Car Dealer Insider Jan 15, 2008
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Car Dealer Insider Jan 15, 2008

How a Chevy dealer, on a budget, coordinated e-mail and search strategy to triple sales leads

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How a Chevy dealer, on a budget, coordinated e-mail and search strategy to triple sales leads

Here's the story of a New Jersey Chevrolet dealership that used triggered e-mails, search ads, a micro-site, and incentives to drive 276.7% more leads into the store. Online-generated vehicle purchases jumped more than six times.

The problem The smallish Chevy store had to compete with 49 other Chevrolet dealers in its market area. New owners had taken over management of the dealership, it was operating at a loss, and advertising funds were scarce, according to the publication _Marketing Sherpa.

The owners' stated goal was to return the dealership to profitability and then try to sell the point back to General Motors and/or some of the competing stores.

The restrictive marketing budget meant that management had to craft an innovative, grassroots plan.

A "mystery shopper" sent e-mails to the competition requesting information. The slow and even non-existent responses from other dealers indicated that a creative e-mail campaign had some potential.

The program

Using search ads, a blind micro-site, and a triggered e-mail campaign, dealership managers came up with a plan to drive more buyers to the showroom.

There were five essential elements in the 90-day program:

  1. Test keywords

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