228 or visit AdAgencyOnline.Net at http://adagencyonline.net. To quote Philip Zelinger, “Help is only a click away!” ###

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Automotive advertising agencies follow AdAgencyOnline.Net onto the World Wide Web to listen and learn about the latest automotive advertising technologies and applications. The automotive advertising resource / networking portal hosts a blog talk radio station – WAAOL, All Automotive Advertising News All The Time – that reviews cutting edge automotive advertising vendors for the affiliated automotive advertising agencies of Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. that anchors the portal. The loyal audience of auto dealers, automotive advertising technology providers and site visitors anxious to stay on top of developing automotive advertising trends that follow AdAgencyOnline.Net describe it as ”The one stop site for all of your automotive advertising needs.”

Philip Zelinger, the President of Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. and host of WAAOL, conducts interviews of automotive advertising executives on several automotive advertising focused blog talk radio shows including “Lunch With Phil Discussing Automotive Advertising,” “Lunch With Ralph Discussing Automotive Advertising,” and “Automotive Advertising Experts.” The shows air weekdays between 12:00 Noon EST and 12:30 PM EST. The shows are often preceded by blog posts and press releases reviewing the guests to build awareness of the unique automotive advertising applications that have earned them an invitation to the show.

Philip announced recently that he is accepting applications from new automotive advertising vendors in advance of his planned speaking engagement at the 7th Digital Dealer Conference to be held November 1st through November 3rd in Nashville Tennessee. “I use automotive advertising venues like the Digital Dealer Conference and the N.A.D.A. Convention to platform cutting edge automotive advertising solutions for my affiliated automotive advertising agencies and attendees of my seminars. The automotive advertising technology sector is growing exponentially in synch with the shift onto the Internet by auto dealers trying to attract the consumers who have been flocking to the WWW to shop for a new or used vehicle. My role on AdAgencyOnline.Net is to find and review cutting edge automotive advertising applications that the main stream media hasn’t discovered yet and that is a never ending search.”

The list of previous guests include many of the most recognized automotive advertising experts in the industry as well as some new entries into the exploding automotive advertising technology sector. Past guests included, Clayton Stanfield from EBay Motors, Mark Boyd and Mark Dubis from CarFolks.Com, Jared Hamilton from DrivingSales.Com, Dale Pollak from vAuto, David Wassmann from NeoSynergy, Jerry Daniels from Automotive Broadcasting Network, (ABN), Terry Alling from Kihon Media, David Marod from LeadConverter, Brian Ferris and Spencer Sterling from DealMaker.Com, Mike Parsons from Laser Stream Video, Brian Hoecht from Ai Dealer, Ralph Paglia from ADP and host to the auto industry social networking community ADM, Len Critcher from ecarlist.com, Tim Zierden from AAX, Jim Ziegler, motivational speaker and consultant to the auto industry, Jeff Kershner, ecommerce director for The Mile One Automotive Group and host of the auto industry social networking forum DealerRefresh.Com, Jeff Raab from the Detroit Trading Company, (DTX), Mike DeCecco from Dealer.Com, Ken Schwartz from CityTwist, Michael R. Spadafore from R. L. Polk & Co., Kevin Schwartz and Rick Rochon from AdSymetrix, Bruce Cerbone from Argistics, Scott Davis from Bull Dog Marketing Technologies, Matt Watson and Douglas Kinney from VinSolutions, Hal Howard and Don Pollock from New Wave Automotive, LLC, (NWA), Michael T. Fay from Colliers Abood Wood-Fay Real Estate and their C.A.R.S. division, Matt Brown and Zack Powell from TheDealerDashBoard.Com, Mark Burack from Liquid Motors, Pat Ryan, Jr. from FirstLook and Al Cantarella from AutoWebsitePlus.com.

The list is about to get longer according to Philip Zelinger, “The auto industry is consolidating their brick and mortar facilities in response to a shrinking economy and the government directed bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler. The solution to serving the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s car buyers can be found on the Internet Super Highway vs. yesterday’s local auto row. Automotive advertising agencies are challenged to replace conventional advertising like radio, T.V., Newspaper with online marketing messages. The key is to provide selling systems and processes that integrate the new “virtual showrooms” with the brick and mortar facilities all linked to the diverse channels available on the Internet to address a targeted audience. That solution is being provided by the automotive advertising vendors that I invite onto my shows.”

About Philip Zelinger

Philip Zelinger is the President of Ad Agency Online, LLC and founder of AdAgencyOnline.Net. He invested 25 years as a General Manager and Dealer Principal followed by his last ten years in the automotive advertising industry learning from the teams that he built so he can now presume to teach on forums like AdAgencyOnline.Net. His role as a “Dealer Coach” is enhanced by his hosting a nationally recognized auto industry social networking portal and blog talk radio station – WAAOL, All Automotive Advertising News All The Time. As the author of two books on the auto industry, including “How To Sell A Car – a Career Guide to The Automobile Industry,” he is a recognized authority on market trends and developing technologies with the responsibility of selecting key vendors and applications for his dealer clients as well as forming strategic partnerships for his vendor clients to leverage their shared resources to help them bring their products and services to market.

About AdAgencyOnline.Net and Ad Agency Online, L.L.C.

AdAgencyOnline.Net reviews automotive advertising vendors and new technologies on several blog talk radio shows in addition to the Lunch With Phil Discussing Automotive Advertising. Other shows include “Lunch With Ralph Discussing Automotive Advertising” and “Automotive Advertising Experts.” The shows attract automotive advertising agencies, auto dealers, auto industry vendors and O.E.M. representatives that listen to WAAOL to find vendors, applications and technologies to maximize the R.O.I. for their automotive advertising dollars.

AAOL is a national network of independent affiliated automotive advertising agencies linked by an online communication / distribution system developed by Philip Zelinger. The proprietary operating system that powers AAOL was designed to reduce fixed and semi-variable expenses for full service automotive advertising agencies. The developing technologies that enhanced the performance of the independent automotive advertising agencies linked by AAOL has served as the role model for the solutions suggested on AdAgencyOnline.Net and represented by AAOL to their affiliated automotive advertising agencies when serving their auto dealer clients.

Ad Agency Online L.L.C is focused on discovering and representing new automotive advertising vendors not yet recognized by the mainstream automotive advertising industry. Recent automotive advertising vendors represented by AAOL include; Argistics – AutoTransaXion, EveryCarListed.Com, DealMaker.Com, CityTwist.Com, Bulldog Marketing Technologies, LeadConverter, Gumiyo, Kihon Media, CarFolks.Com, Ai Dealer, NeoSynergy, Laser Stream Video and Winked-In.Com; to name a few.

For more information on Philip Zelinger, Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. or any of the preferred automotive advertising vendors previously reviewed on WAAOL auto dealers and automotive advertising agencies should contact Philip through AdAgencyOnline.Net. Automotive advertising vendors, automotive advertising agencies and auto dealers that would like to be considered as a “preferred automotive advertising vendor” on AdAgencyOnline.Net and/or to hire/join Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. to represent them can contact Philip Zelinger at pzads@bellsouth.net, call him at 888-796-2228 or visit AdAgencyOnline.Net at http://adagencyonline.net. To quote Philip Zelinger, “Help is only a click away!” ###

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