In today’s modern world, we have to accept that most consumers are interacting with businesses from their mobile phones. There are exceptions to every rule, however, mobile-first functionality is undoubtedly an integral part of maximizing conversions for spend.
Mobile-first optimization simply means that we prioritize Google’s mobile algorithm over its predecessor, the desktop. Fast load times, content quality and page relevance are just a few of the factors that determine where and how you reach your next customer.
Think about it, when you are living your day to day life, what is the thing that you have by your side the most? If you need to prepare for today’s weather, there’s an app for that, if you want to see how many calories you just burned, there’s an app for that. And if you are hoping to make a large purchase, like a home, laptop or car, you’ll probably use every app you can think of to do your research.
It’s no surprise that consumers spent 1.6 trillion hours on their mobile devices in the first half of 2020, up considerably from the same period a year earlier, according to a report from mobile data and analytics provider App Annie.
It’s understandable to think that mobile engagement has just been inflated due to stay at home orders, and that is partially true. Look at it this way, COVID-19 will be a distant memory one day, but business communications and consumer behaviour have changed forever. So many users are forming new habits, making this the optimal time to deliver a new ad or brand message. It has never been more important to ensure that your dealership doesn’t get lost in the crowd as the automotive industry moves toward e-commerce and digital advertising.
EZ-Results ensures that our client’s digital presence is optimized in every way possible. Get in touch with us to discuss further mobile engagement opportunities including Google My Business set-up and Call-Only campaigns.
Do you want to learn more about how Facebook makes selling cars easier? Dealers can list their used vehicle inventory on Marketplace to reach more people on Facebook and here’s how:
Listings appear to people where they’re already browsing vehicle listings.
You can respond quickly to questions with Facebook Messenger or a short instant form, depending on location.
You can show info like price, model and mileage.
You can reach people with listings specially formatted for phones.
In order to efficiently manage your used car inventory, it is best to work with one Marketplace Inventory Partner to show listings on Facebook. According to Facebook Business Centre, working with more than one partner may result in fewer leads overall from Marketplace.
It is important the following information:
Dealerships can’t list new cars but can list certified pre-owned inventory.
Dealership listings will appear only on Marketplace, not on a Facebook Page (unless deliberately shared to a Page).
Car purchases can’t be made directly on Marketplace. Marketplace just connects buyers and sellers.
Dealership listings will appear with individual sellers’ listings on Marketplace, but buyers can filter between dealership or individual listings when they search for vehicles.
By default, Marketplace shows listings within 40 miles of a person’s location. People can change this setting as needed when they search for vehicles.
If you aren’t doing so already, your dealership can use your marketplace inventory to run automotive inventory ads:
Deliver ads to people who want to see them. With automotive inventory ads, you can automatically serve up ads with real-time availability and pricing to people based on vehicles they show intent to purchase.
Reach people across devices. Your ads will appear on web and mobile, regardless of the device they used to originally see your product.
Your campaigns are always on. Your campaigns are automatically set to reach people with the right inventory at the right time, based on the actions they take on your website or app.
Time’s are changing, and EZ-Results is here to help you adapt. There has been immense progression within the automotive industry over the last few months. We are so proud to see how the automotive community has banded together at a time when we need it more.
In the wake of COVID-19, many of us have been forced to rely on digital connections. It has been an adjustment, certainly, some argue that car buying will never be the same, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Optimizing your digital presence is a win-win for all. Keeping potential customers in the loop can be painless. For example, inventory feeds will allow your inventory to be displayed prominently and accurately. Or Google My Business can let your customers accurately track changes to your hours of operation. Studies show that customers are ready and primed for the online buying experience. Who could resist online demos, sales and support, valet-style maintenance service, test drives and more? It’s likely that as restrictions lift, we will continue to see improved engagement in online platforms. In the age of information and technology, consumers want to rest assured that they are armed with knowledge when purchasing big-ticket items.
Powerful advertising platforms are allowing us to reimagine the way we sell cars. We believe platforms like Facebook Marketplace, Google My Business, and Instagram should be a part of your short and long term business plan. The internet allows us to work smarter, not harder. It allows us to free up time for the things that matter most, all while connecting us to the entire world! The possibilities are endless on the web, and we often take these resources for granted.
We wanted to stop by to say, sometimes uncertainty brings clarity. If you look hard enough, there’s always a silver lining. Stay ahead of the curve, and embrace change, always.
PPC (pay-per-click) refers to the advertising method in which advertisers only pay when a potential lead clicks on their ad. Advertising platforms use factors like budgets, keywords, audiences, and landing pages to determine these costs. This allows consumers and advertisers alike to rest assured that they are communicating with the right people. According to Portent, dealerships, service centres and restaurants are prime examples of when location matters most in business. That’s why it’s so important to set a dedicated, winning PPC strategy.
PPC is all about relevance. Users are searching for specific products, services, and information at any given time. Advertisers have the ability to show a targeted ad at the exact moment this search is occurring. Radius targeting adds an extra context layer to your ad and increases the likelihood of consumer engagement.
Times Are Changing
A business that relies on the local populace alone may find themselves losing out on many consumer touch-points. A user across the province isn’t likely to travel hundreds of kilometres to simply visit your store, but they would do so to close a deal! Expanding your targeting tactics is extremely important, especially if you offer incentives like province-wide vehicle delivery or travel rebates with vehicle purchase. Localized PPC campaigns will allow you to spend efficiently while tailoring your ads for your lead’s every need.
A Few Key Benefits:
Improves SEO relevance and budget optimization
Provides answers to your consumer’s questions
Pulls in quality traffic to your site
Provides competitive advantage
It can drive offline sales
It’s under your control
Though times are changing, one key to success remains the same: location, location, location. How and where your consumers find you can make or break your bottom line.
Which car is best? Is this model right for me? Can I afford it? Where should I buy it? Am I getting a good deal?
These are the types of questions your customers are asking, be sure you’re there to answer.
What started out as a simple classified ads platform, has morphed into the preferred marketplace and e-commerce networks. With 19 million Canadian users on Facebook, it’s no wonder we want to take advantage of this opportunity!
In an interview with Facebook Product Manager Bowen Pan, he stated: “We noticed that auto is one of the most popular categories on Marketplace with millions of North-Americans looking at cars and vehicle listings every day.”
So here’s how it works. Shoppers access listings by using their browser or the app, the latter being most impactful. Consequently, vehicle posts created on WebManager are always Mobile Optimized. In-Market users can browse your inventory at their leisure. Keeping convenience at the top of the social media priority list, dealers can take advantage of Facebook Messenger and WebManager Chat. You no longer have to worry if you lost a potential lead due to lengthy response times.
The benefits don’t end there! WebManager has many features outside of chat and posting. We can utilize its reporting abilities to track and maintain leads and other interactions. With an unlimited listing allowance, you are sure to increase your vehicle visibility.
The most important benefit of all is trust. Users trust Facebook with their information, hence the level of trust that all content on the app is not crossing over into Craigslist territory.
According to CBT News, scamming is much more difficult on Facebook. Buyers and sellers can see each other’s public profiles. Couple this with a secure payment feature and the choice is easy. Reach your buyers where they are and respond in real-time.
E-Mail or call us to sign up for Facebook Marketplace today!