GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE JOINS KARAM AT ROAD AMERICA

GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE JOINS SAGE KARAM AT ROAD AMERICA

Nascar Road America Race Sponsorship Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Schaumburg, IL- (June 30th, 2022) - Green Line Automotive has announced their sponsorship and support of Sage Karam and the No.45 Chevy Camaro for the July 2nd NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America. This will be Karam’s first race back since competing in the 2022 Indianapolis 500 and his 3rd NASCAR Xfinity start this season.

Green Line Automotive made their first appearance as a sponsor of Sage Karam at the NASCAR Xfinity race at Phoenix in 2021. “I’m excited to once again have Green Line Automotive onboard, but this time as our Co-Primary Sponsor. Brent and his team have been instrumental to our program since day one and it’s great to see our partnership and relationship grow to this point. We have some great things planned for the near future and can’t wait to see them continue to grow with us and NASCAR” said Karam, driver of the No.45 Green Line Automotive Chevy.

“Green Line Automotive is excited to continue our partnership with Sage Karam, and the Alpha Prime Racing team. As an automotive enthusiast, I have great respect for how Sage is able to handle the nuances of each vehicle he races. As a business owner, I stand behind growing and working each day to become better at your craft and the dedication it takes. Myself and the team at Green Line Automotive are excited to have him represent our work ethic and dedication to the automotive industry." said Brent Rogers, Vice President and Managing Partner of Green Line Automotive.

Race coverage of the Henry 180 will begin at 2:30pm ET Saturday July 2nd, on USA.

About Green Line Automotive:
Green Line Automotive is a digital advertising agency created for automotive dealerships. Our mission is to deliver tier one automotive advertising expertise, technology, and service to the tier three dealers. We give you an advantage over your competition by giving every dealership the best in technology coupled with a fully customizable approach.

For more information on GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE visit:
https://gldauto.com
https://www.facebook.com/greenlinedigitalauto
https://www.instagram.com/greenlinedigitalauto
https://twitter.com/gldauto

Stay updated with Sage by following him on Social Media; Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, or visiting his website online at SageKaram.com.

For more information on Sage Karam, please contact Shelby Park Marketing at:
www.shelby-park.com
Manager – Rolando Arroyo
rolando@shelby-park.com
317-220-9349

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GAIN AN EDGE ON THE COMPETITION WITH PERFORMANCE MAX

GAIN AN EDGE ON THE COMPETITION WITH GOOGLE'S PERFORMANCE MAX

Google's Latest Ad Type: Performance Max

Berry Hollie, Automotive Paid Search Manager

Google's latest ad type, Performance Max, is the next generation of Smart Shopping campaigns. Performance Max is a goal based campaign that uses Smart bidding to reach your customers where they are. Stop guessing where your customers are and drive more conversions across all of Google's channels.

How will these help my dealership?

  • Find more converting customers across Google's channels and networks.
  • Drive better performance against your goals.
  • Get more transparent insights.
  • Make your budget more efficient by going after the best potential customers

Where do Performance Max ads appear?

  • Google Search
  • Google Display
  • Google Discover
  • Gmail
  • YouTube

What do Performance Max campaigns optimize towards?

  • Store Visits
  • Calls
  • Forms
  • Driving Directions

Performance Max Campaign Ad Locations

How do you take advantage of this new ad type? Start testing Performance Max as soon as possible. The first adopters of Performance Max are likely to see the most efficiencies in their campaigns. Learn more about our Paid Search strategy and contact GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE so we can start helping your dealership today.

PERFORMANCE MAX RESULTS

$880

SPEND

$0.90

AVG. CPC

324

CONVERSIONS*

27.38%

CONVERSION RATE

$2.73

COST PER CONVERSION

*Conversions include: 36 Store Visits, 228 Driving Directions, 12 Calls & Forms and 48 Engagements.

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Why You Should Start Utilizing First-Party Data

WHY YOUR DEALERSHIP SHOULD START UTILIZING FIRST-PARTY DATA

Why You Should Start Utilizing First-Party Data

By Nicole Leonhart, Sr. Account Manager

The better question to ask is why not? Your technology stack is most likely using third-party data to identify owners or in-market consumers but why aren't you using first-party data? The data in your CRM and DMS provides a unique perspective and gives insights into your business that would be unknown without the connection. First-party data can be utilized in both Search Engine Marketing and Paid Social platforms.

Prevent Defection
When your consumers are on Google, you should be the first one showing for them to prevent a competitor from stealing your business. On social, your ads will allow you to remain top of mind.

Optimize Your Ad Budget
Stop wasting money advertising to consumers who just completed a sales or service transaction.

No Cookies Needed
The first step in tackling cookie loss is shifting to a first-party data strategy. First-party data is housed in your CRM and DMS and not collected in the backend of your website.

Highly Customized Ads
Are you looking to entice someone who has not been in for service in a while? Serve the select audience a competitive custom offer; for their eyes only.

computer showing first-party data audiences

While the data lives in your CRM and DMS platforms, just having the data isn’t enough. The secret sauce to making your first-party data work is having the data integrated and segmented by professionals. Learn more about our first-party and third-party data integrations and contact GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE today to help you get started.

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The Rise of First-Party Data For PPC

THE RISE OF FIRST-PARTY DATA FOR AUTOMOTIVE PPC

First-Party Data For Automotive Pay per click


GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE’s Paid Search Manager, Allysa, wrote an article featured on UpCity on Harnessing The Power Of First-Party Data For PPC. First-party data’s relevance and the ability to utilize it is more important than ever with changing regulations, Google ending third-party cookie use, and automation becoming key to strategy in Google Ads.

What does this mean for Automotive? Using first-party data is a cost-effective way to target audience segments you already have in your CRM and DMS.

  • Due for Service
  • Missed Service
  • Off-Lease
  • Predictive Purchase Timeline

Utilizing first-party data takes experience to ensure it is set up and managed properly. Let us make your advertising dollars work efficiently and effectively for you. Learn more about how our Paid Search strategy is different and customized for your dealership.

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GO WHERE YOUR CUSTOMERS GO MICROSOFT BING AUTO INVENTORY ADS

MICROSOFT BING LOCAL AUTO INVENTORY ADS

MICROSOFT BING AUTO INVENTORY ADS

By Allysa Mousourakis, Paid Search Manager

Are you missing out on advertising to over 7% of the global search market? Bing.com usually takes a back seat in a dealership's paid digital strategy, but with Microsoft Bing Auto Inventory Ads, your inventory can be visible to more potential customers than before. Similar to Vehicle Listing Ads on Google, Auto Inventory Ads allow local dealerships to go head to head against online digital retailers such as Vroom and Carvana. Trying to promote your used inventory? Inventory Ads are a great way to increase the visibility of available inventory. Some of our dealers have seen an average impression share high of 83% on their Inventory Listing Ads.

Learn more about Vehicle Listing Ads and contact GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE today to help you get started.

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Green Line Automotive Sponsors Martinsville Truck Race in Phoenix

GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE TO SUPPORT SAGE KARAM AT MARTINSVILLE & PHOENIX

Nascar Martinsville Truck Race Sponsorship Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statesville, N.C. (October 28th, 2021) - Jordan Anderson Racing (JAR) has announced that GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE will join Sage Karam as a sponsor for the NASCAR Martinsville Truck race this weekend as well as for the NASCAR Xfinity race on November 6th in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sage Karam will make his 4th NASCAR series start this weekend in the #3 Chevy Silverado for JAR; only his 2nd oval start since making his transition from IndyCar to NASCAR. His first oval start was last month at Bristol Motor Speedway where he recorded an impressive 16th place finish in the JAR #31 Chevy Camaro.

Joining the team as a sponsor for the last two races of the season is GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE out of Chicago, Illinois. “It’s great that GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE can join us for the last two races of the year. The quality of products that they deliver to their customers certainly aligns with the same values and work ethic we put in here at JAR. I hope to deliver a few sold finishes for them at Martinsville and Phoenix” said Sage Karam.

“We’re thrilled to join many of our partners in sponsoring Sage in his upcoming races,” said Brent Rogers, Vice President of GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE. “We believe in high performance in all aspects of life and that Sage embodies that as a young rising star in the NASCAR world.”

GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE is a high performance digital marketing agency delivering tier one level advertising expertise, technology, and service to the tier three dealers. Their focus is on giving every dealer the best in technology with a fully customizable approach giving an undeniable advantage over the competition.

Coverage of the race begins at 1:00 PM EST on Saturday, October 30th. The event will air on FS1, MRN.

More information on GREEN LINE AUTOMOTIVE visit:
https://gldauto.com
https://www.facebook.com/greenlinedigitalauto
https://www.instagram.com/greenlinedigitalauto
https://twitter.com/gldauto

Stay updated with Sage by following him on Social Media; Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, or visiting his website online at SageKaram.com.

For more information on JAR, visit JordanAndersonRacing.com, and be sure to follow the team all season on the JAR social channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Google Video Action Campaigns

THE BENEFIT OF GOOGLE'S VIDEO ACTION CAMPAIGNS FOR AUTOMOTIVE

THE BENEFIT OF GOOGLE'S VIDEO ACTION CAMPAIGNS FOR AUTOMOTIVE

By Danielle Neckers, Senior Paid Search Manager

Video has always been an effective tool in marketing automotive, in both driving higher-funnel branding awareness and lower-funnel retargeting engagement, but now it has become even more efficient through Google’s introduction of Video Action campaigns.

While video ad types in the past have offered variety in video length and ad formatting, Video Action campaigns simplify the category by dynamically showing multiple ad formats and copy variations within a singular ad. Google’s AI chooses to serve the variation that it believes will perform best for each individual searcher. While the loss of granular control can be hard for an advertiser to let go of, testing shows it’s best to let go and trust the algorithmic process.

Across all automotive accounts, and a statistically significant amount of data, Video Action campaigns displayed better performance in all efficiency metrics. Video Action’s higher Click-Through Rate implies a stronger relevance to searchers, higher Conversion Rate showcases increased likelihood to drive leads, and a cheaper Average Cost-Per-Click displays a better cost efficiency per interaction.

Video Action campaigns are clearly becoming Google’s priority in video, as they are sunsetting more traditional TrueView For Action campaigns in early 2022. Advertisers will no longer be able to launch this ad format past September 30, 2021. Given this transition, and superior performance to-date, advertisers would be best served to embrace the changes and test Video Action campaigns sooner rather than later.

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Google Analytics Updates Bring Good News for Car Dealerships

Google Analytics Updates Bring Good News for Car Dealerships

Google has seen how brands have become hungry for better, more granular, and more actionable information about consumers, and they’ve taken action. Their latest update to Google Analytics is an impressive boost to reporting, data tracking, and even Google Ads integration that car dealerships and their marketers are guaranteed to be excited by.

Nancy Rothman
11.23.20


Here are some of the most promising improvements to Google Analytics for car dealerships.

Improved Google Ads Integration

While Google Analytics had previously reached a fairly impressive level of integration with Google Ads, they’ve now taken it to the next level in ways that car dealerships are sure to love.

For example, you can now pull YouTube clicks and engagement data into analytics, alongside audience enhancements and automatic updates that help dealers see a much clearer cross-channel view of their customer lifecycle and spending habits.

Combined with AI insights and prediction capabilities, we can now better anticipate when someone is more likely to buy, where demand is increasing, and identify the highest revenue opportunities with specific Audience segments.

Finally, updates to conversion tracking now provide a much more seamless experience when you’re measuring campaign performance with website traffic.

Overall, the updated Google Analytics has made your advertising power more potent than ever, and your ability to track customer behavior more robust than at any point in the history of Google Ads.

Deeper Reporting & Data Analytics

Your ability to target the right potential customers with the right message, at the right time and in the right place, is key to the success of marketing your dealership.

The new reporting functionality just unveiled in Google Analytics will help you do all of that better than ever before. You’ll now find more granular user data insights, allowing you to identify which channels are driving the most and highest quality of new traffic.

Meanwhile, you can now identify behavior and actions taken after a form lead submission or phone call, and access more insight into online behavior with the dealership and its website. For example, you can see specifically which pages a user is looking at on your site— are they checking out the services pages, exploring inventory, reviewing a special promotion or offer, looking at aftersales content, or looking up directions to the dealership? The way you would target messaging in each of these cases is different, and now you can know exactly where your best strategy lies for each user— and track user behavior trends globally, too.

The end result is that you can better identify user experience optimizations and priorities, while also better measuring marketing efforts across all channels.

More Insights, More Ways to Take Action

Overall, this update to Google Analytics puts more power into the hands of car dealerships and marketing teams, providing dramatically more actionable insights in one unified platform. By leveraging machine learning to bring more critical customer data to the surface, you can pinpoint specific data trends and use them to transform the way you market to your customers and audience for the better.

Time will tell what other benefits this update to Google Analytics can bring to car dealerships, but rest assured we’ll be diving deep into the updates in the coming weeks to fully explore the value of all these new elements in the Google Analytics platform.

Google is Now Offering Upgraded Google My Business Profiles: What It Means for Auto Dealers

Google is Now Offering Upgraded Google My Business Profiles: What It Means for Auto Dealers

For years, Google My Business profiles have been one of the most essential tools for online businesses to capture attention, help customers find them, and appear in relevant discovery tools like Search and Maps. They’ve been particularly important for auto dealerships and auto service/parts providers, whose businesses thrive on trust and reputation.

Nancy Rothman
07.24.20


Now, Google has brought an exciting new premium option to Google My Business profiles— the chance to choose a subscription to an ‘upgraded’ Google My Business Profile featuring a Google Guaranteed Badge. But what exactly does that mean, and what are the details of this new opportunity?

Meet the Upgraded Google My Business Profiles

For a cost of just $50 a month ($600 a year), you can now instill even more trust in potential customers with a Google Guaranteed badge on your profile that might also show up in Local Pack listings. You’ll also be able to access premium listing features that give you increased control over the information you share with your audience and how it’s delivered.

These upgraded profiles will be subject to the standard eligibility rules for Google Guaranteed, such as licensing and background checks for the business. While this is clearly a move by Google designed to directly monetize Google My Business, they have pleased business owners and marketers by not trying to charge for features that previously already existed.

It’s expected that competition will be the primary driver of adoption for the Upgraded GMB profiles and the Google Guaranteed badges that come with them. After all, if your competitor dealership across the road has a badge on their profile, you’ll likely be tempted to pick one up yourself.

What This Means for Auto Dealers

The auto dealers that benefit the most from these upgraded business profiles will likely be the ones with department listings for service and parts. You can now add the best, most specific information for that department within the list, including the most relevant phone number to reach that department directly, more accurate operating hours, better and more department-centric photos, and optimized business categories for search.

Meanwhile, you can now direct users to the most relevant website location for making appointments, browsing specific products and services, and the general service menu. You can also place unique product and service offerings in relevant department listings within the Product tabs. This will let your customers discover special offers and available services available at your business more quickly than ever.

Nested department listings also help highlight each profit center in a unique, more relevant way for customers than was possible when you had just one high-level listing for the entire dealership.

What’s In a Badge?

Still, one of the features drawing the most attention is the Google Guaranteed badge. While on the surface it seems like nothing more than a flashy visual artifact, Google’s name does carry a great deal of trust and weight. Plus, the badge is visually eye-catching and gives the impression of a direct endorsement from Google itself.

Overall, these upgraded profiles and the perks that accompany them are likely to become increasingly popular as more and more dealerships adopt them— especially when similar paid profile upgrades on other listing sites, like Yelp, can run upwards of $1,000 a year or more. Google’s reasonable price point of $600 per year is well within the reach of most small to medium businesses to take advantage of increased visibility, clarity, and information available on their listing for customers to see.

Want to optimize your dealership’s Google My Business profile or create custom department listings that will capture interest and turn it into revenue for your business? Contact our experts at Green Line Digital to get started today.

5 Tips to Help Your Dealership Make the Most Out of July 4th

5 Tips to Help Your Dealership
Make the Most Out of July 4th

As a major shopping holiday like July 4th approaches, many car dealerships hope they can benefit from the surge in interest from shoppers. But just putting up some balloons and flags around your dealership won’t be enough to attract attention — you need to make sure that your online presence is primed and ready for the holiday, too.

Nancy Rothman
07.01.20


Here are 5 easy tips to help your dealership make the most out of July 4th.

1. Update Your Google My Business Page

Google My Business has become one of the most trusted, widely used spots for customers to find your dealership (and compare it to your competitors in the area.) There’s never a better time to make sure your GMB page is fully updated with all of the correct information, including any current specials as well as contact information, address, and more.

GMB also hosts some of your most important customer reviews. If you have a terrible score, there’s not much you can do in the next few days to change that. But if you have majority positive responses with a few negative complaints, now is the time to make sure you’ve reached out to each of these reviewers and asked how you can help them or change their mind. Seeing this level of engagement on your GMB page goes a long way with many buyers.

2. Update Your Service Hours

Is your dealership operating under extended or shortened hours for the holiday and surrounding days? If so, make sure to keep your service hours updated across all of your channels— from Google to Yelp to your website, you want to make sure that people who want to visit your dealership can immediately find all the information they need to know exactly when to do it. Nothing is worse than losing a potential sale because a customer showed up, became frustrated that the dealership was closed, and then took their business elsewhere.

3. Refresh Specials Pages with Incentives & Visuals

Does your dealership have a specials page? It should absolutely be updated with the most current information, creative visuals and more to highlight your July 4th specials and other information potential car buyers will want to see. The more updated and professional your specials look, the better an impression you’ll leave on-site visitors— not to mention, the more memorable your promotions and deals will be on the minds of readers.

4. Create Organic Social Posts with Hours, Special Messaging, & Promos

Social media is now one of the most high-engagement spots for car dealerships and their leads to interact. Reach them directly where they spend most of their time on mobile, by highlighting your hours, holiday messaging, and any relevant promotions. Don’t forget that repetition is key— one post about your July 4th promos may not be enough to attract all the right attention. That said, be careful not to go too far in the other direction and over-promote. Try to balance promotional posts with relevant content your audiences will enjoy.

5. Ensure Ad Campaigns Are Properly Funded

July is one of the periods of highest search volume for car shoppers. You’re going to want to captures some of that interest with your ad campaigns. However, many dealerships have set daily ad budgets that automatically stop ads when that budget is reached. During periods of higher volume, like this coming July 4th weekend, that budget can be used up more quickly and leave you with no ad presence at a time when your ROI could be higher than ever. Make sure that your ad campaign budgets are properly updated to reflect your goals for this moment.

You don’t want your dealership to miss your chance to take advantage of holiday shopping interest! Take advantage of these tips and make sure you’re prepared to make the most out of this coming weekend.

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