Apple Maps Connect for Car Dealers

Tool designed to get local business data directly into Apple Maps.

Did you know that Apple Maps has a tool for you to claim your local business? Like many of you out there I vaguely remember hearing about it awhile back but quietly tucked it away in the junk drawer of my brain.

It wasn’t until a couple of days ago I stumbled upon it again and walked myself through the process to claim all of our dealerships.

Apple Map Connect for Car Dealers

I can’t believe I hadn’t done this before because let me tell you how painless a process this is. Unlike many other biz listing services out there (*ahem Yahoo*) I was able to knock all 4 of my stores out in a matter of 10 minutes.

I figured I would throw this little thing together for anyone out there who still hasn’t gone through to claim their dealerships in Apple Maps Connect.

#017: .Cars .Car & .Auto – What Car Dealers Need to Know [Podcast]

With Guest Mike Ambrose co-founder of XYZ

Welcome to Episode 17 of the MarketPunch Podcast! I’m excited for today’s show because I’ll be joined by Mike Ambrose, COO & co-founder of XYZ.

Mike is joining me to talk about three new TLD’s that are about to come online – .cars .car and .auto – and what car dealers need to know about these new domains that were developed specifically for the automotive industry.

.Car .Cars & .Auto domain extensions

I know a lot of you have some questions about these new domains, and that’s why I wanted to have Mike on the show. To answer the most pressing questions, give you ideas on how you could use these domains in your dealership and also tell you how you can reserve a .cars .car or .auto domain today.

As you may have noticed, I recently switched MarketPunch from a .com to a .auto domain extension. In full disclosure, I met Mike at the DrivingSaels Executive Summit and after having a nice conversation about these domains he asked if I’d be willing to join an early adopters program for the .auto domain which I (obviously) did.

During the process of migrating from .com to .auto I realized that Mike would be a great guest to have on the podcast. I hope that by the time you’re done listening to this episode, you’ll have a much clearer understanding of the .cars .car and .auto domains and how you’l be able to use them for your business.

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Introducing The MarketPunch Mastermind Group

During my post-show ramblings on Episode 15 of the MarketPunch Podcast, I mentioned that I was toying around with the idea of starting up the MarketPunch Mastermind Group. Well I’ve had more time to think about it, and I’ve decided to make it official – so as of this post, I’m accepting applications to join the group!

Before I jump right in to how the group will work and what it’s meant to accomplish, it’s probably best to explain exactly what a Mastermind Group is first. From there I’ll get into the details of my group, how it will work and how you can be involved.

MarketPunch Mastermind Group

What is a Mastermind Group?

There is synergy of energy, commitment, and excitement that participants bring to a Mastermind Group. The beauty of Mastermind Groups is that participants raise the bar by challenging each other to create and implement goals, brainstorm ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion. Mastermind participants act as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and supportive colleagues.

– Karyn Greenstreet of

So as you can see, a Mastermind Group simply brings people of like minds together so we can all benefit from our collective knowledge.

The application to join the MarketPunch Mastermind is located at the bottom of this post

#016: Tips from the #AutoMarketing Pros [Podcast]

6 Useful Tips, Tricks & How Tos that you can use TODAY!

Welcome to Episode 16 of the MarketPunch Podcast! Before I dive right into the show notes, I just have to say I’m excited to be bringing you fresh, new episodes of the show. I hope you’re enjoying listening to the podcast as much as I’ve enjoyed recording them.

I’ve got another special episode of the podcast lined up for you today. Back at the DrivingSales Executive Summit, I was supposed to be doing a 1-on-1 interview with Eric Miltsch. However as we were walking back to his suite to record the show, it spontaneously evolved to become a round table.

MarketPunch Podcast Episode 16 Tips From The Pros

So on this episode of the MarketPunch Podcast, I had the pleasure of sitting around a table with these automotive digital marketing pro’s sharing our creative #automarketing insights that you can use TODAY!

It’s worth noting that I discovered that the more fun you have recording an episode of this podcast, the more difficult it will be to edit. So if you hear the mic get too hot and clip, or someone talk to low where it’s hard to hear – I apologize. The show’s well worth listening to because the content contained within is outstanding. Just wanted to give you a heads up on the audio.

Joining me on the show today is:

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Instagram Ads for Car Dealerships

A Step by Step How-To Guide

What began as a simple photo-sharing app among friends has grown into a global community of consumers and brands. Instagram now has over 300 million members who share more than 70 million photos and videos each day.

Did you know that even if you don’t have an Instagram account for your dealership, you can still run Instagram Ads as long as you have a business Facebook Page!

Instagram Ads for Car Dealers

This among other reasons should be more than enough excuse to get your butt in the Instagram ads game. You can learn more by visiting

In this post I am going to break down the what, why and how in 3 parts.

  1. Instagram Stats
  2. Things you’ll need
  3. How to do it.

Are you ready to learn how to make Instagram Ads for your dealership? Let’s check it out!

#015: Talking Social Media Mistakes with Kate Frost [Podcast]

The 5 biggest mistakes car dealers make when using social media.

Welcome to Episode 15 of the MarketPunch Podcast! Hey everybody, I’m excited to be back once again with another fresh episode of the show.

You might recall that I recently attended the the DrivingSales Executive Summit. While I was there I had the chance to sit down and chat with Kate Frost about social media and how we as automotive marketers use it.

5 biggest mistakes car dealers make when using social media

But this interview isn’t your typical convo because we’re talking about the 5 biggest mistakes car dealers make when using social media.

You’re really going to appreciate the info that Kate shares with you so you can avoid making these mistakes as you continue your journey using social media in your dealership.

So if you’re ready, I’m ready. Let’s get down to it and find out what NOT to do when using social media…

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10 Signs You Work With a Great Leader

10 Signs You Work With a Great Leader

Every so often I have something to say that doesn’t necessarily meet the MarketPunch mission to provide creative #AutoMarketing insights that you can use today.

When that’s the case, I like to contribute an original piece of content on where you’ll find more diverse articles and opinions covering all aspects of the automotive industry.

When you hear the word “leader”, what image immediately comes to mind? Do you picture a figure like a NFL quarterback or NBA point guard? Or maybe you imagine someone like an executive or CEO of a major tech company. Perhaps it’s great military mind or head of state. Heck you might even picture someone you know like your own General Manager or Dealer Principal.

The reality is that being a leader is more than just having a snazzy title. True leaders have qualities that allow them to achieve incredible success, not just for themselves, but for everyone they work with.

Head on over to to discover what these qualities are that make leaders great!

#014: What We Learned at the DrivingSales Executive Summit [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 14 of the MarketPunch Podcast! I’m just getting back the DrivingSales Executive Summit in Las Vegas and I’m looking forward to bringing you a very special episode of the show today.

As soon as the final keynote was complete and #DSES officially closed, I gathered up a few friends to chat about what we learned at the show to share with you.

Episode 14 of the MarketPunch Podcast: What We Learned at DSES

Joining me on the podcast you’ll hear today will be:

I truly enjoyed talking with these fine folks and I hope you’ll appreciate our conversation as well.

So if you were at #DSES and want to get our thoughts, or if you didn’t attend and want the inside scoop on what went down – this is the show for you!

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Rate and Review The MarketPunch Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher

As you might have noticed, the MarketPunch Podcast went away for almost a year, but I’m happy to say that the podcast is back and I’m ready to bring you all-new episodes on iTunes and Stitcher.

I’m proud that I’m able to produce a podcast that gives you creative automotive digital marketing insights that you can use today and I hope you’ve found the podcast to be a valuable resource.

Rate and Review the MarketPunch Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher

Podcasts in general are making a resurgence, and there are some fantastic ones out there that I definitely recommend listening to. The down side to that is that it’s hard to stand out and be discovered without a little help from your friends.

#013: The Past, The Present and Blogging To The Future [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 13 of the MarketPunch Podcast! It’s been way too long since I recorded my last episode (almost a year!) and I’m excited to dust off my trusty Blue Yeti microphone and talk with you all once again.

Before I jump in to the show notes, I just want to thank everyone who sent me emails, tweets, Facebook messages, texts and smoke signals the past year asking about the podcast and when new episodes were going to come out. That really meant a lot to me, and I promise I never forgot about you guys.

Episode 13 of the MarketPunch Podcast

On today’s episode of the show, we’re going to talk a little bit about the past, the present and the future of the MarketPunch podcast. After that, I have some special content lined up that I hope you’ll enjoy.