Many automobile dealers don’t really understand what they’re buying when it comes to their digital ad spend; they just know they need it. Because they’re so busy selling cars, they don’t have the time to fully research or comprehend the intricacies of online technology. As a result, they don’t know where their ads are running or how to measure their success.
This lack of knowledge can lead to wasted money and effort and, in a lot of cases, excessive levels of frustration. It’s not unlike how car customers felt decades ago; they didn’t know how much profit the dealer was actually making on their transaction; they just knew they needed a car. It’s this feeling of “flying blind” that is so unsatisfying – and no dealer wants to feel as if they are being high grossed by vendors. To bridge the knowledge gap, dealers depend a great deal upon their advertising agencies. And while they can be invaluable partners, the dealer’s lack of understanding leaves them vulnerable to miscommunication, a lack of transparency regarding a campaign’s effectiveness and, worst of all, being severely overcharged.
It doesn’t have to be that way! Your current digital advertising provider should be able to peel back the curtain for you and show you what they’re doing, tell you why they’re doing it and, most important, justify the fees they charge. Ask them for data that justifies the fees … and then make sure you understand it.
For example, does your store do Google VLAs, the paid ads appearing in search results? It’s very possible the answer is yes. But how do you know if you’ve been getting a good deal? Make a request to your vendor to explain how they are helping you reach your goals, then ask them what they’re paying for the VLAs and how much mark-up there is passed along to you. In addition, ask them to provide you with their CPM (cost per thousand) and their exact demographic information, so you can discover how they get the statistics they’re showing you. You’ll likely be surprised at what you’ll find, and we can confidently say there’s a very good chance you’re paying more than you should for your digital ad spend.
If you discover that this is, indeed, the case, we’d love to have a chat with you! JKR Automotive Advertising will never hide anything from you; our pricing structure features complete transparency, and we have the industry software necessary to back up all our decisions. We provide each client with in-depth reports about our work for them, every time. You can count on us to always be honest and upfront with you.
Why do we do things differently from everyone else? Because we are different.
Having Trust Issues?
If you cannot say you completely trust your online advertising vendor, you owe it to yourself to ask questions! And if you don’t get the answers you want, JKR Automotive Advertising stands ready to help!
When you let JKR become your strategic advertising partner, you’ll reap the rewards in the form of increased sales, as well as a surge in foot traffic and Website visits. Best of all, we achieve fast results for our clients, who then wonder how they ever got along without us. Call us today at (321) 397-0777 to get things started.
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