Welcome back to our blog where we are talking social media for used car dealerships. In this article, we’ll demystify Facebook and give you some simple tips to get your Facebook Page to the next level!
Managed properly, social media is a key pillar of any used car dealerships’ marketing strategy. So, if you’re not keeping up to date on the best practices, you could be missing out on growing your page. In short, you could be losing leads to competitors.
In this series, we’re publishing a series of easy-to-follow articles on how you can up your social media game. As part of this series, we’ll also explore how you can easily utilise Facebook’s advertising platform to generate more leads.
Firstly, let’s get the basics right with our ideal Facebook Page setup for used car dealerships.
Your Social Media for Used Car Dealerships Guide
Here’s a quick-fire list on how to make the most out of our Facebook Page as a used car dealership.
1. Cover Photo and Profile Picture
Sometimes, it’s the simple things that matter. So, getting your profile picture and cover photo right is the first visual element your social audience will see.
Within 1-2 seconds of visiting your Facebook Page, a potential buyer will make a subconscious decision on whether to stay or leave. If they don’t connect with your page, it could be because your profile and cover photos are poorly presented. This could see users ‘bounce’ away your page and toward your competitors.
Profile Photo and Cover Photo Checklist
- Properly size your images
- Make sure you use a professionally designed logo
- Consider using professional or high-resolution photography
- Do you have a good quality video to use as a cover?
Great Examples from Some of Our Customers
Moyway Motors in Dungannon have created a professional look with on-point photography and a properly sized profile photo.
TIP: Did you know we can provide professionally designed logos, profile pictures and cover photos?
2. Update Your Profile Information
It’s always good practice to go back frequently and check you have a fully complete Facebook Profile. They are known to make changes to profile data with new fields that are then used for page discovery. So, don’t get left out – make sure you’re profile is fully complete and up-to-date.
Tip: The more contact information you have the better! Make it easy for prospective buyers to contact you. Do so by ensuring your telephone numbers are included and up-to-date, your email address is present, your physical address is present and your ‘about us’ profile information is properly written.
3. You Need to Add a Facebook Vehicles Tab Now!
Too often this hugely valuable asset is overlooked by used car dealerships. A ‘Vehicles Tab’ is a list of your vehicles added to a special tab directly on your Facebook Page. Here you can list all of your stock on a catalog-style page so prospective buyers can easily see what you have to offer.
A vehicles tab can be added and maintained manually or automatically. Subsequently, choosing to do so manually can be extremely time-consuming. However, AutoVici can help by can providing a fully-automated feed to populate your Vehicles Tab. And by doing so, we will also automatically post the vehicle and any future updates you make.
We can even complete the initial setup and configuration for you. Easy!
Here’s an example of how we’ve added a Vehicles Tab to SMV Motors
4. Posting the Right Type of Used Car Content
Auto-posts by AutoVici & custom content by the customer. Variation of content and media.
Creating content that your audience wants to see sounds obvious. But this is only part of the strategy you should emply when creating social media posts for your Facebook Page.
So let’s have a quick look at what content will achieve the best reach on Facebook.
The most important post , your product! Make sure you post at least once daily showing your audience how incredible your stock is.
Include great photographs or video and a succinct decsription with a link back to your website. In addition, make sure not to include too many photographs – you need to give prospective buyers a reason to click through to your website!
Try using a few emojis in your vehicle description but not too many. You don’t want to distract from the information your trying to convey to a potential buyer.
Vehicle Summary Posts
Why not vary up your content by using a vehicle summary post? Simply compile a list of your stock together with an image for each and post it to your Facebook Page. As well as providing an alternative post type it will also show potential buyers all of the stock you have without them having to leave Facebook.
Thankfully, AutoVici can fully automate these posts for you without you having to lift a finger, nice!
Sold & Handover Posts
Injecting happiness and success into your posts has a great phycological impact on your audience. Seeing others pruchase their new car with a big smile not only encourages visits to your Facebook Page and website, but also builds trust bewteen your dealership and potential buyers.
Additonal Service Posts
Lastly, don’t forget to remind your customers and potential customers of the other services you offer as a business. For example, servicing, MOT work, tyres, valeting, part-exchange etc.
Take finance for example. This is a great way to engage potential customers with your posts. From a buyers point-of-view a £25,000 vehicle may seem of out budget. But with an existing vehicle as part-exchnage toward their desposit and finance package, this could quickly build an affordable picture.
In summary, the key to navigating Facebook’s algorithms to reach the maximum audience is to post daily and vary your content.
Luckily, AutoVici can automatically help you achieve social media greatness. Our platform will save you hours by automating your posts all while satisfying Facebooks content algorithms. No effort required!