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HomeNet Steps Up to Fill Need for Next-Generation Merchandising

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After starting almost 20 years ago with a few people in a garage in West Chester, PA, HomeNet has grown into a thriving business that serves all corners of retail automotive. The company is a recognized industry leader in providing merchandising and distribution solutions for dealers, lot service providers, digital marketing companies, website providers and […]

Avoid Merchandising Pitfalls Inhibiting Profit and Growth

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The best part of presenting in webinars is learning from my audience. In a recent webinar with DealerOn, I reviewed several strategies that dealerships should use with online merchandising to generate more profit. These strategies included: Understanding current industry insights Decreasing time to market to increase exposure Utilizing descriptions, photos, etc. to differentiate dealership Leveraging […]

Net More Online Engagement with Optimized Photos

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Amid a tightening market with fierce competition, automotive dealers have the potential to generate more customer engagement by optimizing photos of their online vehicle inventory. That is one of the key findings from new Cox Automotive research, which found that dealers benefitted from up to a 5% increase in views of vehicle detail pages (VDPs) […]

Rapid Retail Named Driving Sales Innovation Cup Finalist

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Rapid Retail, a newly launched addition to HomeNet’s Inventory Online (IOL) platform, earned the name of one of 2017’s most innovative automotive retail products by Driving Sales in their annual Executive Summit Innovation Cup competition. Rapid Retail’s integrated technology collects detailed data and real, non-damage photos from vehicles purchased at any Manheim location in the […]

Photos: Do They Influence Car Shoppers?

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For almost everyone, buying a new home starts online. When a potential buyer begins searching real estate listings, after narrowing the search based on geography and budget, it’s the photos that draw their interest. Why? Photos allow people to envision themselves in the home – to see their life playing out in the house. While […]

How Dealers are Killing it on Craigslist

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Getting your inventory listed online is paramount to your business. Making sure these listings appear on the right sites is even more important. Classified sites like Autotrader and Cars.com are a key stop for dealerships to send their inventory. But websites like Craigslist can complement these websites and get your inventory in front of a […]