In this episode of The Ryan Holtz Show, I talk about nice feet and how that could be a way to gage someone’s character. I also give three tips to use social media and digital marketing to increase “foot” traffic to your next event. I would love to know what you think and if feet are really that important what they do actually say about a person. I also chat about how nobody likes an advertisement and the trick to great marketing is inbound and position your product or brand to be in front of the client or customer when they are in the market for your product or service.
A Healthy Dose Of Automotive Contextual Digital Marketing, “SEO” & Data
“Contextual marketing refers to online and mobile marketing that provides targeted advertising based upon user information, such as the search terms they’re using or recent web-browsing activity.”
1. Learn the strategy behind contextual marketing
2. Understand how to track and monitor what car buyers are doing during their “discovery” stage
3. Learn how to setup heavily targeted ads that get served to a customer at the appropriate time
4. Understand how to syndicate our social media targeting with our display advertising
5. Learn how to attain rich data sets to better understand exactly what our customer is doing prior to saying hello
6. Understand why and how contextual marketing enables marketers to deliver more relevant, meaningful content that helps win new conversions and engender their long-time loyalty.
7. LIVE demo of a contextually delivered ad with a distinct conversion goal
This workshop is suited for intermediate to advanced staff including Dealer Principals, Sales Managers & Marketing Personnel. Personnel from the dealership attending this workshop should understand what their current dealership’s marketing strategy is and what the dealership’s online marketing goals are. As always, bring an award winning attitude, clear mind and a sense of humour!
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In this episode of The Ryan Holtz Show I talk about protein shakes for your mind, 2017 automotive marketing predictions and Unilever CMO Keith Weed. Since 2016 has left us, and 2017 is here. I smell an odour like no other, that is the odour of the Future. This is the time of year when many people make their new years resolutions with fitness being one of them. But what about your mind? What about your soul? If your mind and soul are healthy I am sure your body will follow. As many know, a niche market I have managed to carve out for my business is automotive and I strongly feel that in 2017 it is going to be fierce, competitive and scrappy as car buyers are getting more and more educated which forces the dealers and manufacturers to simply keep up. I am excited!
Have fun listening and what is your protein shake for your mind?
Being great or acting great? Is there a difference and more importantly, does it matter? If we truly believe that perception is reality, then being and acting great could very well lead us to the same result. I recently watched an interview on London Real with Chris Eubanks who is an amazing boxer in Britain and a true class act. Chris’s mild manners and bespoke attitude are a huge contrast from volatility and ferociousness in the ring. In a way, it kind of makes sense. The interview in this interview kept reading articles and statements about how people thought he was “great”. You could tell that Chris was almost uncomfortable with this notion and repeatedly said that he was not great, but simply acted great. He said that is he acted great, then people would think he was great and if that happened then he actually was great.
As entrepreneurs, creative, marketers and business owners, it can often be isolating as you do not get the “water cooler” talk that often comes with the situation of being employed for someone else or simply an employee. As a result, we have to pull inspiration from different resources and outlets often leaving us in a state of be wilderness and maybe a tad of humor and weirdness. After all, as business owners, we really are weird and that is okay. It is why we are entrepreneurs, in most cases, we make terrible employees and that is a statement all to itself.
You might be asking, what or how does watching an interview on a professional great boxer help with running a business or succeed in capturing your online customer’s attention in the digital marketing world? I am happy that you asked. Truth is as a business owner, you are running into several situations which are dark and completely foreign. If you are a business owner that is striving for innovation in their particular industry, whether it be automotive or real estate, then you literally might be cutting and forming new territory and that is a challenge all to itself. When moments seem tough and uncontrollable, we all must ask our self and remind our self why wen entered into this particular genre of life, entrepreneurship. Anyone who has ventured out knows that there is much sacrifice that comes with this sort of lifestyle. An example is I am sitting on an airplane right this minute to complete a digital marketing campaign for the Toronto Fall RV Show while my wife is 16 days from giving birth to our first child. The ying and the yang is in true effect. I get many privileges and flexibilities with being my own boss, but I also have to sacrifice to stay in the game and strive. Are you great? Or do you act great? In regards to myself, I do not have an answer, but I do know that I want to act great and bea leader in all categories of my life. Business is great, family is everything though.
Drop me a comment and tell me what video or article that you pull inspiration from to keep aspiring to your goals.
Purchasing a vehicle just got intense, but wasn’t it already? Gen Y’s expectation of the dealer and manufacturer just got heightened. No more tacky “on hold” phone music while you wait for the secretary to scramble and find a sales person to take your “UP”. Text messaging is a function that has truly changed how we communicate as a culture and world. It allows us to multi-task and talk to many people at one time without being bogged down by the old school phone call and voice to voice. I did a workshop on this very sales technique through The Motor Dealers Association of Alberta last year where we talked about CRM systems lack of ability to follow conversations between car buyers and sales people that were within the text messaging environment.
In an article written by Vince Bond from the Automotive News, he interviewed Kia’s Head of Digital Marketing David Schoonover and asked why he thought text messaging was so intricate in landing the sale. Read the article here. In the article Kia talks about how they understand that Gen Y simply does not want to wait on the phone for 5 minutes and the expectation has changed.
In the automotive marketing workshops and seminars that we do, we always stress the importance of understanding what the car buyer needs and the preferred context they want to communicate in. So important in 2016!
If your dealerships has questions or would like training on how to use texting and text ads to land more deals, reach out to us here.
Also a huge shout out to Platinum Mitsubishi for allowing us to use a screenshot from their recent Google Text Ads.
Where: Telus Spark Place (220 St Georges Dr NE, Calgary, AB T2E 5T2)
When: October 6 at 10:10am
Subject: Don’t Let “ROI” Crush Your Customers Expectations of Your Dealership To Be Creative Engaging and Innovative Through Your Digital Marketing Efforts.
I am truly excited and humbled to be among the speakers at this conference. Kijiji has done a great job of providing a event and forum to offer auto dealers in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary actionable items that they can literally go back to the dealership with and execute. There will be some amazing speakers such as Jon Montgomery, Olympic Gold Medalist and host of The Amazing Race.
If you would like to attend my presentation or have any questions, I do have a discount code that you can purchase tickets with. Please reach out me here.
See you in Calgary!
Edmonton | Thursday, September 22
Calgary | Friday, September 23
Did you know that people watch LIVE Video 3x more then normal video?
1.Overview of Facebook Live, Instagram Stories, Snapchat Stories
2.Live video consumption stats compared against all major media outlets
3.Best practices & tips for how to implement inside of the dealership
4.Extensive content plan to keep your dealerships marketing and sales objectives in line with your “LIVE” audience
5.Some equipment suggestions to put that “professional” touch on your “Live” broadcasts
6.Examples of other dealers who are using Live Streaming to increase sales both in service and sales departments
This one day workshop would be useful for sales managers, service managers, dealer principles and marketing personnel. To ensure success and value, make sure that you have a basic understanding of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat platforms and have dealership accounts created! As alway’s there will be emphasis on GROUP participation and therefore expect to be apart of the conversation and activities.
Wow! Facebook Live is pushing hard to disrupt Periscope and main stream television and news cable networks! Since launching their video live streaming service, they have had great success being featured in several hot button news stories along with their existing user base gobbling up the new feature!
In an effort to dominate the online social media space, both personally and professionally, Facebook has been impressive as they have diversified their product offering and really utilized their 1 billion plus users.
Some of the ways businesses are making use of Facebook Live are:
1. Behind the scenes sneak peeks
2. Customer Q & A mixed with frequently asked questions
3. Product reviews
4. How to segments
5. Employee spotlights
With instant access to people’s lives and everyday experiences, Facebook Live has taken full advantage of people’s desire to see through their friends eyes or smartphone camera! Offering live maps to see all the live broadcasts from around the world literally grants people an un-edited and raw unique experience.
I think this new update by Facebook just solidifies where we are headed. Everyone who has a smart phone literally is their own media.
What do you think about the new update?
Come drop me a line here.
Edmonton: April 4, 2016
Calgary: April 5, 2016
With almost a quarter of car sales coming from millennials, dealers NEED to incorporate Snapchat into their digital strategy!
We will learn:
1. How to use snapchat daily lenses
2. How to incorporate snapchat into the delivery process
3. How to incorporate snapchat into everyday service aspects of the business
4. How to use snapchat face swap
5. How to use snapchat story replies
6. How to build your snapchat following to get past, present and future customers to view your snaps
7. How to use snapchat to SELL cars
8. Overview of Facebook
9. Overview of Facebook and all the new recent features and business profile page changes
10. Brief overview of different types of Facebook ads
11. Overview of how to incorporate Facebook into sales and service aspects of the car business
12. Overview of how Facebook can generate leads and be just as effective as Google pay per click
General manager’s, sales managers, sales staff and marketing personnel would benefit from this. Due to the new faces in our Alberta dealerships, we have had tons of request for more “basic” workshops. However, to try and accommodate all dealership skill levels, this workshop would be suitable for all automotive professionals as we have tailored beginner information with advanced. As alway’s, these are round table workshops and we encourage participation and open dialogue when attending.
Bringing on the New year means having more digital marketing tools at your fingertips for auto dealers! Periscope which is a tool I was very uncertain about has won me over in an extreme way, so much that I did a automotive marketing workshop for The Motor Dealers Association of Alberta to cap off an amazing 2015! Reason I love Periscope is because of it’s instant capability to connect with people via your smartphone LIVE. As I was testing out Periscope, I was immediately addicted as I could watch live events, people completely wasting time or some dude smoking grass in Los Angeles, all with a click of a button!
That being said, Periscope is a data waster as roughly 30 minutes of a live periscope could set you back about 400 megabytes worth of data so unless you have an amazing data plan for your smart phone, I would test the waters while hooked up to wifi. The downside to this I can assure you is some of life’s greatest moments and experiences don’t happen on wifi, so you may find yourself pulling out your phone to catch all that stuff on Periscope. Not to be worries as I am sure periscope is working frantically to make their platform a little more efficient, but when you are streaming live video, it is what it is!
Auto Dealers can make use of Periscope by:
1. Vehicle walk arounds on new inventory
2. Behind the scenes of what really happens at a dealership such as pricing, staff training and service!
3. Can host new owner nights allowing past, present and future customers the ability to get educated on basic vehicle maintenance or the benefit of one of those lovely pro packs!
4. A virtual test drive allowing your audience to perhaps see that brand new Ford mustang or newly released vehicle that is not yet open to the general public.
5. How a car deal is actually done and what exactly the process is depending on the dealers level of transparency.
2016 is the year that General Managers, Sales managers and marketing personnel will have to shift their mindset in order to shift into a gear that will keep up with the customer. I really think that we are in exciting times with the technology that is literally at our fingertips!
Visit the iTunes app store or Google Play store to download the app and get your first scope going! Once you do, follow me @ryanholtz1 so I can tap the screen and show you some love!
If you have periscope, I would love to know what you think! Drop me a line here.