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Marketing 101: Winning Project-Vehicle Builds

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Every year, more than 1,500 vehicles are displayed at the SEMA Show. Many of them are customized in the months leading up to the Show, and each represents a collaboration between manufacturers that provide parts and support and the owner/design team that brings the vehicle to the Show.

The question is, what goes into a successful project build, and how is it possible to generate a tangible payoff for each participant?

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Marketing 101: Create a Wow Factor

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For nearly two decades, WTW founder and owner Diko Sulahian has wowed attendees at the annual SEMA Show, making his booth a must-see destination in the hugely popular Wheels & Accessories section. Perhaps best known for his high-end Giovanna Wheel line, Sulahian started virtually from scratch at his first Show. However, he quickly learned the ins and outs of successful booth promotion—skills that he’s eager to share with other SEMA members.

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Media Methodology

How effective are your advertising and media campaigns? More important, how are you measuring your return on investment (ROI)? When marketing pros speak of “tracking media,” they’re really referring to tracking promotion, which—along with product, price and place—is one of the four P’s of marketing.

SEMA News—July 2011

Media Methodology

Five Tips for Seeing (and Properly Evaluating) Return on Investment

E-mail Marketing

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Despite intense competition from social media heavyweights, such as Facebook and Twitter, e-mail remains a formidable marketing stalwart, according to a new study released in May by Market Tools. The researchers found that e-mail use was actually up among 45% of the 1,268 professionals and students over 18 who were interviewed for the study. And only a few—4%—said that their use of e-mail had decreased over the 12-month period included in the study.

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Local Search - Free & Low-Cost Strategies to Get New Customers from the Web

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Thursday, March 17, 2011; Presented by: Jennifer Brunacini, WebVisible, Inc.

Search for yourself on Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Can you find your business listed? Now search again for your type of business and location, such as “racing parts Los Angeles.” Does your business appear in the search engine results page? If your business listing or ad appears and looks great---then congratulations, you’re ahead of the crowd! If you’re like millions of other businesses that cannot be found on search engines, learn several of the free and inexpensive ways to promote your business on search engines, with compelling and measurable results!

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9 Killer Facebook Advertising Tips

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Thursday, March 3, 2011; Presented by: Bill Leake, Apogee Results

500+ million people all around the world are actively using Facebook to stay connected and growth their relationships. 50% of active users log on to Facebook in any given day spending over 700 BILLION minutes per month on the social network---more than any other website in the world! Facebook advertising can provide an extraordinary opportunity for your company to connect with customers and prospects using precisely targeted ads to reach your exact target audience. Are you leveraging the platform effectively?  Or are you letting your competitors grab this new high ground?

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Caught Looking

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Businesses that rely heavily on web marketing are in for a rude awakening in the coming year. That’s when privacy advocates will begin crippling the ability to easily track visitor activity on a company’s own website as well as across the Internet. In practice, the backlash against visitor tracking—commonly known as “Do Not Track”—is expected to make it tougher for a company to monitor which visitors are using its website and how they are using it.

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A Few Tips on Social Media Customer Service

      Because “social media” are such buzzwords these days, a lot of people think that these new channels somehow exist in a different dimension of the space-time continuum and that different rules and laws of physics apply. Yes, social media channels are immediate. Yes, social media channels are broadcast platforms for the hitherto voiceless. And, yes, everybody is doing it. But when it comes to customer service and building and protecting your business reputation, the same principles apply in social media as in all other channels of communication between you and your customers.

SEMA Member News—March/April 2011

10 Steps to Making Marketing & Sales Best Friends

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Thursday, February 17, 2011; Presented by: Kevin Joyce, MarketSource

True Story: Sales reps call the first 10 of the 100+ leads marketing collects from an event; nine voicemails are left, no calls returned…and the sales reps move on.

The Result: Sales thinks marketing doesn’t understand their needs. Marketing spent $10,000 on an event with wasted leads. And the rift between sales and marketing grows wider.

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7 Ways to Marry E-mail Marketing With Social Media

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Marketers looking to get a handle on social media as a promotional tool have found an easy solution: Integrate the medium into existing e-mail marketing programs. The pioneers of this method say that a little creative contact with current and potential customers on social networks, such as Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, can add new muscle to tried-and-true e-mail.

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