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Discussion in 'Websites, SEO, SEM, Display, Social, Marketing' started by Elmer Kruys, Jun 9, 2016.
Yes sir! I shared this with the DR community in May 2015:
Joe, I recall you posting something about this ( I believe I commented as well) and I knew Carvana was practicing this as well. I figured this was a relevant conversation to ask the question again and to get some more opinions and feedback.
It's an interesting concept. At the very least, this transparent photo I just saw got me to click.
@JoePistell , oh sure this definately helps! Would be great if there is any data on customer’s removing dealers from their option list if photos are crappy….
And good used (and new) car photos are definitely all about delivering info and not style. Although I must say that the carvana photo’s I saw are uninvolving. Which makes me think why I prefer taking photos outside, but that’s another discussion I suppose.
Of course, will my job get harder when everyone is taking great photos and that’s not a bad thing, I want shoppers to benefit from this. Then there’s the time element. Many dealers (here in NL) simply don’t allow themselves the time to put more effort in their photography.
I don’t know if every shopper in Europe is doing financing at the store, but the process is more or less the same. Here it’s always the value of the trade-in and how much extra cash the customer needs to add.
@LotPop : great point on the higher asking prices for vehicles with the better presentation. It’s not just the first photo, but the amount of photos, the consistent quality and the added promotional text.
@Jeff Kershner : nice example of Mercedes-Benz of Hagerstown. Showing scratches, dings, etc. is always a good thing, but it depends on the asking price I think. You want a $35000,- car to be absolutely perfect, while a $3000 car with 130k miles must have a service history and no engine trouble.
On Lexus RX photo: I like the info displayed at the top. Is that from Homenet? The banner at the bottom is a bit ‘loud’ and obscuring part of a wheel and tyre. And why not add a phone number or URL, for VSR on autotrader or craigslist?
Elmer, these 2 quotes tie together:
I recall last year you were struggling with this. IMO, you need data to speak with conviction & confidence. Give my reply another look. It's real!! Pictures tell 1,000 words and Great Pics sell cars!!
@ Uncle Joe, oh yes I remember this reply and it's great. Would be nice though to use data to convince prospects to become my customers and helping the consumer purchase a car at the end.....
Yes, I use the feature in HomeNet for the overlays.
As you start to add more integers the font becomes smaller. Therefore I keep it straight to the point. I utilize other slides or areas for her phone number and URL. This was just a quick example.