Category : News

14 Feb

Cars.com Announces the Acquisition of Dealer Inspire and Launch Digital Marketing

by Ryan G

CHICAGO, Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cars.com Inc. (NYSE: CARS) (“Cars.com” or the “Company”), a leading online automotive marketplace, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Dealer Inspire and Launch Digital Marketing (“LDM”), market-leading technology companies that provide digital solutions to automotive dealers, for $165 million in cash at closing Read More…

07 Feb

ActivEngage, Inc. Appoints Jeff Clark Vice President of Sales

by Ryan G

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ActivEngage, Inc. welcomes Jeff Clark as the new Vice President of Sales. Clark brings over 20 years of proven effectiveness leading large sales teams in the automotive industry. Most recently, Clark was the Chief Sales Officer of DealerOn, Inc., where he was responsible for the company’s entire sales Read More…

01 Dec

Introducing the All-New DealerRefresh Roundtable – In the Forums and On the Lot

by Ryan G

After nearly an entire year of collaborating, designing, and experimenting, I am excited to introduce our latest new media program – The DealerRefresh Roundtable. What began as a series of conversations between DealerRefresh Founder Jeff Kershner and myself more than two years ago, and which secured official support at NADA 2017, the Roundtable is now Read More…

09 Nov

Authenticom Set to Lay Off 55 Employees Due to Antitrust Battle with CDK

by Ryan G

Upon hearing news just now that Authenticom has informed 55 employees that they will be laid off effective Feb. 2 because of the company’s prolonged antitrust battle with two larger companies, I have to say this is a sad day for our corner of the industry, not only for the workers affected, but also the Read More…

27 Sep

[PODCAST] Semcasting Acquires Transparency AI – Interview with Ray Kingman, CEO

by Ryan G

According to eMarketer, the U.S. automotive industry is projected to spend $9.94 billion on digital ads in 2017 and digital ad spend will reach $14.14 billion in spending by 2020. WIth this kind of money being spent, how to auto dealers and their advertising partners know what’s influencing what, and how they can they prove Read More…

16 Aug

VIDEO: Drive Motors raises $5.2M, Sh*t Sandwiches, and AI for Auto Dealers

by Ryan G

AutomoBuzz: August 7th – In this week’s edition of AutomoBuzz I announce the success of Drive Motors raising an additional $5.2M in incubator funding. This leads into my declaration on the use of the term ‘Automotive E-Commerce’ for the idea of buying cars online as opposed to Digital Retailing or Online Checkout, part of an Read More…

15 Jul

[PODCAST] Experian Acquires String Automotive – Interview with Ken Kolodziej, CEO

by Ryan G

In today’s generally flat new-car market, successful dealers need the perfect mix of data and market intelligence to drive more sales, cultivate deeper customer relationships and develop new ways of better conquesting customers from their competition. One of the few companies in the auto retail tech space that does this is String Automotive and in Read More…