Prominent Automotive Media Sponsor 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit

Media sponsors include Auto Dealer Monthly, Automotive Digest, Dealer Marketing Magazine, Dealer Refresh, J.D. Power and Associates, and WardsAuto 

Salt Lake City, Utah – October 16, 2012 – DrivingSales today announced that six leading auto industry media organizations are official sponsors of the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES), the most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers, to be heldSunday, October 21st through Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at the Bellagio Las Vegas.

Media Sponsors for the 2012 DSES include:

-          Auto Dealer Monthly (www.autodealermonthly.com)

-          Automotive Digest (www.automotivedigest.com)

-          Dealer Marketing Magazine (www.dealermarketing.com)

-          Dealer Refresh (www.dealerrefresh.com)

-          J.D. Power and Associates (www.jdpower.com)

-          WardsAuto (www.wardsauto.com)

“We are pleased to have so many distinguished media groups supporting the summit this year,”said DrivingSales CEO and Founder Jared Hamilton. “We are all about making sure that the trends, information and best practices that are moving our industry forward reach dealers with lightning speed. And with a standing-room-only summit, this year’s media sponsors will be an important part of helping us communicate the incredible and profit-building DSES agenda content to dealers across the country.”

The DrivingSales Executive Summit brings together the most progressive dealers in the country, along with world-renowned speakers, all focused on pushing the auto industry’s ‘innovation boundaries’ and translating the latest trends and business realities into solid 2013 action plans for every dealership department. The summit is 100 percent dealer-driven and has a vendor-neutral policy, meaning no vendor influence on presentation selection and adherence to a strict dealer-to-vendor ratio and is the only automotive conference where dealers decide the agenda, not the vendor sponsors. This translates into the highest level of learning for the dealer attendees versus other events where workshops are little more than glorified sales pitches.

The 2012 DSES offers and exciting agenda and includes high-profile keynotes from BillyBeane of ‘Moneyball’ fame; SEO ‘superstar’ Rand Fishkin; mobile experience expert LukeWroblewski; renowned leadership trainer Jim Dance;  prominent Northwestern University marketing professor Florian Zettelmeyer; Social and Authentic Marketing expert Scott Stratten; Head of Marketing for MINI USA Tom Salkowsky; an exclusive presentation from Facebookand Google, and a one-on-one onstage interview between Jared Hamilton and TrueCar Chairman and CEO Scott Painter.

Additionally, presentations from some of the nation’s most successful dealerships make up a large portion of the summit agenda, with topics including best practices for running the BDC, winning strategies with Web Analytics, how to increase gross by certifying higher mileage vehicles, a case study on the FTC crackdown (how one dealership handled disaster), email, phone and mobile marketing presentations, and more.

After completely selling out a few weeks ago, the DrivingSales Executive Summit has negotiated with the Bellagio for more seats for dealers. There are only a handful of dealer spots left. For more information, visit: http://drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com/registration/ or contact dses@drivingsales.com. Stay tuned for DSES news as it develops onwww.twitter.com/drivingsales and on facebook.com/drivingsales. Participate in the conversation with the #DSES hashtag as preparations continue throughout the year.

About DrivingSales

Founded in 2008 and dedicated to the dealer community, DrivingSales is a businessintelligence and data company that delivers unbiased*, profit-building information to make automobile dealers more successful through three distinct channels: DrivingSales Data, DrivingSales University and DrivingSales Media. DrivingSales Data houses the largest database of cross-vendor, dealership performance data in the North American auto industry and provides dealerships with the most statistically accurate performance benchmarks and metrics for their marketing and technology investments. DrivingSales University is a fully interactive online university that offers advanced profit-building strategies to automotive professionals through hundreds of classes taught by world-leading experts. DrivingSales Media connects dealers to peers and information through its global media assets, including DrivingSales.com, the world’s largest automotive social network; The Dealership Innovation Guide, an industry leading quarterly publication; DrivingSales Executive Summit, the top automotive conference for progressive dealers, and DrivingSalesTVWeb TV covering everything car-dealer related. Approximately one in every three dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community.

*Vendor Neutral Policy: Dedicated solely to making dealerships more profitable, while also providing benefit to automakers and the industry as a whole, DrivingSales adheres to a strictvendor neutral policy through each of its channels. This means the company only provides unbiased information, not ‘pay-to-play’ follow up services — and never accepts payment in exchange for media coverage or lets potential advertisers dictate messaging or create bias in any of its channels.

 

 

DrivingSales Media Relations:
Melanie Webber (melanie@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340

Angela Jacobson (angela@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776

 

Finalists announced for the DrivingSales 2012 Dealer Best Idea Award

Award recognizes the most innovative auto dealership strategies of 2012; Finalists include Daniel Boismier, Alan Krutsch, Wendy Lowen, Matthew Smith, and Bryan Wilson

 Salt Lake City, Utah – October 8, 2012 – DrivingSales today announced that five auto dealer finalists have been selected for the 2012 DrivingSales Dealer Best Idea Awards. The awards recognize the most innovative auto dealership strategies of 2012 and will be presented at the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES), the most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers.

The 2012 DrivingSales Dealer Best Idea Awards finalists are:

-          Daniel Boismier, Internet Director, The Suburban Collection

-          Alan Krutsch, Director of Marketing, Walser Automotive Group

-          Wendy Lowen, Internet Manager, Park Chrysler Jeep

-          Matthew Smith, Marketing Manager, Darling’s

-          Bryan Wilson, eCommerce Director, Ehrlich Group

“Each year, we are amazed and inspired by the innovative ways dealers are creating and implementing their ‘best ideas’ – and realizing great success as a result; and we were again impressed with a very competitive field of applications,” said DrivingSales CEO and Founder Jared Hamilton. “This is where the best ideas in our industry come from: the progressive dealers on the ground who are innovating new processes in their dealerships every day. We are proud to recognize their achievements and to provide an opportunity for these smart ideas to be shared with their peers at the DrivingSales Executive Summit. Congratulations to the finalists!”

The dealer finalists will present their strategies onstage and compete head-to-head at the DrivingSales Executive Summit on Monday, October 22nd. Prizes totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the winner of the 2012 Dealer Best Idea Award and runners up.

The DrivingSales Executive Summit will be held Sunday, October 21st through Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at theBellagio Las Vegas. The Dealer Best Idea Awards are part of an exciting 2012 DSES line up, including theInnovation Cup Awards and high-profile keynotes from Billy Beane of ‘Moneyball’ fame; SEO ‘superstar’ RandFishkin; mobile experience expert Luke Wroblewski; renowned leadership trainer Jim Dance;  prominentNorthwestern University marketing professor Florian Zettelmeyer; an exclusive presentation from Facebook andGoogle, and a one-on-one onstage interview between Jared Hamilton and TrueCar Chairman and CEO Scott Painter.Last year’s summit was standing room only, and although DSES 2012 will allow for an expanded number of registrants, it is expected to sell out. Register online for the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit Automotive Conference.

The DrivingSales Executive Summit is the most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers. DSES brings together the most progressive dealers in the country, along with world-renowned speakers, all focused on pushing the auto industry’s ‘innovation boundaries’ and translating the latest trends and business realities into solid 2013 action plans for every dealership department. The summit is 100 percent dealer-driven and has a vendor-neutral policy, meaning no vendor influence on presentation selection and adherence to a strict dealer-to-vendor ratio and is the only automotive conference where dealers decide the agenda, not the vendor sponsors. This translates into the highest level of learning for the dealer attendees versus other events where workshops are little more than glorified sales pitches.

For more information about the DrivingSales Executive Summit, visit: www.DrivingSalesExecutiveSummit.com or contact dses@drivingsales.com. Stay tuned for DSES news as it develops on www.twitter.com/drivingsales and onfacebook.com/drivingsales. Participate in the conversation with the #DSES hashtag as preparations continue throughout the year.

 

About DrivingSales

Founded in 2008 and dedicated to the dealer community, DrivingSales is a business intelligence and data company that delivers unbiased*, profit-building information to make automobile dealers more successful through three distinct channels: DrivingSales Data, DrivingSales University and DrivingSales Media. DrivingSales Data houses the largest database of cross-vendor, dealership performance data in the North American auto industry and provides dealerships with the most statistically accurate performance benchmarks and metrics for their marketing and technology investments. DrivingSales University is a fully interactive online university that offers advanced profit-building strategies to automotive professionals through hundreds of classes taught by world-leading experts.DrivingSales Media connects dealers to peers and information through its global media assets, includingDrivingSales.com, the world’s largest automotive social network; The Dealership Innovation Guide, an industry leading quarterly publication; DrivingSales Executive Summit, the top automotive conference for progressive dealers, and DrivingSalesTVWeb TV covering everything car-dealer related. Approximately one in every three dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community.

*Vendor Neutral Policy: Dedicated solely to making dealerships more profitable, while also providing benefit to automakers and the industry as a whole, DrivingSales adheres to a strict vendor neutral policy through each of its channels. This means the company only provides unbiased information, not ‘pay-to-play’ follow up services — and never accepts payment in exchange for media coverage or lets potential advertisers dictate messaging or create bias in any of its channels.

 

DrivingSales Media Relations:
Melanie Webber (melanie@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340

Angela Jacobson (angela@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776

Jared Hamilton Interviews TrueCar Chairman and CEO Onstage at 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit

Scott Painter appears exclusively at October event for one-on-one discussion on industry innovation and dealer pain points with DrivingSales CEO

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – October 2, 2012 – DrivingSales today announced that Scott Painter, Chairman and CEO of TrueCar, Inc., will take center stage for a one-on-one interview with DrivingSales CEO Jared Hamilton at the 4th annual DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES). The DSES, which is the most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers, is the only auto conference Painter appears at this fall, and he joins an exciting keynote line-up that includes BillyBeane of ‘Moneyball’ fame, SEO ‘superstar’ Rand Fishkin, mobile experience expert LukeWroblewski, renowned leadership trainer Jim Dance,  prominent Northwestern University marketing professor Florian Zettelmeyer and an exclusive presentation from Facebook and Google.

Painter’s interview with Hamilton takes place on the main stage of the DrivingSales Executive Summit at the Bellagio Las Vegas on Monday, October 22nd at 2:00 pm PT. The question and answer session will cover Painter’s role with, and contributions to, TrueCar, including where the company has been, where it’s going and what Painter sees in the future for the auto industry.  Painter will also take questions submitted prior to the event by the DrivingSales community.

We are excited that Scott is joining us for the summit, his efforts have truly aimed to push the boundaries of our industry.  All Scott’s auto-related businesses in some way have melded technology, data and car-selling – a theme that we are zeroing in on at this year’s summit,” said Hamilton. “We look forward to a provocative, stimulating and illuminating session with Scott, one that will be of great interest not only to our dealer attendees and community, but also to the industry at large.”

Painter’s career as an entrepreneur spans three decades. He is the founder of start-ups including SharesPost, PriceLock, CarsDirect.com, Zag.com and Brighthouse, and most recently founded TrueCar, which seeks to level the playing field of car-buying for customers and dealers alike by marrying shopping at a dealer showroom floor with online research and purchasing. Painter has received numerous awards and recognition for his business enterprises, including being named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010 and 2011. His outspoken and forward-looking views on the automotive industry have been sought by media outlets including CNN.com, FOX News, National Public Radio, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, The Economic Times and BusinessWeek. Painter attended West Point Academy for two years, where he studied political science, then transferred to UC Berkeley where he studied economics before leaving to lead his first start-up, INFOAccess, a car buying information website.

I am thrilled to be appearing for the first time at the DrivingSales Executive Summit, one of the most important events our industry has to offer dealers,” said Painter. “And I am delighted to have the opportunity to have this conversation with Jared and the DSES attendees – who are some of the most progressive dealers in our industry – as well as with the dealer community as a whole.”

The DrivingSales Executive Summit takes place Sunday, October 21st through Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at the Bellagio Las Vegas and brings together the most progressive dealers in the country, along with world-renowned speakers, all focused on pushing the auto industry’s ‘innovation boundaries’ and translating the latest trends and business realities into solid 2013 action plans for every dealership department. The summit is 100 percent dealer-driven and has a vendor-neutral policy, meaning no vendor influence on presentation selection and adherence to a strict dealer-to-vendor ratio and is the only automotive conference where dealers decide the agenda, not the vendor sponsors. This translates into the highest level of learning for the dealer attendees versus other events where workshops are little more than glorified sales pitches.

Last year’s summit was standing room only, and although DSES 2012 will allow for an expanded number of registrants, it is expected to sell out quickly.  Register online for the DrivingSales Executive Summit.

For more information about the DrivingSales Executive Summit, visit:www.DrivingSalesExecutiveSummit.com or contact dses@drivingsales.com. Stay tuned for DSES news as it develops on www.twitter.com/drivingsales and on facebook.com/drivingsales. Participate in the conversation with the #DSES hashtag as preparations continue throughout the year.

About DrivingSales

Founded in 2008 and dedicated to the dealer community, DrivingSales is a business intelligence and data company that delivers unbiased*, profit-building information to make automobile dealers more successful through three distinct channels: DrivingSales Data, DrivingSales University andDrivingSales Media. DrivingSales Data houses the largest database of cross-vendor, dealership performance data in the North American auto industry and provides dealerships with the most statistically accurate performance benchmarks and metrics for their marketing and technology investments. DrivingSales University is a fully interactive online university that offers advanced profit-building strategies to automotive professionals through hundreds of classes taught by world-leading experts. DrivingSales Media connects dealers to peers and information through its global media assets, including DrivingSales.com, the world’s largest automotive social network; The DealershipInnovation Guide, an industry leading quarterly publication; DrivingSales Executive Summit, the top automotive conference for progressive dealers, and DrivingSalesTVWeb TV covering everything car-dealer related. Approximately one in every three dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community.

*Vendor Neutral Policy: Dedicated solely to making dealerships more profitable, while also providing benefit to automakers and the industry as a whole, DrivingSales adheres to a strict vendor neutral policy through each of its channels. This means the company only provides unbiased information, not ‘pay-to-play’ follow up services — and never accepts payment in exchange for media coverage or lets potential advertisers dictate messaging or create bias in any of its channels.

 

 

DrivingSales Media Relations:
Melanie Webber (melanie@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340

Angela Jacobson (angela@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776

DrivingSales 2012 Innovation Cup Award: Finalists Announced

Award recognizes the most innovative dealership solutions of 2012; finalists to compete and present their solutions at the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit 

Salt Lake City, Utah – October 1, 2012 – DrivingSales today announced that finalists have been selected for the third annual DrivingSales Innovation Cup Award, which recognizes the most innovative dealership solutions of 2012. TheInnovation Cup Award will be presented at the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES), the most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers, which will be held Sunday, October 21st through Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at the Bellagio Las Vegas.

The 2012 Innovation Cup Award finalists are: CallSource’s DealSaver with Mobile App; cDemo’s Mi VIDEO; DMEautomotive’s DriverConnect Mobile App; HookLogic’s Lead2Show, and J&L Marketing bLinked®.

“So many amazing dealership solution were submitted for the Innovation Cup Awards, it made the job of our dealer judges, who were charged with selecting the finalists, very difficult, but exciting! We all came away from the selection process inspired by the level of innovation in our industry,” said DrivingSales CEO and Founder Jared Hamilton. “The task of choosing the Innovation Cup Award winner will, no doubt, be just as challenging. We are thrilled that our attendees will have a chance to see these remarkable solutions first hand and presented by their ‘inventors’ at the DrivingSales Executive Summit. Congratulations to all the finalists!”

The finalists will present their solution onstage at the DrivingSales Executive Summit on Monday, October 22nd. A panel of dealer judges will then ask questions of the presenter and score each product. The solution with the highest score will win the Innovation Cup Award for “Most Innovative Solution of 2012.”

The Innovation Cup Award is part of an exciting DSES line up this year, which includes high-profile keynotes fromBilly Beane of ‘Moneyball’ fame, SEO ‘superstar’ Rand Fishkin, mobile experience expert Luke Wroblewski, renowned leadership trainer Jim Dance,  prominent Northwestern University marketing professor Florian Zettelmeyer and an exclusive presentation from Facebook and Google.  Last year’s summit was standing room only, and although DSES 2012 will allow for an expanded number of registrants, it is expected to sell out. Register online for the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit Automotive Conference.

The DrivingSales Executive Summit is the most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers. DSES brings together the most progressive dealers in the country, along with world-renowned speakers, all focused on pushing the auto industry’s ‘innovation boundaries’ and translating the latest trends and business realities into solid 2013 action plans for every dealership department. The summit is 100 percent dealer-driven and has a vendor-neutral policy, meaning no vendor influence on presentation selection and adherence to a strict dealer-to-vendor ratio and is the only automotive conference where dealers decide the agenda, not the vendor sponsors. This translates into the highest level of learning for the dealer attendees versus other events where workshops are little more than glorified sales pitches.

For more information about the Innovation Cup Award, go to www.drivingsalesinnovationcup.com/. For more information about the DrivingSales Executive Summit, visit: www.DrivingSalesExecutiveSummit.com or contactdses@drivingsales.com. Stay tuned for DSES news as it develops on www.twitter.com/drivingsales and onfacebook.com/drivingsales. Participate in the conversation with the #DSES hashtag as preparations continue throughout the year.

About DrivingSales

Founded in 2008 and dedicated to the dealer community, DrivingSales is a business intelligence and data company that delivers unbiased*, profit-building information to make automobile dealers more successful through three distinct channels: DrivingSales Data, DrivingSales University and DrivingSales Media. DrivingSales Data houses the largest database of cross-vendor, dealership performance data in the North American auto industry and provides dealerships with the most statistically accurate performance benchmarks and metrics for their marketing and technology investments. DrivingSales University is a fully interactive online university that offers advanced profit-building strategies to automotive professionals through hundreds of classes taught by world-leading experts. DrivingSales Media connects dealers to peers and information through its global media assets, including DrivingSales.com, the world’s largest automotive social network; The Dealership Innovation Guide, an industry leading quarterly publication; DrivingSales Executive Summit, the top automotive conference for progressive dealers, andDrivingSalesTVWeb TV covering everything car-dealer related. Approximately one in every three dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community.

*Vendor Neutral Policy: Dedicated solely to making dealerships more profitable, while also providing benefit to automakers and the industry as a whole, DrivingSales adheres to a strict vendor neutral policy through each of its channels. This means the company only provides unbiased information, not ‘pay-to-play’ follow up services — and never accepts payment in exchange for media coverage or lets potential advertisers dictate messaging or create bias in any of its channels.

 

DrivingSales Media Relations:
Melanie Webber (melanie@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340

Angela Jacobson (angela@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776

DSES Keynote: Is Marketing Dead? How Big Data is Changing the Future

Renowned Northwestern University marketing professor, Florian Zettelmeyer, addresses DrivingSales Executive Summit on how ‘Big Data’ is changing the future of marketing – and what that means for today’s dealerships.

DrivingSales today announced that Florian Zettelmeyer, Northwestern University Professor of Marketing and author of a groundbreaking study on the impact of the Internet on automotive retailing, has joined the keynote line-up at the fourth annual DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES), which is the industry’s most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers. Zettelmeyer’s keynote titled “Is Marketing Dead? How Big Data is Changing the Future of Marketing” examines the way that ‘Big Data’ is driving (or should be) a sea change in marketing practices extending across all organizational functions — and the positive impact this can, and should, have on automotive retailing.

A leading expert on marketing and the impact of the symbiosis of data and technology on business, Florian Zettelmeyer is the J. L. and Helen Kellogg Professor of Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and was named the 2011 L.G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year. Prior to his appointment at Kellogg he was an Associate Professor of Marketing and chair of the marketing group at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.

“It is no secret to anyone in our industry that ‘Big Data’ is changing everything because now we know almost everything about our customers, from what they are searching for on the web – and when, and where they are when they search – to their mobile search behavior, to their ‘likes’ and much, much more,” said DrivingSales CEO and Founder, Jared Hamilton. “All this data can be a blessing or a curse…drowning an organization if not appropriately used or sinking a retailer if ignored. Professor Zettelmeyer will illustrate how ‘Big Data’ is turning marketing into the leader, not the follower, in organizations, and how it can and should be used, and made actionable, across departments as a genuine ROI imperative versus a spreadsheet for overpaid analysts.”

Professor Zettelmeyer specializes in evaluating the effects of information technology and big data on firms. More generally, his work addresses how the information consumers have about firms and the information firms have about consumers affect firm behavior. The author of a ground-breaking study on how the Internet impacts car buying, Professor Zettelmeyer has extensively studied the auto retailing industry, investigating the effect of the Internet on auto sales, the pass-through of customer and dealer cash, the effectiveness of GM’s “Employee Discount for Everyone,” and how gasoline prices affect consumer choices. Professor Zettelmeyer teaches the MBA elective “Information- and Technology-based Marketing,” the main marketing analytics course at the Kellogg School of Management. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Professor Zettelmeyer received a Vordiplom in business engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (Germany), a M.Sc. in economics from the University of Warwick (UK) and a Ph.D. in marketing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Zettelmeyer speaks on October 22nd at 9:00 am and joins other DSES high-profile keynotes including Billy Beane of ‘Moneyball’ fame, SEO ‘superstar’ Rand Fishkin, mobile experience expert Luke Wroblewski, renowned leadership trainer Jim Dance and an exclusive presentation from Facebook and Google.

The DrivingSales Executive Summit takes place Sunday, October 21st through Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at the Bellagio Las Vegas and brings together the most progressive dealers in the country, along with world-renowned speakers, all focused on pushing the auto industry’s ‘innovation boundaries’ and translating the latest trends and business realities into solid 2013 action plans for every dealership department. The summit is 100 percent dealer-driven and has a vendor-neutral policy, meaning no vendor influence on presentation selection and adherence to a strict dealer-to-vendor ratio and is the only automotive conference where dealers decide the agenda, not the vendor sponsors. This translates into the highest level of learning for the dealer attendees versus other events where workshops are little more than glorified sales pitches.

Last year’s summit was standing room only, and although DSES 2012 will allow for an expanded number of registrants, it is expected to sell out quickly. Register online for the DrivingSales Executive Summit athttp://www.drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com/registration/.

For more information about the DrivingSales Executive Summit, visit: http://www.DrivingSalesExecutiveSummit.com or contact dses@drivingsales.com. Stay tuned for DSES news as it develops on Twitter and on Facebook. Participate in the conversation with the #DSES hashtag as preparations continue throughout the year.

 

About DrivingSales 
Founded in 2008 and dedicated to the dealer community, DrivingSales is a business intelligence and data company that delivers unbiased*, profit-building information to make automobile dealers more successful through three distinct channels: DrivingSales Data, DrivingSales University and DrivingSales Media. DrivingSales Data houses the largest database of cross-vendor, dealership performance data in the North American auto industry and provides dealerships with the most statistically accurate performance benchmarks and metrics for their marketing and technology investments. DrivingSales University (http://www.drivingsalesuniversity.com) is a fully interactive online university that offers advanced profit-building strategies to automotive professionals through hundreds of classes taught by world-leading experts. DrivingSales Media connects dealers to peers and information through its global media assets, including http://www.DrivingSales.com, the world’s largest automotive social network; The Dealership Innovation Guide (http://www.drivingsalesinnovationguide.com), an industry leading quarterly publication; DrivingSales Executive Summit (http://www.drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com), the top automotive conference for progressive dealers, and DrivingSalesTV (http://www.drivingsalestv.com), Web TV covering everything car-dealer related. Approximately one in every three dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community.

*Vendor Neutral Policy: Dedicated solely to making dealerships more profitable, while also providing benefit to automakers and the industry as a whole, DrivingSales adheres to a strict vendor neutral policy through each of its channels. This means the company only provides unbiased information, not ‘pay-to-play’ follow up services — and never accepts payment in exchange for media coverage or lets potential advertisers dictate messaging or create bias in any of its channels.

DrivingSales Media Relations: 
Melanie Webber (melanie(at)mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340
Angela Jacobson (angela(at)mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776

Scott Stratten and Tom Salkowsky to Keynote DrivingSales Executive Summit / J.D. Power Associates Automotive Marketing Roundtable Joint Session

 Top five social media influencer and MINI USA marketing head close DSES and open JDPA events; discounted combo-ticket pass for the consecutive events available

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – August 7, 2012 – DrivingSales and J.D. Power and Associates today announced that Scott Stratten and Tom Salkowsky will keynote a special session, sponsored by Cars.com, that bridges the 4th annual DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES) and the J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Marketing Roundtable. Stratten is a best-selling author and Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing expert – and was named one of the top five social media influencers in the world by Forbes.com. Tom Salkowsky is Head of Marketing at MINI USA and is responsible for all Marketing Communications in the United States.

The joint session, scheduled for Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at the Bellagio Las Vegas, closes the DSES and opens the J.D. Power event and is included in the ticket price for all DrivingSales Executive Summit and Automotive Marketing Roundtable attendees. The companies also announced that they are partnering to offer discounted tickets for dealers wishing to attend both events, which run consecutively.

“We are proud to join with J.D. Power and Associates to offer this exciting joint keynote session! Scott and Tom will provide fresh and provocative points of view on digital and traditional marketing which will leave attendees not only inspired, but with actionable strategies to apply to their 2013 business plans,” said DrivingSales CEO and Founder Jared Hamilton.

Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager, and a Professor at the Sheridan College School of Business, Scott Stratten ran his “UnAgency” for a nearly a decade and now solely focuses on speaking at events for companies like PepsiCo, Adobe, Red Cross, Cirque du Soleil, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Fidelity Investments when they need help guiding their way through the viral/social media and relationship marketing landscape. He has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN.com, Inc.com, and Fast Company, and was named one of “America’s 10 Marketing Gurus” by Business Review USA. Stratten has over 117,000 people following him on Twitter.

His book, UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging became a national best-seller before it was released, and recently became a Globe and Mail #1 Business best-seller, National Post, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Amazon UK best-seller. It was also named one of the top business books of the year by 1-800-CEO READ and one of the top 10 books by Under30CEO.com.

As Department Head, MINI Marketing, Tom Salkowsky is responsible for all brand communications, advertising, media planning/buying, national and dealer communications, digital, market segmentation/research and social media for MINI in the United States. Salkowsky began his automotive career as a Sales Consultant in a BMW dealership, later joining BMW of North America as the Department Head of BMW Corporate Communications, where he led the Consumer Events department for BMW, served as M Brand and Motorsport Manager, and held the position of Retail Operation Training Manager within the Professional Development Department.

“The DrivingSales Executive Summit and J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Marketing Roundtable focus on bringing the most compelling, leading-edge and thought-provoking presentations to our industry, and Scott Stratten and Tom Salkowsky are that and more – two great speakers to kick off our event,” said Arianne Walker, Senior Director of Media and Marketing Solutions of J.D. Power and Associates. “We are also very pleased to be able to offer a special discounted rate to those who wish to access the full wealth of content available at both events.”

The DrivingSales Executive Summit is the most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers and the J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Marketing Roundtable is the industry’s top marketing event for automotive retailers, OEMs, agencies publishers, dealers, and automotive Web sites. While the two events remain separate, each with a distinct personality and target audience, the combo pass makes attendance easier for dealers who want exposure to each conference’s signature OEM-focused and dealership-focused content.  Combo passes grant ticket holders access to both events at a discounted rate and can be purchased through August 31st.

“Cars.com is dedicated to giving our dealer partners and advertisers the tools they need to grow their businesses and connect with today’s consumer in a fast-changing digital landscape,” said Mitch Golub, Cars.com President.  “Events such as the DSES, which has a strong track record of bringing in dynamic, powerful speakers like Scott and Tom, are crucial in helping auto industry professionals expand their knowledge base to best connect and engage with car shoppers.   We’re pleased to be a sponsor and an integral part of this exciting keynote session.”

The 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit will commence Sunday, October 21st at 3pm and conclude Tuesday, October 23rd, after the joint keynote presentation from Scott Stratten. J.D. Power & Associates Automotive Marketing Roundtable program will begin with the joint keynote presentation from Tom Salkowsky, move into their welcome reception and conclude on Friday October 26th.  Both events will be held at the Bellagio Las Vegas.

To register for the DrivingSales Executive Summit Automotive Conference, to take advantage of early bird registration through August 15th, or to purchase a combo pass which grants access to both the DSES and the J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Marketing Roundtable, now through August 31st, go to: http://drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com/registration/.

For more information about the DrivingSales Executive Summit, visit: DrivingSalesExecutiveSummit.com or contact dses@drivingsales.com.  Stay tuned for DSES news as it develops on www.twitter.com/drivingsales and on www.facebook.com/drivingsales. Participate in the conversation with the #DSES hashtag as preparations continue throughout the year.

To register for the J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Marketing Roundtable, or for more information, visit http://businesscenter.jdpower.com/Events.aspx.

 

About DrivingSales

Founded in 2008 and dedicated to the dealer community, DrivingSales is a business intelligence and data company that delivers unbiased*, profit-building information to make automobile dealers more successful through three distinct channels: DrivingSales Data, DrivingSales University and DrivingSales Media. DrivingSales Data houses the largest database of cross-vendor, dealership performance data in the North American auto industry and provides dealerships with the most statistically accurate performance benchmarks and metrics for their marketing and technology investments. DrivingSales University is a fully interactive online university that offers advanced profit-building strategies to automotive professionals through hundreds of classes taught by world-leading experts. DrivingSales Media connects dealers to peers and information through its global media assets, including DrivingSales.com, the world’s largest automotive social network; The Dealership Innovation Guide, an industry leading quarterly publication; DrivingSales Executive Summit, the top automotive conference for progressive dealers, and DrivingSalesTV, Web TV covering everything car-dealer related. Approximately one in every three dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community.

*Vendor Neutral Policy: Dedicated solely to making dealerships more profitable, while also providing benefit to automakers and the industry as a whole, DrivingSales adheres to a strict vendor neutral policy through each of its channels. This means the company only provides unbiased information, not ‘pay-to-play’ follow up services — and never accepts payment in exchange for media coverage or lets potential advertisers dictate messaging or create bias in any of its channels.

  

DrivingSales Media Relations:
Melanie Webber (melanie@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340

Angela Jacobson (angela@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776

DrivingSales Executive Summit Announces Breakout Session Speakers and Presentations for 2012

Hot-button topics selected exclusively for the summit by dealers include Website Analytics, Used Car Certification, Reputation Management, Gen Y Social Media, Mobile Marketing, and more; Early Bird Registration available until August 15th 

Salt Lake City, UT – July 31, 2012 – DrivingSales today announced speakers and presentations for the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit’s (DSES) key breakout sessions, including critical profit-building topics such as BDC best practices, Website Analytics, Used Car Certification, Reputation Management, Gen Y and Social Media, Mobile Marketing, and more.  Selected from a very competitive field of over 100 applicants by the DSES Dealer Advisory board, the breakout presentations join an exciting 2012 agenda that also includes high-profile keynotes from Billy Beane of ‘Moneyball’ fame, SEO ‘superstar’ Rand Fishkin, mobile experience expert Luke Wroblewski, renowned leadership trainer Jim Dance, and an exclusive presentation from Facebook and Google.

“What an impressive field of applications we received for our breakout sessions – they make us so proud of the extraordinary innovation and passion at work in our industry.  With competition to speak at the summit so tight,   our Dealer Advisory Board really had their work cut out for them; but, ultimately, they selected the hot-button topics that they felt resonated most with the issues today’s (and tomorrow’s) dealerships are facing,” said DrivingSales CEO and Founder, Jared Hamilton. “Unlike any other automotive industry event, our speakers and topics are selected by those who know best what dealers need to hear: their peers. We are confident that these presentations will be an important part of the profit-building takeaways for summit attendees as they craft their 2013 business plans.”

Presentations from some of the nation’s most successful dealerships make up a large portion of the summit agenda, with topics including best practices for running the BDC, winning strategies with Web Analytics, how to increase gross by certifying higher mileage vehicles, a case study on the FTC crackdown (how one dealership handled disaster), email, phone and mobile marketing presentations, and more. Speakers selected to present at the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit include:

Eric Giroux (Briggs Auto) and Aaron Schinke (DealerFire)

Ted Heater (Independent Pre-Owned Dealers)

Shaun Weissman (Rallye Auto Group)

Jim Flint (Local Search Group)

Courtney Cole (Hare Chevrolet)

Greg Coleman (Oxmoor Auto Group)

Joe Stroffolino (Causeway Family of Dealerships)

Brad Hensley (Knoxville Auto Broker)

Chris Costner (Southern Volkswagen of Greenbrier)

Tracy Myers (Frank Myers Auto Maxx)

Jeff Cryder (Lebanon Ford)

Jennifer Bunner (Outsell)

Cory Mosley (Mosley Automotive Training)

Jacob Solotaroff (FirstLook)

Jeff Kershner (DealerRefresh) and Malinda Terreri (1to1 News)

Jerry Thibeau (Phone Ninjas)

DealerOn

Glenn Pasch (PCG)

Paul Potratz (Potratz Advertising)

Cars.com and Jason Ezell (Datium)

Matt Murray (Dealer.com)

Mike Merrill (Reach Local)

David Kain (Kain Automotive)

Gary May (DealerKnows) and Joe Webb (IMACS)

The DrivingSales Executive Summit is the most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers, and will be held Sunday, October 21st through Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at the Bellagio Las Vegas. Early-bird Registration is open now through August 15th.

The DrivingSales Executive Summit is 100% dealer driven and designed specifically for the most advanced dealer principals and dealership executives in the industry. The summit has a vendor-neutral policy, meaning no vendor influence on presentation selection and adherence to a strict dealer-to-vendor ratio.  The DrivingSales Executive Summit is the only automotive conference where dealers decide the agenda, not the vendor sponsors. This translates into the highest level of learning for the dealer attendees versus other events where workshops are little more than glorified sales pitches.

Last year’s summit was standing room only, and although DSES 2012 will allow for an expanded number of registrants, it is expected to sell out quickly. Register for the DrivingSales Executive Summit.

For more information about the DrivingSales Executive Summit, visit: www.DrivingSalesExecutiveSummit.com or contact dses@drivingsales.com. Stay tuned for DSES news as it develops on www.twitter.com/drivingsales and on www.facebook.com/drivingsales. Participate in the conversation with the #DSES hashtag as preparations continue throughout the year.

 

About DrivingSales

Founded in 2008 and dedicated to the dealer community, DrivingSales is a business intelligence and data company that delivers unbiased*, profit-building information to make automobile dealers more successful through three distinct channels: DrivingSales Data, DrivingSales University and DrivingSales Media. DrivingSales Data houses the largest database of cross-vendor, dealership performance data in the North American auto industry and provides dealerships with the most statistically accurate performance benchmarks and metrics for their marketing and technology investments. DrivingSales University is a fully interactive online university that offers advanced profit-building strategies to automotive professionals through hundreds of classes taught by world-leading experts. DrivingSales Media connects dealers to peers and information through its global media assets, including DrivingSales.com, the world’s largest automotive social network; The Dealership Innovation Guide, an industry leading quarterly publication; DrivingSales Executive Summit, the top automotive conference for progressive dealers, and DrivingSalesTV, Web TV covering everything car-dealer related. Approximately one in every three dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community.

*Vendor Neutral Policy: Dedicated solely to making dealerships more profitable, while also providing benefit to automakers and the industry as a whole, DrivingSales adheres to a strict vendor neutral policy through each of its channels. This means the company only provides unbiased information, not ‘pay-to-play’ follow up services — and never accepts payment in exchange for media coverage or lets potential advertisers dictate messaging or create bias in any of its channels.

  

DrivingSales Media Relations:
Melanie Webber (melanie@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340

Angela Jacobson (angela@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776

Jim Dance, Auto Industry Leadership Trainer, Joins Keynote Line-up at the DrivingSales Executive Summit

Veteran auto consultant to help dealer attendees discover how great leaders and great organizations achieve measurably better results

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – July 23, 2012 – DrivingSales today announced that leadership and management trainer, Jim Dance, is to be among the keynote speakers at the fourth annual DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES), which is the industry’s most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers. Dance’s training is renowned for helping hundreds of automotive dealerships, dealer groups, auto manufacturers and industry clients, including General Motors, Chrysler Corp., Penske Automotive Group and NADA achieve measurably better results.

“The cornerstone of dealership productivity and profitability starts with having the right staff to do great work – every day, and Jim will educate DSES attendees on how to put the best processes in place to make this possible,” said DrivingSales CEO and founder Jared Hamilton. “Jim adds a much needed layer of insight on the mechanics of how great companies, and dealerships, became great. His blend of process management with structure and dealership cultural dynamics will enlighten and inform. We are thrilled to have Jim join the DSES line up of keynote speakers.”

Jim Dance created The WalterStrayer Company to provide leadership and management training programs as well as consulting services for a variety of organizations both small and large nationwide. Dance is also the creator of The Physics and Chemistry Concepts of Leadership Management Development Program, attended by thousands of leaders, managers, and bosses nationwide over the past fifteen years. Dance has also been deeply involved in the auto industry during the past twenty years serving as an Independent Trainer and Consultant for hundreds of automotive dealerships and dealer groups throughout the country, as well as automotive manufacturers, dealer 20-Groups, and a variety of automotive-related businesses. His clients include General Motors, Chrysler Corp., Penske Automotive Group, John Deere Co., to name a few. Dance has also served as a guest instructor and presenter for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and American Truck Dealers (ATD) Dealer Candidate Academies, facilitating The Physics & Chemistry Concepts of Leadership Workshop for seven Dealer Candidate Academy Graduating Classes each year.

Dance speaks on October 23rd, and joins other DSES high-profile keynotes including Billy Beane of ‘Moneyball’ fame, SEO ‘superstar’ Rand Fishkin, mobile experience expert Luke Wroblewski, and an exclusive presentation from Facebook and Google.  Early Bird registration for the DSES is now available through August 15th for the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit Automotive Conference.

The DrivingSales Executive Summit takes place Sunday, October 21st through Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at the Bellagio Las Vegas and brings together the most progressive dealers in the country, along with world-renowned speakers, all focused on pushing the auto industry’s ‘innovation boundaries’ and translating the latest trends and business realities into solid 2013 action plans for every dealership department. The summit is 100 percent dealer-driven and has a vendor-neutral policy, meaning no vendor influence on presentation selection and adherence to a strict dealer-to-vendor ratio and is the only automotive conference where dealers decide the agenda, not the vendor sponsors. This translates into the highest level of learning for the dealer attendees versus other events where workshops are little more than glorified sales pitches.

Last year’s summit was standing room only, and although DSES 2012 will allow for an expanded number of registrants, it is expected to sell out quickly. To register for DSES 2012, and take advantage of early-bird registration through August 15th, visit:  http://drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com/registration/.

For more information about the DrivingSales Executive Summit, visit: www.DrivingSalesExecutiveSummit.com or contact dses@drivingsales.com. Stay tuned for DSES news as it develops on www.twitter.com/drivingsales and on facebook.com/drivingsales. Participate in the conversation with the #DSES hashtag as preparations continue throughout the year.

 

About DrivingSales

Founded in 2008 and dedicated to the dealer community, DrivingSales is a business intelligence and data company that delivers unbiased*, profit-building information to make automobile dealers more successful through three distinct channels: DrivingSales Data, DrivingSales University and DrivingSales Media. DrivingSales Data houses the largest database of cross-vendor, dealership performance data in the North American auto industry and provides dealerships with the most statistically accurate performance benchmarks and metrics for their marketing and technology investments. DrivingSales University is a fully interactive online university that offers advanced profit-building strategies to automotive professionals through hundreds of classes taught by world-leading experts. DrivingSales Media connects dealers to peers and information through its global media assets, including DrivingSales.com, the world’s largest automotive social network; The Dealership Innovation Guide, an industry leading quarterly publication; DrivingSales Executive Summit, the top automotive conference for progressive dealers, and DrivingSalesTV, Web TV covering everything car-dealer related. Approximately one in every three dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community.

*Vendor Neutral Policy: Dedicated solely to making dealerships more profitable, while also providing benefit to automakers and the industry as a whole, DrivingSales adheres to a strict vendor neutral policy through each of its channels. This means the company only provides unbiased information, not ‘pay-to-play’ follow up services — and never accepts payment in exchange for media coverage or lets potential advertisers dictate messaging or create bias in any of its channels.

 

DrivingSales Media Relations:
Melanie Webber (melanie@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340

Angela Jacobson (angela@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776

DrivingSales 2012 Best Idea Award: Call for Entries Now Open

Prizes totaling $10,000 to be awarded to the auto dealers who develop the most innovative strategies in 2012 

Salt Lake City, Utah – July 18, 2012 – DrivingSales  today announced the call for entries for the 2012 DrivingSales Best Idea Contest which recognizes the most innovative auto dealership strategies of 2012. Five auto dealer finalists will have a chance to win over $10,000 in cash and prizes, and the opportunity to present their ‘best idea’ at the DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES)taking place Sunday, October 21st through Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at the Bellagio Las Vegas. All U.S. dealerships are invited to apply.

“We are excited to see so many forward-thinking dealers and big ideas throughout the year which is why we are so proud to have the opportunity to shine light on the best-of-the-best ideas with this annual award,” said DrivingSales Founder and CEO Jared Hamilton.“The Best Idea award not only recognizes these hardworking innovators, but provides DSES attendees with a window into new and implementable ideas that are driving results for progressive dealers across the country.”

Last year’s award was presented to Mary Catherine Curry, Marketing Manager of Rice Toyota Scion who received the highest score for her ‘best idea’ of a sales and service alliance with a local hospital group. Click hereto read more about last year’s award winner.

The DrivingSales Dealer Best Idea Awards are part of an exciting 2012 DSES line up, including the Innovation Cup Award andhigh-profile keynotes from Billy Beane of ‘Moneyball’ fame, SEO ‘superstar’ Rand Fishkin, mobile experience expert Luke Wroblewski, and an exclusive presentation from Facebook and Google.  Early Bird registration for the DSES is now available through August 15th for the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit Automotive Conference.

 

About The 2012 DrivingSales Best Idea Award

The 2012 DrivingSales Best Idea Award contest is held during general session at the DrivingSales Executive Summit. All dealership employees are eligible to apply. Applications are reviewed by a dealer panel, which selects five finalists to be invited onstage at the DSES to present their ‘best idea.’ A panel of dealer judges reviews each strategy with each competitor, then determines the winner. The DrivingSales Best Idea Awards are given to one winner and runners up in the contest, with prizes totaling $10,000awarded.

For more information about the DrivingSales Best Idea Award for dealers and/or to submit an application, go to http://drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com/contests/. There is no charge to apply.

The application deadline for the DrivingSales Dealer Best Idea Award is midnight PST, August 31st, 2012.

For more information about the DrivingSales Executive Summit, visit: www.DrivingSalesExecutiveSummit.comor contact dses@drivingsales.com. Stay tuned for DSES news as it develops on www.twitter.com/drivingsalesand on facebook.com/drivingsales. Participate in the conversation with the #DSES hashtag as preparations continue throughout the year.

 

About DrivingSales

Founded in 2008 and dedicated to the dealer community, DrivingSales is a business intelligence and data company that delivers unbiased*, profit-building information to make automobile dealers more successful through three distinct channels: DrivingSales Data, DrivingSales University and DrivingSales Media. DrivingSales Data houses the largest database of cross-vendor, dealership performance data in the North American auto industry and provides dealerships with the most statistically accurate performance benchmarks and metrics for their marketing and technology investments. DrivingSales University is a fully interactive online university that offers advanced profit-building strategies to automotive professionals through hundreds of classes taught by world-leading experts. DrivingSales Media connects dealers to peers and information through its global media assets, includingDrivingSales.com, the world’s largest automotive social network; The Dealership Innovation Guide, an industry leading quarterly publication; DrivingSales Executive Summit, the top automotive conference for progressive dealers, and DrivingSalesTVWeb TV covering everything car-dealer related. Approximately one in every three dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community.

*Vendor Neutral Policy: Dedicated solely to making dealerships more profitable, while also providing benefit to automakers and the industry as a whole, DrivingSales adheres to a strict vendor neutral policy through each of its channels. This means the company only provides unbiased information, not ‘pay-to-play’ follow up services — and never accepts payment in exchange for media coverage or lets potential advertisers dictate messaging or create bias in any of its channels.

DrivingSales Executive Summit Media Relations:

Melanie Webber (melanie@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340

Angela Jacobson (angela@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776

2012 Innovation Cup Award: Call for Entries Now Open

Award recognizes the most innovative dealership solutions of 2012; competition and presentation at 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit 

Salt Lake City, Utah – July 11, 2012 – DrivingSales today announced the call for entries for the third annual DrivingSales Innovation Cup Award, which recognizes the most innovative dealership solutions of 2012. Any dealership solution provider can apply, but only six finalists will be chosen to present their solutions to DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES) attendees, and a panel of dealer judges, who then determine the winner for “Most Innovative Solution of the Year.” Applications will be accepted from July 15th through August 31st.

The Innovation Cup Award will be presented at the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit, the most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers, which will be held Sunday, October 21st through Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at the Bellagio Las Vegas.

“The Innovation Cup Award has become one of the most coveted and highly regarded honors among dealer solution providers, because the winner and finalists are determined exclusively by dealers – the people who understand best how these products can positively impact them,” said DrivingSales CEO and Founder Jared Hamilton. “The DSES is all about providing the most innovative, leading-edge profit-building information to dealer attendees and, by allowing these ‘best-of-the-best’ dealership solutions to compete head-to-head on stage at the summit, dealer attendees have a unique look at the products that will help drive innovation in our industry in the year ahead.”

Last year’s Innovation Cup Award was presented to Dominion Dealer Solutions for the CarBinder product. AdVantageTec AV11, Cars.com Dealer Reviews, cDemo Mobile Solutions Mobile Inspector (Mi), DealerTrend Car Dealer Press, and MotorLot eSignature were named as finalists.

 The Innovation Cup Awards are part of an exciting DSES line up this year, which includes high-profile keynotes from Billy Beaneof ‘Moneyball’ fame, SEO ‘superstar’ Rand Fishkin, mobile experience expert Luke Wroblewski, and an exclusive presentation from Facebook and Google.  Early Bird registration for the DSES is now available through August 15th for the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit Automotive Conference.

The DrivingSales Executive Summit is the most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers. DSES brings together the most progressive dealers in the country, along with world-renowned speakers, all focused on pushing the auto industry’s ‘innovation boundaries’ and translating the latest trends and business realities into solid 2013 action plans for every dealership department. The summit is 100 percent dealer-driven and has a vendor-neutral policy, meaning no vendor influence on presentation selection and adherence to a strict dealer-to-vendor ratio and is the only automotive conference where dealers decide the agenda, not the vendor sponsors. This translates into the highest level of learning for the dealer attendees versus other events where workshops are little more than glorified sales pitches.

New this year, the DSES offers opportunities for dealers/dealer groups to hold collaborative meetings before or after the conference to bookend the summit and allow for goal-setting, debriefing, and planning. Please visit http://drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com/private-meeting-registration/ or email dses@drivingsales.com for more information.

 

About The DrivingSales Innovation Cup Award

The Innovation Cup Award contest is held each year during a general session of the DrivingSales Executive Summit. Six finalists will be selected by a panel of dealer judges prior to the summit, and will be invited onstage at the DSES to present their solution / product where they will have five minutes to present in an “elevator-pitch” fashion to DSES attendees and three dealer judges. These judges will have four minutes to ask questions of the presenter and then will score each product. The highest scorer will win the Innovation Cup Award for “Most Innovative Solution of the Year.”

All dealership vendors are encouraged to apply. Vendors may submit applications for new solutions that launched, or will launch, in 2012. Applications will be accepted from July 15th through August 31st. A $2,895 fee is assessed to finalists who are selected to present their product on stage.

For more information about the Innovation Cup Award and to submit an application, go to www.drivingsalesinnovationcup.com/. There is no charge to apply. The application deadline for the DrivingSales Innovation Cup Award is midnight PST, August 31st, 2012.

 

About DrivingSales

Founded in 2008 and dedicated to the dealer community, DrivingSales is a business intelligence and data company that delivers unbiased*, profit-building information to make automobile dealers more successful through three distinct channels: DrivingSales Data, DrivingSales University and DrivingSales Media. DrivingSales Data houses the largest database of cross-vendor, dealership performance data in the North American auto industry and provides dealerships with the most statistically accurate performance benchmarks and metrics for their marketing and technology investments. DrivingSales University is a fully interactive online university that offers advanced profit-building strategies to automotive professionals through hundreds of classes taught by world-leading experts. DrivingSales Media connects dealers to peers and information through its global media assets, includingDrivingSales.com, the world’s largest automotive social network; The Dealership Innovation Guide, an industry leading quarterly publication; DrivingSales Executive Summit, the top automotive conference for progressive dealers, and DrivingSalesTVWeb TV covering everything car-dealer related. Approximately one in every three dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community.

*Vendor Neutral Policy: Dedicated solely to making dealerships more profitable, while also providing benefit to automakers and the industry as a whole, DrivingSales adheres to a strict vendor neutral policy through each of its channels. This means the company only provides unbiased information, not ‘pay-to-play’ follow up services — and never accepts payment in exchange for media coverage or lets potential advertisers dictate messaging or create bias in any of its channels.

 

 

DrivingSales Media Relations:
Melanie Webber (melanie@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340

Angela Jacobson (angela@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776