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Discussion in 'Websites, SEO, SEM, Display, Social, Marketing' started by ed.brooks, Jan 18, 2016.
This thread was the inspiration for today's video
Funny as hell, I was thinking that same thing when I saw this resurface. It really is as simple as that. CG is eating a large portion of Cars, AT and Edmunds' lunch due to much better organic tactics.
@ed.brooks - getting fancy with the intros!!
Thank you for sharing valuable thoughts Ed.
What you have said is absolutely right. Customers, especially car buyers are neither stupid people, nor robots who will buy a car from a dealership simply because it appears as a first result in Google.
There is a comparison that came to my mind. Recently, my wife has visited a very popular SPA center. They promote themselves everywhere they can. Their marketing campaign is huge. If you type smth like 'best SPA center' in Google, you'll see their name as the first result.
However, my wife was kind of disappointed after the visit. And she said she would hardly come back there.
The reason was the attitude they expressed. She used a discount and they treated her scornfully as if she is not "a real" customer.
So, as you said, they got on the customers radar but they couldn't manage to stay there.
You're exactly right Ed. Ed Brooks, Neither SEO or paid search can solve this problem. One of the symptoms of this problem is repetitive visits to a dealer's website, sent there by search, over and over again ($) without persuading or convincing shoppers of those points you described. Moreover, advertising itself is unable to meet those needs because people don't trust advertising. But shoppers will trust customers. Owner video reviews provide insights that persuade shoppers because owners are credible, they're all-in; they purchased. A professional reviewer simply borrows a vehicle. Customer reviews of their buying experience and their relationships with their salespeople invite shoppers to trust their dealer. Search can work just fine if it sends people to watch videos of your happy customers. Make customers happy, then make videos! http://saysoagency.com/[/QUOTE]
Does a dealer's website and its "optimization" help them convert leads and ultimately sell cars? Of course it does, however, credit has to be properly applied across a customer's journey. That's where multi-touch attribution comes into play.
How SEO is packaged and sold is often a misnomer for true SEO work. The whole search engine market has become fat and bloated and has too many bad quality agencies just looking to cash in. They often have GREAT presentation sklills, matched with "cutting edge dashboards" for people to look at. These dashboards are often meant to obfuscate data that is essential to better or even just different marketing tactics or website deployments.
At the end of the day, the more you know, the less they make. The more changes you need, the less they make. The more involved you are, the less they make.
Any SEO worth their salt knows today's SEO is a multi-faceted, T-shaped discipline. SEO is technical, it's creative, analytical, and it's VERY content driven. Don't let vendors tell you that building a landing page once a month is better than donating to a local charity and then marketing an event on their behalf...then writing content about that! Especially with dealerships. You are local. you want to rank local, and you want people in your area to think "oh yea...those guys donate a bunch of money per car sold to the animal shelter. and they do those cool events. Remember when they sponsored HS students for drivers ed?" I'd be willing to bet that drives FAR more qualified traffic (and positive reviews) than a why buy "welcome to the family of dealerships" or "model comparison" landing page. My 2 cents.
I'll post this again and until the day I die.
What does Google want? They want relevant, real content on the internet that people want to read and tell other people about. If Google doesn’t bring you the most relevant content when you search, they aren’t doing their job. So by definition, even the word Search Engine Optimization (SEO) means to “game” the Google search engines (and others) to get your valuable content ranked higher than it would be if left alone to the forces of the Web. The bottom line is that all external SEO efforts are counterfeit other than: writing, designing, recording, or videoing real and relevant content that benefits those who search, within a quality user experience.
We can sit around and act like we're not trying to take advantage of Google's algorithm (would be a lie), but the fact of the matter, they change it up because SEO groups get VERY GOOD at manipulating it for organic ranking purposes. Google is quite happy fiddling with their algorithm for "best practice" reasons, but in reality, they just want to convolute the ranking equation process in order to get you to BUY more of their PAID AD space. Now that the space (itself) has been limited, it's even more competitive.
BTW, don't get me wrong, there is NOTHING wrong with fundamental SEO work and choosing quality web platforms (Dealer Inspire, Dealer Fire, DealerOn, DealerX, fusionZone, etc.). However, let's not lie to ourselves about the manner in which many SEO groups attempt to get ahead of competitors through gray and dark gray hat SEO techniques outside of core fundamental work and quality platform provisions.
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