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In this episode we feature our show from the Wednesday after Super Bowl LV where special guests Joe Webb and Robin Chandley provide their analysis and commentary on the automotive ads and some of the fringe mobility tech and connectivity ads such as Uber Eats and Amazon Alexa. See complete details on our blog including the original live stream reco…
 
In this episode we feature our conversation with Benjamin Dykstra from DealershipLife.org which provides training resources for car dealerships. Benjamin is on a mission to change the tune that consumers often hear about dealerships in advertising. We also talk with a Ford dealer about their deliveries of the all-new Bronco, and we meet with the pu…
 
In this episode we feature Host Ryan Gerardi’s conversation with CarGurus Consumer Insights Analyst Ali Chapman to discuss the company’s third edition of the COVID-19 Sentiment Study: How the Pandemic Impacted the Automotive Industry in 2020. Leading up to the conversation is a sneak preview to our discussion panel from the MTC Show that day talkin…
 
The AutoConverse podcast is back with its first new episode in over six months, featuring a one-on-one conversation with Modal SVP Matt Weinberg talking about his company’s new partnership with Honda and how that impacts Honda shoppers. Also in this episode: Ford Mustang Mach-E: Green Car Reports’ Best Car to Buy in 2021 and GM may build more Humme…
 
Another mashup of live stream recording sessions of the Mobility Tech & Connectivity Show. This episode covers three of our four most recent sessions: One from April 22 that included Bill Sattree, Jay Wertzberger, and Mike Phillips where we talked about states reopening and effects on auto retail; One on April 29 that features highlights from Host …
 
This episode features highlights from three separate interviews in January on the Mobility Tech & Connectivity Show before any of us knew that a New World Order was developing. First up is Bestmile Founder & CEO Raphael Gindratt on Optimizing Mobility Services With Fleet Orchestration. The second is 321 Ignition Founder and CEO Lyamen Savy on the i…
 
This episode is a mashup of conversations about fixed operations from January through March that reveals how undetected COVID-19 was and how quickly it became the unassuming disruptor that it was. In it we review the online auto parts business of 2019, hear how dealers recruit and develop service technicians, and we see first-hand how dealers are a…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has given everyone reason to worry. And dealing with a challenging time like this is a lot harder when you focus solely on the negative. Conversely, looking for that silver lining isn’t about ignoring the problem either. And while this episode is meant to identify some slivers of hope, it's also a call to take a stand f…
 
In this episode we highlight pre COVID-19 rhetoric about the importance of auto retailers adapting not only to certain technologies but also fundamental principles and practices, and how now with stay in shelter ordinances auto retailers are being forced to embrace many of these ideas in order to stay in business.…
 
In this episode we highlight segments of conversations from two different Auto Retail Marketing webcasts leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, quarantine, and shutdown of the auto industry. The first conversation occurred in early February, just prior to the 2020 NADA Show. The second conversation took place a month later, one day prior to th…
 
In this episode we bring 4 fixed operations specialists to the table – Jarrod Kilway from Germain Automotive Partnerships, Owen Moon from FIXED OPS DIGITAL, Ed Roberts from Bozard Ford Lincoln, and Greg Noonan – Fixed Operations Consultant to talk about the importance of taking control of your recall business. View the original live stream and comp…
 
Highlights from our panel discussion about how to turn parts obsolescence in the fixed ops department into revenue, and how to leverage YouTube to service your fixed ops marketing campaigns. This conversation was featured on the Fixed Ops Marketing Panel Discussion Series as part of our Auto Retail Marketing Webcast Series. For the complete convers…
 
In this special episode we feature a star-studded lineup of guests including El Patronn, Paul J Daly, and Micah Birkholz who joined your host Ryan Gerardi live from Boston at the CarGurus Navigate Conference along with Clearshift Founder Jeff VanderWal and Remora, Inc. President Christian Jorn. As you can tell from the title, there's a lot going on…
 
This month our Used Car Marketing Dealer Strategy Session features a live web chat with Lotpop owner Jasen Rice and your host Ryan Gerardi talking about Used Car SAAR rates remaining steady in September, Used Car Sales continued hot streak, rising depreciation, Ally Auto's recent investment into Fair, and Costco's used car program gaining attention…
 
This podcast features a conversation Fixed Operations Director Ed Roberts alongside FIXED OPS DIGITAL CEO Owen Moon and RevolutionParts CEO Ibrahim Mesbah talking about how declining collision repair is threatening long term dealership profitability, and what dealers can do to counter it. View the original live stream on YouTube and on our blog.…
 
This week on the Mobility Tech & Connectivity Show it's #CuriousEventsDay and we welcome Special Guest Ashley Karr, Head of B2B Marketing at CarGurus about an upcoming and curious event called Navigate '19 - a user conference designed to educate attendees on solutions to major challenges that dealerships face today, including areas like digital mar…
 
This week on the Mobility Tech & Connectivity Show it's NameYourCarDay and we welcome Special Guest Troy Blackwell from NuVinAir to talk with us about pain points in dealerships and how creativity, support, and clear communication are essential to the future success between auto makers and retailers. Also in the news: Tesla on track to surpass 100k…
 
In the Age of Digital Retailing, there are many opinions about how to improve the auto shopper experience. But can the auto shopper experience actually be improved? One person thinks so – Eric Brown - an Automotive Entrepreneur with experience in building high-growth companies in media, internet technology, health care, and automotive verticals. Br…
 
This week on the Mobility Tech & Connectivity Show it is #RespectDay and we honor the day by encouraging people to focus on ways in which they can be respectful to others. We also welcome two (2) separate guests today: Tony Gomes from Honda Americas to share his story about the Takata airbags recall replacement strategy, and Ashok Kartham from Mize…
 
While the U.S. economy continues to show strength, the auto industry is feeling the pressure of affordability issues, a general saturation point with new-vehicle sales and an influx of off-lease products. As a result, vehicle inventories continue to rise, prompting dealers and automakers to push new incentives to keep sales flowing. These is the pr…
 
This week on the Mobility Tech & Connectivity Show we welcome HyreCar SVP of Brian Allan to talk about how how Rideshare solutions such as HyreCar are providing alternative revenue streams for Auto Retailers. View original live stream on YouTube: Can Ride-Hailing Offset Decline in Car Sales? - Conversation with Brian Allan from HyreCar…
 
Can autonomous driving can be done without the need for costly and time-consuming HD mapping technology? One company thinks so - Imagry. Imagry uses a highly intelligent, vision-based approach called mapless autonomous driving that doesn’t require HD mapping, allowing the market for autonomous vehicles to scale and commercialize more rapidly at les…
 
Digital Dealer is where top dealers go to get ahead of the technology curve, delivering the largest array of industry speakers, peer-to-peer opportunities, and exhibit hall offerings – all carefully designed to impart groundbreaking strategies. And in this episode, Ryan Gerardi sits with FIXED OPS DIGITAL Co-Founder Owen Moon and Mike "the Car Guy"…
 
This week on the Mobility Tech & Connectivity Show it’s Lighthouse Day. The lighthouse has been a staple of culture in the world since we built boats to sail the seas. And today we honor the silent, but bright, guardians of our coastlines and ships. Also on the docket today: The Fed jumps into the FinTech race; Is Ride-Hailing facing Reality?; and …
 
In this episode of the Mobility Tech & Connectivity Show we honor World Ranger Day and meet with DrivingSales Director of Operations and Media Bart Wilson for a preview of the 10th Annual DrivingSales Executive Summit scheduled this Fall. Ryan Gerardi and Bart talk about the keynote speakers slated for the summit, the new "Beast Mode" feature, and …
 
This week on the Mobility Tech & Connectivity Show it’s #PioneerDay. We honor the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 – the spacecraft that brought the first humans to the moon and back. We also welcome first-time special guest Sean Welsh, Host of '5 Minutes with Sean…Maybe 10' and the 'Car Biz Chronicles' to talk with us about the B2B Media Strategy for…
 
How much of the used vehicle market will traditional auctions be left with after disruption? Is “after disruption” even a point in time? These are the primary questions we seek to discuss on this month’s Used Car Marketing Dealer Strategy Session. According to an Assessment & Analysis of the Current Used Vehicle Market by Edgewood Systems, this is …
 
In this session, we welcome Atlanta Business Video Founder and Executive Producer Megan Roberge to talk with us about the four stages of video marketing success: 1) Pre-Production; 2) Video Capture; 3) Post-Production; 4) Video Marketing. Specifically we look at the Portfolio section of her company website and talk about the budgets that went into …
 
This week on the Mobility Tech & Connectivity Show it’s Don’t Step on a Bee Day. It’s also Nikola Tesla’s birthday. Happy Birthday Nikola! On the show we welcome Jason Unrau from AutomotiveCopyWriter.com and Katherine Swan from Intelichek which provides mystery shopping and expert analysts for Dealership Service Managers. We briefly discuss Team US…
 
Even as used-vehicle sales and revenue are on the rise, dealers are facing increased competition. The industry's most prominent new competitor in the used-vehicle market, online startup Carvana, debuts at No. 8 on Automotive News' list of the top 100 retailers based in the U.S. ranked by used-vehicle retail sales. Also in this episode, Black Book I…
 
In this special edition of the Mobility Tech & Connectivity Show we open up by honoring American Automotive Icon Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca, best known for spearheading the development of Ford Mustang and Pinto cars, while at the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s, and then later for reviving the Chrysler Corporation as its CEO during the 1980s. Also …
 
In this episode we welcome first-time guest and Dealer SuperHero Shaun Raines for a conversation about auto retailers, the vendor community, and where it's all headed. News topics include: Walmart kickstarting a $1 Trillion Driverless Delivery Market; GM to introduce 20 all-electric vehicles by 2023, and more. View the original live stream on YouTu…
 
According to Autonomic CEO Gavin Sherry, our guest in this week's episode - "YES!" Cars are quickly becoming smarter and more interconnected than ever before. New V2X capabilities will not only innovate the driving experience but also help connect separate ecosystems in which the consumer operates daily. These separate ecosystems must begin to work…
 
June 5th was #HotAirBalloonDay as your hosts Ryan & Terry open up with talk about a Ford-GM merger being rumored. The two also discuss Merrill-Lynch slashing its sales forecast for EVs over the next 10 years before talking about why being busy is a modern sickness and the importance of doing 'nothing' more often. View the original live stream recor…
 
In this episode from our live weekly webcast your host Ryan Gerardi is joined by two special guests from Dealer Teamwork - Co-Founder Eric Miltsch and Chief Sales Officer James Klaus. The two are embarking on a quest to enhance the way auto retailers connect with consumers, and they discuss their strategy for connecting with these retailers to get …
 
This week on the show we have a special Double Header edition where feature two different guests back-to-back. First up is Dane Saville Host of Reunion Marketing's new Automotive B2B media initiative - KPI Cafe. After that is flexdrive Senior Vice President Stephane Ferri talking about vehicle subscriptions, the automotive consumer experience, and …
 
What did the used-car market look like after the first full month of Spring? Slower than March, but still above 3 million unit sales for the month, with a seasonally adjusted annualized rate north of 39 million, according to one industry observer. In this monthly update on the used car business we welcome industry veteran Stu Zalud to opine on supp…
 
In this episode we meet with RelayCars Head of Business Development Dave Weber to talk about the new Virtual Reality automotive experience that puts consumers in the driver's seat of hundreds of vehicles. With RelayCars, shoppers have the power to choose their vehicle category, year, make, and model from an extensive VR library and explore vehicles…
 
Your host Ryan Gerardi shares his thoughts and insights on the Kid Rock Chillin' the Most Flying High Island Jam from the Hard Rock Hotel and Resort from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. From brand loyalty to the consumer experience, this special episode is a fresh take for the AutoConverse Podcast as we head into our 4th season. View the vide…
 
Revenue from new car sales and collision repair is softening and dealers are saddled with the pressure to grow service and parts sales. Finding new revenue channels and maximizing existing ones is critical to hitting 100% absorption in the dealership. In this episode, we welcome industry experts Ibrahim Mesbah and David Rozek to discuss solutions f…
 
In this mashup of personalities and subjects, we close out Season III with a zany nutty bang. Your hosts Ryan Gerardi and Terry Lancaster are joined by Special Guests Amanda Ryan and Steve Roessler for a whirlwind of conversation that opens up in Season 8 of Game of Thrones and ends with a conversation about Marriott and Airbnb. Along the way we ta…
 
Auto shows have been around more than 100 years now. And they have long since been a main stay for auto makers to attract new customers. But with auto makers experimenting more recently with the idea of not exhibiting at select auto shows, are they making a mistake? In this episode of our live weekly webcast, the original live stream that you can v…
 
Most dealers would agree that when it comes to the acquisition of used cars, the sourcing challenge isn’t necessarily a scarcity of volume. It’s acquiring the cars that sell the fastest and with the best potential margins. In this episode, we sit down with industry veterans Jasen Rice from LotPop and Gary Wade, a retired automotive executive to dis…
 
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