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3 Easy Ways to Keep Up with Car Buyer Trends in 2019

It’s important for businesses in all industries to stay on top of consumer trends. But, for the car dealer, it’s crucial to understand […]

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Are Facebook Inventory Ads Stealing Your Customers?

2019 is the year of social media, and more importantly, the year of Facebook. You and I both know your customers are always […]

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Virtual Reality – Digital Retailing

Increasingly, major national companies are promoting the fact that they have humans, personable beings, answering customer inquiries. Yet, in the automotive industry, the […]

Want More Quality Leads? Start Talking About Finance in Chat

“Stop wasting so much time on leads that won’t close!” Sound familiar? If you’ve ever screamed internally when you watch your BDC repeatedly […]

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Does Your Dealership Live Chat Team Need Rescuing?

You know that dealership live chat feature vendors are raving about? The one where you can ride in on a horse and shining […]

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Automotive Marketing: How to Win Over Multitasking Shoppers – Part 3

Welcome to the final part of our 3-part series on how to win over multitasking shoppers at the dealership. In part 1, we went […]

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Automotive Marketing: How to Win Over Multitasking Shoppers – Part 2

Multitasking shoppers are complex car buyers, and therefore, difficult to attract for car dealers. The thing is, the vast majority of your automotive shoppers […]

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Automotive Marketing: How to Win Over Multitasking Shoppers – Part 1

Do you ever have those days where you have a million things to do and haven’t the slightest idea how to get it […]

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Is Your Dealership Taking Advantage of Live Chat Data?

In a previous blog post, I discussed the importance of using live chat conversations to build rapport with your online shoppers, and how […]

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The Competitive Advantage of Internet Leads with Appointments

Internet leads from consumers who schedule and keep an appointment have a closing rate of almost 50%. Meanwhile, traditional ups typically close at […]

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How to Use Facebook Messenger Ads with ActivEngage

Since the inevitable death of organic social reach, dealers’ opportunity to reach and engage Facebook’s 2 billion users rests on paid advertising. Now […]

Google Click-to-Message: Your Secret Weapon for Mobile Ads

You may have heard that Google launched Google My Business Chat, a new feature that allows you to chat directly with customers on […]

How to Turn On Google My Business Chat with ActivEngage

As you know, mobile messaging is quickly becoming a preferred communication method auto shoppers. In fact, a recent Google study shows that car […]

Automotive Digital Marketing: Live Chat Helps During Slowing Car Sales

How to Make the Most of Automotive Live Chat in a Slowing Economy [PODCAST]

You’ve invested a significant amount of time and money into optimizing your car dealership’s digital marketing strategy. Then, you’re told you have to […]

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Beat the Summer Slump: How to Drive More Customers to Your Service Bays

We are well into Q3 of 2017, and car sales continue to cool off despite the summer heat. As vehicle sales flatten, optimizing […]

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ActivEngage, Inc. Partners with DealerSocket to Offer Omnichannel Service-Scheduling Options for Car Dealers

June 12, 2017 (Orlando, FL) – ActivEngage, Inc., the most trusted brand in automotive live chat, is proud to announce a new service […]

3 Ways to Jumpstart Text Conversations with Your Dealership

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you’ve noticed that just about everyone has a smartphone in their hand […]

Accountability: A Manager’s Way to Success

Accountability in the workplace is the paramount method to success. In order to justify your decisions as an owner or manager of a […]

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“Video Chat” is Not Chat

I don’t often like to get into arguments about semantics, but I think this one cannot be ignored. There’s a term out there […]

4 Key Skills Your Dealership’s Self-Managed Live Chat Team Should Have

At ActivEngage, it’s no secret that we’re strong advocates of quality conversations. And we know our managed chat team does it best. But, […]

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3 Costly Problems of Video Chat

You know what sucks? When businesses do something they believe will benefit customers, but due to poor execution, ends up being damaging and […]

6 Do’s and Don’ts of Mobile Chat Conversations

The mobile shopping experience has been gaining precedence in the last few years, particularly in the last few months (Thanks, Google!), which is […]

ActivEngage’s Live Chat Secrets Revealed

At ActivEngage, we’re not just at the cutting-edge of chat technology, we also eat, sleep, and breathe live chat strategy. Our unique methods […]

4 Reasons Your Dealership Should Hire a Millennial Workforce

Generation Y has gotten a bad rep over the past few years, however there are some distinct characteristics that should not be overlooked […]

Risky Business: 3 Ways a Bad Outsourced Chat Team Can Hurt Your Sales

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: not all chat providers are the same. Vendor priorities vary, software technology can be […]

Every Day is a Super Bowl

“Run the football. RUN the football. RUN THE FOOTBALL!” Every Seahawks fan in America was thinking this on Sunday as they watched, with […]

Use Live Chat to Build Rapport With Shoppers

People buy from businesses they like, trust, and know — which is a big reason why establishing rapport is so important in the […]

Avoid Post-Holiday Blues and Boost Employee Morale

I hate to be the one to say it, but (once again) the holidays are practically over. The excitement of gift-giving and receiving […]

4 Reasons Why Shoppers Love Using Live Chat

Automotive marketing as we know it has changed. The Internet now forces dealerships to have an online presence and build relationships with consumers […]

Emotion + Information = Expert Selling

They say people buy with their emotions. However, what actually happens is a mix between influential information and emotional cues. MarketingProfs provides some […]

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How to Use Geofencing with Live Chat

The Internet allows you to have a global street corner for your dealership’s Digital Storefront, but sometimes it’s wise (and profitable) to send […]

6 DO’s and DON’Ts for Incoming Dealership Phone Calls

Incoming calls are some of the hottest leads for a dealership. However, if best practices aren’t in place, these calls can turn from […]

Use Live Chat to Promote Your Dealership’s Competitive Advantages

In a perfect world, shoppers would immediately know your dealership’s competitive advantages (i.e., amenities, “why buy” statement, and specials) by perusing your website. […]

Why You Need to Join the Mobile Chat Revolution

“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” — Victor Hugo As the live chat industry grows, chat technology is […]

7 Ways Live Chat Can Fail and How to Prevent Them

Live chat isn’t always as easy as adding code to your website and watching the leads come into your CRM. If you don’t […]

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How Timing Can Affect These 3 Elements on Your Dealership Website

“You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it’ll go.” – Yogi Berra Three American […]

3 Chat Tips for Your Dealership’s Self-Managed Live Chat Team

Investing in self-managed live chat can be a big, yet profitable step for your dealership. It saves you money and allows you to […]

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Have You Winterized Your Dealership Processes Yet?

Dare I say it…soon enough, it’s going to be winter. And when winter comes, you’re not going to share another Game of Thrones […]

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What’s Your Chat Follow-Up Process?

Live chat success does not happen on its own. Success happens when your dealership flawlessly incorporates live chat into its daily processes. And one of […]

Use Covert Operations on Your Dealership’s Website to Increase Conversion

Agent, you’ve been recruited on a mission to activate your dealership’s website and convert more browsers into buyers. There are three immediate tasks […]

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How to Evaluate Your Live Chat Provider

You signed up with a live chat provider because you believed it would be beneficial to your dealership’s business. So how often do […]

Are These Excuses Keeping You From Test Chatting Live Chat Vendors?

“My dog ate my homework.”For anyone who went through the United States’ public school system since the 1970s, this should be a very […]

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4 Phrases Your Online Shoppers DON’T Want to Hear

Have you ever sat down at a restaurant, decided what you wanted to eat, and then as soon as the waiter comes by […]

Lessons in Live Chat from The Karate Kid

Dealers, your online customers want to communicate with you in real-time. Having live chat services is the best way to connect with them, […]

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7 Steps to Overcome Shopper Distrust

There’s an ongoing struggle in the dealership community for winning a shopper’s trust. Why? Because shoppers have a preconceived idea of the car […]

How to Build a Better Dealership Culture

Your Dealership Staff Wants a Culture of Appreciation

A dealership is often a high-stress environment. And if you don’t have a viable dealership culture of appreciation, you’re going to have to […]

3 Ways to Improve Your Live Chat Game

Live chat can be a great way to generate leads and build lasting relationships with your shoppers. When customers click to chat, they […]

Be the Cristiano Ronaldo of Dealerships

News about the World Cup and its rockstar soccer players have been making headlines lately. One of the hottest players of the moment […]

Dealer Terminology You Should Never Use Around Your Customers

“It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say, ‘It’s as plain as the nose on […]

How to Sell Cars with an iPad

A colleague recently mentioned going to an old-fashion diner and having her order taken on an iPad. As contrary as it seems, it […]

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Your Live Chat Backup Service is Unprepared for Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s law states, “Anything that can go wrong — will go wrong.” Therefore, severe weather happens, and when it does, your live chat […]

What Breaking Bad’s Gus Fring Can Teach You About Management

If you’ve seen AMC’s Breaking Bad, you already know about the radical transformation of Walter White, a chemistry teacher who turned into a […]