Automotive

DealerRater gives online-review tips

In the Driving Employee Engagement with Reviews Webinar hosted by Dealer Communications, DealerRater director of sales Ray Alther offered statistics and guidance about online reviews that are as meaningful for classified and marketplace publishers as they are for auto dealers. This content is available to Classified Intelligence Report clients. Want to know more about becoming a client? Click...

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Carmudi launches one Android app for 20 countries

Every research survey projects that mobile is the future of business globally. Several other studies also project that smartphone usage in emerging economies will increase 33 percent compared to seven percent in the developed world. So, it’s easy to see why Rocket Internet’s emerging-market focused auto site Carmudi launched an Android app to optimize its chances in this mobile...

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TrueCar named IPO of the Year

At the 2014 Siemer Summit for digital and technology leaders, haggle-far car site TrueCar was awarded the first annual IPO of the Year award. Here’s the announcement:  TrueCar Honored Among Technology Leaders With Inaugural “IPO Of The Year” Award TrueCar Wins First Ever WaveRider Award At 2014 Siemer Summit SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – TrueCar,...

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Denmark’s AutoButler takes on tough German market

In April AutoButler, the Danish auto workshop services platform, successfully launched sites in Germany and the U.K. and now raised money to develop these sites further. But, in Germany it won’t be a walk in the park for AutoButler. The market for auto workshop services has a dominant leader and the auto industry is invested in a strong second-row player. Auto owners first started comparing...

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EBay revenue gains, profit a struggle

EBay (Nasdaq:EBAY) reported second quarter 2014 revenue gain of 13 percent year-over-year. Net profit grew 6 percent to $676 million from year earlier $640 million. On the earnings call, EBay CEO John Donahoe placed significant blame for lower-than-expected results on a Q1 proxy fight with investor Carl Icahn and the Q2 reset of EBay user password after a cyberattack. EBay Marketplaces, which...

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ParuVendu aims to become No. 3 in auto market

ParuVendu.fr, France’s No. 5 horizontal classified site, acquired by Digital Virgo Group in 2012, said it wanted to boost its car sales segment, to make ParuVendu No. 3. This was in part spurred by the reconfiguration of the French auto market, expected after Spir Communication sold the controlling stake in the market leader LaCentrale to Axel Springer. “ParuVendu is the fourth largest in...

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