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Sending Dealership Videos Through Text Messaging

What century are you living in?

Let your customers know that you can send them a customized video!

In the early days of American automobile sales, Henry Ford did everything he could to hide innovations to the Model T. He was concerned that people liked the original so much, any change would hurt sales. While vast improvements were made covertly, the black “Tin Lizzie” looked almost exactly the same for over 20 years.

Now-a-days, buyers want steady change and improvement. This goes beyond the features of the car to the overall user experience, and starts with the vehicle search. Customers appreciate dealerships that are always doing something new and better to help them zero in on the vehicle they want.

For example, check out what they are doing at Newton Nissan:

By adding the "Text me a Video" button to the VDP of every vehicle, Newton Nissan allows vehicle shoppers to get Walkaround Videos from Authntk, sent right to their phone.

What happens when customers click it?

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The customers get a simple dialogue pop-up that asks them to confirm their contact information. It also asks the customer if there are any specific features they would like them to focus on. 

Does it work? Let's ask Newton Nissan:

We get many leads from it every day, even customers who already have appointments scheduled will request a video. I have had 2 customers who used that as their initial point of contact with the dealership who bought and generated $4K in gross profit
— Kyle Bolton, Internet Manager, Netwon Nissan

Newton Nissan is embracing change and staying ahead of the customer. By adding this simple button, sales managers and reps can use Walkaround Videos to wow customers, and keep them coming back for more.

Try out Walkaround Videos today by taking our free test drive

Sell More Vehicles By Sending Walkaround Videos via Text

Sending custom videos by text is one of the most powerful new ways you can use your mobile phone to WOW customers and sell more vehicles. Think of it. Who wouldn’t be glad to get a text with a link to a short video of the exact vehicle they were interested in? That’s the power of Walkaround Videos. The app allows sales reps and managers, as well as the service and finance departments, to build relationships with the customer while building a strong, recognizable personal brand as someone who goes the extra mile to take care of them.

Do customers like getting videos by text? Judge for yourself…

"Hi Matt, I think your video is an awesome way to keep in contact with the customer."
"Thank you – the car is beautiful. I will forward it to my dad so he can see"
"Damn that thing looks so much better in the daylight, and the purple isn't that much like I thought. Thank you for the video."
"Thanks for the vid, Steven. That's a real nice touch. I forwarded it to my wife. Look forward to swinging by Thursday."
"Keith, your video was pretty awesome. What time are you open till on weekdays? I work full time."

These are actual texts received by sales representatives and managers around the country who are using the innovative Walkaround Videos service. Would you like to get results like these? Take the app for a FREE test run, or visit WalkaroundVideos.com to learn more.

Text Messages with Video Sell Cars

More and more people are communicating more and more frequently using text messages these days. While most auto dealers know that text messaging is an effective way to reach car buyers, many aren't sure the best way to use it.

If your dealership is using Walkaround Videos, you already know how to reach your prospects with text and video at the same time. You simply enter their mobile number into our mobile app when uploading a new video, and our platform takes care of the rest. We automatically send out a text message with a link to your video at the same time we send the video email.

Skeptical about how effective text messaging can be to help you sell cars? Here are just a few of the responses we've seen recently:

"That is seriously the coolest thing a dealer has ever done! I'm stuck in meetings all day, and I have a function tonight. But I would love to come over tomorrow to check it out!"
"That’s a neat feature that you offer! It sets you apart from the rest!"
"Just saw your video - very innovative and entertaining! Looks like a great truck and I will be out there to check it out (if its still there) early next week. I'm an all cash buyer. Thanks again."
"Wow thank you so much!! Definitely gonna be making the trip!"
"Great video, can't wait to see it today and take it for a drive."

The Easiest Way to Send a Walkaround Video in a Text Message

If you're using Walkaround Videos at your dealership, you already know how easy it is to record a personalized video for a prospect and send it to them in a fully branded email right from your smartphone.  But did you know that you can automatically send them a text message with a link to their video at the same time? Did you know that in general, 98% of text messages are opened and read? That's pretty staggering when compared with email and social media. Text messaging is becoming an increasingly popular way for car dealers to communicate with your potential customers, and for them to communicate with you.

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With the addition of SMS functionality to Walkaround Videos, automatically sending a text message is really easy!  Simply record your video as you normally would, and when entering the contact information for the person you want to send the video to, you'll see a new field for phone number.  Simply enter your prospect's mobile number, and we'll take care of the rest.

If you don't see the phone number field in your account, just let us know. That probably means we haven't enabled text messaging for your dealership yet, but we can easily turn it on and show you how easy it is to use!