Drivingsales Vendor Ratings Awards Survey Open; Second Annual Awards to Be Presented at NADA 2011

Awards Measure Dealer Satisfaction with Vendors in 10+Categories, including CRM, New Car Leads, Used Car Advertising, Websites, SEO, and Social Media; Survey Available to Dealers Only at http://www.drivingsales.com/surveys/vr/customer-management/


Salt Lake City, Utah –December 2, 2010— DrivingSales (www.drivingsales.com), the auto industry’s largest car dealer social network,  today announced that the second annual DrivingSales Vendor Ratings Awards will be presented in San Francisco, California at the 2011 NADA Convention and Expo.  DrivingSales also announced that it has now deployed the official vendor ratings dealer satisfaction survey to thousands of dealerships nationwide.


The DrivingSales Vendor Ratings Awards measure dealer satisfaction with services provided by vendors in 2011 in 10+ categories, including CRM, New Car Leads, Used Car Advertising, Websites, SEO and Social Media. Vendors who achieve the highest dealer satisfaction rankings will receive awards.


In spite of the economic challenges of 2011, at DrivingSales.com we have seen a virtual innovation explosion as vendors continue to evolve their services to help dealers manage everything from the growing impact of online consumer reviews, to Google’s sudden changes, to the exploding ‘mobile’ consumer demographic,” said DrivingSales Founder and CEO Jared Hamilton. 


“With new solution providers entering the market at a rapid rate, and veteran providers continuously upgrading their products, Vendor Ratings has become a critical decision-tool, helping dealers assess the hundreds of available vendor options.  The Vendor Ratings Awards are an extension of that process, highlighting the providers that dealers have been the most consistently satisfied with in 2010.”


The Vendor Ratings Awards are based on the cumulative ratings at DrivingSales.com, as of December 31st, 2010, as well as the results of a survey open to all (and only) the nation’s 20,000+ dealerships.  All those who take the survey or submit a vendor rating are required to provide valid contact information so that DrivingSales can verify that the reviewers are actual dealership employees; however, the identity of the survey takers remains anonymous to the public.  The survey is currently deployed on DrivingSales.com at http://www.drivingsales.com/surveys/vr/customer-management/.


DrivingSales Vendor Ratings Award winners will be showcased in the Q1 2011 issue of DrivingSales Dealership Innovation Guide which, in addition to being distributed at the NADA Convention and Expo, is delivered to every new car dealership nationwide, as well as to the top 100 used car dealerships.



If you are a U.S. new or used car dealership and would like to participate in the Dealer Satisfaction with Vendors survey (and please remember that your contact information will be verified), click the links below:  http://www.drivingsales.com/surveys/vr/customer-management/.



For more information about the DrivingSales Vendor Ratings Awards and DrivingSales Dealership Innovation Guide, email melanie@mwebbcom.com.



About DrivingSales Vendor Ratings


DrivingSales Vendor Ratings at is the industry’s only neutral, comprehensive vendor rating forum featuring real-time peer reviews and honest competitor comparisons – searchable by category, company or rating – and is one of the most popular features of DrivingSales.com. Dealers are asked to rate their vendors on a 1-5 star scale, including whether they would recommend the vendor product to colleagues, and why they would or would not recommend the product. 


About DrivingSales.com


DrivingSales.com is the largest car dealer social network where thousands of dealership professionals collaborate and share best practices in a 20-group style setting. The site is the industry’s largest source of free dealership best practices information.


At DrivingSales, members create profiles, network with each other and share best practices. Dealership managers are allowed to rate and review their dealership vendors (http://www.drivingsales.com/ratings) in a verified setting. DrivingSales hosts the largest retail focused community of automotive blogs (http://www.drivingsales.com/blogs/), videos, interviews, social automotive news feeds and more.


DrivingSales was created and built from the ground up in 2003 by Jared Hamilton, a third generation auto dealer, as a private automotive business community to network his NADA Dealer Candidate Academy class. The site opened nationally in 2008 and is the industry’s leading automotive social media custom platform. DrivingSales was named one of ten social media gambits for 2009 by Automotive News and one of the Top 10 Companies to Watch by Auto Success Magazine.




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