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AdAgencyOnline.Net is an automotive advertising resource / networking portal known for their in-depth reviews of cutting edge automotive advertising vendors on their hosted blog talk radio station – WAAOL, All Automotive Advertising News All The Time.  This week’s Automotive Advertising Experts show will feature a review of an iconic vendor, EVOX IMAGES ®, known by automotive advertising agencies as the best source for video imagery for websites and other integrated vendor platforms that rely on them for their proprietary vehicle video content. Read the rest of this entry »

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Philip Zelinger, the President of Ad Agency Online L.L.C. and host of an automotive advertising resource portal http://AdAgencyOnline.Net, reviewed a new auto industry social networking club organized by Ken Gibson, the Automotive Digital Mastery Club.  The pair of auto industry experts shared their visions for the growing role of social networking for automotive advertising agencies while discussing the new online community on the blog talk radio show Auto Industry Insiders featured on AdAgencyOnline.Net.  The show aired on Thursday, March 10th, 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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To train — or not to train — is not the question according to automotive advertising agencies who understand the importance of investing in the people part of the sales and service process by providing training before, during and after the sale.  Training has often been considered as an afterthought by auto dealers who have enjoyed the luxury of having more customers than cars with a never ending supply of salespeople and service writers who earned a higher than average income for their efforts.  Today’s consolidating auto industry has changed the math for auto dealers who now have to deal with shrinking sales volumes, reduced profit margins and the resulting loss of a ready willing and able sales and service staff whose incomes have been reduced along with dealer profits. 

Automotive advertising agencies have always been tied to their auto dealer clients bottom line — whether they knew it or not — and today’s automotive advertising agencies are realizing that their areas of responsibility do not stop at the front door of the auto dealership.  Automotive advertising plans geared for the Internet using digital marketing platforms coupled with internal sales and service processes powered by integrated technologies provide efficiencies that allow auto dealerships to operate with reduced budgets and support staff in sales and service. 

Unfortunately, many auto dealers and automotive advertising agencies have been operating with the false sense of security that the people aren’t as important as the technology and/or the processes that they have applied to replace them.   That is as untrue today as it was yesterday. People still like to do business with people that they like and human nature has survived on the world wide web.  The real solution for auto dealers forced to operate with fewer sales people and service writers is to train them in the use of the new technology, however, not at the expense of training them in understanding human nature and proven old school best practices to sell a car.

New technologies and automotive advertising applications include training solutions that offer efficiencies similar to other sales and service processes that have been applied to reduce expenses for auto dealers.   However, even the best training system can’t teach someone to be a nice person and/or to place their customer’s interests ahead of their own.  These applications must be coupled with people skills that are best hired vs. taught and they start before the sale or even the hiring of the sales person or service writer ever begins.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Philip Zelinger, the President of Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. and host of the automotive advertising resource / networking portal — http://AdAgencyOnline.net — reflected on the future of the retail auto industry and automotive advertising on his blog talk radio show Lunch With Phil Discussing Automotive Advertising.  Philip focused on market conditions beyond the control of auto dealers and the automotive advertising agencies that serve them. “The downsizing and consolidation of the retail auto industry in response to a shrinking economy was compounded by government intervention in the manufacturing and business sector in ways that could not have been imagined.  The changes in the market and the economy were beyond the control of independent auto dealers and the interventional role of government could not have been foreseen.  The impact on the retail auto industry has been profound with many auto dealers closing their doors; some voluntarily and others by government and/or factory dictate.  The ripple effect of these closings on automotive advertising agencies and the fear of even more government regulations that impose restrictions on lenders coupled with excessive taxes and fees on small business — such as those associated with the new health care system — have already contributed to the malaise in the retail auto and automotive advertising industry beyond what could have been anticipated by normal market corrections.  Further government intervention in the free marketplace with pending legislation like Card Check that threatens to unionize independent retail auto dealerships by eliminating the right of workers for a private vote on the decision to unionize a dealership, and artificial taxes on utilities and fuel costs imposed by legislation like Cap And Trade that creates a government controlled taxing authority on carbon emissions, threaten to decimate our economy with a direct impact on projected retail auto sales and the automotive advertising industry.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Philip Zelinger, the President of Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. and host of the blog talk radio station featured on the automotive advertising resource/networking portal AdAgencyOnline.Net — WAAOL, All Automotive Advertising News All The Time, advised automotive advertising agencies to attend The 9th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition.  Philip announced his support of the conference during his blog talk radio show, Lunch With Phil Discussing Automotive Advertising, that aired on July, 05, 2010.

Philip commented on his participation in all eight of the previous Digital Dealer Conferences along with some details about the theme for the Fall 2010 conference to be held at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas October 12-14, 2010, “I have been invited to host sessions on automotive advertising for the past eight Digital Dealer Conferences and I am proud to accept their invitation to submit my proposal for the 9th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition.  Their theme is — New Ideas, New Revenues, New Efficiencies, Greater Profits — and it couldn’t be a better fit for today’s struggling auto industry.  I have submitted my proposed session for approval — C2C + B2B = B2C SQUARED; Learn How This New Social Media Formula Provides New Revenues, New Efficiencies and Greater Profits — and I have already started preparing the material to support my formula on monetizing social media for automotive advertising agencies.”

The Digital Dealer Conferences represent an opportunity for auto dealers to listen and learn from automotive advertising experts like Philip Zelinger and dozens more like him that share a philosophy that a rising tide floats all boats.  The sessions conducted by these auto industry professionals sharing best practices in online automotive advertising are complimented by the exhibits presented by various automotive advertising and auto industry vendors who support the conference.  In addition to the attending the sessions and visiting the exhibits most auto dealers and automotive advertising agencies take advantage of the social networking that takes place in this real world venue to build on the relationships that they have matured throughout the year in their online social networking communities.

Philip discussed his planned meetings at The 9th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition with the confidence that they represent a key reason for his participation in the conferences, “I have a personal branding line that represents my philosophy in both my personal and business life — What are friends for!  I have found that relationship based selling is the key to success in the retail auto industry.  My previous experience as an Auto Dealer and my present role as the President of a national network of independent affiliated automotive advertising agencies has taught me that people like to do business with people that they like.  My formula for monetizing social media for automotive advertising agencies relies on the fact the market is a conversation amongst friends.  I see the Digital Dealer Conference as a real world version of the virtual world network that I have formed for myself as well as my auto dealer and vendor clients to extend our spheres of influence and expand our top of the mind awareness to potential customers.” Read the rest of this entry »

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