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Scanning the VIN Makes LESA Video Toolbox Easiest Tool on the Market

Consumers are reluctant to go to the dealership now with the capabilities of shopping for a car online. They expect to see and experience a vehicle online through the use of video to limit their trips to the dealership. This is why LES Automotive has numerous video centric products to help car dealerships easily record and publish walk around videos to their car dealership websites. The dealer video inventory app (DVI) is versatile and allows you to very easily take photos and record high quality videos of the car to help educate car shoppers on important vehicle details. 

A new feature, scanning the VIN to find the vehicle, including the VIN on the windshield, is making LESA technology the simplest and easiest tool to use on the market. Let’s take a look at how this new feature is simplifying the process for car dealerships. 

What Is the Dealer Video Inventory App?

DVI allows car dealerships to easily capture automotive photos and walk around videos for your website in just minutes. They will be available on the dealerships website and syndicated on third party websites as well, such as Autotrader, KBB, and Cars.com. The speed to market of the DVI app is unbeatable, as it allows you to have a walk around video of a car within two hours of it being uploaded. In addition once uploaded, the video will have background music and VoiceOver explaining details of the car.

How Does The New VIN Feature Work?

When you get started with LESA Dealer Video Inventory App, one of the first steps that LESA will do is to fetch your inventory from your inventory management system into the app. Once complete, when your photographer or lot tech opens the app, they will see an “inventory feed” of all the vehicles at the car dealership. 

Many car dealerships may have hundreds of cars, which may seem inconvenient when looking  for a specific vehicle. However, LESA’s new feature, scanning the VIN, easily allows your photographer or lot tech to find the vehicle in just seconds to allow them to capture photos and videos of the car quickly.

Here Are The Ways To Find A Car…

Option #1: At the top of the vehicle list, there is a search bar that allows you to easily search for the stock number.

Option #2: You can take advantage of the VIN on the windshield or barcode on the drivers side door. About 90% of vehicles will have the barcode on the drivers side door.

  • Once the VIN has been scanned, the DVI will bring you to the vehicle details page, containing important details specific to that vehicle, such as the year, make, and model.
  • If the car does not exist in your inventory, there is an option to add the new vehicle to your inventory list to allow you to then shoot photos and video of the newly added vehicle. 

How Does The VIN Feature Benefit Car Dealerships?

This allows your photographer to lot tech to easily record vehicles without spending too much time searching for a car in your inventory list. If your photographer has hundreds of videos they need to shoot on the lot, they need to be as efficient as possible. This will allow your photographer to spend no more than 5 minutes per car to capture video.

Once the videos are uploaded, they will be available on the car dealership website within two hours with custom VoiceOver. DVI is helping car dealerships get their videos up quickly so they can sell the car within hours of it arriving on the lot.

Videos directly benefits car shoppers as video has been proven to have instrumental impact on car shopping online. In fact, users that interacted with video compared to not had a 4x increase in conversions based on dozens of car dealerships we analyzed. 

LESA is the Only Company with This Innovative Technology

We are the only automotive video company that has this Windshield VIN scanning feature. LESA is constantly looking to improve products and being on the forefront of having the best and simplest product on the market.

If your car dealership is looking for an efficient tool to quickly get your vehicles online, increase website traffic, and boost sales, using LESA’s DVI could be a great place to start.

Get Started with LESA Today

Speak with a LESA representative today sales@lesautomotive.com

LESA’s New Technology, Ultra 360 spin, Offers Important Advantages Over Traditional 360 Spin

Online car shopping has grown exponentially during the last two years pushing car dealerships to create a stronger online presence. This trend does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon as car shoppers prefer to visit the car dealership less and to use online tools when looking for a new car.

So how can a car dealership display it’s inventory on their website? Buying a car is a huge purchase for most consumers, and it is important dealerships equip shoppers with all the information they need to make such a large purchasing decision. LESA’s new feature, Ultra 360 spin, is an innovative technology compared to traditional 360 spin that is helping consumers view the car as if they were there in person thanks to the use of video.

Let’s take a look at traditional 360 spin vs. Ultra 360 spin and the advantages Ultra 360 spin has in helping consumers make important purchasing decisions. 

What is Traditional 360 spin and How Does It Work?

Although traditional360 spin is not technically video, numerous car dealerships have added it to their websites. Traditional 360 spin offers interactive images that allow your customers to view the exterior of a vehicle from every angle.

Traditional 360 spin works similar to a flip book, and is a collection of consecutive photos that creates the illusion of a spin allowing you to view multiple angles of the car. If a consumer views a traditional 360° spin image on their computer, they can drag their mouse to rotate the vehicle. If the image is viewed on a tablet or mobile device, all it takes is a swipe of the finger to rotate the image.

What Is Ultra 360 spin and How Does It Work?

Ultra 360 spin uses video technology to provide seamless and smooth visibility into the condition of the vehicle on the outside and the inside of the car. Ultra 360 spin technology scrubs video footage back and forth giving the car shopper the ability to view numerous angels of the vehicle with the swipe of a finger or click of a mouse. 

The AI spotlight technology allows shoppers to easily zoom on important car details such as cup holders, buttons, tires, steering wheel, navigation and more. Ultra 360 spin technology offers a completely different and more transparent view of the vehicle making it easier than ever to successfully shop for a car from the comfort of your home, without missing any important details. 

For Ultra 360 spin to be implemented, walk around videos must be recorded of each vehicle. Once the walk around vehicle videos are recorded, your dealership can benefit from both vehicle videos and Ultra 360 spin. 

The Advantages of Ultra 360 spin over Traditional 360 Spin?

Traditional 360 spin is broken down into exterior and interior photos. The exterior photos can be rough or smooth depending on the exterior spin is constructed, which could lack the detail needed to view the car. With regards to the interior traditional 360 spin, it is just a 360 photo that is fixed on the arm rest, which allows for minimal detail to be seen since you are spinning from a fixed location. The consumers then must rely on hotspot photos, which they have likely already viewed in the photo gallery. 

Ultra spin, on the other hand, uses video technology to provide a new smooth and seamless view of the car almost as if you were viewing the car in person with the swipe of a finger. Spotlight features allow the consumer to easily view features that matter most in detail. compared to just a photo gallery or a fixed location. The visibility into the interior allows the consumers to see different angles as if you were shopping in person. Hot spots in traditional 360 spin are nothing more than photos that the consumer has already looked at, therefore providing no additional value to help them making important purchasing decision. 

Why Multimedia Features Are Important for Dealerships in 2022?

In 2022, it is time for car dealerships to elevate and innovate with multimedia. Multimedia combines text, graphics, audio, 360 spin and video that let the user navigate, interact, create, and communicate. LESA multimedia player takes on a custom and innovative approach to having multimedia on a car dealership website. The LESA player allows the dealership to have numerous different features for each vehicle, with little effort. The simple tool can help empower consumers to make purchasing decisions without numerous trips to the dealership.

Data from a LESA study which analyzed dozens of car dealerships showed users that interacted with multimedia spent 3x the amount of time on a website then users that did not. Additionally, data from the study showed that car dealerships that implemented video features on their website saw an 400% increase in conversions on their website. Implementing video really can be the difference in turning car shoppers into car buyers. 

The Bottom Line

In 2022, photos won’t be enough to sell cars online. In a competitive environment such as the automotive industry, it is essential car dealerships tailor an online strategy to the preferences of the consumers they serve. Consumers continue to prove that multimedia is the most effective medium to learning and digesting information making Ultra 360 spin an attractive option for car dealerships looking to sell cars online.

Speak with a LESA Representative Today!

Interested in learning more about LESA Video Technology for Car Dealerships? Get Started and talk to a representative today! sales@lesautomotive.com

How Multimedia is Helping Car Dealerships Sell Vehicles

What Is The LESA Multimedia Player?

LESA multimedia player takes on a custom and innovative approach to having multimedia on a car dealership website. The LESA player allows the dealership to have numerous different features for each vehicle, with little effort. The simple tool can help empower consumers to make purchasing decisions without numerous trips to the dealership. 

We talk more in depth about the player in our previous blog post, “Having a Great Website Includes Multimedia.”

How Will the Multimedia Player Help Sell Cars?

LESA analyzed Google Analytics data from car dealerships to evaluate the effectiveness of the multimedia player to really discover if it was helping car dealerships sell cars. The quick answer is YES, video is absolutely helping car dealerships sell their inventory. There are four ways that video and multimedia is improving the effectiveness of your website: 

  • Increasing session duration
  • Increasing pages/session
  • Increasing events/session
  • Increasing conversions 

Let’s take a deeper look as to how and why video is helping car dealerships sell vehicles. 

Increase Session Duration

We compared a user’s time spent on website when interacting with a multimedia player vs. not interacting with it. The results are astounding. A user that interacted with multimedia spent 3x the amount of time than a user that did not interact with video, increasing session duration by 300%. 

In our sample data of a car dealership we analyzed, the average session duration for a user that interacted with multimedia was 10:35 compared to only 3:02 for users that did not interact with multimedia. We saw similar numbers across a dozen other dealerships.

Why does the multimedia player increase the time spent on the website so drastically? Multimedia provides an engaging and educational experience for car shoppers. It gives them the transparency and the information they need to successfully shop for a car online. 

A good session duration across industry standard ranges anywhere from 2-3 minutes. As you may already know, there are a mountain of evidence that proves the more time a consumer spends on a website the more likely they’re likely to convert to a buyer.  

Increase Pages/ Session Duration

LESA also compared data of the average pages per session of a user that interacted with multimedia compared to a user that did not interact with video and found that video increased the number of pages viewed by 170% compared to no video. What does this mean? The dealership we observed showed that users that interacted with multimedia viewed almost 8 pages (7.92) compared to only 3.13 pages before leaving the website. This could be a huge difference for your dealership, meaning a user could potentially view 8 cars instead of 3 before leaving. 

Why does the multimedia player increase pages/session? The information that video presents to car shoppers keeps them engaged and confident that they are truly getting a great preview of the car. It heightens their curiosity and results in them viewing more makes and models the dealership has to offer.

Increase Events/Session 

An event is considered any activity that a user takes on your page. This could include button clicks, video plays, form submissions, looking at the description section of the vehicles, viewing the window sticker, scrolling down the page, and more. 

The multimedia player also had a substantial impact on increasing events/session compared to a user experience without interacting with video. In our analysis, we found that users that interacted with video saw a 150% increase in events taken on the webpage compared to users that did not interact with video. The average number of events per session in the dealership observed was 30 compared to 12. This 2.5X increase could help your car dealership convert shoppers into buyers.

Why do videos increase events? Videos interactive and educational nature help keep users engaged on your website, resulting in a user wanting to see and explore more of the website. Empowering users to take action on your website is the goal, and videos can help users take meaningful options resulting in converting car shoppers into car buyers.

Increase Goal Conversion Rate

Finally, and most importantly, video is proven to increase goal conversion rate. Many dealerships have already set up goal conversions in Google Analytics. Goal conversions could include submitting a check availability form, engaging in chat, clicking on the phone number to call, and more. In order to track how many consumers are converting. We are looking at the same consumers who interacted with the multimedia player if they also converted through the goal conversion tracking. This  allowed us to see there was a 400% increase conversion compared to consumers that did not interact with the multimedia player in the dealership we observed. The numbers were similar across over a dozen dealerships that were analyzed. 

An industry standard conversion rate is between 2-4%, however,  certain car dealerships using the LESA multimedia player with video on average are seeing a 14% conversion rate. This means that car shoppers really are turning into car buyers, and contacting car dealerships to take action. 

Take Action: Improve Your Website So Car Shoppers Become Car Buyers

LESA encourages each car dealership to review their Google Analytics and compare the session duration, pages per session, events per session, and goal conversion rates to the rates with the multimedia player analytics we shared above. Multimedia can without a doubt improve your website, and convert car shoppers into car buyers.

The Bottom Line: 

Using Google Analytics LESA proved that video is truly making an impact! Having a multimedia player such as the LESA multimedia can really help your car dealerships sell cars. It’s an easy and affordable way to convert car shoppers into car buyers. 

LES Automotive Multimedia: How Do I Get started?

Reach out to a representative today at https://www.lesautomotive.com/contact/

We’ll help you setup a custom report in Google Analytics that you can use to compare your key GA analytics before and after adding video to your site.   

Multimedia for Car Dealerships

Having A Great Website Includes Multimedia.

Car shopping habits have changed significantly as shoppers are spending less time at the dealership and more time online. In fact, the average car shopper visits just 1.2 dealerships before making a purchasing decision. What does this mean for car dealerships? They need a strong online presence with multimedia features to help sell their cars.

Along with enjoying increased engagement and shares that multimedia provides, there is one powerful reason for including multimedia on your website- it is helping dealerships sell cars. Multimedia increases the time spent on your website which is aiding consumers in purchasing decisions and leading to the purchase of cars.

As online car shopping continues to soar, car dealerships need to be aware of the important benefits multimedia provides. LESA is helping car dealerships integrate multimedia options onto their car dealership website very easily with their LESA multimedia player.

What Does Multimedia mean to LESA?

Photos have been popular one the internet since the 1990s. In 2022, it is time for car dealerships to elevate and innovate with multimedia. Multimedia combines text, graphics, audio, 360 spin and video that let the user navigate, interact, create, and communicate.

LESA multimedia player takes on a custom and innovative approach to having multimedia on a car dealership website. The LESA player allows the dealership to have numerous different features for each vehicle, with little effort. The simple tool can help empower consumers to make purchasing decisions without numerous trips to the dealership. The bottom line: LESA’s multimedia player is helping car dealerships sell cars.

Why Does Your Car Dealership Need Multimedia?

1) Multimedia increases time spent on website: Studies conducted by LESA have shown that having a multimedia player on their website can increase time spent on website by 50%. Increasing time spent on website is directly correlated to increased conversions. Your dealership will increase its ability to sell vehicles online with a multimedia player.

2) Multimedia can boost SEO: Search engines notice multimedia content more than anything else since it has greater impact on overall content. This is why it is important to add alt text to all elements you upload. Additionally,  it is important to ensure  your video is being streamed from a content video network so the video can stream without hesitation and quickly boosting your SEO.

3) Multimedia is better for branding: Since people these days have become tremendously visual; video is one of the most popular multimedia types you can see everywhere. Without these channels like audio, video and supporting images it is difficult to build brand recognition. Make it simple: online brand building requires utilizing every multimedia asset available these days.

Using LESA to Integrate Multimedia Features On Your Car Dealership Website

Over the past few years Americans have shifted from content readers to content viewers.

LESA is partnering with car dealerships around the United States to integrate multimedia content during the car shopping experience. The LESA multimedia player allows car dealerships to display photos, video, 360 spin, and featured videos to help educate and give transparency into the vehicle they are shopping for. 

Not only is online video consumption at an all time high, but video content is also proven to influence purchase decisions of consumers. The pandemic has accelerated this process as shoppers want to research, shop and buy cars online rather than going down to the dealership.

The transparency that video provides in the online car shopping experience is invaluable to consumers as it helps educate and influence purchasing decisions. Video mixed with other multimedia elements such as photos, audio and 360 spin is helping car dealerships convert shoppers into buyers. 

What Does LESA Multimedia Player Include?

Vehicle Video

Car dealerships can easily record and upload a video to their website.  The app allows you do easily add VoiceOver listing options specific to that vehicle, background music and more to enhance the videos to increase user engagement. The more time a viewer spends on a shopping page, the more likely they are to buy. People spend on average 2.6x more time on pages with video than without. Our full-motion walk-around videos have an 80% completion ratio average for a 2-minute video.

Photos & 360 Spin

Although consumers prefer video, sometimes they want to browse through photos or 360 spin. These features along with video can help aid consumers in the car shopping experience. 

Spotlight Feature

The vehicle videos have spotlight features so shoppers can easily view the features of the vehicles that matter most. Easily view the headlights, steering wheel, tires, navigation and more.

Featured Videos

Featured videos help aid consumers in the purchasing decisions necessary to online shop such as gaining a deeper look into the interior design, all-wheel drive, safety and driver assist technologies, and numerous other vehicle features. 

CARFAX Integration

LESA’s multimedia player integrates with Carfax for those that have a Carfax subscription so shoppers can easily browse vehicle history reports to gain a better understanding of the car. 

Contact Form & Chat Function

One of the main benefits of a multimedia player is getting online shoppers engaged. LESA’s multimedia player allows car shoppers to submit contact forms on vehicles they are interested in and even chat with the team at the car dealership in just minutes online. 

The Bottom Line: Multimedia is Powerful

Engaging users via the power of multimedia allows site owners to interact with their visitors more. Car dealerships should consider adding a multimedia player to their car dealership website as photos may prove to be insufficient in 2022 and beyond. 

In our next blog, we will discuss how video content increases engagement and time spent on website with samples from some LESA customers. 

New Google rankings are a 2020 SEO Game-Changer

Google changed the way they sorted relevant content starting in 2019. What does that mean for your dealership and and how should you be changing your website for 2020 SEO standards?

The Change: You are what you E-A-T.
Google will be prioritizing content fitting the following guidelines. Make sure your online content reflects your dealership’s:
E-Expertise: create blog posts and videos demonstrating your automotive knowledge (think basic maintenance how-to’s, vehicle feature explainers, etc.)
A-Authoritativeness: share customer testimonials and blog posts written by those with industry credentials.
T- Trustworthiness: make sure your site security is state of the art and offer a user-friendly visiting experience. Offer your visitors a cut-free, full motion video of each vehicle in inventory.

For more in-depth information on this change and how to integrate video to boost your dealership’s trustworthiness rating and SEO, visit our products page or contact us to schedule a demo!

 

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