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Lead Generation – Cold Calling, Internet Marketing, and Lead Providers

Posted on: June 6th, 2012 by credit

Generating automotive sales leads is a task of car dealers that has become easier as technology continues to get more advanced. Car dealers can gain more exposure for their dealerships by utilizing the Internet to advertise their dealerships. However, even if these new lead generation techniques have been thriving in the industry, some of the classic ones still remain effective.

Cold calling, for example, had been one of the most effective lead generation techniques back then when internet marketing strategies have not been developed yet. Although it involved making random calls, which means having a quite undefined target market, it often turned in positive results. However, one major disadvantage that car dealers faced then was getting rejected over and over. This is because automotive sales leads do not like to be called on an average of more than 4 times in a week. Moreover, if sales are insisted on uninterested prospects, they will surely get annoyed eventually.

However, with the discovery of the capability of the Internet to be used as a medium to effectively generate automotive sales leads, cold calling eventually faded into background but remains to be an integral part of converting leads into sales. Using the Internet to generate leads involves creation of dealership websites and promoting these websites in the world wide web. Moreover, email marketing, which is a counterpart of the traditional direct mail marketing, also proves to be effective in reaching prospects more effectively and causing them to respond to dealers’ calls to action. Other techniques that car dealers can use in generating leads through the Internet are search engine optimization or SEO, which improves a website’s visibility in search engine results pages to drive more traffic, blogging, article marketing, and social media marketing.

Apart from the two lead generation techniques mentioned, another new way of generating leads is hiring a lead generation company like Approved Auto Leads to generate leads for car dealers. Automotive sales leads did not just become easier to generate but also became a business opportunity for the members of the industry. Lead providers work by promoting their clients’ websites through internet or traditional marketing to attract prospects. The leads they will be generating will then be delivered to their clients after they have been screened. Car dealers pay for the number of leads that they get.

Aside from cold calling, internet marketing strategies, and lead providers, there are still many ways by which car dealers can effectively generate leads in today’s context. They just have to know which are the most applicable and cost-effective ones for their dealership and be knowledgeable on using them.

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