String's Automotive Marketing Blog

Do I Still Have Time to Make Different Happen?

Posted by Amy Hughes

Nov 13, 2014 4:54:39 PM

How have you (or will you) alter your marketing and advertising plans for 2015? Are you ahead of the game, or is it crunch time? 

There are 12 working days until Black Friday. Just like the Muzak in your local retail store switched to holiday carols in mid-July, (and potentially, just as annoying), the industry articles have been looming in your Inbox and RSS feeds forewarning you for months that you must change your marketing and advertising strategies. The buzz words are flying at you just as fast as the retail sales papers and catalogs are filling your mailbox - big data, small data, analytics, tagging, multi-channel customers. Believe it or not, it's not too late to effect change in your 2015 budget and strategy; The even better news... it doesn't have to overwhelm you. To effect change you do need to view your data through a different lens. But there are a few areas where you need more of the same

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Topics: auto dealer analytics, car buyer customer journey, automotive marketing, data for dealers

Advanced Attribution: Track the Car Buyer Customer Journey

Posted by Matthew Kolodziej

Jun 28, 2013 5:00:00 AM

Your customers don't rush to buy a car, so why rush to attribute leads to a single source? With Google Analytics' new Model Comparison Tool, you can easily pick between a number of attribution models that give credit to all sources involved in generating your web leads.  You'll be able to give credit to marketing activities that serve as "assists" as well as those that score the actual sale.

It's been almost two years since Google Analytics introduced Multi-Channel Funnels into it's reporting, but the past two weeks have delivered two of the biggest and most important changes to this feature since its launch.

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Topics: auto dealer analytics, google analytics, car buyer customer journey, conversions

Measure What Matters: Are You Tracking the Right Stats?

Posted by Matt Kolodziej

May 16, 2013 2:33:00 PM

Welcome to our second installment on analytics for auto dealers!  We’re back with more tips and tricks on how to use successfully use Google Analytics to measure your marketing effectiveness. As we discussed in yesterday’s installment on goal tracking, the key is to stop focusing on irrelevant statistics when you're looking at the funnel as a whole.

Don't bother with visits and pageviews. If you want an accurate look at how you're filling the funnel and which sources are contributing most to conversions and sales, put engagement aside and concentrate instead on unique visitors and new visitors. If a vendor is tying success to time on site, bounce rate, and pages per visit, then they're not looking at the right metrics. A longer time on site and higher pages per visit may simply mean that users are confused and spending longer looking for what they want. 

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Topics: auto dealer analytics, google analytics, digital dealer, web stats, car buyer customer journey