Saturday, November 30, 2013

Vizify: Create Infographic Illustrating Your Twitter Connections

Vizify is one of those social media connections visualization apps which analyzes your twitter connections based on various types of engagement... The Infographic generated by the app shows your inner circle and extended connections via your Twitter profile... I can't seem to resist these types of apps and they generate plenty of engagement from those shown when you share the graphic.

Ralph Paglia's inner circle on Twitter visualized: https://www.vizify.com/ralph-paglia/connections. See if you're on there, then map your own with Vizify's connections tool.



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Friday, November 22, 2013

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"#GimmeABreak I was walking through a strip mall near S. Rainbow and Tropicana in Las Vegas when I saw this "Car Broker" storefront. Really? This crap is still allowed? I thought we passed laws to put these parasites out of business?!?! #AutoMarketing #CarDealers"
(taken at Tropicana rainbow)

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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"One if my FB friends (maybe Eric Miltsch?) posted this caricature that ridicules so-called "Social Media Experts" and self appointed "gurus" who have never learned any technical skills, nor have any formal education in a relevant area such as Communications or Journalism... I got a kick out of it and wanted my IG followers to see it. #SocialMedia #expert #guru #snakeoil #phony #falseprophet #bullshit #fail #cardealers #consulting #scam #ripoff #marketing #automarketing #automotive "
(taken at Smoke Ranch Junction)

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Monday, November 18, 2013

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"Taking a break from the debate at the very first iMagicLab Product Advisory Board meeting in Baltimore. #cardealers #CRM #travellikeralph #software #baltimore"
(taken at Baltimore)

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

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"Brian, Charles and Rob from Melloy Nissan as they start two projects: 1. Nissan 240SX Radical Tuner Build-out and 2. Educating New Mexico Car Owners on Laws that Protect their rights when Insurance claims for Collision work are needed. #Melloy #Nissan #ABQ #collision #cars #cardealers #TravelLikeRalph http://MelloyNissan.com "
(taken at Melloy Nissan)

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"#travellikeralph from #LasVegas to #ABQ and work with one of America's best #Nissan dealerships,(Melloy Nissan) where innovation in #cardealers sales and service process is being made by the third generation of Melloys. #digitalralph #lasvegas #nissan #sellingiron #travel #truck #cars #vegas #dealer"
(taken at Mccarron Southwest)

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

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"Brian, Charles and Rob at Melloy Nissan while recording educational videos on dangers of allowing collision repairs to be done by Insurance Company recommended body shops. #automarketing #nissan #cardealers #automotive #collision #bodyshop #insurance"
(taken at Melloy Nissan)

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Great Quote on Wisdom and Lessons Learned

"A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew."

- Herb Caen.



Sunday, November 10, 2013

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"Highly modified @Chevy 4x4 Silverado #truck seen in #SEMA show vehicle storage area in #LasVegas. #travellikeralph #chevy #chevytruck #cardealers #offroad #vegas"
(taken at Las Vegas Rocks)

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"Highly modified @Chevy 4x4 Silverado #truck seen in #SEMA storage area for show vehicles. #travellikeralph #truck #chevy #cardealers #offroad "
(taken at Sema Show 2013)

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"Modified @Chevy 4x4 Silverado seen in storage area for #SEMA 2013 show vehicles. #chevy #chevytruck #truck #travellikeralph #Offroad"
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Friday, November 8, 2013

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"2014 #Chevy Silverado 4x4 truck with custom wheels, tires, suspension and interior mods from http://FindlayChevy.com in #LasVegas for #TravelLikeRalph off-road adventure and http://ADMPC.com promo purposes via #AutoMarketing #CarDealers #photocollage"
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"A man and his #Chevy #Truck getting ready for some desert fun outside of #LasVegas #travellikeralph #automarketing #cardealers "
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"Automotive Digital Marketing Professional Community at http://ADMPC.com Nevada organ donor tags on the Automotive Media Partners, LLC 2014 #Chevy Silverado 4x4 truck... #automarketing #travellikeralph #cardealers "
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Ford Fusion Sales Jump 71%

Hot Fusion paces Ford sales

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With a second factory -- in Flat Rock, Mich. -- online producing Ford Fusions, sales of Ford's hot mid-sized sedan soared 71 percent in October, pacing Ford Motor Co. to a 14 percent monthly sales increase.

"The Fusion broke an October retail record in every one of our five markets nationally," said John Felice, Ford vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service.

Ford now produces the Fusion at both Flat Rock and Hermosillo, Mexico.

The other car Ford makes at Hermosillo, the Lincoln MKZ, also registered big sales gains: up 80 percent for the month to 2,909 units. MKZ sales paced Lincoln to a 38 percent gain for October, to 7,131 units. Ford's only remaining luxury brand launched a new ad campaign in October comparing the MKZ to the Lexus ES. The MKZ has reported record sales for six of the past seven months.

Ford brand sales rose 13 percent in October.

Sales of Ford F-series pickups continued strong for the month, up 19 percent to 63,803. Ford is starting a changeover from the 2013 to 2014 model F-150. Virtually all the F-150s sold in October were 2013 models, but the mix on dealer lots is up to about 20 percent 2014s.

While sales of Ford brand cars rose 16.5 percent, both the Focus and C-Max hybrids dropped, 17.5 percent and 20.5 percent, respectively. Ford announced last month that it would shut the Michigan Assembly plant, where the two vehicles are assembled, for two weeks to adjust supply to demand.

Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst, said that C-Max sales rose 16 percent in October over September in an environment of low fuel prices.

Sales recovered nicely after the government shutdown ended in the middle of the month.

"Given the threat of a government shutdown, we're pleased," said Felice, who was on his first sales call after replacing the retired Ken Czubay as Ford's top U.S. sales and marketing executive.

For the first 10 months of this year, Ford Motor Co. sales rose 12 percent to 2.1 million units. Fleet sales accounted for 26 percent of sales, the same as a year ago. Of that number, 12 percent was commercial, 6 percent government and 8 percent to daily rental fleets.

Ford dealers finished the month with 644,000 vehicles in inventory, or a 91-day supply. That compares with 507,000, or an 81-day supply, a year earlier.


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Car Sales Rise: GM leads Detroit 3 gains; consumers 'resilient'

Sales rise, SAAR falls in another quirky month

GM leads Detroit 3 gains; consumers 'resilient'

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The October adjusted sales rate eased to 15.22 million, from September's 15.26 million.

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U.S. auto sales rose 10 percent in October, returning the industry to double-digit increases after a September slump.

But on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, October trailed September's tepid performance.

Here's one way to explain the different trend lines: It was another month of quirks.

September's 4 percent decline from year-earlier results broke a streak of 27 straight monthly gains for the industry. The setback stemmed from an anomaly that this year counted Labor Day weekend sales as August deliveries.

In October, it was a rare event of a different sort: a partial U.S. government shutdown through Oct. 16. That appeared to chill buyers' enthusiasm until the last two weeks of the month.

In the end, General Motors executives said consumers seemed to focus more on underlying positive economic factors.

"When you consider all the other positives -- fuel prices, low interest rates, housing, autos, the availability of consumer credit -- all of those things that have been driving the economy are still there," said Kurt McNeil, GM vice president of sales operations.

With a 16 percent gain, General Motors had the biggest increase among major players. It was followed closely by Ford Motor Co. and Nissan North America at 14 percent. Chrysler Group gained 11 percent.

Analyst Jesse Toprak of TrueCar.com said car buyers quickly returned to the marketplace in the second half of October.

"Consumers were pretty resilient despite the government shutdown and the scare over the debt ceiling," he said. "Instead, they responded to having the best product choices in decades and attractive financing rates."

Volkswagen Group of America was the only major automaker to record a loss, down 9 percent overall and 18 percent for its namesake brand.

But three others lost market share. Toyota Motor Sales finished just below the industry average with a 9 percent increase. American Honda rose 7 percent. And at Hyundai-Kia, a 1 percent increase reflected a 7 percent advance for Hyundai and a 6 percent drop at Kia.

The SAAR eased to 15.22 million last month. The figure was down from September's 15.26 million and below most forecasters' expectations in the mid-15 million range.

On a unit basis, monthly gains had been in the single-digit range most of the year until a 14 percent increase in July and a 17 percent jump in August.

Some highlights:

Pickups cool off: Sales of full-sized pickups rose 13 percent, cooling off from the 2003 pace. It's a sign that the government shutdown shook the confidence of small business at least a bit.

Detroit 3 big pickups are up 20 percent through 10 months. But in October, the Ford F series gained 13 percent, GM's Chevrolet Silverado-GMC Sierra twins rose 11 percent and Chrysler's Ram had an 18 percent increase.

Nissan's aging Titan fell 38 percent to 984 units in October. With a redesigned Tundra hitting the market, Toyota said big pickup sales jumped 23 percent to 9,913.

Close shave: The Ford Fusion missed outselling the Nissan Altima by just 45 units, 21,785 to 21,740. A year earlier, the Altima's October lead was 11,933 sales. Altima volume dropped 12 percent last month, while the Fusion jumped 71 percent from a year ago, when the redesigned model was arriving in showrooms.

Spiffs up: October incentive spending rose 5 percent to $2,297 per vehicle from a year earlier, Edmunds.com estimated. Using a different formula, TrueCar.com put the increase at 3.5 percent, to $2,379. Both said October spiffs fell 3 percent from September levels.

Transaction prices up, too: Transaction prices for light vehicles averaged $32,184 in October, said Kelley Blue Book. That's up 1.2 percent from September's $31,817, but is down fractionally from $32,247 in October 2012.


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