Use Google Posts to Advertise Dealer Lease Offers & Specials

I may sound like a severely broken record here, but not a month goes by without Google changing the way the game’s played. This month’s offering? The inclusion of a new “Offer” category within Google Posts.

You may be asking yourself, “Why should I care about Google Posts?”

Just hear me out, would ya?

Once a virtually dead feature for car dealers, Google Posts has finally come full circle, evolving into a powerful tool that adds supplemental value to branded paid search campaigns. With the most recent updates in the Google My Business platform, dealerships far and wide can now utilize the revitalized Google Posts to highlight daily, weekly, or monthly vehicle lease offers and finance deals. What an exciting time to be alive!

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The Lowdown on Google Offers for Dealers

Before the implementation of an official “Offers” category, Google limited users to publish “What’s New” and “Events” posts. As a dealer, you likely saw limited benefits from either of these types of posts. After all, your potential leads want easy access to concrete data when researching vehicles—prices, savings, percentages, interest rates—not just information about a monthly sales event. The new Offers category opens many additional doors for those leads to walk through.

Here’s how it works:

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7 White Hat SEM Tactics to Become Google’s BFF

Breaking into a bank vault and making out like a literal bandit can be easier than pushing to the top of a SERP. But D. B. Cooper did it, so why can’t you? As you whittle away at those rankings, be sure to befriend Google and its mysterious algorithms by taking a stab at these white hat SEM tactics. Before you know it, you’ll be finishing each other’s…sandwiches.

Organic Search Decline

Source: Merkle

7. Diversify Your Branded Marketing Strategy

Of no surprise to anyone whose work has been to whack through Google’s weeds over the years, organic traffic is way down (see above). Where has that traffic gone, you ask? Google has kidnapped it, locked it in a dark-search basement, and there’s no ransom note for its safe return. You’re now having to replace that traffic with Google’s own properties: Reviews, Ads, Knowledge Panels, Answer Boxes, Maps—and the list goes on each time a new Google feature is released.

Yes, it’s true that Google has all your information. Yes, it’s true that over 34% of searches now result in NO CLICK AT ALL. Yes, it’s true that Google controls about 93% of the market. But you do have options to build a branded SERP.

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The Art of Marketing to Millennials Using Animated GIFs

Much like the way YouTube amassed and captured an audience in need, GIFs are doing the same with millennials like moi. They’re the gifts that keep gifing, allowing us to comment on situations or reply to questions with brevity — we all know that people don’t like reading anymore — and a bit of much-needed levity.

As a guy who grew up watching low-budget American sitcoms, pay-per-view wrestling events, and MTV music videos, the rising popularity of animated GIFs — pronounced with a hard “G,” and you’ll get a clobberin’ if you dare disagree — is a nostalgic breath of fresh air. While I confess to sometimes oftentimes going overboard with my GIF responses, nothing is as pleasant as finding and texting the perfect animated gem.

“Danny, wanna grab some lunch?”

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Secret SEO Audit Strategies to Assess Client Websites

“How are you going to make us number one?”

We get asked this on the reg, and so long as the planet revolves around the sun – I guess I did retain information from elementary school, after all – SEO specialists and marketers will continue to answer that question. It’s some sort of unbreakable rule written in digital stone.

Most salespeople shoot buzzwords from the hip when approaching new business. And that tactic works well since buzzwords are designed to excite, draw upon humankind’s innate neediness, and build up a euphoric sense of gratitude for being allowed entry into some mysterious, clandestine club. (Few have ventured past these doors and lived to tell their tale!)

However, unlike buzzwords, there’s nothing sexy about the term “SEO audit.” Consider how you would react if someone said they were auditing you. Just hearing the word—audit—makes you want to spit in the face of the first person to look at you funny. Say it out loud: Audit. Emphasize its syllables: Audit. Doesn’t it make you hate babies and want to stomp flowers into dust?

SEO Audit Tips

That, my friends, is no buzzword: It’s a buzzkill!

But should it be? The benefits of selling yourself as an expert SEO auditor typically outweigh the risks of mentioning it, so why have we slapped it with the “unsexy” label when it’s more like “nerdy chic”? Well, there’s no time like the present to take a stand and revolt. Follow these secret SEO auditing tips from the pros, and together we can Make Audits Sexy Again.

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Significant Digital Marketing Stats to End 2017

Ah, a new year! What better way to celebrate the conclusion of a turbulent 2017 than with some nerdtastic digital marketing data? Some of these “significant stats” may excite. Some may surprise. Some may make you shrug a shoulder. But they’re all true, so there’s that.

Enjoy.

Automotive Page Speed

Photo: marketingcharts.com

22 Seconds

The average mobile website takes more than 22 seconds to load completely. The average user abandons an unloaded mobile site after just 3 seconds. Can you see the dilemma there?

Within our direct market (automotive), the average mobile site speed comes in at a blistering (/s) 9.5 seconds. If you’re seeing high bounce rates on your dealer site, start by inspecting your site structure and caching settings, including how you’re utilizing mobile ads, banner graphics, vehicle images, and add-ons that may not generate a lot of attention in your heat maps.

320 Characters

In early December, Danny Sullivan (hi, Other-Danny!) officially announced Google had increased the character limit for meta descriptions, expanding the snippet length from ~160 to 320 characters.

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TL;DR SEO Length Guidelines for 2017: Social Media

Hello there. Long time no chat.

Today, I wanted to branch out into the world of social media, a place in which over 2 billion of us live, for better or worse. What makes a Facebook update shareable? How long should your tweets be to get the most retweets? Is there a recommended length for LinkedIn posts? All your questions about social media lengths are answered below (but not really all of them, because I’ve got to return some videotapes).

Social Media Lengths

Twitter Tweets

Just this week, the team over at Twitter announced that they’ll be upping a tweet’s maximum character limit to 280, doubling the 140 character limit that has been in place since the dawn of time.

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9 Best Sources for Digital Marketing News & Insider Info

After a long and explosively noisy Fourth of July break—thanks to the neighbors, our dogs are still hiding away in the bathtub—we’re back to the SEM grindstone, as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as can be. Our first series of business upon returning to our desks, however, was to get caught up on all the happenings in the wonderful world of “Digital Marketing.”

Digital Marketing Sources

A lot can happen in a few days, and as famed philosopher Ferris Bueller once said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Let’s jump right into the fray. Here are our nine favorite resources for industry news, because life moves too fast, yada yada yada….

1.) Google “The Keyword” Blog

Of course, there’s no better way to get in the know than by listening to what comes out of the horse’s mouth. If you sort through the fluff—the hay, if you’ll indulge me in my attempt to make a Dad Joke—there’s a great deal of info to be had from Google’s blog. I tend to sort through blog topics that interest me and fall in line with our industry, such as “Machine Learning,” “Made by Google,” and “Ads,” to name a few.

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Digital Marketing Stats Every Auto Dealer Should Know

1 Billion – Websites on the internet.

100 Billion – Google searches per month.

1 – Dealership site you care about. And we don’t blame you! But beating out all your competitors to the top of those billions of searches and websites is no cakewalk. As you decide how to best position your dealership for continued success, consider these digital marketing stats and how they affect you (if you aren’t sure, it’s time to speak with us).

Digital Touchpoints

80% of Shopping Touchpoints are Digital

About 24 touchpoints stand between the user’s initial car-shopping phase and a visit to your dealership lot, and 19 of them are digital. The major touchpoints include the following:

  • Google or search engine query
  • OEM website
  • Financing calculator
  • Google reviews of local dealership
  • Dealership website
  • Ads
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Most Important Search Ranking Factors for 2017 (Part I)

You can always attribute success to having a good bit of luck, but properly prioritizing is what truly allows you to extend past the average and into the 1%. In the wonderful world of SEO, where muddied waters are like seasonal allergies, those priorities aren’t always clear, and they’re certainly never the same each year. That’s why an expert consensus on what is and isn’t important—along with data, yes—is so helpful.

Ranking Factors 2017

Let’s take a look at Moz’s recent 2017 list of ranking factors to see where we’re at, where we’re going, and what you can do to help your business or clients succeed. (Remember: these are expert opinions, not Google-sanctioned rules.)

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5 New Paid Search Updates from Google AdWords & Bing

Opportunity Max is here to give you the down-low on the latest updates in the paid search world over the past few weeks. Be sure to check back, as we will inform you of any impacts caused by these recent updates.

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1. Bing Advertisers – Now Able to Automatically Sync Google AdWords Campaigns

Bing continues to improve their platform by finding ways to help simplify managing pai.d search campaigns. If you are managing a Google AdWords account plus a Bing account, it can be difficult to ensure that you’re making adjustments to both accounts – let alone terribly time-consuming.

Now advertisers no longer have to remember to update ad copy, budgets, extensions, sitelinks, keywords, etc. on both accounts. You are now able to schedule automatic imports straight from your AdWords account. Keep in mind that you can import all or only specific campaigns depending on your paid search strategy for Bing.

Save some valuable time by following these few steps:

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