Dealer.com: Car shopping down in battleground states

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Dealer.com is reporting today that car shopping behavior in battleground states is suffering, largely because of advertising costs. Identified through vehicle detail page (VDP) views from its dealership network, shopping behavior was down 9 percent year-over-year (YoY) [Dealer.com hosted site data, September 2015 –September 2016]. Battleground states, or states in which no single candidate or party has overwhelming support to secure electoral votes, include Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Dealer.com is a Cox Automotive brand operating websites for more than 60 percent of franchise car dealerships in the United States.With new-vehicle sales also down 2 percent(link is external) YoY in September, the contentious presidential election is adding further challenges to car dealers operating in battleground states: since January 2016, visitors to car dealership websites across the Dealer.com platform are 6 percent lower in battleground states compared to non-battleground state dealerships within the network [Dealer.com hosted site data, Jan-Oct 2015, Jan-Oct 2016].A major factor hurting car shopping behavior in these states is the rise of digital advertising costs, as battleground states have averaged 7 percent higher paid search costs than non-battleground states since January, and a bigger hike in YoY advertising costs (11 percent) than non-battleground states (7 percent).”There is a higher demand for advertising in an election year, in particular, the states that can go both red and blue,” said James Grace, Director of Analytics Product Management at Dealer.com. “Dealers that cannot account for additional advertising spends suffer, which can lead to a decline in online traffic, and ultimately a hit to their bottom lines. We’re focused on helping customers get creative in optimizing their digital marketing budgets so they can finish the year strong.”To combat higher ad spends and demands leading up to the election, dealers should consider producing election-specific content and specials. Following the election, there will be more opportunities for dealers to produce ads and appeal to customers during the holiday shopping season.For more information and statistics on Dealer.com’s findings on the presidential election’s impact on auto sales and ad spends, please visit the Dealer.com website here(link is external).About Dealer.comDealer.com provides an integrated platform of Advertising, Website and Managed Services products which allow OEMs, dealer groups, retailers and agencies to leverage advanced digital technology and data to better engage and connect with their customers. The company practices a deep commitment to its culture of innovation, with a focus on health and wellness, making it one of the most desirable places to work, and a valuable partner for automotive retailers. Based in Burlington, Vermont, Dealer.com is a Cox Automotive brand. For more information, visit www.dealer.com(link is external).Source: BURLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Dealer.comlast_img read more

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Reese Witherspoon says director assaulted her at the age of 16

first_imgFrazer Harrison/Getty Images for ELLE(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) — Reese Witherspoon has shared her own story of assault in Hollywood, saying Monday night that she was a victim of abuse when she was 16 years old.Speaking at an ELLE Women in Hollywood event in Beverly Hills, the Oscar-winning actress said the events of the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal over the past few days have reminded her about her own experiences.“[Those experiences] have come back to me very vividly and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I’ve been having,” Witherspoon says in a video posted by USA Today.Witherspoon, now 41, says a director “assaulted me when I was 16 years old.” She also said the incident as a teen wasn’t an “isolated” one.She also expressed her “guilt” for not speaking up earlier or “taking action,” mixed with the “anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment.”Dozens of women who have spoken out and continue to speak out against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who’s been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women.  A spokesperson for the movie executive has said, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”A social media campaign also began this week, with women and men posting the hashtag #metoo to highlight and empower victims of sexual assault. As of Tuesday morning, it had been retweeted more than a million times. Actress Alyssa Milano was one of the first to share the call for a “Me too” hashtag, writing, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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‘Golden State Killer’ victims, family members face suspect in courtroom

first_imgSacramento Police Department(LOS ANGELES) — The daughter of a man who was allegedly murdered by the “Golden State Killer” came face-to-face with the suspected serial rapist and killer for the first time in court Monday.Jennifer Carole, whose father and stepmother Lyman and Charlene Smith were bludgeoned to death in 1980 in Ventura County, noted that the suspected killer “looked just like an old man.”“From his orange Crocs to his orange outfit, his shoulders are sagging, he had whiskers on his face,” Carole told ABC News after court.“He looked incredibly ordinary, which I think is the part that all of us are struggling with,” she said. “From the outside he looks particularly ordinary and yet we know on the inside there’s a monster there.”Joseph DeAngelo, 72, was arrested in the cold case killings last month and has since been charged with 12 counts of murder: two in Sacramento County, two in Ventura County, four in Orange County and four in Santa Barbara County.DeAngelo, who showed no expression at today’s brief hearing, only spoke to his public defender.Carole said DeAngelo “didn’t have the courage to face his accusers — he didn’t look our way once.”“I wouldn’t expect him to,” she added.DeAngelo was unshackled in court today and appeared to be standing. At his first hearing he was in a wheelchair.“I was happy that he was standing up, because he should be standing up for this,” Carole said.Carole said she came to court today not only to see DeAngelo, but also to show support for the other family members and survivors.“I was glad to be holding the hand of one of the rape survivors,” she said. “It felt good to be together and ready to fight this guy.”The identity of the suspected “Golden State Killer” was a mystery for decades. Twelve people were murdered and 50 raped throughout California from 1976 to 1986.It was DNA from Charlene Smith’s rape kit that investigators plugged into a genealogy database that led authorities to identify DeAngelo as a suspect.DeAngelo returns to court on May 29.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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RLPSA CONNECT Event in New Orleans to Address Organized Retail Crime; Features Mayor, Chief…

first_imgThe Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) will hold a one-day security workshop at the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel in New Orleans Tuesday, November 17, featuring New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, Superintendent of Police Michael S. Harrison, and District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.Other workshop events include a session conducted by CAP Index on restaurant crime statistics in the greater New Orleans area, a discussion of how to use loss prevention technology to defend against theft and robbery, an open forum on restaurant security practices, and a panel on law enforcement and government issues.The first “crime workshop” was held in Houston and its success led to a new strategy for a series of workshops now known as RLPSA CONNECT. “Our crime workshop series, RLPSA CONNECT, will help connect attendees with their peers within the restaurant LP communities, and establish networking opportunities for connecting with local law enforcement, and government and food service practitioners,” said RLPSA Executive Director Jim Forlenza, “Our Houston program sold out, which is an indication of how important this topic is to restaurant security at all levels.”- Sponsor – The crime workshop will focus on criminal activities against quick service restaurants, casual dining restaurants and other food service institutions, and will aim to prepare LP and security teams in the protection of their respective organizations. The workshop is designed to develop awareness, open discussions and find solutions among restaurant practitioners, local government and law enforcement entities. This sessions will have an emphasis on theft and organized retail crime activity in the greater New Orleans area.This workshop is free to RLPSA Members through the generous support of Axis Communications, CAP Index, Envysion, Innovative Surveillance Solutions and Off Duty Services.Registration for the workshop is required. For more information please click here. Seating is limited to the first 90 registrants… so register today. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Matic limps off for United against Watford

first_imgManchester United Matic limps off for Manchester United against Watford Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 05:26 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nemanja Matic Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Watford v Manchester United Watford Premier League The Serbian midfielder came off early in the second half with a leg injury and may now be a doubt for Saturday’s clash with Arsenal Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic was forced off early in the second half with what appeared to be a leg injury.Ander Herrera replaced him in the 54th minute of the contest at Vicarage Road with the Red Devils up 3-0.United 7/2 to beat Arsenal to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Matic has started all 14 of Manchester United’s Premier League contests this season since his €45 million move from Chelsea during the summer transfer window, providing one assist for Jose Mourinho’s side. The severity of the injury is unknown, but there appeared to be little reason to take any chances with the midfielder as a first-half double by Ashley Young put United up early against Watford, with Anthony Martial adding a third before the half.54′ – #MUFC make the first change of the game, as @AnderHerrera replaces Matic. #WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017An injury that sidelined Matic for any period would come at an inopportune time. United have an important run of fixtures in the next two weeks with a Premier League showdown at Arsenal coming Saturday. That is followed by the final Champions League group stage matchday against CSKA Moscow midweek and then a derby date with league leaders Manchester City the following Sunday.A victory over Watford would shrink the deficit to their Manchester rivals to five points with the Citizens having an opportunity to re-extend it to eight points against Southampton on Wednesday.last_img read more

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12 days agoMan Utd, Liverpool target Kai Havertz admits Low transfer influence

first_imgMan Utd, Liverpool target Kai Havertz admits Low transfer influenceby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz says he’ll speak to Germany coach Joachim Low for advice on his transfer.Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been attributed with interest in the 20-year-old, who starred for Germany in their recent draw with Argentina.The attacking midfielder netted 20 goals across all competitions for Bayer last season and is seen as one of the next big things on the continent, leading to rising interest in his signature.“I listen to many people but in the end it will be my decision. “I will embrace any advice Low will give me because he has a lot experience – it wouldn’t be smart to not listen to him,” he said. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Mike Trout, A Duke Fan, Pranked His Angels Teammate, Utah Alum C.J. Cron

first_imgDuke cheerleaders carry school flags onto the court.OMAHA, NE – MARCH 25: The Duke Blue Devils cheerleaders carry their schools flags on to the court prior to the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional against the Kansas Jayhawks at CenturyLink Center on March 25, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim star outfielder Mike Trout might just be the best player in baseball. A first-round draft pick out of Millville (N.J.) High School in 2009, Trout never attended college. He had been committed to East Carolina but eschewed the college route to begin his promising pro career. Apparently, the 23-year-old Trout has adopted Duke as his college basketball program of choice. Trout’s Blue Devils will take on Utah tomorrow in the Sweet 16, and he decided to have some spring training fun at the expense of his Utah alum teammate, 1B/DH C.J. Cron. Still can’t believe Utah alum @CCron24 would root against his team !! #DukeNation pic.twitter.com/TidR1szKuO— Mike Trout (@Trouty20) March 26, 2015The Blue Devils are definitely favored tomorrow night, but it remains to be seen whether Trout or Cron will have the last laugh in the Angels’ locker room.last_img read more

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After Missouri President Resigns, Ben Shapiro Says It’s Time To End All College Football

first_imgA general view of Missouri's football field.COLUMBIA, MO – OCTOBER 19: A general view of Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium during the game between the Florida Gators and the Missouri Tigers on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Monday morning, University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned amid student protests – namely one by the football team – regarding inaction despite mounting racial tension on campus. Some have criticized the team. Others are focusing on how powerful football players, collectively, have become. One person – political commentator Ben Shapiro – has a completely different take.Shapiro, who is the editor-in-chief at The Daily Wire (among other responsibilities/titles) penned a piece Monday afternoon, calling for the end of college football. He believes that the loyalty to universities is now “centered” around loyalty to sports performance. Here’s more:College sports are a relic of a time when students actually engaged in being, you know, students. As in studying things. Studying, perhaps, to gain a skill set besides kicking a football or tackling another man or tossing a sphere through a hoop.It soon became clear, however, that loyalty to universities centered around loyalty to sports performance. Donors began giving cash to football programs in order to generate enthusiasm about the university more broadly. And in order to boost those football programs, universities began recruiting the best players without the best academics.Shapiro goes on to discuss his views on the financials of college athletics, recruiting practices, and academics. You can read the whole column here.Clearly, this isn’t going to happen anytime soon – college football is far too important to too many people. What do you think, college football fans? Are any of Shapiro’s points valid?last_img read more

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