Nobody Loves an Advertisement, They Love A Story #MarketingTips

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Nobody Loves an Advertisement, They Love A Story

I know, right?! People still seem to get taken back by this statement when I say it. I stand firmly behind it, the days of getting sold are coming to a very abrupt end. Inbound is making up a ton of the leads that are transpiring into the almighty sale. Think of it logically…..do you really wake up in the morning and confess your love for that first advertisement that appears in your Facebook news feed or that little mobile banner ad on your local weather app while you are on the toilet?! Hell NO! I know you do not. We are slowly trained to condition our brains to avoid the advertisements UNLESS we are choosing to make the decision to pursue the product on our own accord. Funny how that works, EH?

Now, let’s wake up again and start over, when you see that furry little kitty or puppy post on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed, you tend to smile and even share that onto your almighty timeline…why, I wonder?! That is because it evoked some sort of emotion to make you feel compelled to relate with the piece of content or post. That little kitty or puppy automatically reminds you of your own pet, or a pet that you recently lost or a friend’s pet, it helps your mind automatically correlate to a certain feeling, time and emotion. This is what we call storytelling, the ability to articulate a thought, idea or opinion and convey the message through the proper context. Since we were young, all we did was read stories, so our minds are trained right off the hop to love and appreciate a great story that does not start with a pitch!

How does this relate to your business, whether that be an auto dealership, real estate brokerage or just your local cookie company? It relates because you have a product or service and simply want people to be interested enough to come in and try it out. The “sell” is really the story as to why they should come in and spend their hard cold cash on your product or service.

Things to consider when crafting your story as to why people should come in and check out your product:

1. Who would my product or service benefit? (No, not everybody, be more specific)
2. What need or desire does my product fulfill?
3. Who is a large segment of my buyers? (age, location, interest, etc.hbb)
4. Which platforms am I going to use to share my content? (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc.)
5. What is the proper context to syndicate my content? (If your customer is on Facebook, but you are pushing out on Instagram, then clearly, not good)

In 2017, contextual marketing is more and more relevant as the days of “spray and pray” marketing to the masses are coming to a close, it is all about personalization and even though it creates a crap load more work up front, the results on the back end will be very pleasing.

Let me know your thoughts! Do you love an ad?

Workshop: A Healthy Dose Of Automotive Contextual Digital Marketing, “SEO” & Data For Calgary & Edmonton Auto Dealers

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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.”

We will:

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!

Click here to register.

Ep 07: Protein Shake For Your Mind, 2017 Automotive Predictions & Unilever CMO Keith Weed

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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?

Ontario Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association in Partnership with Ryan Holtz Marketing Consulting & Training Breaks All-Time Sales Record at The Toronto Fall RV Show by Introducing Social Media & Digital Marketing to Gain Online RV Shoppers

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ORVDA Official Press Release

Ontario Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association in Partnership with Ryan Holtz Marketing Consulting & Training Breaks All-Time Sales Record at The Toronto Fall RV Show!

What an amazing digital marketing campaign and an even better partnership! The Toronto Fall RV Show was an absolute hit! The ORVDA commisioned us to execute their first ever digital marketing campaign. Natalie and her team at ORVDA including the board have been a pleasure to work with as they want to be innovative and a head of the curve. With the 2017 RV buyer so sophisticated in their online research, it is imperative that our marketing efforts meet them where they are prior to the show. We executed social media, ppc, video pre-roll and LIVE video as a few of our digital marketing efforts.

As a result of this great result and partnership, we are pleased to announce we will be doing the digital and social media marketing Hamilton, Ottawa and the two Toronto RV shows. We will also be rolling out online marketing webinars for through our partnership with The Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada in the next coming months. Stay tuned!

Please contact us here to find out how we can help market your event or trade show successfully using social media and digital marketing strategies.

2017 Automotive Digital Marketing Bootcamp! New Year, New Digital Automotive Marketing Opportunities! | Calgary & Edmonton Auto Dealers

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2017 Automotive Digital Marketing Bootcamp!

January 12 – Edmonton
January 13 – Calgary

Register here.

New Year, New Digital Automotive Marketing Opportunities!

In this full day workshop we will go over:

1. Latest in social media platforms that auto buyers are using in their discovery path allowing auto dealers to convert
2. Different changes in algorithms such as Facebook and Instagram
3. Pay per click diversification, search is so much bigger to the 2017 car buyer
4. Dealership digital marketing audit forecast. Does your dealership have the necessary digital marketing plan in order to be successful in the 2017 digital ecosystem?
5. Why your dealership needs to invest in LIVE video on all social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook & Twitter (Periscope)
6. Micro-content creation with an emphasis on video
7. Round table Q & A

As always, attendee participation is a must and therefore will be encouraged. Please note that this workshop will be best suited for the intermediate to advanced dealer who has a decent handle on their current digital marketing initiatives. Bring a laptop, phone, questions and a fun attitude!

Uh oh! Beginning of The Trust Cycle: Using Social Media & Digital Marketing to Engage Your Customers

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Uh Oh! Platforms, wires, people huddled together trying to get those extra few bars of battery life at the airport. This truly is the digital connection economy. Hopping on an airplane witnessing passenger reactions when flight attendants tell them no monitors are available to view shows. Their only option is to download the app and view on their laptop, iPad or smart phone device is sobering to say the least. For the “millennial” this is just normal life, but as a fellow entrepreneur and marketer, I wonder how they feel or how I would feel if I was in their position. Needless to say, this is our new reality, so let’s make the most of it.

When talking sales or execution of a marketing strategy, the funnel is always brought up. What people tend to forget is the way someone comes into the funnel has completely changed. They are entering the funnel wayyyyyy before they meet you, they are entering digitally on their own terms, in their own time. This is HUGE! Does social media sell and what the hell is the ROI? Well, those are great questions, but it is accurate to say that social media, search and display are the beginning stages of the trust cycle, so if you want to say hello to your customer, I suggest you get social and start building trust. By doing this, I do not mean come outta the gate swinging and asking them to buy your sh*t, but rather to establish some value and authority in your chosen space.

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube are known as social media networks, but make no mistake, they are platforms where people spend a ridiculous amount of time and breath on. We call these platforms, and there are three main stages to platforms: traction, maintaining and expansion. Out of these three, traction is the hardest. Think about trying to lose weight, hardest part is literally getting started. This is part of human nature, if we do not see immediate results or get the desired reactions from our pees, we often dismiss our initial reasons for starting out on the venture. Traction is social media or plat forming is no different as it takes time, dedication and constant thumb exercise. Hah did you get that joke? Are you thumbs hurting? I know mine are!

When tackling you’re your social media strategy for your real estate company or automotive dealership, think of it as a going on a date for the first time. The initial first 5 minutes of the interaction will often likely determine the outcome of what that encounter will look like as it goes on. Ask yourself how you can provide value and gain trust with your customer when making posts or curating your content. Remember, this is not a game, it is all about interacting with people! People are not dumb, they know when someone is trying to sell them, stop it! Seth Godin say’s it best, we are in a permission economy!

Get out there and build some trust!

Come say hi to me.

SPEAKING at DealerTalkX in Calgary October 6, 2016 | Calgary, Edmonton & Alberta Auto Dealers | Digital Marketing

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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!

What We Learned From Executing City Of Edmonton Councillor Moe Banga’s Social Media/Digital Marketing Campaign.

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Photo credit: Ed Kaiser

I delayed writing this post until a certain amount of time had past after the election as I felt it would be more appropriate. In the City of Edmonton’s most recent ward 12 by-election, my company had the pleasure of assisting on the Moe Banga digital marketing campaign where we were extremely successful. When getting the call from Moe’s daughter to come and give a presentation on how we could amplify his current digital efforts, I thought to myself “this could be really fun and interesting!”. The minute I shook hands with Moe, I seen his passion for wanting to win and serve the people of Edmonton as he had been doing for 20 plus years as a Edmonton Police detective. The first thought that came to mind is “how can I get the social media voter to relate to a middle aged, police detective?” The answer was simple, let’s create a campaign that is all about the people by curating small pieces of content that make the voter feel like Moe is literally a gate way for them to better their own city. I guess, I just wanted the people of ward 12 to take responsibility and accountability for their own community and look at Moe as a tool they can use to do that.

In marketing, we are always looking for strategic ways to be able to figure out what a consumer wants, how they prefer to communicate and most of all the message we need to show them, without annoying them. Most of our marketing clients have products or professional services which we can pull data from and wrap our digital and social media campaigns around to ultimately increase the bottom line.

What we learned from assisting Moe Banga’s digital marketing campaign is that grass roots initiatives are so powerful as they literally are led by the “people” for the “people”. Moe put together an amazing team, starting with his campaign manager and spreading to the rest of the amazing group! This political grass roots campaign was fun, amazing and highly competitive as there was 30 plus other candidates running for the same seat. This was an amazing challenge and an absolute pleasure to be apart of!

Read the full Edmonton Sun article by Trevor Robb here.

I kindly thank City of Edmonton councillor Moe Banga for his video testimonial.

Please note that this post or video testimonial from Moe Banga is NOT in anyway endorsed by or affiliated with the City of Edmonton or any of it’s officials. This testimonial is solely for the purpose of the work Ryan Holtz Marketing Consulting & Training did on Moe Banga’s ward 12 by-election campaign.

Periscope: Change in Digital Marketing Communication and Mobile User Preference Especially In The Automotive Sector | Pros & Cons

Yes, Periscope is fairly new with about a 100 million users and slightly over one year old. This live streaming video service is a complete game changer. Just when we thought that mobile usage was already crazy, studies have shown that people seem to be living in their screens more then their own life and Periscope just takes it one step further. I would be foolish to not mention other live video streaming services such as Meerkat and Blab.

Literally being able to see people’s lives through their eyes, or should I say mobile phones is what Periscope offers. Not only is this amazing, but it is absolutely a huge marketing tool to connect and get in front of the right customer. Whether you are a tour guide and want to build a following using Periscope to give your virtual customer a tour of some of the most sought after places in the world or you are an auto dealership that is taking your “new owner nights” to epic proportions by sending out a friendly email to your customer data base through CRM that invites them to tune in as you will be showing them some basic car maintenance pointers, Periscope offers you endless options and in real-time.

Here are some basic pros and cons of live streaming with Periscope:

Pros:

1. LIVE and immediate interaction with your audience
2. Fun and highly addictive
3. Offers ability for you to have your own live virtual tv channel
4. Provides a platform for you to repurpose all of your content and use Periscope to put the little sprinkle on top
5. Immediate gratification

Cons:

1. USES a ton of data and battery power if not connected to Wifi
2. Not as popular in certain geographic areas. (Again, as an early adopter, this app is growing and becoming more and more prominent as live video streaming is here to stay.)
3. Certain functionalities of the app need improving like stopping the broadcast and switching the screen around
4. May cause a little anxiousness for people who are camera-shy but also kind of a good thing as it is good practice for you to dominate the stage!

As you can see, this app is worth checking out and giving it a whirl! I can tell you that doing a few scopes here and there has provided a increase to my blog subscribers and my overall digital footprint. Please check out the app and see what it can do for you and your business!

Any questions or comments, say hello to me here :)

Calgary/Edmonton Auto Dealership Digital Marketing Workshop: Facebook Retargeting, Remarketing and Lookalike Audiences!

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(ADVANCED) Facebook Remarketing, Retargeting, Lookalike Audiences & Snippet Codes for Custom Website Audience Targeting

We will:

  • Learn how to install a snippet code onto your website to allow tracking of specific visitors to specific inventory pages
  • Build a custom audience from people who visit specific parts of your website at specific times to allow for retargeting of ads
  • Create lookalike audiences to mirror previous customer groups from similar segments who were interested in specific models or offers and incentives
  • Take a tour through the new business editor that Facebook has rolled out in an effort to better manage your business pages, ad campaigns and overall spend
  • Go over conversion tracking that allows you to see when people see your ad in their Facebook timeline and go straight to your website. This is very useful if you are running an advanced campaign that is set to go to a specific landing page where the visitor will then download a coupon
  • Go over a few sample advanced ads from start to finish
  • Examples of ads that could be ran for sales, F & I, and service departments
  • By the end of this workshop you will have an advanced understanding of the in depth options that Facebook advertising allows.


  • People attending this workshop should have an ADVANCED understanding of Facebook advertising for their auto dealership. This workshop would be good for General Managers, Sales Managers, Marketing Managers, Internet Directors and Service Managers.

    Please bring a laptop, login information for you business page and have an overall understanding of what your current marketing strategy is. Also, the style of these workshops is very interactive with encouraged group participation and open dialogue. You must be comfortable with this type of setting.

    Location & Date:

    Edmonton (October 22 9:30am – 3:30pm)

    Calgary (October 23 9:30am – 3:30pm)

    Register conveniently here.