January 17, 2015 at 10:16 am #64539Site Administrator / Forum ModeratorKeymaster
If you have experience using any of the companies below for advertising and marketing, please rate them on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best. Comments also welcome
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616-340-2380January 20, 2015 at 5:17 pm #73863toyautoMember
Autoshop Solutions 9 (Built and maintain my website and adwords)Customer Link (now Demandforce) 9 Used them for 15+ yearsJanuary 21, 2015 at 10:34 am #73864LowellNigoffMember
IMO, 95% of your marketing should be done by your own company. For example if you follow your new customer source, you will, more then likely, find that the majority of your new customers come from referrals. Getting your customers to refer your shop to others is the trick. Lowell NigoffMarch 14, 2015 at 10:44 pm #73970Alan Ollie Gelfand Pres.Participant
Demand force is the ok but just ok. We like the fact it integrates with our appointments in mitchell.We use it for sending out factory scheduled maintenance. and the surveys that send the right customers toa landing page for reviews is worth the 300 by itself.October 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm #74173pbrennanMember
I tend to agree with Lowel on this one – getting referral business is perhaps the cheapest & most effective way to get customers, but really starts with the shop’s ability to provide great service, then continues with a good referral system.I think when you evaluate a marketing company, these are the key things to take into consideration:1. Their reputation (obviously!) – based on results.2. Transparency: You want reports, frequently, and you want visibility into your campaigns & progress made. Get cost per lead, and make them include their management fees as part of that cost!3. No cookie-cutter solutions: It’s important you receive individualized attention & each account is looked at uniquely. Too often companies try to specialize & end up making a “cooke-cutter” approach to your SEO / PPC or whatever, when really each account has its own unique challenges & you don’t really fit into a box.4. Education: Will the company take the time to educate you on how to make important decisions regarding your marketing?5. Control: Always retain control of your accounts if you can. For example, many companies like to restrict access to your adwords account because it’d be too easy for you to switch companies. This one is tough to get, simply because many companies spent time developing keyword lists that are exhaustive.Just my 1 cent!
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