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TrueCar Sponsors Ten Full Ride AutoCon 2013 Scholarships – AutoConnections Conference and Exposition

 

AutoCon 2013 Announces a Special Program Sponsored by TrueCar to Award Ten “Full Ride Scholarships” for Dealership Managers to Attend AutoCon 2013*

Automotive Media Partners, LLC is proud to announce the creation of a “Full Ride Scholarship*” program sponsored by TrueCar of Santa Monica, California.  TrueCar’s pioneering sponsorship of this program provides the funds to cover the costs of transportation to and from Las Vegas, lodging at the Aria Resort and full AutoCon conference registration. 

One of the most surprising aspects of TrueCar’s sponsorship is that the company has funded ten (10) AutoCon “Full Ride Scholarships*”.  Ten automotive professionals will receive the educational, networking, inspiration and innovation benefits from attending the 2013 AutoConnections Conference and Exposition at no out of pocket expense for travel, meals during the event or conference fees to themselves or their dealerships. 

  

The TrueCar AutoCon Scholarship Program is further evidence of the remarkable transformation that has taken place at TrueCar since the beginning of 2012. After receiving a remarkable level of criticism within the auto industry during the second half of 2011, TrueCar has evolved and revised their automotive purchasing programs for consumers and affiliated corporations to be far more dealer friendly.  TrueCar’s objectives supported by these changes have included raising dealer profit margins to levels that provide more room for dealers to cover facility costs and the staffing levels needed to properly service new vehicle buyers sent to them by TrueCar.   


TrueCar understands and recognizes the need for ongoing training and thought leadership within the ranks of the retail automotive industry. 

Their management team has decided that one of the best ways to demonstrate this commitment to betterment of the industry is to commit the funds necessary to support independent dealer focused educational events such as AutoCon 2013. 

 

TrueCar executives Bernie Brenner and Mike Timmons approached the founders of the Automotive Digital Marketing and dealerElite professional communities, Ralph Paglia, Chris Saraceno and Mike Myers because these online networks have served as “Ground Zero” for some of the industry’s harshest criticism of TrueCar in the recent past.  

Surprising for a company as large as TrueCar is, their management team has reviewed the criticism published by members of the ADM and DealerELITE networks and taken corrective actions, changed their business models and worked with State dealer associations to create vehicle purchase programs that make sense for participating dealers. 

How will the TrueCar AutoCon Scholarships be Awarded?

TrueCar has asked that the AutoConnections Conference Management Team take full control and responsibility for ensuring that the 10 Full Ride Scholarships be awarded based on merit and need.  Criteria will include a wide geographic representation by selecting automotive professionals from every region in North America.  Another consideration will be to award scholarships to professionals who represent a diverse range of vehicle brands and positions within the dealerships they serve.  

Written TrueCar Scholarship Application

The application process will be a simple online application that includes all the expected contact information, a description of the applicant’s role in the dealership where they work and space for them to describe in their own words why they should be awarded a TrueCar AutoCon Scholarship to attend the AutoConnections Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas from September 4th to the 6th

Video TrueCar Scholarship Application

If you are better at explaining your reasons why you should be selected for a scholarship in a verbal manner, the AutoCon 2013 TrueCar scholarship committee will also be pleased to accept your proposal in a video format. Simply explain why you should be selected in a YouTube video that is either uploaded or embedded to either AutomotiveDigitalMarketing.com or dealerELITE.net.

Please be sure to include the link to that video in your scholarship application where you write out your explanation of why YOU should be selected to receive a “Full Ride Scholarship”.

The AutoCon Scholarship Selection Committee is comprised of Ralph Paglia, Chris Saraceno, Mike Myers, Carrie Hemphill and Brian Pasch.  As applicants are being considered they will be contacted by a committee member and interviewed via phone and email.  Final selections will be made by committee vote and the awardees notified by email and phone.

AutoCon 2013 Scholarship Selection Committee

  • Ralph Paglia
  • Chris Saraceno
  • Mike Myers
  • Carrie Hemphill
  • Brian Pasch 

                                                    

Applications for TrueCar AutoCon Scholarships will be accepted starting Monday July 1, 2013 and award selections will begin Monday August 5, 2013.

AutoCon 2013 Sponsored by TrueCar

AutoCon 2013 Sponsored by TrueCar

With 10 TrueCar AutoCon Scholarships being awarded, the odds of being selected are probably better than any other similar program in the auto industry… So, do not hesitate to apply and encourage other automotive professionals to do so!  All of us who are stakeholders in the AutoCon event are thrilled with the investment being made by TrueCar to support what we believe is the best event in the auto industry.  The TrueCar sponsorship of AutoCon 2013 and the Full Ride Scholarship Program is appreciated and respected. 

In the past, TrueCar was a company that received an enormous amount of criticism, much of which has been emotionally charged and at times, crossed the boundaries of decency and professional behavior.  Many other companies faced with similar criticism and public ridicule would have released a barrage of legal actions to defend themselves.  TrueCar has consistently taken the high road and responded to their critics with program changes and by sending their senior executives to major auto industry events and meetings. 

 

The TrueCar sponsorship of AutoCon is further proof that this company is led by professionals who want to be valuable contributors to the overall success of the auto industry.

 

On behalf of the AutoCon team and the 10 auto industry professionals who will receive the benefit of these scholarship awards, a sincere thank you to TrueCar is extended.

Apply for a TrueCar AutoCon Scholarship online at http://AutoCon2013.com

    

*PLEASE NOTE: “Full Ride Scholarship” is the brand name for this category of award and is owned by Automotive Media Partners, LLC.  All “Full Ride Scholarships” associated with an AMP promoted event with include a travel stipend that reimburses the scholarship recipient for airfare expense submitted up to a maximum dollar amount. Recipients will also receive lodging for the nights of the conference itself. Any room charges authorized by the scholarship recipient, or incidental expenses are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. Also included are the conference fees for registering and attending the event, which will usually include scheduled breakfasts and lunches that all event participants receive. It is important for scholarship recipients to understand that ANY expenses outside of airfare to and from the event, hotel lodging and conference registration fees are NOT INCLUDED in our version of a “Full Ride Scholarship”.  Furthermore, we strongly advise all scholarship recipients to travel with a valid major credit card and two forms of government issued ID. Adequate cash should be brought by scholarship recipients to cover meals outside of those scheduled on the conference agenda, local transportation and miscellaneous expenses… After all, you will be in Las Vegas and “Cash-In-Fist” is strongly advised!

   

via Automotive Digital Marketing Professional Community.

Vine Video Clips Generate High Engagement on Twitter

Vine Generates Surprisingly High Engagement Rates on Twitter

Marketing Research Report Shows That Tweets With Vine Uploads Create “Surprising” Engagement Rates

Socialbakers calls the results “surprising” and even “amazing” considering that Vine is so new – it was only just introduced to Android, having previously only been available to iPhone and iPad users.(The Socialbakers data is based only on iPhone and iPad engagement.) Now, Facebook isreportedly exploring video for Instagram.

In research released last month, Unruly Media shared some other findings about Vine (some of which may by now be obsolete given Vine’s growth trajectory, but interesting nonetheless). Based on data from more than 10 million Vines collected during a 1-month period, Unruly Media found that:

  • 5 tweets per second contained a Vine link;
  • Weekends were the most popular time to share Vines, by a sizable margin;
  • Most Vine activity occurred between 10-11AM EDT; and
  • Branded content accounted for 4% of the top 100 Vines tracked, compared to only 1% of content in the Unruly Viral Video Chart Top 100 Most Shared Videos that was branded.

About the Data: The Socialbakers data is based on an analysis of more than 30,000 tweets containing YouTube and Vine links posted over a 1-month period by selected brand profiles. The time period was May 5-June 5, 2013.

Socialbakers’ formula for Twitter engagement rate is based on replies, retweets, and favorites. The formula is listed below:

Twitter Average Tweet ER = ((Replies + Retweets + Favorites on a given day / # of tweets made by profile on a given day) / Total Followers on a given day) x 100

via Automotive Digital Marketing Professional Community.

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Social Media Now Most Effective Google SEO Strategy for Car Dealers – Automotive Marketing

Social Media Now Most Effective Google SEO Strategy for Car Dealers

Social Signals Highest Correlating Factors with Google Rankings for Automotive Websites

Within the US, among 22 ranking factors identified, social signals account for 5 of the 6 most highly correlated with Google search results, according to a June 2012 study from Searchmetrics. Presenting the correlations using Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient, the study shows that Facebook shares (0.37) have the highest correlation, followed by number of backlinks (0.36). Other high-ranking factors include Facebook comments (0.33) and likes (0.3), and Tweets (0.25).

 

A number of factors display a negative correlation with Google rankings for automotive related websites, including title character length (-0.04) and the position of title keywords (-0.05).

 

According to a BrightEdge survey released in January 2012, 84% of search marketers say social signals such as likes, tweets, a… will be either more important (53%) or much more important (31%) to their SEO this year as compared to 2011.

 

Backlinks Still Work

Backlinks continue to be one of the most critical factors affecting rankings for car dealer and automotive related websites, according to the Searchmetrics report. The number of backlinks ranks just behind Facebook shares as the most highly-correlated factor. Additionally, other backlink factors also positively correlate, such as the proportion of nofollow links (0.15) and the proportion of links containing keywords (0.10).

 

Ads Can Hinder Results

Further results from the report indicate that too much advertising by a car dealer, dealer association or an OEM can be a dampener on search ranking success. The advertising factors studied all returned a negative correlation: AdLinks; AdSense; and AdSense Blocks each had a correlation coefficient of -0.04. Even so, the report notes that the correlation value for Adlinks includes AdSense, and separating out AdSense, which has a negative correlation, yields a better result for Adlinks. Basically, not including AdSense code for Google Adwords to insert advertising on your automotive related website seems to have a positive correlation with ranking on that site’s SERP.

 

Also, Searchmetrics indicates that this result needs to be monitored, as these factors only appear to be relevant in the top 10 results and because AdSense tends to feature more often on poorly ranking sites than those with better rankings.

 

Other Findings:

  • Strong automotive brands rank in the top 5 even without perfectly conforming on-page structures, adding weight to the presumption of brand power in search rankings.
  • Keywords in automotive domain names correlate much more strongly with high rankings than keywords in the rest of the URL.
  • Image count does not appear to be much of a factor, with a correlation coefficient of just 0.04.

 

About the Data: The report cautions that correlation does not equate to causation, and these results do not in any way guarantee that the factors have an effect on rankings or are even used by Google as signals.

 

For its dataset, Searchmetrics selected an extremely large keyword set of 10,000 search terms from Google.com U.S. Searchmetrics did not just include the top 10,000 search terms according to search volume, since they contain a disproportionately high number of brand keywords which might have distorted the assessment of many other key factors. Instead the reference dataset includes a mix of different keywords with, if not the largest, then at least generally high search volumes. Around 1 in 10 are keywords that were identified as navigation-oriented according to Searchmetrics logic; the rest are a mix of keywords from a variety of CPC areas to best cover transactional (higher CPC) and information oriented (lower CPC) searches as well as the hybrids in between.

 

The assessment was limited to organic searches – AdWords, Universal Search OneBoxes, 2 to 7 packs, sitelinks, iGoogle integrations etc. were not included. The analysis’ 10,000 analyzed keywords lead to: 30,000 SERPs with 300,000 titles, descriptions and URLs. The ranking sites’ content included: 14.68 GB in data; 92,672 AdSense blocks; 338,562,612 Facebook comments; 3.04 billion shares; and 8.1 billion likes.

 

Source: www.marketingcharts.com

Register for AutoCon 2012 today at http://AutoCon2012.com

via Automotive Digital Marketing Professional Community.

AutoCon 2012 Upgraded Fall Conference Facilities To Meet Demand – Aria Wins Bid – Automotive Professionals

AutoCon 2012 Upgraded Fall Conference Facilities To Meet Demand – Aria Wins Bid

Carrie and the entire AutoConnections Conference Team have been working at a feverish pitch over the last 48 hours on a mission of finding a bigger and better venue.  Many thanks to the sponsors and dealers who have enrolled over the past week and provided us with the revenue to upgrade the AutoCon 2012 venue to the fabulous $2 Billion facilities at City Center Las Vegas and the Aria Hotel.  With the upgraded general session auditorium and state of the art stage, AutoCon will now be able to handle well over 500 attendees.  This is VERY BIG NEWS and I could not be prouder or more thrilled with Carrie’s superb management of the upgraded facilities negotiation.

The rooms at Aria where AutoCon 2012 attendees will be staying are AT LEAST twice as nice as those at the much older Mirage property… And thanks to Carrie’s negotiation skills, AutoCon attendees will be staying at the Aria for less than half the cost this property normally receives! A nicer hotel at a room rate less than most other conferences is yet another reason to attend AutoCon 2012 and gain the most significant strategic insights and competitive advantages in the auto industry.

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