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Outsell Launches BuyerScout(TM); Alerts Auto Dealers When Customers Are Actively Shopping for a Vehicle

Leverages Behavioral Data From More Than 12,000 Automotive Sites

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (Marketwired) -- 05/27/14 -- Outsell (www.outsell.com), a digital marketing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company that is transforming the way automotive brands engage with consumers, today launched BuyerScout™, the first and only buyer-detection product that alerts dealers when current customers and prospects are actively shopping for a vehicle. At this time, more than 280 auto dealerships across four automotive brands are using BuyerScout to generate increased vehicle sales.

BuyerScout evaluates customers' online and offline behaviors and scores their actions to detect when they're ready to buy, combining anonymous shopper data from more than 12,000 automotive websites with a dealer's existing customer data to provide a full picture of buying behavior, brand preferences and shopping intensity. After synthesizing vehicle, customer, web and behavioral data, BuyerScout provides the dealers a daily "most likely buyers" report, identifying who's actively shopping for a vehicle, along with details on any competitive makes/models that the shoppers may also be considering. These insights allow the dealers' salespeople to focus their efforts on prospects that are deepest into the buying process, tailor their sales approach to the competitive realities, and as a result, sell more vehicles.

"Most firms' analytics efforts tend to stagnate after realizing initial gains from techniques such as segmentation, targeting, and lifetime value analysis," wrote Srividya Sridharan, Research Director at Forrester Research, Inc., in a Nov 2013 report titled, Five Emerging Methods Advance Customer Analytics. "These foundational techniques are key to any customer analytics function. But customer insights (CI) professionals looking to mature their analytics capability must innovate beyond traditional methods in order to advance their level of customer understanding."

BuyerScout is one example of such an innovation.

Outsell partners with the leading automotive data utility, Dataium, to gather the anonymous shopper data for BuyerScout. Outsell, leveraging its AutoMotics™ scoring models and a proprietary inference algorithm, is able to "connect the dots" between anonymous shopping behavior and existing customer data for a significant percentage of the dealers' in-market shoppers, providing the dealer's sales team with an easy-to-understand shopper score and competitive make and model data they can use to formulate effective sales strategies.

On average, 16% of the BuyerScout-identified shoppers are scored as "lower funnel," meaning they are very close to purchase. Dealers report that when they act upon the information, 1 in 5 (20%) of these high-probability shoppers purchase at the dealership within 30 days.

One dealership already using BuyerScout is Tom Hesser Chevrolet in Scranton, Penn. Internet Sales Manager Adam Jones said, "BuyerScout is fantastic and provides valuable ammo for us. The data shows us how we stack up against competition. Now that we have it, I can't imagine not using this tool at our dealership. Based on BuyerScout's scoring system, we are able to identify and qualify customers more accurately. It's another piece of the puzzle to help us win more business from other dealers."

"More than 50 percent of consumers seeking to purchase a vehicle begin gathering information six months prior -- and the majority of that time is spent online. Traditionally, it's been extremely difficult for automotive salespeople to get visibility into shoppers' readiness to purchase and vehicle/brand considerations outside of their own website and store," said Dan Smith, Vice President of Product and Marketing at Outsell. "BuyerScout is the only product available to the automotive industry that identifies active shoppers early in the purchase cycle and provides deep insight into the customer's shopping behavior prior to, and after, initial engagement with the dealership. The BuyerScout information is like gold to an automobile salesperson."

BuyerScout is available through Outsell's easy-to-use Digital Engagement Platform, which allows automobile manufacturers, agencies, marketing associations and individual dealers to share in the development of brand-consistent, analytics-driven marketing programs that drive superior sales results via personalized communications orchestrated across email, SMS, mobile, chat and social. Learn more at http://www.outsell.com/buyerscout/

About Outsell LLC
Outsell (www.outsell.com) is a digital marketing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company that is transforming the way automotive brands engage with consumers. Recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in America, the company's award-winning Digital Engagement Platform enables its clients to engage with consumers in an analytics-driven, brand-consistent manner from the national to local level. Outsell drives measurable incremental sales for five of the top automobile manufacturers in North America.

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