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The Automotive Advertising Experts Show on March 28th 2014 Will Feature An Interview With Michael Wynns Discussing The Automotive Leadership Roundtable & Awards, (ALR)

The Automotive Leadership Roundtable & Awards™ (ALR) has been described as “the most impactful 24-hours in the automotive industry” and for good reason. This is where top thought leaders come to share the results of their research. This is where top dealers come to share their best practices. And, this is where industry insiders come to announce the game-changing ideas that the rest of the world will find out about long after innovators have put them into practice. However, the most extraordinary aspect of ALR is the opportunity it provides to have one-on-one interactions with the country’s best and brightest automotive minds and discuss real world opportunities with those who are at the very top of their game.

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Auto Dealers Shift From Brick & Mortar To Online Showrooms Powered By Social Marketing

Automotive advertising agencies have adjusted to accommodate consumer preferences that have shifted from shopping at their local auto row in favor of a growing number of online options. The shift from conventional radio, T.V. and print media to digital advertising including websites, banner ads, S.E.O./S.E.M strategies and even email vs. direct mail has matured into even more consumer centric social media. Forward thinking auto dealers are joining other retail businesses that recognize that the shift from the real world to the virtual one online has just begun.

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Automotive Advertising Agencies Using Social Marketing Rely On Past, Present And Future Vendor Solutions

The market has decided that the most efficient technology driven solutions are only effective if they also improve the customer experience. This has become more evident in today’s internet driven marketplace as social media has empowered consumers to gather the information they need to make a buying or servicing decision without having to rely on their local auto dealer.

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Automotive Advertising Agencies Begrudgingly Shift To Social Marketing

Automotive advertising agencies are once again being forced to adjust the products and services they provide to their auto dealer clients as consumers find friends on social networks that they trust more than the auto dealers that followed them online. Forward thinking agencies recognize that social marketing provides efficiencies in production and distribution to deliver more relevant and transparent messages for their dealer clients and they are embracing this new media. Unfortunately, more conventional agencies are having a hard time accepting their loss of control of the message and they risk becoming irrelevant in an increasingly consumer controlled market.

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Social Marketing Starts At Home

Social marketing may be the next best thing but, like all successful next generation solutions, it is built on the foundation of proven old school wisdoms. Word of mouth advertising pre-dates today’s technology driven social marketing as a proven way to build a business. The fact that people like to do business with people they like and that trust is the foundation for any transaction is a reflection of human nature which is the basis for long term business relationships.

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