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Are California Voters Smart Enough to Keep & Use Gas Tax Increase to Repair Roads?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:43:42 +0000

Can Rapid Response to Road Repairs Stop Repeal?



The Situation:


California roads, bridges,& streets desperately need repair and upgrades



The Solution:

The 12 cents gasoline tax went into effect on Nov 1.

Will produce $5.4B annually. Also a transportation improvement fee started Nov 1



The Problem:


State Republicans want to repeal the gas tax. Have over 500,000 signatures to get on ballot

State needs to complete major road projects for the Nov Election


How Is State Responding?

Rushing to complete dozens of projects on are a fast track to be complete prior to Nov election



The Bottom line for Voters who drive in California:

Invest in your future and get roads fixed & upgraded ASAP

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Are You About to Lose Your Job All Because You Are Not Trained for What is Ahead or Happening Now?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:59:43 +0000

Central Question that Needs Actionable Answer Now:

Is the Automotive Industry Investing in Training Workforce for the Technology, Disruption, & Market Changes that are Coming?

The Problem for all Companies:

Company IT budgets for Artificial Intelligence have increased 60%---
BUT only 3% of companies and their CEOs are or have invested in training.

What should automotive companies be doing:

1) Rethink Work, in general. Use a granular approach to job function, planning and training
2) Pivot the Workforce. –Move people around: Change the way jobs & company organization are structured
3) Re-skilling of entire workforce in a company or dealership. Every job description is about to change.

If you are an automotive industry manager at any level of your company or dealership, it will serve your career well to sit,listen, and make notes for this panel from Davos Conference that that dramatically shows how training may be what separates people and companies in automotive from now on.

Click and get ready for Change.

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Are Automotive Startups Really Telling Their Stories Effectively?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:39:28 +0000

What is the assessment of Automotive Industry Media Watchers? Based on a sustained Media Watch over time = NO is the answer. Many Startups think they can’t afford to investment in advertising. Generally the rationale among startup management and backers is –“Let’s see if we can just send out press releases & hope that Industry […]

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Think Twice About What Happened to the Balloons from Your Last Sales Event

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:38:37 +0000

Why should automotive people care about Balloons?

Balloons are hazards when they enter the environment

All released balloons return to Earth as ugly litter

Even those marketed as “biodegradable latex

Balloons return to the land and sea everywhere

Balloons are frequently mistaken for food and eaten by animals.

More Significance Reason we need to care & act:


One in 20 of seabirds encounter or eat balloons

Even latex balloons marketed as “biodegradable”

Balloons contain environmentally damaging chemicals and plastics.

Helium that inflates balloons should be preserved for high tech use

Mylar balloons also get into electrical wires



Here is evidence that balloons have "ballooned" into a problem for the environment and we in the auto business should care
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The Ten Secrets Behind the Great Tesla Experience Revealed by Consultant Buyer

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:27:20 +0000

Here is a Listing of Ten Secrets derived from an insightful Blog by respected Industry Consultant, Paula Tompkins, ChannelNet CEO:

1. No pressure from dealer; Let Customers be proactive

2. Customer Engagement developed and maximized

3. Vehicle information provided as Customer Self Service

4. Finance option to be transparent & easy

5. Focus by the dealer is on customer, not product

6. Customer must feel special & appreciated

7. Tech support for customer provided 24/7

8. Buying process becomes personal

9. Experience powered by an Omni Channel strategy

10.Customer Experience is digitally driven


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The Appraisal Lane Rolls into Texas to Meet Increased Dealer Demand; National Expansion Planned

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:19:30 +0000

Why is The Appraisal Lane in Texas Significant?



Connects dealers with vehicle valuation experts

Need for a better way to appraise customer trade-ins

TAL methodology & system produces more accurate appraisals

Dealers get customer vehicle appraisals in minutes



What does The Appraisal Lane App Based System Accomplish?


Customers receive cash offers for vehicles while in dealership

Expansion of TAL vehicle appraisal process continues Westward

Strategic & methodical valuation increases dealer sales volume

Vehicle appraisal technology reducing dealer wholesaling losses

Transparency process provides better customer experience

Appraisal process combines technology & expert valuations


Grab on to this new innovation that combines Vehicle appraisal technology and expert valuation process.



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Why Your Dealership Should Be Texting in 2018: Find Out NOW & Get to March Webinar

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:31:08 +0000


The Answer:

90% of Consumers want to communicate with dealers via text

The Problem:

Only 48 percent of businesses offer messaging capabilities.

Why & Where Dealerships are "stuck":

Dealers aren’t making an effort to speak to car buyers via text


The Result:

Nearly half of dealers could be driving shoppers to the competition.


What Dealers can do about it:

Get your dealership sales team to this WEBINAR--[Text them]

"Why Your Dealership Should Be Texting in 2018"

Thursday, March 1, 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

REGISTER NOW

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Twelve Enemies Impacting Your Creativity

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:26:44 +0000

Twelve Enemies Impacting Your Creativity 1. Self-doubt 2 . Unnecessary Process Rigor 3. Resource Abundance 4. Big Egos 5. Group Thinking 6. Motivation to Imitate 7. Impatience 8. Looking for Shortcuts 9. Trying to Please Everyone 10. No Safe Space to Experiment 11. A Culture of Blame 12. Micro Management Link(s) to gain more about […]

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Industry Alert: BMW Buys Out Partner in DriveNow Car-Share

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:02:05 +0000

BMW Buys Out of DriveNow Car-Share Service & Brings Together Sixt and Cars2Go BMW AG has agreed to take full control of its DriveNow car-share service by buying out partner Sixt AG, the European rental car company. Sixt says it will post a special pretax profit of about €200 million ($247 million) on the €209 […]

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Dealer Management Alert: Here’s a Guide for “How Appraisals in Your Service Department Can Help Sell More Vehicles”

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:25:10 +0000

This posted document is really a comprehensive guide on “How Your Service Department can Help Sell More Vehicles” by creating a process in your dealership to gain & produce appraisals while customer vehicles are in the service lane and thus produce possible vehicle sales leads for the dealership’s sales team
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Are You & Your Job About to be Replaced by AI (Artificial Intelligence) Migration to Automotive?

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:50:39 +0000


So What is the Situation in the Industry Now?


Concern is growing among auto industry executives & management

Particularly among dealer and marketing teams

Becoming apparent that people in the industry must get ready

What you can and should be doing about it?

Stream and take this video message seriously

Make it a practice to a prepare by viewing & reading

Study companies that are transitioning to AI & Soon

Stream this video to get an idea of what your should be doing about AI, Machine Learning, & soon Blockchain coming to auto marketing and retailing

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Artificial Intelligence Begins to Infiltrate the Enterprise (That is,Your Dealership or Auto Industry Company

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:11:48 +0000


SO WHAT IS GOING ON WITH AI?



AI adoption is still “slow”

Few enterprises have adopted AI Technology

Vast majority of companies are not yet on board.


SO WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW & BE DOING?



Cognitive & AI systems will reach $12.5B in 2017

Every company will evidently be impacted

So many potential uses of AI make it confusing

Companies to start with a core problem to classify & predict

Biggest challenge is lack of talent & skills

What to do with AI is an issue for management

Trust in AI by people is also challenging

Massive changes in businesses are coming.

See what your company should do as outlined at end of this paper
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How Hacking Tesla Reveals 3 Lessons to Learn

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:56:09 +0000

Why Paper on the Hacking of the Tesla Model S is a Must Read:

• Keen Labs was able to hack the Tesla S two times

• The in-depth research & testing shows vehicle systems still vulnerable.

• Report says 82% of vehicles sold in next 3 yrs. will be connected


What in this Report requires your thorough Strategic Read?

• Focus on 4 malicious steps used in the hack of the Tesla on pg 4 & 5

• Dealers and industry should Dig into Lessons learned on page 6

• Code Signing & Authentication are critical to ECU Firmware security


SECURING AUTOMOTIVE IS CRUCIAL IN TODAY’S CONNECTED WORLD
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Bala Subramanian, Chief Digital Officer at Best Buy, Now on Cars.com Board of Directors

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:51:07 +0000

Bala Subramanian is the chief digital officer of Best Buy, where he also previously served as chief technology officer.

His experience in digital transformations and developing best-in-class consumer experiences will be invaluable to Cars.com as they seek to advance emerging strategies that transform the car shopping experience and deliver digital solutions to dealer customers

Cars.com CEO Alex Vetter remarked that Subramanian's joining the board at a time when the company is focused on optimizing its strong technology platform and innovating new products and solutions creates meaningful connections between buyers and sellers is significant.


Industry observers speculate that this addition to Cars.com board could mean several things including Best Buy migrating its strategy into cross marketing its hi tech hardware and services to Cars.com's vast automotive audience. Some even postulated that Best Buy could buy Cars.com.


The fact that Subramanian brings over fifteen years of leadership and management experience in the technology and digital retail fields could also mean that Cars.com seeks to beef up its digital marketing capabilities as competition for car sales increases.

Observers noted that Subramanian's background includes building out consumer experiences in competitive environments and high-powered organizations that deliver reliable and highly-scalable solutions.


Subramanian is excited about joining Cars.com as the company leverages its well-established digital platform to better connect consumers with local retailers across the country.

He noted that Cars.com has accumulated an unmatched amount of industry insight that is a key advantage for the company as it builds relevant, scalable solutions that meet the varying needs of car dealers and buyers alike. He seems to see an evolution of the company's growing car shopping business as industry watchers surmise.

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2017 Tesla Model S

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 23:17:18 +0000

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How Predictive Analytics Can Help Your Automotive Business See the Future

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:07:44 +0000

The Current Situation for Predictive Analytics:

1. Predictive Analytics is migrating to BlockChain

2.Becoming a marketing tool for automotive market

3.Need for dealer management to grasp & use PA

Why this article & link is Significant:


1. Get a quick briefing on Benefits, Apps & Trends for Predictive Analytics

2.Critical that auto mgt uses more PA & Blockchain in 2018

3.Entrepreneur Mag article is heads up on Predictive Analytics



How Predictive Analytics Can Help Your Business See the Future
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The Big EV Solution is Here! 5-minute extreme fast charge battery technology for electric vehicles

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 20:01:24 +0000

The EV Battery Market Situation:

1. Utilized high energy density & long driving range

2. Adds up to 240 miles (390 km): 50 miles (80 km) range

3. Requires only a 60-sec charge

4. Seeks to solve EV Charging limitation & constraint

The Significance of this Breakthrough:

1. Fast charge & short charging times better than other Li-ion technology

2. Meets automotive requirements for energy density, range, and cost.

3. Enevate is licensing silicon-dominant HD-Energy® Technology

4. Licensees:Battery & EV automotive manufacturers & suppliers

5. New extreme fast charge technology breaks down barriers to EV adoption.


Big Solution is Here! 5-minute Extreme Fast Charge Battery Technology for Electric Vehicles

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How the Blockchain Will Radically Transform the Economy

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:20:48 +0000

Why this Video is a Must Watch:

• Blockchain Technology is about change everything

• To understand it can be difficult, but a Must for you & the industry

• Note that it will eliminate the need for centralized institutions

• Will facilitate changes in auto finance, CRM, & Systems Programming.

• Transactions will be distributed, transparent, and autonomous

• This video will give you a big picture of how Blockchain works


Watch and absorb what Bettina has so powerfully captured in this video. Be prepared to take notes and Google a lot.

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The Debate Stops Here: How the 80–20 Rule for Dealer Marketing Budgets with Three Action-able Fundamentals Can Capture Your Customers Online Today

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:30:35 +0000


Here are THREE proven dealer marketing fundamentals known as the “*80 Supplemental-20 Rule” or a set of actionable strategies for dealers and their agencies:




1. Let your brand do the heavy lifting.

2. Commit 80% to digital, 20% to targeted traditional campaigns.

3. Remember digital companies invest heavily in driving consumers to you!


To learn The Bottom Line for Dealer Marketing, Click and Consider Stopping Debate Now.

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Pay Attention to Predictions: AI & Gas Taxes Predicted to Transform Transportation (And Car Sales) in 2018

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:34:11 +0000

Here is what Kyle Connor, Cisco Transportation Industry Principal, shares as top predictions on How IoT will Transform Transportation in the coming year, which include the emergence of data as the “new oil” for transportation agencies, as well as the rise in Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) for enhancing the passenger experience. Transportation IoT Predictions for 2018 … and Beyond 1. […]

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