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March 2015, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Sales at Your Fingertips

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

The explosion in smartphone usage among car shoppers put phone leads ahead of Internet leads at the close of 2014, a trend reflected in the deluge of mobile-ready offerings lining the aisles at NADA 2015.

Tags: apple, Customer Loyalty, Dealertrack, Dent Wizard, DMEautomotive, Edmunds, Edmunds.com, iPad, Mobile Applications, mobile solution, NADA, NADA Convention and Expo, smartphones, VinSolutions

March 2012, F&I and Showroom - Feature

In High Demand

By Jennifer Washington

The demand for digital marketing tools at NADA 2012 was a tell-tale sign of the industry’s changing attitude toward the Internet.

Tags: chat software, Dealer Websites, eBay Motors, Internet Leads, inventory, iPad Business Applications, lead generation, lead management, live chat, marketing, Mobile Applications, mobile leads, mobile solution, Mobile Website, online reputation management, social media, web marketing

December 2011, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

A New Age for Marketing

Jim Levine explains the contest rules to the first 100 contestants of the “Snap Up a Saab” campaign. The four-week contest ended on Dec. 1, which is when one lucky contestant drove off in a new Saab.

By Jennifer Washington

The convergence of the real and digital worlds is upon us, and marketers are scrambling to capitalize. Learn how some dealers are making sure auto retailers don’t miss out.

Tags: Augmented Reality, Customer Retention, Dealer Websites, dealership marketing, digital marketing, Kelley Blue Book, MAR, marketing, Mobile Applications, mobile augmented reality, mobile leads, mobile solution, QR codes, Saab, web marketing, Web Tools, Web traffic

October 2011, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Mobile Tools Migrating Into Sales and F&I Processes

By Jennifer Washington

The pace of mobile technology adoption is quickening, and companies are lining up to help dealers transition to a mobile marketplace. Here’s a breakdown of seven solutions that are available now or will be in the near future.

Tags: ADP Dealer Services, BMW, BMW Financial Services, Dealertrack, Innovative Aftermarket Systems, iPad, iPad Business Applications, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Mobile Applications, mobile solution, Mobile Website, Reynolds & Reynolds, Warrantech Automotive

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So Here's the Deal

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By Ronald J. Reahard
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Top trainer advises F&I pros to eliminate the ‘I have AAA’ objection by downplaying the very real — but relatively minor — roadside assistance benefit included with most service contracts.

(Video) Capture Missed VSC Sales

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The Dealer Moved My Goal Posts

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Done Deal

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By Gregory Arroyo
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Protecting F&I’s Future

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The editor responds to a reader’s question about whether F&I managers are being replaced by iPads and digital retailing tools.

Game Almost Over

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The Repair Is Covered

By Gregory Arroyo

Mad Marv

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'We Never Buy This Stuff'

By Marv Eleazer
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Stop Painting Dealers With a Broad Brush

By Marv Eleazer
His Madness has a few choice words for media members who obsess over every act of dealer malfeasance while ignoring their charitable and volunteer efforts.

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By Marv Eleazer

Is That Legal?

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On the Point

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Bound to Fail

By Jim Ziegler
Da Man returns with a message to vehicle manufacturers jumping into the subscription waters: It ain’t gonna happen.

Sharpen Your Survival Skills

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‘Da Man’ has a plan you can use to survive the collapse of the car business and remain profitable through the dealer apocalypse.

Sales Rock Stars Still Exist

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The New Stooges

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