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Breaking Down the Search Engine Results Page

ShareThe world of auto dealership marketing often surrounds the search engine results page (SERP). This is inevitable as most people looking to purchase a car will perform some kind of Google search. However, the SERP is an intricate thing with many pieces to consider. In our recent video, What You Don’t Know About Search, Zach Billings, VP of Performance and […]

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Car Dealers, Be Aware of This SERP Change

ShareIf you’ve noticed a big change in your rankings for model-related keywords over the last few months, this one goes out to you. As we all know, Google is constantly changing. While these changes often make the search experience better for users, they can be a pain for those of us chasing that number one spot on the search engine […]

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A Decrease in Organic Traffic Isn’t Always Detrimental – Here’s Why

ShareWe’ve all felt it: That heavy blow to the chest when you look at your Google Analytics and see data signifying a decrease in your website’s organic traffic. This is especially disappointing when you’ve put extra effort into your SEO strategy. Maybe you’ve been doing in-depth keyword research and crafting a content strategy around your findings. Maybe you’ve been mapping […]

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How the Keywords You Target Can Impact Your Data

ShareIt is very possible that you are looking at an inflated version of your website’s traffic without even realizing it. And I’m not talking about Google Analytics 4 nuances or data filters. I’m talking about how the keywords you or your vendor are targeting may be giving you a false sense of growth. This is because not all traffic is […]

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Conversions vs False Conversions in GA4

ShareAs you develop a marketing strategy, it is imperative that you periodically look at your data, determine your success stories, and find places where your efforts could use improvement. It has been six months since the implementation of GA4, and you and your team may have noticed some differences in your conversions, from the type recorded to the frequency. This […]

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GA4 • Six Months Later

ShareThis past July, the digital marketing world experienced a shockwave that was felt throughout the automotive industry and in many other industries as well. Universal Analytics (GA3) was sunsetted across the horizon, and a new version, Google Analytics 4 (GA4), was introduced. The creation and overall validity of this new version of Google Analytics stemmed from increasingly more intense privacy […]

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GBP DIY Video Series – December Recap

ShareThe month of December brought an end to the GBP DIY video series. But the good news is that the month also brought a ton of interesting and important topics to the table. Josh went over some of the best practices for reputation and reviews management, how to manage your Q&A section, and the ways you can set your dealership […]

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Surveying the AI Landscape: A 2023 Update for Automotive Dealers

ShareAs we prepare to say goodbye to 2023, there’s one thing that we know is coming with us into 2024: artificial intelligence (AI). With its growing force of chatbots, image generators, and tools, the world of AI continues to present both opportunities and challenges for automotive dealers in the digital landscape. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the advancements […]

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GBP | Questions & Answers

ShareHere we go, another quick one. Your customers have questions. You have answers. Pretty simple right? Here’s the thing, though…other people have answers to, and Google gives them the means of answering those questions if you don’t get to them first. This, of course, opens to the door to our old friend, Misinformation…so, pay attention. Here we are on the […]

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GBP | The Importance of Reviews

ShareDo you want the good news or the bad news, first? The good news is that this is a relatively short episode. The bad news is, when it comes to how you rank in local search, it really does matter what people are saying about your dealership. So, let’s talk ‘Reviews’. By now, regular viewers are pretty familiar with this: […]

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Move Forward (Or Fall Behind): The Evolution of Automotive Marketing

ShareIn the ever-changing landscape of automotive sales, car dealerships are increasingly turning to specialized marketing agencies to fuel their success. As the industry embraces the digital era, forward-looking marketing professionals navigate constant updates while steering dealerships toward unprecedented growth. Join us as we look at some outdated practices falling by the wayside and explore how car dealership marketing agencies are […]

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GBP DIY Video Series – November Recap

ShareLast month, Josh covered a number of Google Business Profile (GBP) basics, from how to log into your account to how to get verified. This month, he dove even further into the deep end to teach you how to really get the most out of this tool. If you missed any of the episodes, don’t fret. I’ve got you covered […]

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GBP Listings | How to Properly Nest Departments

Share“Department nesting”… what is it? It’s the act of making sure that Google is aware that the various department listings you’ve created are associated with your dealership’s primary sales listing. For this week’s episode we’re going to revisit the actual dealer listings we used as an example last week, remembering to obscure and protect their data – just in case […]

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The Importance of Managing Your Google Business Profile Reputation

ShareYour Google Business Profile is one of the most impactful online tools your business will have at its disposal. It’s a one-stop shop for potential customers to get high-level information about your business and a way to contact a representative without navigating through an unfamiliar website and searching for a phone number or contact form. Data from your Google Business […]

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GBP Listings | Entering Business Information

ShareGet comfortable, and make yourself a snack, friends…because this topic is a big one, in terms of both importance and scope. At this point, we’re going to assume you’ve already created or claimed all of your listings, verified them, and identified all of your departments. Today, we’re going to talk about your business information and – for our onscreen examples […]

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GBP DIY Video Series – October Recap

ShareIt has been an exciting few weeks for us here at Wikimotive. We launched an all-new video series featuring Support & Special Projects Manager Josh Billings. In the series, Josh takes us through the various pieces that go into successfully managing your Google Business Profile (GBP). This month, he covered what GBP is, why it’s important, how to manage a […]

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GBP Listings | Verification

ShareLast week, we covered the identification and creation stages of managing your GBP listings. In doing so, we covered the difference between claiming & creating a listing, then left off at the verification stage. So, guess where we’re picking things up this week! That’s right! So, what do we mean by “verification”? Simply put, it’s Google’s process for confirming that […]

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The Relationship Between Keywords and Topics: How to Generate Engaging Content

ShareOver the past few weeks, we’ve discussed how to generate keywords, the tools that can help you do so, and some ways to take your keyword research to the next level. Today, we’ll explore the relationship between keywords and topics, and how they work together to create content that addresses your customers’ needs and signals your authority to Google by […]

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GBP Listings | Identification & Creation

ShareThis week, we’re covering 2 topics: identification and creation. Now, in this series, we’re basing everything on the specific standards set by Google for dealerships like yours. Why? By adhering to these standards, you’re ensuring that your online presence is compliant, so you won’t be penalized in Search. Makes sense, right? So, according to those standards: All car dealerships can […]

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How to Level Up Online: Keyword Strategies

ShareWe all know keywords are important. To meaningfully appear in Google’s search results, you need to focus your site’s content on the topics and search queries that are valuable to your business and potential customers. But finding the right keywords goes well beyond looking at the search volume and ranking difficulty statistics associated with the topics for which you want […]

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Resolving Issues with GBP Support

ShareIt’s inevitable that at some point, you’re going to encounter a problem with your Google Business Profile. Something that has you stumped. Well, don’t feel bad. Not only is it highly likely that other users will have encountered the same problem, it’s equally likely that advice and/or solutions can be found in user forums that you have access to. Here […]

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GBP | Logging In & Profile Administration

ShareTo log into your Google Business Profile, visit business.google.com and click ‘Sign In”. You can log-in using any Google account, but you’re going to WANT to log-in using a general business account. This should be standard operating procedure for any business. Why? Because you’ll inevitably have to share, or hand-off those credentials at some point, and you wouldn’t want to […]

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SEO Climb Video Series – September Recap

ShareDave has officially wrapped up a successful second series of SEO Climb. This month, like the rest, he covered some hot topics like whether or not you should hire an outside SEO (search engine optimization) provider, how ChatGPT and other AI tools impact SEO, the best ways to perform keyword research, and whether you should continue optimizing for keywords for […]

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Welcome to your Google Business Profile

ShareDid you know that your Google Business Profile (or ‘GBP’) listing is one of the most important tools in your marketing toolbox? It empowers you to manage how your dealership shows up in Search, and across Google products like Google Maps. Plus, it helps customers to find you within your designated geographic area, because Google-verified listings are more likely to […]

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Navigating the Keyword Research Tools

ShareYou might think that determining what terms you want to rank for is all you need to do for keyword research, but it’s just the beginning: the next step is to utilize keyword research tools to find the low-hanging fruit and figure out which queries make the most sense to focus on. Last week, Dave walked you through how to […]

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Should I optimize for things I already rank for?

ShareIf you’re already ranking well for a particular search query, should you stop optimizing for it? Let’s say you’re doing a great job on writing content. You’ve done some quality keyword research. You’re tracking your progress. You’re seeing that the page in question is ranking really well for a number of keywords that you find important to my business. Do […]

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How should I perform keyword research?

ShareSo, you want to perform keyword research to create higher quality content for consumers in your area? I’m just so damn proud of you right now. Fire up your laptop. Now, there are a lot of paid tools out there that will help you in your keyword research, and we use any number of them depending on our goals, but […]

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Keyword Research: Where Do I Start?

ShareKeywords. We all know we want to rank for them, but determining which ones matter most is a mix of art and elbow grease. Stick with me as we wade into the shallow end of the keyword research pool, and pretty soon, you’ll be ready to swim with the sharks. Before discussing research tools and competitive landscapes, let’s start by […]

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Will ChatGPT have an effect on SEO?

ShareIf all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. So how should AI tools like ChatGPT influence your SEO? Great question. Now, will ChatGPT change SEO, and are there ways that you can leverage this to improve the efficacy of your practices.Yes, and yes. So, let’s get down to it. To start, we’re in the early days […]

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Should I hire an outside SEO provider?

ShareSEO, handle it in house, hire an outside provider? What are the pros and cons? Well, meet my two friends: time and money. Start by asking yourself, “how much time do I have?” If the answer is anything like, “None. I’m jam packed”, well…you don’t have time for search engine optimization. Now, ask yourself, “can I afford to hire one, […]

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SEO Climb Video Series – August Recap

ShareGoogle’s algorithm updates, big SEO (search engine optimization) uh-ohs, performance analysis, and the timelessness–or lack thereof–of SEO. These are all topics Dave covered in the August episodes of SEO Climb, and you won’t want to miss out on any of this information. If you did happen to miss an episode or two, though, you’re in luck because I put together […]

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Will my site’s content stand the test of time?

ShareThe Great Wall of China. Baker’s Pure Rye Whiskey. Wu-tang Clan. These things stand the test of time. But what about the content on your site? Will it stand the test of time and should it? The answer is, “it depends”. Some of your content is likely to perform well for a very, very long time – while other content […]

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Top 5 Mistakes When Working on SEO

ShareSo you’ve been working on your search engine optimization (SEO) for a while now…or maybe you’re just getting started. Either way, you’re probably reading a lot about different automotive marketing solutions, best practices for the industry, and all kinds of tips and tricks for getting ahead. But what about the stuff you shouldn’t be doing? One poor decision can completely […]

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How can I tell if a page is performing well?

ShareSo, you want to know how to determine whether or not a specific page on your side is performing? Grab your laptop and open your Google Analytics 4 account, and we’ll lay it out for you step-by-step. Go into ‘Reports’                   Select the URL that you want to check-out. Going down to […]

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Use These Tools to Monitor the Success of Your Automotive Marketing

ShareA lot goes into picking out the best automotive marketing solutions for your business, between determining your strategy, figuring out your budget, and putting everything into effect. Whether you focus the majority of your efforts online or are spreading your efforts across digital and traditional platforms, you’ll need to be able to monitor trends in your data and see how […]

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What’s the biggest mistake made in SEO?

SharePeople ask me all the time, “Dave, what’s the number one mistake people make when working on SEO?” And I’m like, “You want me to pick just one?” Oh, you do? Alright. Well, there’s a lot to pick from but, if I’m pressed, I would say that the leading mistake isn’t found within their actual SEO, it’s caused by their […]

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How do Google algorithm updates affect me?

ShareSo if you’re paying any attention to the internet whatsoever, you’ve probably read some headlines about Google updates, and might be wondering, “How does it affect my website? And do I need to worry about this?” And the answer is, “hopefully not”. If your website and SEO practices haven’t been adhering to Google’s guidelines and best practices (which means that […]

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SEO Climb Video Series – July Recap

ShareDue to popular demand, SEO Climb with Dave Estey is back. In series one, Dave talked about everything from what SEO (search engine optimization) is to how you can identify your online competitors. Now, back for a second series, he is getting more in-depth and going over more important SEO topics. In July, he touched on how much time you […]

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What if I’m not seeing results from my SEO?

ShareLast week, we talked about how you should wait roughly six months before you judge the efficacy of your SEO strategy. Now, this naturally leads into the follow-up question, “Hey, it’s been six months since I did this SEO work. I’m not seeing any real increase in my performance. Should I change something up or should I just stop?” Well, […]

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Differences Between GA4 & Universal Analytics

ShareIn case you or your marketing team have missed the countless notifications, emails, and articles about it, Universal Analytics officially became a thing of the past on July 1, 2023, giving way to Google Analytics 4 (GA4), the latest data measurement tool offered by Google. Whether you just made the switch at the end of the month or you created […]

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How often should I update my SEO strategy?

ShareIs it time to update your SEO strategy yet? What about now? No? How about now? Still no? Well, what about now? How often should I update my SEO strategy? This is fairly straight forward. You see, Search Engine Optimization is a slow roll and takes time to reach its full effect. For this reason, you’ll hear myself and all their professionals say, “you should wait six months to judge whether something is effective or not”. […]

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The Time Has Come: Moving on to GA4

ShareWell, folks, the time has officially come. After over ten years of Universal Analytics (UA), it is time to move over to Google Analytics 4 (GA4). Technically, you or your digital marketing vendor should have set you up on GA4 a long while ago, allowing you to capture historical data, but if not––it’s important to get on it now. As […]

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How much time should I be spending on SEO?

ShareHow much time should you be spending on SEO? And how should that time be broken out? This is actually a pretty complex question. So we’re gonna get into the weeds a little bit here but (luckily) we brought the weed whacker with us. First, how much time you should spend on SEO is really dependent on doing a full […]

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Raising ChatGPT | What to Expect When You’re Expecting AI to Fix Everything

Share“So, basically…ChatGPT is the equivalent of a 10-year-old with access to the internet.” The summation was a simple one, made during a workshop focused on the promise, prompts, and perils of the AI platform as it relates to automotive marketing. But once uttered, the silently-attentive room of dealer marketers, sales managers, GMs, and dealer principles stirred in unison, sharing in […]

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High Performance Video Series – June Recap

ShareThe June episodes of High Performance wrapped up series two. Zach talked about Performance Max ads, along with other paid advertising opportunities, how to increase fixed ops leads, and even some common reasons you may see an increase in direct traffic to your website. This information allows you to not only learn how to best manage your dealership’s online marketing […]

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Update Your GBP Holiday Hours

ShareHey dealers, Josh from Wikimotive here…with a reminder that Independence Day is right around the corner. So, before you fire up that grill and set off those fireworks, let’s make sure your dealership’s Google Business Profile is updated to reflect your holiday hours. Okay, so there’s two things you’re going to want to do (i) set your holiday hours, and […]

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3 Things Causing CLS Issues On Your Website

ShareCumulative layout shift (CLS) is one of the most frustrating––and common––issues found on websites. Have you ever been online, gone to click a button, and it suddenly shifts, causing you to click on something else? That is CLS, an issue that occurs while the page is loading. And based on the number of dealership websites I have analyzed and found […]

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What is direct traffic? Why is it climbing?

ShareSo your direct traffic has been climbing, climbing, climbing, and you’re not sure why? First of all, let’s define ‘Direct Traffic’. At its core, direct traffic most frequently indicates that somebody navigated directly to your website URL without (i) performing a search, or (ii) clicking a paid ad, or referral link. It’s a bucket of traffic in your analytics that […]

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Understanding & Defining Core Web Vitals

ShareWhen our team at Wikimotive starts working on a new website, one of the first things we look at is its overall user experience and functionality. To assess this, we reference a Core Web Vitals report, which is a set of metrics defined by Google. Introduced in May 2020, these metrics quantify how users actually experience a website and are […]

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How do I optimize for Service in search?

ShareSo you need to increase your fixed ops business, but how do you optimize for service in search? Well, there are two ways, there’s organic search and there’s paid search but the Google search landscape is filled with misnomers and confusion. Time and time again, we see vendors focusing very heavily on fixed ops specific keywords. Of course this makes […]

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What’s the difference between a VLA & Paid Search?

ShareWhat’s the difference between a vehicle listing ad (or ‘VLA’) and paid search? It used to be that you bid on a keyword (something like ‘Ford dealer’, ‘Toyota dealer’, ‘dealerships near me’, ‘used cars for sale’). In contrast, VLA’s bear more similarities to dynamic used paid search in that (rather than being keyword based) they’re based on the inventory you […]

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The Big Takeaway | DMSC 2023

ShareDid you miss DMSC 2023 last week? If so, don’t worry! We asked attendees, workshop leaders, and sponsors what THEY felt the big takeaways were…and here’s what they had to say!

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Buzz, Bull and Automobiles | Steer clear of the vendor bullsh*t

ShareAs featured on the May 2023 cover of AutoSuccess Magazine Sales are down. Leads are down. Foot traffic is down. We have the wrong cars, and rates aren’t helping, but boy, does it feel like something just isn’t working right. Is it the website? Are the chat and digital retailing tools set up right? Do we need to switch third-party […]

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What are Performance Max ads?

SharePerformance Max (or ‘P-Max’) ads are an ad type within paid search that has become very popular in 2022 and 2023. Think of them as a bucket that Google holds out and says, “Pour some money in and we’ll get you performance!” and then try to maximize that performance per dollar in terms of traffic. Hopefully, that traffic generated is […]

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High Performance Video Series – May Recap

ShareA few months ago, VP of Performance and Sales here at Wikimotive, Zach Billings, went in-depth on a number of automotive SEO topics in his High Performance video series. Now, he’s back again to talk about even more. Kicking off the second series, Zach discussed something everyone’s wondering about: how dealerships in other parts of the country outrank you on […]

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How should ChatGPT affect my SEO strategy?

ShareDisclaimer: Due to the rapid evolution of ChatGPT this blog (an intended transcript of the video) has been enriched with additional information to ensure its timely accuracy as of the 5/23/23 airdate. So, you’ve spent the last few months hearing a lot about Chat GPT, and you might be asking yourself, can I use this to scale my SEO content? […]

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Comparing AI Tools: ChatGPT vs Bard

ShareArtificial intelligence (AI) is all the rage right now, with the advent of several different AI tools and language models that have shown the ability to create art, pass certification exams, and even create music. AI has been in the news recently due to the implications it may have in the world of SEO, where two language models have been […]

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What is GA4 and how will it affect my dealership?

ShareGA4, What’s all the fuss about? Well, the fuss exists for good reason, and it’s probably going to continue through 2023 and into 2024. For those not aware, Google Analytics 4 (or “GA4”) is the new version of Google Analytics. It’s existed since 2020 in some form or another, has matured a lot through late 2022 into 2023, and will […]

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3 SEO Tasks AI Can’t Address & Why

ShareThere is no denying the fact that artificial intelligence (AI) can be useful in crafting and executing elements of a powerful SEO (search engine optimization) strategy. We have proven that fact time and time again within our AI blog series. However, there are also plenty of SEO tasks that AI can’t address. From developing a content strategy to alt tags […]

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Why did my site get more out-of-state traffic in 2022?

ShareDid you start getting a lot of out-of-state traffic in 2022? If so, were you wondering why? Well, you could have attracted out-of-market traffic via blog articles that are informational (as opposed to transactional). As we’ve discussed in recent weeks, this means blog articles that attract people who want to learn more about things like towing capacity, or trim levels, […]

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What is User Experience (UX) and Why Does It Matter?

ShareMuch of the work of technical SEO is performed behind the scenes: auditing sitemaps, tracking conversions, and doing other things for the benefit of search engines and the humans who use them. But as much as we want sites that will rank well on the SERP (search engine results page), we cannot lose sight of who these sites are designed […]

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Is more web traffic always better?

ShareIf selling cars is a numbers game, then more traffic is always better, right? Well, yes and no. Let’s Talk Traffic To increase sales you need more showroom visits, which means you need more opportunities to convert to leads, which establishes the need for more traffic. Right? But…more traffic doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to have more opportunity. A […]

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ThinkBetter Video Series – April Recap

ShareLast month, I told you that you weren’t going to want to miss out on the April episodes of ThinkBetter with Angus Fox; I wasn’t kidding. This past month, Angus provided even more questions to ask your vendors to ensure you are getting the best possible product. He also went in-depth, showing you how you can tell what your third-party […]

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Why is my dealership getting outranked in Search?

ShareSo, you’re here [let’s call it “Location A”] and you’re being outranked by another dealership way over here [“Location B”]? There are a number of factors that cause a dealership across the country to rank higher than you do, beginning with the keyword. Getting Outranked | Transactional Searches vs. Informational Searches Is this a transactional keyword that would indicate that […]

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Create a Clear Path to Conversion

ShareAs featured in the April 2023 issue of AutoSuccess Magazine   Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication A digital shopping experience absent of friction can lead your customers to what they are looking for. Often, it is that high-quality user experience that creates early trust and a solid leg for future positive interactions to stand on. These first impressions are paramount […]

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What providers can you recommend we partner with?

ShareSo, one of the questions I’m asked all the time is “Angus – if your specialty is vendor accountability, what vendors would you recommend”. Well, there are only 3 that I can recommend 100% of the time. But who are they? Disclaimer: It’s important to note that I have no association with 2 of these vendors, but was a previous […]

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Can AI Replace My SEO Provider?

ShareSome of you may be considering replacing your SEO provider with artificial intelligence (AI), thinking, “This could save me so much money!” While that may be true for your marketing budget, trading in an experienced SEO provider for AI is not without serious risks––some of which may outweigh any savings. It goes without saying that AI does and will continue […]

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How can I assess 3rd party traffic on my website?

ShareSo, you’re spending all kinds of money. You’ve got all kinds of marketing dollars going in all different directions, and you have all this referral traffic coming back to you website. How can you tell what it’s actually doing? I’ve got you covered. There’s a lot of different ways we can measure that 3rd party traffic and the way that […]

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What questions should I ask my pay-per-click provider?

ShareAccountability in pay-per-click is very important because the money that you’re spending only lasts for that moment in time. With a poorly configured account with poor targeting, incorrect ads, and a low-quality score, that money can vanish and you can get nothing for it. It’s very easy to have lots of fraud, waste, and abuse in pay-per-click and it’s often […]

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Three Ways to Make Your Data More Actionable With AI

ShareAs we’ve discussed over the last few months, artificial intelligence (AI) and search engine optimization (SEO) are in the early stages of a new relationship together. While AI has long been in the background of digital marketing, its recent advances have brought it to the forefront in a new way. We still have a lot to learn about what its […]

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ThinkBetter Video Series – March Recap

ShareAs promised, we at Wikimotive have been delivering yet another knowledge-packed video series over the last few weeks. This time, we are hosting a special guest: Vendor Accountability Advocate from ThinkBetter, Angus Fox. Angus has taken the stand to tell you how to ensure you are getting the most out of your third-party vendors, from your automotive SEO provider to […]

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What questions should I ask website tool provider?

ShareLast week we talked about questions you can ask a 3rd party inventory provider to (hopefully) get more traffic to your website. But what about your website tools, like a trade provider, chat provider, or service scheduler? Here’s some questions we can ask those tool providers to see how well they’ll fit in with our website and our marketing stack. […]

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What questions should I ask my 3rd party inventory providers?

ShareWe touched on alignment. It’s one of the most important things we can make sure of: that our partner is providing exactly what we think. We want to ask them point blank: What are the main goals you’re helping dealers using your product meet? Is it leads? Is it impressions? Is it branding? What am I getting for my money? […]

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How Can I Use AI to Help My SEO Strategy?

ShareOver the last couple of weeks, Emily and I have talked about what artificial intelligence (AI) language models are, how they work, and some pros and cons of this dynamic technology. Why are we spending this time learning and teaching you about this, though? What ties does AI really have to search engine optimization (SEO)? More than you may think. […]

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How can I compare my 3rd party inventory providers?

ShareWhat are some of the ways you should compare 3rd party inventory providers? As we’ve discussed previously, the way we hold our vendors accountable is going to differ depending on what service they’re providing. In this example, let’s talk about some ways we can compare a 3rd party inventory listing provider. On-Page vs. Off-Page When we’re looking at a 3rd […]

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What Are the Pros and Cons of an AI Language Model?

ShareAs discussed in the first part of our AI series, an AI language model is a form of artificial intelligence that interacts with language in a highly sophisticated way. This has only recently become possible, thanks to the use of advanced algorithms and complex pattern recognition. Because of its proficiency in generating natural-sounding responses, it can be easy to forget […]

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What tools should I be using to hold my vendors accountable?

ShareNow that we’ve discussed what vendor accountability is, let’s discuss some of the tools we’ll use to hold our vendors accountable. Now, before I get into that you’re going to notice that I’m going to use the word ‘our’ a lot. That’s because I don’t identify as a vendor. I identify with the dealer. Our job is to hold the […]

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What is an AI Language Model & How Does it Work?

ShareThe internet has been hit by a storm these last few months. We have heard so much about artificial intelligence (AI), ChatGPT, and how “robots are taking over.” But, in all seriousness, you may be wondering what all of this actually means. For that reason, I will answer two of the biggest questions in this article: What is an artificial […]

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What is Vendor Accountability?

ShareAre you really okay writing checks to countless vendors, settling for meaningless reports and questionable results? If you’re paying them month-after-month you need to hold them accountable. In the coming weeks, I’ll give you the complete playbook, as well as a number of FREE tools, dashboards, and reports. But first, I’ll define Vendor Accountability, identify which vendors you should be […]

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Maximizing Your Online Presence: A Guide to SEO for Car Dealers

ShareLike all businesses, modern car dealerships rely heavily on the internet to reach prospective customers and increase sales; given the competitive nature of the automotive industry, it’s crucial to stand out from the crowd. Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the best ways for you to accomplish this goal. Through a variety of techniques, SEO works to optimize your […]

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Car Dealership Marketing Agencies and What They Can Do for You

ShareRegardless of who you are or what you do for a living, you probably have a pretty good idea of what traditional marketing looks like: newspaper and TV ads, billboards, radio spots, and other costly investments. While they may feel like tried-and-true avenues to pursue, these advertising mediums have become increasingly less fruitful over time. Unlike modern digital marketing, they […]

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SEO Climb with Dave Estey Series 1 Recap

ShareA few months back, the team here at Wikimotive began a new video series called SEO Climb with Dave Estey. Series 1 is officially coming to an end, so we figured we would give you a full recap of everything discussed over the past few weeks. Let’s get started: Defining SEO: The What, Why & How In the beginning episodes […]

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SEO Climb Video Series – January Recap

ShareSEO Climb with Dave Estey is officially coming to a close. Well, for now, anyway. January wrapped up the first series, which had us all learning the ins and outs of automotive SEO (search engine optimization) for the last few months. To wrap things up, Dave answered some big questions in January, like how long it takes for SEO to […]

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Brick and mortar vs. online competitors

ShareCompetition… Are your online competitors the same as your brick-and-mortar competitors? What’s the difference? And how do you figure out who, and where, you should be targeting? Well, you know from your monthly OEM reporting what your market share is, and who your competitors are, right? But that doesn’t really encompass everything, does it? In fact, over the last five […]

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How can I tell if my SEO strategy is correct?

ShareAccountability… Whether we’re talking about the SEO vendor you’ve hired, or your in-house team, what are the ways you can tell if they’re not hitting the nail on the head with your SEO? Well, let’s be honest; when it comes to SEO, there are often a lot of people saying words AT you, instead of communicating WITH you to help […]

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How long does SEO take?

ShareSo, you have an SEO strategy in place, but how long will it take for you to see any results? And are there any tools you can use to monitor those changes? So, you’ve written that first check to your new SEO provider. Now you find yourself checking your watch and thinking to yourself, “Okay, where are my results?” Well, […]

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Search Engine Optimization: 2022 Year in Review

Share2022 has officially come to a close, and what a year it was for automotive SEO. With changes coming from left and right, it might have been hard to keep track of it all. For that reason, SEO Climb host Dave Estey held a podcast-style panel to discuss the most important SEO topics of 2022. The panel included me, Meaghan […]

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SEO Climb Video Series – December Recap

ShareDecember was a special month for SEO Climb with Dave Estey. Not only did two of the regularly scheduled episodes air, but a special edition of the video series was released. The first two weeks followed the regular format as Dave covered content marketing, touching base on over-optimization and the necessity of blogs. The third week, a Holiday Special, was […]

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SEO Climb 2022 Year in Review

What were the most important SEO topics of 2022?

ShareIn this very special episode of SEO Climb, we’re serving up Wikimotive’s 2022 SEO Year in Review featuring Meaghan Farrell, Emily Taub, and your host Dave Estey.

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How do I set my dealership up for the holidays?

ShareThe holidays are upon us and – whether you like it or not – that means you’re going to have to put in some legwork to make sure your dealership is prepared to keep your customers saying, “Ho Ho Ho” instead of “Oh no, no”. So, we’re going to remind you why it’s crucial to update your service scheduler, show […]

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Are blogs necessary? What makes one effective?

ShareIf you’re looking for reasons why your dealership should have a blog, remember that I’ve prattled on and on and on about putting new content on your website. So why do we suggest a blog? It’s because blogs are the easiest way to create and curate up-to-date content, and present it in an organized fashion. If you’re just stacking a […]

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Is it possible to over-optimize content?

ShareWe’ve talked a lot about content and optimization and you may be thinking to yourself, “Is there possibly too much of a good thing?” And the answer is an emphatic “yes”. Back in 2003-4… SEO practitioners could get away with a lot more than they could now, which led to a lot of questionable practices like stuffing keywords into your […]

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SEO Climb Video Series – November Recap

ShareWe are now two months into our SEO Climb video series, where Dave Estey, Wikimotive’s search engine optimization expert, teaches you the ins and outs of all things SEO. Last month, he went over what SEO is, why it is valuable, and how you can rank well on Google. This month, the videos narrowed in on more in-depth topics, including […]

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How do I know which topics to write about?

ShareTopics to Write About You’ve heard me go on and on about the important of creating content that answers questions; and probably asking yourself, “How do I know what to write about?” “How do I do the keyword research?” “How do I know what questions are being asked?” The Answer is Actually Right on Your Showroom Floor Go out and […]

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Do I Need an Automotive Marketing Company for My Dealership?

ShareIf you run a car dealership, it can be tempting to think that having a big marketing budget and paying for lots of television and radio advertisements means you’re covering all your bases. But if there’s one thing that automotive marketing companies know, it’s that any modern marketing approach would be woefully incomplete without accounting for the influence of search […]

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What is Automotive SEO and Why Does it Matter?

ShareAs a professional in the automotive space, you want your website to perform the best it can. While paid ads on Google and various social media platforms can help to grab the attention of some online users, the fact is: focusing on a Pay-Per-Click (PPC) strategy is not making the most of your online presence. A large portion of online […]

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What about buying backlinks?

ShareShould You Purchase Backlinks? If your inbox looks anything like mine does, there’s far too many emails from people you don’t recognize offering to sell you backlinks from “high domain authority websites”. It’s a trap. Why? Because it’s specifically against Google guidelines to purchase backlinks stating, “Google works hard to ensure that it fully discounts links intended to manipulate search […]

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Wikimotive Discusses MRC 2022

ShareFilmed on Day 3 of the Modern Retail Conference, Zach Billings (Wikimotive Co-Founder & Vice President of Client Success) & Angus Fox (Lead Analyst, ThinkBetter Marketing) have a candid discussion about: Their thoughts on MRC 2022 The state of automotive and its’ changing tide… Adjustments dealers need to make for continued success, and… How you can get access to their […]

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What are backlinks and how do they help me?

ShareWhat is a Backlink? Backlinks are an important part of any SEO strategy, and there are a number of ways to get them. But what are they to begin with? A backlink is essentially a vote endorsing your site for offering the correct answer or reference to whatever keyword is being linked. How to Earn a Backlink There are a […]

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3 Essential Practices for Effective Automotive SEO

ShareSearch engine optimization (SEO) is essential when it comes to generating online traffic to your dealership’s website. While it is quite a complex undertaking, there are a couple of general actions that you can take, or make sure your provider is taking, to best optimize for search. There are hundreds of factors that go into ranking, but with these couple […]

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How do I optimize my Google Business Profile?

ShareOptimizing Your GBP If you want to do well on search engines you need to answer questions, and your GBP is just another place for you to do that. Now, how far you want to go into answering questions on your GBP is up to you and how much you want to invest in terms of time and resources. Some […]

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How do I get a Featured Snippet?

ShareWhat is a Featured Snippet? To cite Google’s preferred definition, “Featured snippets are highlighted excerpts of text that appear at the top of a Google search results page in what is known as ‘Position 0’. They provide users with a quick answer to their search query. Featured snippets are more likely to appear when users enter informational search queries.” Why […]

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SEO Climb Video Series – October Recap

ShareWhen it comes to search engine optimization (SEO), there are a ton of whats, whys, and hows. What is it? Why is it important? How is it done? All of those questions are common, but the answers may not be as simple as some may hope. That is why we at Wikimotive started the SEO Climb video series, where our […]

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How can I rank on Google?

ShareWhat Makes a Site Rank Well on Google? That’s a million dollar question. Wait. Actually it’s billions of dollars and, with the onset of things like AI and machine learning, there’s a lot going on here. In fact, sometimes, Google might be hard-pressed to tell you the answers themselves. However, SEO professionals who have been doing this for a long […]

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Why is SEO valuable?

ShareWhy is SEO Valuable? I’ll tell you why…because it makes any number of things on your website – that you’re already spending money on – work better. So, here’s the thing. You’ve paid good money to have a website provided to you. You’ve paid good money to have that website filled with content. You’ve paid good money to have inventory […]

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What is SEO?

ShareWhat is SEO? SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is all the actions you take to optimize your marketing for search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo. And yes, even your YouTube content, or Instagram & Facebook posts can be optimized. So what does that take? Well, there’s a number of different facets to SEO, some of which you are probably familiar with, […]

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Why should I post blogs to Facebook?

ShareBlogposts in your store’s website should be a cornerstone of your SEO strategy. But what are you doing to leverage those blogs on Facebook? What does posting a blog to Facebook do for me? We refer to this as “social syndication”, and it’s a very important way of being able to accelerate the rate of climb for an SEO initiative […]

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Written Content vs Video Content

ShareSeems like everything is video now. Why written content versus video? When it comes to your dealership’s SEO, are videos more important than written blogs? Words on your site are easier for Google to understand. Certainly the “artificial intelligence” that Google is bringing to bear is increasing in intelligence – and understanding of content is getting better and better. But […]

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Do preorder pages help my dealership?

ShareDo we recommend pre-order pages? Absolutely, but don’t think that you can do much in the way of search engine optimization for it. We have a lot of clients who have approached us about this, and we’ve helped most of our dealers with the creation of robust pre-order pages with good FAQ, clear calls to action, and resources throughout the […]

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Should I turn my Paid Search off?

ShareOrganic search versus paid search? You’re looking at it all wrong and here’s why. With strong SEO, should I turn all my paid search off? No, that’s an easy oversimplification. We do have a lot of dealers who have completely moved away from paid search, especially in this current market situation where you can afford to pull back your paid […]

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SEO for dealers struggling with inventory

ShareSome dealers struggling with inventory have hit the brakes on their SEO and content spend. Here’s why that’s a big mistake. I Don’t Have Any Inventory Why would I want to put out content for something I can’t sell right now? Well, if you actually had no inventory, you would probably be out of business. Certainly service pays the bills, […]

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Where should I focus on my SEO?

ShareAre you a multi-store group and don’t know where to start when it comes to SEO? If you have a group site, and individual store sites, should you focus on your group site SEO? Or should you prioritize the store sites? Pay attention… SEO and group sites can be complicated There is definitely merit in doing SEO on your group […]

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How Do I Get My Name to Display on Google Maps?

ShareYour dealership’s name isn’t showing up on Google Maps? That’s a problem. Here’s the solution… Getting your name to display on Google Maps can be complicated. It mostly has to do whether or not your GBP (Google Business Profile) is able to rank for the keyword that was entered. For example, if someone searches for your dealership by name, you […]

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How do I rank in the Map Pack on Google?

ShareSo, you’re worried about your Map Pack ranking on Google, but you don’t know how to improve it? Listen up. How do I rank in the Map Pack on Google? Ranking in the Map Pack on Google has a lot to do with your physical location, which you can’t change. It also has lot to do with categories on your […]

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3 Tips for Writing Effective SEO Content

ShareFor your dealership to have highly-performant SEO, you need a strong content strategy. But what does that mean? Whether you’re trying to write content in-house, or simply want a better understanding of how you can hold your vendor accountable, I’m going to tell you the 3 fundamentals you should be focusing on. To be effective for SEO, content needs to […]

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The Assassination of User Location Data | By the Cowardly Apple iOS

ShareGoogle Analytics Now Misreporting Location for iOS Users 2023 Update at the end. Brace yourself. This is the biggest change to the usefulness of Google Analytics acquisition data, in almost a decade. The last time we lost this much visibility in Google Analytics was when Google themselves started obfuscating keyword data for organic users. Over a few-year period, we went […]

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Understanding Page Experience

ShareContent is king…we say it all the time. But even if your site offers the very best in insightful blog posts, comprehensive model pages, and thorough vehicle comparisons, Google will devalue those pages if your site offers a less-than-than satisfying user experience. When discussing user experience (or UX) it’s fairly common to see the terms “core web vitals” and “page […]

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Understanding Your Dealership’s Core Web Vitals

ShareAll right, dealers… Since November, we’ve covered ‘How to set up and optimize your Google Business Profile’, the ‘Top things you can do to help your dealership’s SEO’, and ‘How to tell if your content sucks, and how to fix it’. I’m Josh, and today we’re going to talk about “Core Web Vitals” and update your understanding of them for […]

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Does Your Content Suck? How to Tell & How to Fix It

ShareAll right, dealers… Last month, Dave gave you some actionable steps to check the functionality of your site, create certain types of valuable content, and better understand metas. So let’s take one of those tips, and build it out a little bit further. When it comes to creating SEO-friendly content, there’s no shortage of misconceptions out there. Many of them […]

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Chip Perry of A2Z Sync Discusses ‘SEARCH WARS’

ShareFrom November 14th to the 16th, the 2021 Automotive Analytics and Attribution Summit (or AAAS) took over the beautiful Eau Resort & Spa, welcoming the entire industry to the balmy seaside climate of Palm Beach, FL. A perennial attraction for some of the most innovative professionals in the automotive space, the AAAS provides an opportunity to address the shortcomings, inefficiencies […]

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Top Things Auto Dealers Can Do TODAY To Help With SEO

ShareAll right, dealers… Search Engine Optimization is the process of optimizing the various signals generated by your online presence with the goal of increasing the quality of traffic to your site. More high-quality leads means more sales. So, let’s talk about ACTIONABLE steps. In other words, what are the top things YOU can do TODAY to help with your SEO. […]

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How to Setup & Optimize Your Google Business Profile

How to Set Up & Optimize Your Dealership’s Google Business Profile

ShareDisclaimer: In November 2021, Google changed the name of Google My Business (GMB) to Google Business Profile (GBP). Since its initial publishing, this content has been updated to reflect that change. Why are Google Business Profiles Important to My Dealership? According to a recent report more than 2/3 of prospective customers will seek out your dealership’s Google Business Profile (or […]

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3 Changes Made By YouTube That You Should Know About

3 Changes Made By YouTube That You Should Know About

ShareThe average American’s video consumption has increased 52% since 2019, with most people consuming 16 hours of online video content per week. Now, sure…some of that’s content is attributed to streaming – but when we look at video through the eyes of the consumer, we see just how valuable it becomes to any business or brand. Consider this: video content […]

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Google My Business Nested Listings (Part Two)

ShareLast week, we talked about nested department listings, why they’re important, and the steps you need to take to get them set up. Now, let’s talk about steps you can take to further optimize them. Now…this is a topic that we’ve covered in the past but, today, we’re going to look at it from a slightly different perspective. So, let’s […]

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Google My Business: Nested Listings (Part 1)

ShareYou don’t need me to tell you that your dealership has a lot of moving parts – some of which may be separate departments, possibly with different physical locations. And while that may be simple for you, it’s imperative that your customers know any differences in Location, Hours, Phone Number and Services – or at least that they can find […]

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How to Write Your Dealership's 'About Us' Page

How to Write Your Dealership’s ‘About Us’ Page

ShareLet’s talk today about one of the most basic purposes of your website: showing a potential customer who YOU are. More specifically, we’re going to talk about creating the best “About Us” page possible. Your “About Us” page should explain to a potential car buyer who you are, where you are, what you sell, and explore exactly what sets you […]

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Sam from Wikimotive discusses "Auditing Your Third-Party Tools"

Auditing Third-Party Tools

ShareEvery day, prospective car buyers are visiting your website. But today, we’re not gonna talk about how they GOT there, we’re going to talk about what happens when they ARE there. More importantly, how it could hurt YOUR chances of making that sale. Whether we’re talking about your website’s ability to (i) calculate the value of trade-in (ii) to schedule […]

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Wikimotive's Jason Cook discusses "Why You Should Be Branding Your Salespeople Using Video"

Why You Should Be Branding Your Salespeople Using Video

ShareAnnnnd we’re back – in the studio – after a great week in Napa Valley at DMSC 2021. In fact, it was such an impactful experience that we’re going to hold off on our regular topics for one more week — because we’re feeling particularly inspired to #weaponizetheconnectivity. Of all the amazing keynotes, panels and breakout sessions that took place […]

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What are Beneficial Purpose, YMYL & E-A-T?

ShareIn recent months, we’ve talked about Core Web Vitals and the various other metrics used by Google to determinate the quality of a site’s user experience. However, Google’s methods of assessment aren’t solely reliant upon technology and algorithms. Google also employs “Human Search Evaluators”- individuals who review content to help inform Google’s standards for high-quality web pages. They also review […]

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How to Create Tailor-Made Content for Your Dealership (Part Three)

How to Create Tailor-Made Content for Your Dealership (Part Three)

ShareAlright everyone, it’s time to find out the final step to refining your content… Two weeks ago, we went over how to find your target audience… …and last week we discussed the importance of using a unique tone for every piece of content. This week, I’m going to tell you about the final piece of the content puzzle: VOICE. One […]

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Image Selection & Alt Text

ShareWhen someone loads your dealership’s page, the first thing to catch their eye is your imagery. Whether photo or video, the visual elements you incorporate are essential to having quality digital content. But that’s not all. You also need to write alt text for these images, if you want to rank in local search. But let’s not get ahead of […]

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What is Structured Data?

ShareLast week Sam & Meaghan talked about Meta Descriptions and how they’re a great way to help prospective car-buyers and service customers find the content they’re looking for on your site. Meta descriptions are an essential place to start, but if you really want to get exposure, you’re going to need Schema Data, or as it’s more commonly referred to […]

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What are Meta Descriptions?

ShareWhen working in SEO, you need to optimize for users AND for search engines And there are different ways to do each of those things. But what if we told you there is ONE thing you can do to improve optimization for both? Because guess what? There is! We’re talking about meta descriptions! Meta descriptions are HTML tags that describe […]

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Content: Authority vs. Engagement

ShareFair warning, today’s topic might get us in trouble with some of our friends who specialize in social media… but here it goes. Just because your content isn’t “engaging” on social media, doesn’t mean it’s not valuable for your business. Hopefully, we don’t get canceled for sharing this… If you are like us, the majority of the content you will […]

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Just the Tip - NAP Syndication and Why it's important

NAP Syndication & Why It’s Important

ShareWhen it comes to your dealership’s business, one of the most important things you can do is…well…attract more of it. So…it’s imperative that all of your pertinent information is easy for prospective car buyers to find. That said, you also need to make sure that (i) it’s accurate (ii) that it’s synchronized across all available platforms (iii) that you know […]

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Why Your Dealership Needs Reputation Management

ShareReputation Management… It’s FAR more accurate to call it “PERCEPTION Management” since your prioritization of it (or LACK thereof) will drive public opinion of your dealership’s credibility and its revenue. Whether we’re talking about perception of your operation as a whole – or that of individual departments, or personnel – letting things slide will only HURT your dealership in the […]

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How to Perform a Tag Audit

ShareTags…whether you realize it or not, you probably hear this expression all the time. Marketing tags, web tags, website tags…these generally all refer to a small piece of code, or a pixel placed on a website to allow the collection of information about the user, hardware and on-site behavior. Tags are powerful and widespread in their installation, but unfortunately, most […]

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Own Your Data

ShareSometimes it feels like “change” is the only constant in marketing. It’s why it’s so important for dealerships to have continuity when assessing their overall marketing performance, and the effects of any changes they enact. And to ensure that continuity, a dealership needs take ownership of all of their various data sources. What do we mean by “data sources”? We’re […]

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5 Steps to Optimize Your Dealership’s Inventory Feed

ShareIf you have been following JTT you know how crucial a strong social media influence is to a successful marketing campaign. Where is this social media influence going to take flight. FACEBOOK. As many of you may be doing (and if you are not you should be) you can use Facebook’s advertising platform to target potential customers showing them a […]

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How to Audit Your Core Web Vitals

ShareLast week we revisited Core Web Vitals, three relatively new factors that Google takes into consideration when assessing the experience offered to their users, by your dealership’s website. Specifically, we talked about LCP, FID and CLS. Now remember, Google’s primary goal is to ensure a positive user experience, and directs any search query to the site that (i) best answers […]

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What are the Most Important Ranking Factors in Local Search

What are the Most Important Ranking Factors in Local Search?

ShareThere’s no such this as a “one-size fits all”, or “set-it-and-forget-it” SEO solution. When we talk about “Organic SEO” it’s important to recognize the reason why we use the term “organic”. It’s because SEO and the algorithms involved are constantly evolving, and your dealership’s strategy needs to evolve with them. Factor in the unique challenges of the automotive space, and […]

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Is iOS 14 Affecting Your Ad Spend

Is iOS 14 Affecting Your Ad Spend?

ShareHey digital marketers…more than 100 million consumers NOW have the option of limiting your ability to hit them up with targeted ads. So…whatcha gonna do about it? iOS 14 and Consumers When iOs 14 was first rolled out almost six months ago, there was a lot to like: better app organization, customizable widgets, less obtrusive notifications, improved map and translation […]

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SEO Tips to Help Your Dealership to Succeed in 2021 Part 3

Machine Learning (SEO Tips to Help Your Dealership Succeed in 2021)

ShareMachine learning, what is it? How does it affect me? And does this mean the T1000 is already here? The answer is maybe. On the face of it, machine learning is a complex and often times “scary” subject. But the truth is that machine learning has already been a part of our daily lives for years and you likely didn’t […]

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SEO Tips to Help Your Dealership to Succeed in 2021 Part 2

SEO Tips to Help Your Dealership to Succeed in 2021 (Part 2)

ShareLast week, we began focusing on SEO Tips to help your dealership succeed in (what we hope will be a post-COVID) 2021. More specifically, to succeed in a world where, every day, online retailers are taking increasingly more aggressive strides to attract prospective car buyers that might otherwise do business with you. And one of the topic we covered was […]

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SEO Tips to Help Your Dealership to Succeed in 2021

SEO Tips to Help your Dealership Succeed in 2021 (Part One)

ShareTwelve months ago, we were living in a very different world. And at that point, an evaluation of over 8,000 American car buyers revealed that the average car buyer: – Spends up to six months researching vehicles before making a purchase. – Performs 59% of that research online, with 46% of car buyers using multiple devices to do so – […]

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Visual Indicators amp The Page Experience Update

Visual Indicators & The Page Experience Update

ShareA few weeks back, we talked about Google’s Broad Core Update which Google rolled out the first week of December. And just before that we had served up an introduction to Core Web Vitals, which were the focal point of Google’s previous update back in May. That said, new year, new game. Not only will those updates have laid the […]

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Holiday GMB Tips For Your Dealership

ShareThe countdown is on: first Christmas, then New Years, and then we’ll say hello to 2021…all within the next two weeks. Between the craziness of the holidays, and a new year to come, you can bet that prospective car buyers and service customers will be looking you up. But is your GMB listing set up to tell them what they […]

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What Does Google’s December Broad Core Update Mean to Your Dealership?

ShareThe events of 2020 have slowed down a lot of things, and here in the SEO world, one of the most notable delays comes in terms of Google’s broad core updates (of which there are usually several every year). In 2020 however, we’re only NOW – in December – getting the 3rd core update since January, with the last one […]

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Is Vimeo a Better Platform for Your Dealership’s Videos?

ShareJust a couple weeks ago, I was one of 70+ automotive marketing professionals invited to speak at the Automotive Analytics and Attribution Summit, and we had an awesome session on the growing importance of video content to dealerships like yours. But, after discussing the pros and cons of Facebook vs. YouTube as video posting platforms, a question arose. What about […]

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What is a Featured Snippet?

ShareWhen it comes to any of the topics that we cover here on “Just the Tip”, we can all gain important vantage points and valuable insights when we discard our professional roles and approach each topic from the perspective of the consumer. So put on your consumer hat, and imagine that you’re a car buyer, performing a search for the […]

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What You Need to Know About Core Web Vitals Before 2021

ShareLast week we just happened to revisit Aaron’s recent three-part series on the importance of User Experience. And then, this week, Google Webmasters announced that, as of May 2021, Core Web Vitals will become ranking signals as part of an update that will combine them with a number of existing UX-related signals.   What are Core Web Vitals? Earlier this […]

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Meaghan Farrell

Meaghan Farrell Makes Her Move to SEO

SharePlease join the entire Wikimotive family in congratulating Meaghan Farrell on her recent transition to our SEO team. Since coming onboard as a valued member of our Editorial Team, Meaghan found herself immediately interested in technical SEO, the analytics related to it, and the outside-the-box thinking it requires. “I am looking forward to learning and evolving with the constant changes […]

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Dave Estey - Senior Technical SEO Specialist at Wikimotive

Dave Estey Named Wikimotive ‘Director of SEO’

ShareWikimotive is proud to announce that Dave Estey will be stepping into a new role – that of ‘Director of SEO’. In this capacity, Dave looks forward to building systems that allow Wikimotive to provide even greater results for our clients, while introducing machine learning and automation to increase both our agility, and our responsiveness. “While one of the newest […]

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Kelsea Filleul Named Wikimotive ‘Managing Editor’

ShareOn behalf of our entire team, please join us in congratulating Wikimotive’s very own Kelsea Filleul who has accepted a new role within our organization – that of ‘Managing Editor’. In her new position, Kelsea will manage our team of content writers, as well as our Editorial team, to ensure that our clients receive the highest-quality content, delivering optimal results. […]

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Want to Use Stories to Sell More? Start Here.

ShareIn a recent study performed by Cox Automotive, it was determined that the average car buyer spends 13 hours and 55 minutes researching a vehicle purchase. And that 61% of that average time (equivalent to about 8.5 hours) is spent online. Today, that time is split between time spent on dealer sites like yours, OEM sites and 3rd party consumer […]

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5 Things That Could Redefine Your Dealership’s Social Media

ShareThere’s a lot of territory to cover when it comes to your dealership’s social media activity. The problems are a-plenty, and we see them every day. The wrong kind of content. Inconsistency and infrequency of posting. Misreading your audience on one platform versus another, delivering the wrong message in turn, and not taking the correct steps to grow those audiences. […]

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Just for Your Dealership: JTT Episodes You Might Have Missed

ShareIt’s officially been one year since we started this weekly series of SEO and Digital Marketing tips. And what a year it’s been. No seriously…is it 2021 yet? Not yet? Well, if you haven’t been watching all along, let’s circle back on what we’ve covered here on JTT since…well, since 2020 first starting going to sh*t. Jay: The Quarantine Months […]

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3 Current Problems That Could Be Affecting Your Dealership (Part 2)

ShareLast week, we started talking about common Google Analytics problems affecting dealerships everywhere. And since I’m young, healthy and have a fast recovery time, guess what? Yup…we’re gonna do it again.   Problem #1: Self Referrals in Your Reports What are “self referrals”? They’re what happens when your own website’s domain shows up on your site as referral traffic. This […]

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3 Current Problems That Could Be Affecting Your Dealership (Part 1)

ShareToday, let’s talk about 3 simple, but critical implementation problems plaguing the Google Analytics profiles of dealerships all around the country, right now, and could be affecting you.   Problem #1: Data Loss Generally speaking, your analytics sessions are your vitals. If you see that line hit 0 and stay there, we’re calling time of death. That’s why we need […]

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Why Google Isn’t Crawling Your Dealership’s Website

ShareSo, you have a webpage that’s not indexed by Google…that’s a problem. So let’s troubleshoot that. Well, unless you have something more important to do. (Newsflash…you don’t) If Your Page Isn’t Currently Indexed One issue could be that you accidentally told Google not to index your site. How? Well, there are two ways this can happen. One is you have […]

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Crawlability & What it Means to Your Website

ShareLast week, we discussed the importance of Response Codes, and how they play a role in determining whether or not potential car buyers are getting what they need out of your dealership’s website. But what about Google’s ability to get what they need in order to deliver your site to those customers? Well, stay tuned, because we have “Just the […]

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Response Codes and Why They’re So Important to Your Dealership

ShareYou’ve recently heard Kelsea and Jay talk about the important role content plays in achieving your SEO goals. Then, Aaron did the same thing in regard to user experience. And, yes, both are very important but none if it makes a difference if neither clients or Google can find it. So, let’s talk about content deliverability. If you’re doing it […]

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5 Steps You Can Take to Speed Up Your Website

ShareWhen we talk about page speed, one of the key factors to having faster load times is the size of the page. Now, I’m not talking about width and height dimensions, I’m talking about data. The kilobytes, megabytes, or gigabytes of information being displayed. A great start to improving your site’s performance is to figure out what’s taking up the […]

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3 Tools to Assess Your Dealership’s Page Performance

Share Last time, we told you how page speed is super important to user experience, and in getting your dealership to rank higher in search results. Now, let’s explore three valuable tools that can help you assess your page speed and identify any red flags. Page Speed Insights Last week we introduced Google’s Page Speed Insights, one of the popular […]

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4 Ways to Optimize Your Dealership’s Content

ShareSo, you’ve decided to Improve your local search rankings by writing your own content. That’s awesome. How’s it working for you? How close are you to the top of Page 1 for local search results? Wait. Are you even on Page 1? Page 2? Worse? Well, we have ‘Just the Tip’ for you. Like our CEO always says, “When it […]

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9 Steps to Improve Your Dealership’s Content

ShareDoes your content suck?  Over the last few weeks we have gone over different types of content, tips for coming up with content ideas, and local content for your dealership’s website. Today, we’re going to discuss how you can improve your content, and optimize it to help you rank higher.  Structure is Important Let’s start with one basic writing rule […]

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This week on 'Just the Tip', Kelsea from Wikimotive presents 4 Tips for Your Dealership's Local Content

4 Tips For Your Dealership’s Local Content

ShareLast week, we discussed three types of content that your website needs: Navigational Pages, Landing Pages, and Blog Posts.  This week, we are going to dive deeper into blog territory, covering one style of blog that’s crucial for any SEO strategy…Local Content.  Local Content allows you to: 1. Present your dealership to your community, or to a specific geography. 2. […]

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3 Types of Content Your Dealership’s Website Needs

ShareLET’S TALK CONTENT… If you have questions when it comes to content for your dealership’s website, you’re not alone. We hear them all the time… “How do I write content?”  “How do I improve my content?”  But what’s often surprising is how often we hear the question, “What do you mean by content?” In the simplest terms, anything you’ve made available […]

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5 Steps Your Dealership Needs to Take to Optimize Your GMB

ShareConsider This… More than 95% of your dealership’s potential sales are delivered to you as a result of online research.  Local search accounts for 46% of Google searches, and 4 out of 5 consumers consider it to be their primary means of getting information about, or contacting a business. It’s also estimated a business’s GMB is the preferred resource for […]

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Page Speed and Why It’s Crucial to Your Site

ShareWhat Is Page Speed? Page Speed is the time it takes for a web page to load in the browser. While this sounds self explanatory, it’s a bit more complex. Any time you land on a web page, quite a bit is going on in the background. Your device is sending a request to an online server and that server […]

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8 Things About User-Generated Content Your Dealership Needs to Know

ShareWay before 2020 became the year of pandemics, murder hornets and protests it was predicted by leading marketers to be “the year of user-generated content”. And if you really think about it, the predictions were surprisingly accurate. Content creation has been a cornerstone of our collective coping when it comes to everything that 2020 had in store for us, thus […]

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Not a Writer? Here’s the ONE Tool You Should Be Using

Share“But I’m Not a Writer”… The (bleep) you aren’t. Everyone’s a writer, and today we’re going to talk about a FREE tool you already have access to, a tool that can make it easier for all of you “non-writers” out there to create kickass original content. Words matter. Not only can the right words help you to better resonate with […]

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Wikimotive's Jason Cook presents '7 Easy Ways to Optimize Your YouTube Videos' on this episode of 'Just the Tip'

7 Easy Ways to Optimize Your YouTube Content

ShareLog onto Google and do a search for anything, and you’ll be provided with what Google interprets to be related video content. Most likely, the results will feature videos that are posted to YouTube (over other video platforms) since it’s a Google-owned platform. In other words, YouTube content has SEO Value. And since this series is all about optimizing your […]

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Jason Cook from Wikimotive presents "YouTube Analytics & Your Dealership's Video Content"

YouTube Analytics &Your Dealership’s Video Content

ShareVideo analytics are crucial. They help you to assess the quality of your content, to identify what is and isn’t resonating with your dealership’s audience, and they help you to evolve your strategy so that your next piece of content can perform better than your last one. Plus, when it comes to YouTube (as opposed to Facebook) remember…you don’t have […]

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Where Should You Post Your Videos (and Why)

ShareFacebook. YouTube. Which platform should you be posting your dealership’s videos on, and why? On one hand, Facebook is STILL the most prominent social media platform out there with roughly 2.5 billion users, worldwide – but it also features additional post types in addition to video. YouTube, on the other hand, only boasts about 2 billion users but is the […]

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Are You Paying Attention to Your Video Metrics? You Should Be.

ShareIt’s one thing to create videos – but what’s the point if those videos aren’t driving social media engagement and expanding your overall reach? By now, our regular viewers should familiar with Facebook Insights – and how to find them. If you’re a first time viewer, or would simply like to revisit our recent content, remember that you can find […]

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The Value of Facebook Audience Insights

ShareLast week, we provided an overview of Facebook Page Insights, a great front-end tool that helps you to monitor the effectiveness of your posting strategy. Now, there are more in-depth tools and visibility provided by both Facebook Business Manager and other third-party tools, but the simplified accessibility of Page Insights makes it universally valuable. This week, we’ll be exploring Facebook […]

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The Value of Facebook Page Insights

ShareOver the last couple of weeks, your dealership’s use of Social Media has been more important than ever…especially on Facebook. But whether you’ve been creating original video content, or updating your customers through regular posting, you should be gauging the success of your efforts. Which is why we want to help you to better understand Facebook Analytics – and the […]

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Understanding Facebook Video Guidelines

ShareDuring this quarantine, we’ve talked about the importance of original video content to your dealership. We’ve covered the different types of video content you should be creating. We’ve even given you a breakdown of affordable and easy-to-use equipment that can improve the quality of your content. But, for best results, you also need to understand the video specifications set by […]

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Affordable & Easy-to-Use Equipment for Your Dealership’s Multimedia Content

ShareHey everyone, it’s Jay from Wikimotive  and – as promised – we’re back to talk about some affordable and easy-to-use equipment that can help make it more convenient for you to create high-quality video content, all on your own. Now, before we start, I want to make one thing clear. There are two types of valuable multimedia content. The first […]

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3 Important Things Your Dealership Should Be Doing Right Now

ShareAll right car dealers…I see you out there. We have been watching, and a lot of you are doing exactly what you should be doing right now. ***COVID-High5 right here*** But for the rest of you…those of you who need some help getting the right message out there, in the right way, well, we have “Just the Tip” for you. […]

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Unleashing the Power of Your Social Media

ShareIn today’s world of social distancing, social media has become more important than ever. From the safety of our homes, it’s allowed each of us to interact with our family, friends and co-workers in a socially responsible way. It’s enabled teachers and students to continue their education plans. It’s changed the way that we support the brands, businesses and organizations […]

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5 Actionable Tips for Car Dealers

ShareOn this week’s episode of ‘Just the Tip’ I had introduced some of the aspects of Technical SEO that we’ll be exploring in future episodes. But with so much going on in the world right now, we wanted to follow up with something a little more specific, and a little more helpful for our friends in the automotive space. So […]

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Understanding the Reality of Technical SEO

ShareEveryone wants to rank higher in Google search results. It’s why we created this series…to help you understand the various aspects of Search Engine Optimization. And when it comes to SEO – fair warning – Andrew, Aaron, Josh and I will be covering a lot of territory. Just think of each topic as a box you’ll need to “tick” in […]

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Harnessing the Power of Data & Analytics

ShareNo matter what business vertical you’re in, data plays an important role. It’s generated by every facet of your operation, and can help to inform real-time decision-making, give shape to more effective strategies in both the short and long-term and streamline your operation as a whole. It’s also the most efficient means of assessing the success of your digital marketing […]

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COVID-19 and Your Business

ShareJust last week, we launched our revamped format for ‘Just the Tip’. And while our weekly series of SEO and Digital Marketing tips will continue in light of current world events, we felt it was important to take a step back, and offer some topical content useful to businesses across all verticals. In an effort to provide assurance to your […]

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Your Business Needs More Video Content

ShareVideo content has been credited as having become the #1 catalyst for the online discovery of new products, services, and brands, as well as becoming a preferred resource for all sorts of do-it-yourselfers. And it’s really no surprise that video has proven so effective. A study of American consumers revealed that viewers retain up to 95% of a message when […]

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Wikimotive's Kyle & Kelsea discuss the importance of Link Building in the 18th installment of 'Just the Tip'

The Importance of Link Building

ShareFrom your website’s landing pages to your blog posts, your content plays an important role in establishing your authority. High-quality content empowers an authoritative source to share their expertise with anyone who may be in need of it. The best content is relevant, informative and serves a clear purpose; and (like any good advice) authoritative content stands a greater likelihood […]

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The Increased Importance of Search Entities

ShareWe recently discussed keywords, one of the fundamental components of SEO. But SEO is ever-evolving, meaning that such components (and their respective roles) are bound to change as well. As such, intent-based algorithmic changes within Google have led to the prioritization of understanding entities over traditional keywords. But what are search entities, and why was this change necessary? What are […]

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What is User Intent (& Why Is It So Important)?

What is User Intent (& Why Is It So Important)?

ShareIn discussing the fundamentals of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) , you often see that it’s crucial to understand the importance of ’User Intent’ (also referred to as ‘Search Intent’). But what is User Intent and why is it so important? In recent years, Google has made it a priority to better understand (and anticipate) the meaning and intent behind search […]

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Josh and Lisa of Wikimotive discuss the importance of understanding keywords.

Just the Tip – Understanding Keywords

ShareIn the same way we all have different needs online, not every online search is performed the same way. Some are phrased in the form of an informational query (using ‘who’,’where’, ‘when’ etc) to find out more about a subject. Some might be taking a navigational approach (seeking a specific URL) or performing a local search (using ‘near me’) to […]

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Brandon and Kyle of Wikimotive are discussing the relationship between social media and SEO.

Just the Tip – The Relationship Between Social Media and SEO

ShareThe relationship between Social Media and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is complicated and often misunderstood, and in a perpetual stage of change. In reality, they are complimentary areas of focus that can drive their own results, and can help to amplify the results achievable by the other. Understanding the Roles The role of Social Media grows increasingly more important. It […]

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Aaron and Brandon of Wikimotive are discussing the importance of review strategy.

Just the Tip – The Importance of Review Strategy

ShareNo-one likes receiving a negative review; but it’s been estimated that a negative experience is 21% more likely to inspire an online review than a positive experience. It’s a trend that has experienced some welcome reversal as of late but, as a business, you need to be conscious of the impact reviews can have. Today we’re going to explore the […]

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Kelsea and Aaron of Wikimotive discuss local content.

Just the Tip – Local Content: Keeping Things Close to Home

Share“How Do We Stand Out?” Answering this question is one of the inherent challenges faced by any business or marketer. It inspires the quality of the products and/or services that we offer. It rests at the heart of our marketing efforts. And unlike major brands and larger corporate entities who enjoy a greater wealth of resources to help attract the […]

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Josh and Kelsea of Wikimotive discuss why every business needs a blog.

Just the Tip – Every Business Needs a Blog

ShareEvery business or organization has a story to tell, as well as a unique set of services to offer, insights to contribute, and a desire to attract those in need of their goods, products and services. This is why blogs are so popular; they provide a means of telling our stories, conveying our authority, and making ourselves accessible to a […]

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Jay and Josh of Wikimotive discussing conversational content.

Just the Tip – Conversational Content

ShareConversational content. Depending on the extent of your involvement with content creation and familiarity with certain principles of SEO, it’s a term you may have heard before. But it’s also a term that is commonly misunderstood. What is Conversational Content? At its heart, ’conversational content’ is about creating a personalized experience for the reader. Think of the difference between being […]

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Lisa and Jay of Wikimotive discussing social sharing

Just the Tip – Social Sharing

ShareIn this series we’ll talk about the importance of content (in whatever form it may take). No matter whether we’re talking about blog posts, podcasts, videos (or something else entirely) your content is unlikely to find its audience unless you deliver it directly to them. And since most consumers are unlikely to visit your website (unless they have a specific […]

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Kyle and Lisa of Wikimotive got over GMB Q&A

Just the Tip – GMB Questions & Answers

ShareGoogle My Business is one of the most valuable marketing tools out there. When properly optimized, your GMB profile can help to attract, inform and convert prospective customers. Plus, from an investment standpoint, it certainly doesn’t hurt that GMB is free. But an investment of time and effort is necessary if you’re going to put your GMB to work for […]

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Aaron and Kyle of Wikimotive for a just the tip episode on Alt text

Just the Tip – The Importance of ALT Text

ShareWhen we refer to ‘optimization’ we’re usually talking about the steps anyone can take to refine their web presence, increase the visibility of their website in the eyes of Google, and improve both traffic and the potential of converting new customers. The manner in which you format the images used on your website plays an important role in this, while […]

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Jay and Aaron discuss optimizing your GMB on Just the Tip at Wikimotive

Just the Tip – Optimize Your GMB Photos, Videos & GIFs

SharePreviously, we’ve discussed the important role that your Google My Business profile plays; how it’s basically your new homepage, is where you share your business information with the world and is where people searching for your business will form their first impressions of it. But with that in mind, how does one go about making the best first impression? Well, […]

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Kelsea and Jay of Wikimotive discuss local SEO for Just the Tip

Just the Tip – Local SEO

ShareTo grow your business, you need to attract new customers. And since most potential customers will search for your products or services on Google, you need to distinguish yourself by ranking higher than your competitors in Search Results. That said, it’s important to understand any obstacles that may be working against you. For example… – 75% of Google users won’t […]

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Brandon and Kelsea on the Three Pillars of SEO Just the Tip episode.

Just the Tip – Expertise, Authoritativeness and Trustworthiness – The Three Pillars of SEO

ShareIt’s estimated that 63,000 Google searches are performed every second. That’s 3.8 million searches every minute, 228 million searches every hour, and about 5.6 billions searches performed within a single day. And somewhere in the middle of that search maelstrom, is a prospective customer in need of your products or services. Google uses complex algorithms to determine the pages best […]

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Lisa and Brandon for this weeks Just the Tip episode on GMB

Just The Tip – Google My Business

Share(commonly known as ‘GMB’) is one of the most valuable digital marketing assets available to businesses. Every day, millions of consumers use Google to research businesses, products and services. Most recent studies have shown that more than half of the searches conducted on mobile devices have local intent – that means people are looking for local businesses. Your GMB profile […]

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Wikimotive's Josh and Lisa explain SEO signals

Just the Tip – What Are “Signals”?

ShareWe’ve defined SEO as “the process of optimizing signals both on and off a website, influencing how successfully that site can be found when someone searches particular keywords on Google”. So, what do we mean by ‘signals’? We’re referring to ranking signals – characteristics or elements present on a website that a search engine recognizes – and then utilizes to […]

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The Most Important Question to Ask

ShareWelcome back to another Tactical Tuesdays with Wiki! In this week’s video, we’re sharing one simple tip – but it’s a tip that can literally improve your entire website. It will have a positive effect on everything that you do for SEO and help you stand out from competitors. I speak at a lot of conferences, so I’m lucky enough […]

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Wikimotive rock stars Josh and Kyle explaining SEO

Just The Tip – What is SEO?

ShareFor those of you unfamiliar with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) it’s the process of optimizing signals both on and off a website, influencing how successfully that site can be found when someone searches particular keywords on Google. Regardless of the vertical you’re in, your ranking in Google Search Results should be one of your primary considerations. Failing to prioritize your […]

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Brighton SEO Presentation

ShareWhat do SEO and Horror Movies have in common? Find out for yourself as we return to the UK, for Greg’s insightful look at Entities and the Future of SEO filmed LIVE at Brighton SEO.

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Internet Battle Plan Presentation

ShareHave you met Angus? Straight outta Internet Battle Plan XXVI, Wikimotive’s Chief Digital Officer is here to share his insights on holding your Digital Marketing and SEO Vendors accountable in terms of the return on YOUR investment.

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Own Your Own Backyard

ShareWelcome back to another episode of Tactical Tuesdays with Wiki. I’m hanging out in the back yard for today’s tip, cause this week, we’re talking about ‘owning your own backyard’. I speak about Local SEO at conferences all over the world, and one of the most common questions I hear goes something like this: “we’re about 30 minutes outside of […]

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Read Your Site Content Out Loud

ShareWelcome back to another episode of Tactical Tuesdays with Wiki. This week we’ve got what might be the most important SEO tip we can possibly share… and it’s all about helping your website content absolutely rock… You might notice I look a little different today – I’m recording this video while I’m on the way back from a conference. Isn’t […]

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Dan Barker Named Wikimotive ‘Director of Operations’

ShareThe entire Wikimotive team is proud to share the news that our own Dan Barker has accepted a new role within our organization – that of ‘Director of Operations’. Having served diligently in his previous capacity as Content Manager, Dan’s commitment to consistency and continual betterment – combined with his penchant for ‘big picture thinking’ – has made him an […]

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Recover Hidden Yelp Reviews

ShareWelcome back to Tactical Tuesdays with Wiki. This week, we’re talking about everyone’s favorite site – Yelp. In today’s video, I’m gonna tell you how to recover all of those awesome reviews you got that Yelp decided to filter out and hide. I’ll just come out and say it – Yelp sucks. We all hate it, but unfortunately, since it […]

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‘Learn Inbound’ Presentation

ShareWelcome back to Tactical Tuesdays with Wiki. This week’s video is a long one again, because I’m sharing my presentation from the Learn Inbound conference… It’s about 38 minutes long, so make sure you’ve got time to watch and absorb all the awesomeness. If you don’t have time now, no worries – it’ll be here waiting for you whenever you’re […]

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How Long Does SEO Take?

ShareWelcome back to Tactical Tuesdays with Wiki. This week, we’re talking about timelines for SEO – we’re gonna answer the most common question about SEO “how long does SEO take?” More than any other question, SEO agencies are always asked “why does SEO take so much time?” and “how long will it take to see results?” I get it – […]

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SEO ‘Simple Math’

ShareWelcome back to another Tactical Tuesdays with Wiki! In this week’s video, we’re taking you back to school and doing some math to help prove why your business absolutely needs to be doing Local SEO. I speak at a lot of conferences, and I always hear that it’s hard for attendees to go back to work and get buy-in from […]

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‘The Firm’ Case for Local SEO

ShareWelcome back to Tactical Tuesdays with Wiki. This week, we’re here to talk about pizza. For the noobs out there, pizza is a savory dish of Italian origin, consisting of a usually round, flattened base of leavened wheat-based dough topped with tomatoes, cheese, and various other ingredients (anchovies, olives, meat, etc.) baked at a high temperature, traditionally in a wood-fired […]

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GMB is Your NEW Home Page

ShareWelcome back to Tactical Tuesdays with Wiki. This week we’re not talking about a specific tip or tactic, we’re trying to change your point of view. For years, business owners in every vertical have been told “your website is the first impression you make with customers” But I’m here today to tell you – that’s no longer true. Your Google […]

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GMB ‘Questions & Answers’ Feature

ShareWelcome back to Tactical Tuesdays with Wiki. This week we’re talking about a recent update to the Google My Business Questions and Answers feature. For the ‘noobs’, if you don’t know what the Questions and Answers feature is, it’s a new element that was added to the Google My Business profiles about a year ago. It’s a community discussion feature, […]

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Tactical Tuesdays - How Do You Know if You Need Local SEO

How Do You Know if You Need Local SEO?

ShareWelcome back to ‘Tactical Tuesdays with Wiki’. One of our most common topics in this weekly video series will be Local SEO, and today we wanted to take a little time to explain what it is and how you know if you need it. (For the Noobs) Search Engine Optimization, commonly referred to as “SEO”, is the process of optimizing […]

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Greg Gifford of Wikimotive presents some of the recent changes Google has made, in terms of how Brand Search results appear on mobile devices in the 2nd episode of 'Tactical Tuesdays with Wiki".

Episode 2: New Blended SERP on Local Brand Searches

ShareWelcome back to Tactical Tuesdays with Wiki. We’ve got an interesting update to share with you this week – Google has updated how Branded Search results are displayed on mobile. First seen in the wild last week, the new branded layout is a blend between the info that used to appear in the Google My Business knowledge panel and the […]

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There Are No Apologies in Branding

ShareAs an automotive advertising company, we fall subject to a wide range of expectations regarding the wealth of services that we offer. Truth be told, we doubt you’d be surprised by the vast majority of them, seeing as you’re probably aware of the traditional role played by digital marketers. And yet, there are those expectations that are less-publicized…such as the […]

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Be Fearless. Go Viral.

ShareWhen we talk about Automotive Social Media Marketing, we’re surprised by just how many people fail to grasp the breadth of the topic. In fact, looking across any number of industries only serves to reinforce the shocking realization that many businesses are attempting to market themselves in a state of ignorant bliss. Of course, we mean ‘ignorant’ in the most […]

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Shooting Holes in Your Strategy (To See What’s in Front of You)

ShareThis month, we’re spending a lot of time talking about the need to step outside of your intrinsic strategy. As a marketer, it’s all too easy for you to wear the blinders of branding, slaved to a singular way of thinking by the echo chamber which you operate within. By falling into this trap, you minimize your own effectiveness, limiting […]

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Stepping Outside the Echo Chamber

ShareNow that we’re firmly implanted in 2019, susceptible to both the pitfalls and perils most-evident and well-hidden, we’d be spotlighting a lack of foresight if we failed to acknowledge one of the greatest threats to your automotive marketing strategy. More accurately, it’s one of the greatest threats to any marketing strategy, regardless of industry or intent (and arguably, to a […]

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Dial up your marketing with a automotive advertising company

Reasons to Partner with an Automotive Advertising Agency

ShareAs a dealership, you might have struggled with the question of whether or not you should partner with an automotive advertising company or digital marketing partner. Unfortunately, the increasing importance of services that a digital marketer can provide emphasizes the crucial nature of making that change now (if you have yet to do so). Marketing has always been an ever-evolving […]

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The building blocks to Automotive Social Media Marketing

Are You in Control of Your Online Image?

SharePerception is reality. Arguably, the best piece of ‘big picture’ advice that I’ve ever been given. One would be hard-pressed to debate the fact that we form decisive conclusions based on our individual perception. From the worthiness of interpersonal relationships and evaluation of professional competence to the businesses we support and political candidates that we elect, our lives are driven […]

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Answers to all your automotive SEO questions

SEO Resolutions (for Better Results) in the New Year

ShareIs there any better opportunity to assess one’s goals than the beginning of a new year?  Even when you step outside the norm of personal New Years Resolutions, it’s a perfect opportunity for the less-diligent to gain both perspective in hindsight while creating forward-thinking strategies. Then again, some might argue that you should have been on top of your new […]

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Find the solution to your automotive marketing needs with the right information

Which Side of the Line are YOU on?

ShareNow that we find ourselves firmly implanted inside of another new year, it becomes easier to separate ourselves from the imaginary line that we’ve just crossed over. Whether you think of it as a new beginning, the turn of a calendar page, or another journey around the sun, the significance of a ‘new year’ is largely sentimental. But it’s the […]

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To Get Personal, You Need a Personal Touch

ShareImagine that you had an Ace-in-the-Hole, a hidden advantage over your competitors that positioned your dealership, products and services more favorably in the eyes of prospective customers. Imagine that you could gain insights into the needs and expectations of today’s car-buyers unique to your offerings in order to identify your strengths and weaknesses. What if it would make you the […]

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Meeting the Expectations of Personalized Content

ShareIf your automotive social media marketing is on-point, you’ve spent the last year tailoring your company’s social media presence in a manner that reflected individuality while creating a truly personalized experience for the consumer. And if you haven’t, well, the increasing warmth that you’re currently feeling in your posterior region is the (metaphorical) fire that we’ve just lit under your […]

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Man circles target audience for automotive marketing

Creating Your Personalized SEO Strategy for 2019

ShareHappy New Year! We all know how it goes, “New Year, New You” but the simple truth is that all-too-many dealerships are making the same mistakes year-in and year-out by not evolving their automotive SEO to mirror changes within the industry. As digital marketers, we see it all the time; even if a dealership’s marketing team are reallocating sufficient budget […]

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Giving Your 2019 a Personal Touch

ShareSince the earliest days of radio spots and television sponsorships, celebrity endorsements were considered the gold standard of commercial validation. The idea that a compensated actor or pop culture personality lends any credibility to a product or service might be ridiculous, and yet, the hapless consumer inside of each of us continues to fall for the tactic time-and-time-again. Few industries […]

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Thinking Small: an Automotive Marketing Mindset for 2019

ShareThere are certain expectations found all-too-commonly among those seeking the expertise of an automotive advertising company or 3rd party marketing professional. In many cases, such expectations come influenced by some sort of marketing myopia or an inability to see the proverbial forest for the trees. Granted, one might argue that such a lack of awareness explains why a dealership or […]

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Embracing the Social Side of Your Dealership

ShareBefore you get hung up the ins and outs of automotive social media marketing, it’s important to take a step back. Why? Because it’s entirely possible that you’re ‘too close’ to have any real perspective on the importance of social media to the continued success of your dealership. Granted, saying such a thing might come across as somewhat condescending, but […]

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Perspective and Prioritization of Your SEO Strategy

ShareWhen it comes to executing an automotive SEO strategy, where do you start? It’s a loaded question for sure, so…well…let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. SEO is crucial for any dealership, for the same reason that it’s crucial to the continued success of any business. It speaks to the marketing of your business using the tools that technology […]

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Is Digital Marketing Blurring the Lines Between Tiered Automotive Marketing?

Share According to a report by eMarketer, the estimated automotive marketing spend in 2017 fell in somewhere around $206 billion. Coming off a seven-year run of continual sales growth, it’s no surprise that the industry has shown such openness toward investment. The near-unparalleled level of innovation alone ensured that most messages were well-worth “getting out there” and, judging by the […]

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The Why’s and How’s of Gaining Influence in 2019

Share When we think of auto advertising, it’s easy for us to default to the iconography that has proved successful since the infancy of televised automotive marketing back at the midpoint of the 20th century. Beauty shots of shiny new vehicles, handling impeccably around tight corners. All engine, road and wind noise removed in the editing process and replaced with […]

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Getting People Talking in 2019

2019: Time to Get People Talking

Share 2019 presents a unique challenge for marketers, regardless of the industry that they represent. For the sake of these articles, we’ll convey the ideas in the context of car dealerships, automotive advertising agencies and the automotive industry as a whole. But rest assured, the ideas are universal, relating to the evolving face of brand recognition, reinforcement and consumer valuation. […]

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Marketing Fearlessly in 2019

ShareWhether facilitated in-house by your own marketing team, or through a third party vendor, automotive advertising is not for the weak of heart. We live in transitional times, shifting with both the frequency and inherent dangers of cartoon quicksand. No longer can a dealership thrive (let alone survive) solely on the reapings yielded by traditional marketing efforts. Truth be told, […]

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Legal Marketing 2019: Where You Need to Be

ShareAt its core, Law Firm Marketing is about differentiation: the ability to convey a firm or practice’s value proposition in more ways than reiterating “we are aggressive, and get results!” One might argue that the need for differentiation is universal among marketers, but legal marketing presents unique challenges since the ‘results’ are usually life-altering in nature. Failure of an attorney […]

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Embracing the Healthcare Marketing of Tomorrow, Today.

Share If asked, how would you describe your healthcare marketing? In the blink of an eye, we find ourselves standing on the cusp of this: the third decade of what we (seemingly yesterday) referred to as the ‘new millennium.’ How time flies. The scary part? For every one of us, the passage of time will continue to pick up speed […]

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Back to (Virtual) Life. Back to (Augmented) Reality

ShareWhen you think of your real estate marketing strategy, what comes to mind? Word-of-Mouth referral? Print ads? Lawn signage with your visage (or that of an associate) emblazoned across it? Scaled up versions of the same in billboard form? Perhaps you’re focused on local television and radio spots? Or if you’re truly ahead of the curve, you probably steer your […]

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Automotive Marketing Trends to Get Aboard

ShareGoing digital is no longer a thing of the present. At the risk of sounding elitist, or dismissive, if your automotive marketing hasn’t already gone digital (at least partially) you have placed your dealership at a significant disadvantage. To be clear, we’re not simply referring to whether or not you have a responsive website, with inventory configured to create an […]

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Putting Your Private Practice in the Public Eye

ShareNo matter what industry they exist in, today’s businesses need to implement digital marketing strategies in order to maintain, if not increase, their client relationships. Medical practices are no exception, and today’s private practice marketing strategies employ a number of components. Such steps allow a practice to gain a competitive edge over their local competitors, increasing visibility of their services […]

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Utilizing SEO to Set a New Precedent of Success

ShareAs practitioners operating within the legal system, you’re no stranger to binding changes in legal principle. As practitioners operating within the field of digital marketing, we’re no stranger to binding changes in SEO strategies. And while you might be unable to appreciate the breadth of commonality between those two fields, a quickly scribbled Venn Diagram would place your legal marketing […]

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Empowering Your Small Business (With Big Reach!)

ShareIf there’s one thing that we’ve learned over the last few years it’s that, thanks to technology, the potential of a small business marketing initiative is anything but…well, small. In the past, modestly-sized independently-owned businesses were bound to fall under the shadow of larger competitors. The combination of massive buying power and proportionally-sized marketing budgets proved difficult for any small […]

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Prioritizing SEO in Your Automotive Marketing for 2019

Share While most people are still trying to wrap their heads around the fact that autumn is already upon us, automotive marketing professionals (and their counterparts in almost every industry) are already focused on forming their digital strategies for 2019. And, if recent years have taught us anything, each year that passes increases the importance of SEO to these strategies and […]

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Meeting the Expectations of an Informed Generation

Share 2017 was the year it all changed. It was the year when millennial consumers fulfilled their long-anticipated destiny of overtaking Baby Boomers as the single largest consumer demographic. With an estimated $200 billion in annual buying power, consumer trends would now be dictated by the younger members of our society, with little likelihood of it reversing anytime soon. And […]

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Rep Matters (10 Tips for Addressing Negativity Towards Healthcare)

ShareIn the United States, there’s still a significant portion of our population debating the pros and cons of the affordable healthcare act. The political spectrum remains perpetually at odds over the idealistic entitlement for universal healthcare and the fiscal realities that stand in the way of such demands. But partisan politics aside, there’s little value in arguing the fact that […]

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What is the Precedent Set by Your Online Presence?

ShareIt’s widely believed that there are seven essential characteristics that people look for when seeking legal representation. Do you know what they are? Chances are that you’re already ticking all seven boxes if you can (honestly) look at yourself and feel that you’re achieving all of your goals. But let’s be honest. Regardless of the size of your firm or […]

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4 Things to Keep in Mind With Your Social Media Marketing (and 4 Ways to Set Yourself Apart)

Share You don’t have to be a digital marketer to recognize the fact that social media, in all forms, presents an opportunity. Every social media user, regardless of platform used, opens themselves to the possibility of being marketed to. Then again, every social media user also gains the opportunity to become a marketer themselves. In terms of both images and […]

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The Symbiosis of Healthcare and Marketing

ShareIt’s hardly a well-kept secret that the healthcare industry exists within a perpetual state of precariousness. As a society, we look to the wide array of healthcare professionals for unbiased solutions to issues related to our personal well-being. However, as with members of any industry, those professionals offer a series of products and services that exist to be marketed for […]

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Is Your Online Presence Driving Customers TO You (or FROM You?)

ShareThe core of any successful business, regardless of its size or the industry it’s found within, comes in the patronage of its clientele. Some businesses thrive upon a large volume of one-time purchases, while others are reliant upon incremental repeat business. Years ago, the difference depended simply upon (i) the quality of product and/or service offered (ii) the demand for […]

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Take Two Minutes of Video & Call Me in the Morning

ShareIn today’s world, so many aspects of the Medical community draw the continual ire of the masses. From outrage over the profiteering practices of the Pharmaceutical industry to constant criticism of the costs associated with Health insurance providers, a large share of the general public has voiced a growing sense of detachment from the healthcare community, as a whole. Regardless […]

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Making Your Automotive Marketing Worth a Million Words

ShareIf seeking a real-world example of ‘necessary evil’, one could argue that ‘Marketing’ is a near-perfect choice. A crucial component of any business’s continued success, a well-realized and multi-tiered marketing initiative should be designed to communicate any (and all) messages, to any (and all) demographics, using the most effective platform for each. Just last month, we were discussing some perspectives […]

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Marketing “Higher Education”: What You Need to Know

ShareAs an institution of higher learning, you are focused on the use of education to empower your students to find greater success in all fields of business. That said, you mustn’t lose sight of the need to empower your business to find greater success in all fields of education. Simply put, this requires an ability to attract a greater number […]

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Without a Multi-Platform Strategy Your Dealership Will Fail. Here’s Why

ShareIn the ever-changing automotive world, we are faced with the constant evolution of both expectations and demands in all forms of commerce. And while we can adapt accordingly, the expectation of any business to straddle the various generational gaps makes it necessary to adjust our business model and marketing initiatives to operate on a number of levels. And by diversifying […]

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Health Care Industry Marketing Has Changed

Share Of all service providers, the Healthcare industry is faced with some of the greatest expectations in terms of accessibility, credibility, and reliability. While such expectations are perfectly understandable, it emphasizes medical professionals’ need for a comprehensive online presence. And in this 24/7 world of transparency and constant connectivity, prospective patients demand far more than just a polished website. Wikimotive […]

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Automotive Marketing In Today’s Industry

ShareWithin today’s automotive industry, a dealership’s success is no longer solely dependent on a well-realized business model, or in the creation and maintenance of a customer-centric culture. While both remain crucial components, a dealership needs to embrace the important role that online marketing plays in ensuring its continued longevity.   Website Design Successful online marketing is more than just a […]

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Is Dealer.com Corrupting Your Data?

ShareSep 22, 8:24AM, UPDATE: James Grace has contacted Wikimotive and shared findings with us: “We’ve tracked down the source of this issue to a 3rd Party Integration with Edmunds.com that was active on approximately 16% of our sites.  Edmunds pushed tracking code to these sites that was causing the Google session-ID to be overwritten with every “event” on the website, […]

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Welcoming Josh Billing, Front-End Developer & QA Specialist

ShareWikimotive is pleased to introduce the newest member of our development team, Front-End Developer & QA Specialist, Josh Billings. Working closely with Wikimotive’s CTO and co-founder, Andrew Martin, Josh takes on the critical role of content publishing and front-end page development. After all, our writers can produce the best content on Earth, but someone with a sharp eye for detail […]

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Employees Are Your Business’ Greatest Reputation Management Asset

ShareEmployees are hired based on their ability to perform and complete specific job functions. What is often overlooked is the significant role employees play in the business’ reputation. In the past, managing a business’ reputation was purely a matter of effectively handling public relations. This, alone, is no longer enough. In today’s world, technology has greatly altered the way businesses’ […]

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You Have More in Common with Your Customer Than You Think

ShareWhen a potential buyer walks through the door, calls you up on the phone, or chats with you online, your immediate reaction is to find ways to connect with them to provide quality customer service. You engage in small talk by chatting about the weather or current sport scores, hoping to uncover similar interests to aid you in providing great […]

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Navigating SEO: 4 Problems Still Plaguing Dealer Websites

ShareYour website is the most important part of your digital marketing strategy. Even with a large budget, you could fail to achieve results if you’re lacking the foundation necessary to convert visitors into leads and sales. In this week’s Navigating SEO column, I’ll detail a few of the problems that still plague dealer websites years after being pointed out and […]

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Navigating SEO: 3 Ways to Improve Your Dealership’s Keyword Research

ShareDo you feel like you’re getting nowhere with SEO? It’s tough to pinpoint the exact reason you’re not seeing results, but there are ways you can improve your process to push through and start seeing green numbers. Keyword research is one of the smallest things you can improve upon; however, it can make the difference between successful and unsuccessful car […]

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Navigating SEO: 3 SEO Content Tips to Boost Traffic and Conversions

ShareIn 2016, every business wants to use content to get more traffic to their website. From there, they want to better convert those users to boost client sign-ups or sales. But none of that comes without understanding some fundamental facts about SEO and how to create better content. To give you a leg up on your competition, I’m going to […]

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Navigating SEO: Best SEO Advice to Kick Off 2016

Share  New Years is more than just a time for personal resolutions; for your business it’s a perfect time to commit and stick to resolutions to make 2016 your best year ever. If you’ve been procrastinating on your digital marketing, I won’t shame you. Instead, I’ll present you with some of the best advice that you can use to kick […]

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Navigating SEO: How to Make the Most of Link Building in 2016

ShareLink building isn’t dead, and it’s not likely to die in 2016. If you want to build authority for your website to increase organic traffic, link building is still a crucial component of SEO. The problem is, you may not be aligning your link building efforts with the standards that will lead to success in 2016. In this post, I’ll […]

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Navigating SEO: How to Sell Your Boss on SEO

Share “I couldn’t sell my boss a pen if he was trying to cash a million-dollar check!” Selling your boss has very little to do with the fact that they’re tough or often balk at the idea of adding new expenses. Those are things you tell yourself to help soften the blow when you don’t get your way. To help […]

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Navigating SEO: How to Be Realistic with SEO Expectations

ShareSEO and realistic expectations don’t go well together. On both sides of the aisle, there are issues that harm the digital marketing campaigns of businesses across the country and cause doubts about SEO as a viable and ROI-driven service. The problem starts with SEO vendors. For years now, the focus has been on achieving “#1 rankings” and “dominating” specific markets. […]

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Navigating SEO: How to Focus Your Business Content Efforts

ShareContent Marketing is one of the fastest growing forms of digital marketing employed by businesses in 2015. Where traditional advertising (even online) has its limits, content marketing’s only limit is your business’s creativity. But with all sorts of options out there for creating content, where do begin? In this post, I’ll give you a quick guide to help you focus […]

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Navigating SEO: Beginner’s Guide to Search Intent

ShareAs Google releases more and more updates, the search engine becomes capable of understanding intent behind different search queries at an advanced level. This leads to an increased need for online marketers to review their SEO strategy to ensure it aligns with Google’s constant updates. The most important thing you can do right here and right now, however, is to […]

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Navigating SEO: How to Create Content That Attracts Links

ShareWhat do you want from SEO? If I had to guess, I’d say “more traffic” or “more leads” are at the top of your goals list. The problem is, those things don’t just happen on their own. One way to accomplish these goals is to pursue link building by creating amazing content. Links are one of the most important signals […]

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Navigating SEO – Creating Value: It’s What SEO is All About

ShareIf you follow the SEO industry, you’ll know that there’s a constant debate about whether or not the practice is really “SEO” (search engine optimization) anymore. Because for the most part, it’s not. Sure we still do on-page optimization that helps create search-friendly pages, but that’s only one small part of what most SEO companies provide moving into 2016. Instead, most […]

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How to Audit Your Competitors’ SEO in 30 Minutes or Less

ShareSEO is all about self-improvement. If you’ve ever delved into the world of self-improvement, then you know that the only person that can help or hurt you is yourself. That same principal applies to SEO, as you (site/business owner) are ultimately in charge of your own success and failure. You can choose to take action and better your site’s SEO, […]

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Google RankBrain: 5 Facts SEOs Need to Know

ShareAs an SEO, I’ve grown accustomed to frequent news about updates and other changes made to Google’s algorithm. But today’s news from the world’s leading search engine took me for a loop. Here at Wikimotive, the idea of machine learning and AI as a part of future search results has been something we thought of as semi-futuristic. We knew Google was […]

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The 5 Rules of Great Content for 2016

ShareThe web revolves around content. A lot of content. According to Internet Live Stats, there are currently around 200 million active websites. That’s not individual pages, but actual unique websites that can contain millions of pages of their own. Standing out from the crowd is a lot more difficult than it used to be, but not impossible. Using the information […]

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4 Reasons Reddit Hates Your Content

ShareReddit is one of the largest and most expansive online communities ever created. It has the power to make videos go viral, create and cultivate memes, crash websites with massive amounts of traffic, and best of all: bring likeminded people together. Given its power, social media marketers want a piece of the pie. The only problem is, Reddit knows when it’s […]

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Google Map Pack Update: 5 Thoughts on the New Design

ShareLocal SEO has become one of the most important focuses in the digital marketing community. This means it’s only natural for everyone to take notice and rethink strategy when Google makes an update to its local Map Pack results. In its latest update, which occurred around August 6, 2015, Google redesigned the Map Pack to fit with its mobile design […]

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Viral Content: 5 Truths You Need to Know

ShareViral content has been the subject of constant attention. Business, marketers, and the media are fascinated by videos and other types of content that spread like wildfire and generate attention (and business) for the creators. And while viral content sounds great when thinking only about the success, you also need to understand the pitfalls. It’s easy to get caught up […]

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Blogging for Business: How to Get Started

ShareBlogging for business is by no means a new phenomenon. It’s been talked about for years now, and I’m sure most of you reading this have tried blogging, whether in your free time or for a business. But while the craze around blogging has died down as it becomes more acceptable, there are still plenty of people out there skeptical […]

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4 Ways to Liven Up Your Business’s Digital Marketing

ShareDigital marketing is a fickle beast. It can leave you feeling accomplished one second and demoralized the next. It’s exciting, but at the same time unnerving. There’s always a challenge to tackle. For businesses, though, the ups and downs of digital marketing are more nerve-wracking than exciting. So if you own a business, you don’t want to constantly be worrying. […]

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Explaining ‘Quality Content’ Once and For All

ShareThe phrase “quality content” has become somewhat of a joke within the SEO and digital marketing community. It’s used so often when giving SEO advice–typically without further detail or actionable instructions–that there’s no way for a non-SEO to truly grasp the meaning behind it. But that all changes today! I want to give you my explanation of quality content to […]

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The Link Building Secret Experts Won’t Tell You

ShareLink building is one of the toughest aspects of SEO, and how to get ahead alludes a lot of new and advanced SEOs. However, there is a secret many of the world’s top SEOs and digital marketers keep to themselves. They’ll tip-toe around the issue all day long, but it is not something that they’ll just come out and say:

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How to Create Engaging Content by Repurposing Boring Content

ShareBoring content is typically the type of content created to strictly inform consumers about your product, explain a position, or simply sell. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with boring content. Its purpose is pretty simple: convert visitors into leads and provide quick/simple information. A couple of good examples would be landing pages and about pages. You can make these fun and […]

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How to Create Better Content in Less Time

ShareOne of the problems most individuals and businesses face with content production is the amount of time it takes to create great content. Whether you’re a nutritionist trying to build an incredible blog, or a car dealer that wants to improve your automotive SEO, content takes a lot of time and it can oftentimes feel like there’s never enough of […]

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How Job Seekers Should Be Utilizing Social Media

ShareThere’s a lot of hype around the ways job seekers can take advantage of social media marketing in order to stand out from the crowd, and for good reason. Sites like Twitter and LinkedIn can be utilized to help job seekers not only find jobs, but connections that can help grow a network, create new opportunities, and even help build […]

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Periodic Table of SEO: In-Depth Content Guide

ShareWhile SEO is a simple practice once you learn the basics (and begin implementing strategies and techniques), it’s often intimidating to beginners and those who don’t specialize in digital marketing. In order to help more and more people learn about SEO in a simple and organized fashion, Search Engine Land created the “Periodic Table of SEO Success Factors.” At a […]

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5-Step Guide to Generating Great Content Ideas

ShareFor many SEOs, content marketers, and writers, generating ideas for content is one of the most difficult tasks to perform, especially as a beginner. But whether you’re just getting started or simply struggling with a business SEO strategy, this five-step guide will help you shape how you generate ideas and help you focus on your goal of creating the absolute […]

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5 Blogger Outreach Tips That Will Change the Way You Pitch (with Infographic)

ShareWhether you’re in PR, linkbuilding, or other forms of digital marketing, one part of your job might be reaching out to bloggers with requests for coverage or links. As a veteran blogger, I’ve been sent thousands of pitches and replied to only a small percentage of them. Recently, I’ve begun reaching out to bloggers with requests of my own and […]

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4 Powerful SEO Statistics That Prove the Value of Search Traffic

ShareWhile SEO isn’t new to those of us in the digital marketing industry, there are plenty of small and local businesses that are only now being introduced to the power of organic search traffic. Whether you’re a salesperson for a marketing company who needs ammo to make the sale, or a local business owner looking for more reasons to invest […]

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What Happened to ‘People Talking About This’ on Facebook?

SharePage administrators and automotive social media managers may be startled when they look for Facebook’s PTAT (People Talking About This) metric, as it is no longer located under “Page Likes” on individual Facebook pages. ‘ Is Facebook’s PTAT gone for good? No. Before we dig deeper, let’s discuss what “People Talking About This” truly means for Facebook Pages.

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Businesses: Do NOT Follow Mashable’s Advice on Posting to Facebook

ShareDearest Mashable Reader, Recently, you read a Mashable article titled “8 Ways to Beat Facebook’s Algorithm and Keep Your Consumers Engaged” that has caused me to reevaluate their article intentions and quality… and you should too. As a trusted social media news source, I cannot help but wonder what they were thinking posting an article that includes tips that will […]

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Future-Proof Your SEO

4 Simple Ways to Future-Proof Your SEO

ShareSEO as a service is built on the foundation that the effort put in now can still have an effect years down the road. So by default, the goal of SEO should be to grow for the long haul. Unlike online advertising, in which traffic stops as soon as you stop a campaign, SEO is capable of producing ROI unlike […]

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How to Boost Twitter Engagement and Build a Real Audience

ShareWhile Twitter never grew to truly rival Facebook, it has affected our communication and our culture in the same way. People use Twitter for marketing, to connect with like-minded individuals, network professionally, broadcast news, and discuss anything and everything going on in the world. The most powerful part of this is that everything is public. Meaning anyone has the potential […]

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Facebook Ads Relevance Score Key Factors

ShareFacebook is introducing a new way you can see how your potential Facebook Ad will perform with its new Facebook Ads Relevance Score. The Facebook Ad Relevance Score was announced by Facebook on Feb 11 and should slowly start rolling out in the coming days to weeks (so don’t freak out if you have yet to see it).

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5 Simple Link Building Strategies for Small Businesses

ShareWhen someone new to digital marketing reads about link building strategies, it’s likely a confusing and stressful experience. The reason is, most people try to complicate the process to sell services by convincing you there’s something proprietary about their methods. Now, most businesses should consider SEO or link building services if they want to get results, but the cost is […]

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How to Turn Brand Mentions into Links in Less Than 15 Minutes

ShareFor SEO companies, unlinked mentions can be extremely annoying, hindering SEO efforts in the process. But the fact is, whether completely intentional or editorial preference, many sites simply don’t link out a lot. It’s not that they have anything against you, they just don’t have your SEO in mind when mentioning your brand on a page, blog post, or news […]

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How to Create Compelling Content for ANY Topic

ShareWhen it comes to content marketing, there are topics that are thought of as easy to promote and others that are harder to promote. Smartphones are an example of a topic that might be thought of as easy to promote while pest control is on the harder end of the spectrum. So if you’re forced to work on a topic […]

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7 Online Tools Automotive Marketers Need to Use

Share Whether you work at a digital marketing company or in-house at a local dealership, the right tools make an automotive marketer‘s job much, much easier. From automating small, tedious content and social media tasks to organizing complicated SEO campaigns, these are the tools every digital marketer should have in their tool belt to save time and get better results.

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Infographic: 10 Reasons You Need SEO to Gain More Business

ShareEvery business owner knows how important marketing is to success, but the focus has always been on reaching large audiences in hopes of finding people who are in need of what a business has to offer. With the internet and search engines, however, it became a lot easier for people to seek businesses out than ever before. But the internet […]

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5 Foolproof Ways to Instantly Create Better Content

ShareWhether you work as a copywriter, a blogger, an SEO, or a content marketer, we all want our content to be better. No one in this business should ever be satisfied with their work, and if you think you’ll be the first then you’re dead wrong. So with a healthy dose of respect for the fact that perfection is unobtainable, […]

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5 Digital Marketing Flaws You Can Easily Fix in 2015

ShareTo be completely honest, not much changes for digital marketing in the New Year. Businesses that are on top of their game make valuable changes throughout the year, and those that don’t tend to always be left behind. This year is no different. If you happen to be one of the businesses left behind by an everchanging digital marketing landscape, […]

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Your Content Will Suck at First, and That's OK

Your Content Will Suck at First, and That’s OK

ShareCreating amazing content sounds so simple if you listen to all of the experts. “Quality over quantity,” they say. “Create value,” they say. And the don’t forget the always-popular “Content is king!” Here at Wikimotive, we’ve been guilty of giving this broad advice on occasion. It’s easy for us to say that as an automotive SEO company, but what about […]

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5 Ways Car Dealers Can Stand Out on Facebook

ShareOne of the most difficult things businesses seem to struggle with in the their online marketing efforts is social media. While it’s not new by the web’s standards, businesses have only just begun to tap into its true potential over the last couple of years. In the automotive industry, car dealers who previously questioned the value of automotive social media […]

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Interactive Debate: Which Facebook Page Call-to-Action Button is Best?

ShareFacebook recently announced there will be new call-to-action buttons coming to U.S. pages by the end of the year and worldwide in 2015. These call-to-action buttons will display on the cover photo of a Facebook page conveniently located next to the “Like” button. The purpose of call-to-action buttons on Facebook Pages is to bring the business objective to the forefront […]

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Long Tail Keywords

Why Your Business Should Focus More on Long Tail Keywords

ShareWhen business owners think of SEO, they most likely think of ranking #1 for the most obvious search terms in their area. And while those are arguably the most high-value single targets for your SEO efforts, these terms, such as “[SERVICE] in [CITY],” are also the most competitive. Because of this, businesses should explore options for long tail keywords when […]

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Destroy Bad SEO Practices

4 Bad SEO Practices Your Business Needs to Destroy by 2015

ShareOne of the most amazing things about SEO is that it’s always changing. Not only does that keep digital marketing companies like Wikimotive on our toes, it ensures those who are doing the best work achieve bigger and better results as time goes on. Now, your average small business does not have the time or resources to dedicate to SEO […]

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Why You Should Never Delete or Ignore Negative Online Reviews

ShareAs a business owner it is hard to fathom that anyone would say anything negative about your business. Yet negative online reviews still occur, and in most cases they cannot be prevented. These instances can make it difficult to control our natural impulse to feel hurt or angered, as we are all passionate about what we do and in the service […]

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Third-Party Lead Providers

What Third-Party Listing Sites Think of Dealerships

ShareThird-party lead providers have built multi-billion dollar empires by providing valuable services to customers. These companies, including Cars.com, Car Fax, TrueCar, and Edmunds all provide tools that an individual dealership can’t possibly hope to provide consumers, for both technological and competitive reasons. But these services are also built on the backs of dealerships, on which they rely on for content […]

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Google Search Updates

Getting to Know the Major Google Search Updates

ShareOver the past few years, Google has updated its search algorithm with a few major updates to crack down on spam, black hat SEO techniques, and other forms of manipulation. These updates have been widely covered by search engine blogs and now each small update is covered in detail so SEO professionals can stay on top of the latest changes […]

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Why Women are So Important for Social Media Marketing