String's Automotive Marketing Blog

String Automotive Rolls out “Strategy in a Box”, Making Marketing Execution a Snap

Posted by Amy Hughes

Mar 22, 2016 4:34:46 PM

Strategy in a Box helps dealership personnel, and their agencies, execute on the powerful marketing data housed within their Dealer Positioning System® (DPS) with detailed action plans and targeted prospects.

String Automotive, provider of the auto retail industry’s first and only dealership intelligence platform, announced today a new enhancement to their Dealer Positioning System® (DPS) that helps dealerships proactively execute on the marketing data recommendations the system provides.

Named Strategy in a Box, the new feature takes the bedrock of crucial information that lies within the DPS and delivers precise marketing action items, model by model. The result is step-by-step instructions on how to target the right customers geographically, through the right channels, and with the most targeted message to lift sales. Dealership management can also give these action reports to their internal teams, or agencies, to execute on the marketing recommendations.

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Topics: auto dealer analytics, dealer positioning system, automotive marketing, data for dealers, nada

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

Truly Knowing Your Customer: Experian Demographic Data On Demand

Posted by Ken Kolodziej

Jul 30, 2014 5:05:00 PM

First, A Question

Before I jump into things, let me pose a question to dealers, agencies, and vendors: How well do you know your customers / your dealers’ customers?  Do you know them well enough to put hard cash on those insights with an advertising strategy? How about $1,000? $10,000?  $100,000?

Follow-up question: How about your competitors’ customers, on-brand and off-brand?  Do you know them well enough? Are you in their mind?

OK…I’m approaching creepy territory now, but I think you understand the point I’m trying to make: We can throw our full weight and wallet behind what we think we know about our customers, but, man, it’s important to truly know who we’re marketing to at a fundamental level. And, for that, we need some solid data to back us up.

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Topics: auto dealer analytics, dealer positioning system, data for dealers

Perfect Information: Or, Why We Do What We Do

Posted by Ken Kolodziej

Jul 29, 2014 5:02:00 PM

Our Mission

As anyone who’s met me can attest, I am a very product-focused person.  I’m also very passionate about what we at String do and how we can continue to push the envelope with our little slice of the state of affairs in the auto industry. 

Part of our mission at String is to put the power of enterprise-class software, data and insights in the hands of as many dealers and agencies as possible.  This concept is crystallized in our Dealer Positioning System (DPS).  

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Topics: dealer positioning system, data for dealers

Why Data Should be Driving Your Dealership's Advertising Decisions

Posted by Ken Kolodziej

Jul 24, 2014 10:52:19 PM

Over the last two decades, the world of data has been experiencing two distinct evolutions. On one hand, we have seen the methods of collecting and storing data improve dramatically. One simply needs to compare the 10MB thumb drives from a decade ago to the flash drives of today to see that storage has become smaller, cheaper, and faster. A “small” amount of data held on an 8GB flash drive can cost under $10.

For car dealers, the more important of the two data revolutions comes in the form of taking the vast amounts of data available and organizing it in a way that gives insights that point towards action. It’s in this discernment of the data that the real magic happens.

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Topics: auto dealer analytics, dealer positioning system, data for dealers