IRVINE, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq: ABTL), the company dedicated to connecting automotive consumers with dealers, today announced it has teamed with SaleMove, Inc. (“SaleMove”) to become the exclusive provider to the auto industry of SaleMove’s innovative technology for enhancing communications with consumers.
“This exciting technology allows dealers and manufacturers to personally welcome online consumers, offer assistance, provide helpful suggestions, and help guide consumers to their perfect cars”
SaleMove’s patent-pending technology allows auto dealers and manufacturers to enhance the online shopping experience by interacting with consumers in real-time, using the method most comfortable to them, including live video, audio and text-based chat or by phone. Utilizing SaleMove’s “guided tour” capabilities, dealers can take advantage of a new line of high-touch communication with consumers by browsing the dealer’s website with them, creating a virtual extension of the dealer’s physical showroom.
Additionally, SaleMove’s technology helps dealers and manufacturers improve the online consumer experience and identify potential buyers by better understanding visitor preferences gathered through real-time viewing of how consumers are interacting with a website. The auto industry will be able to interact directly with consumers on a deeper and more personal level, providing a highly customized experience for car buyers.
“This exciting technology allows dealers and manufacturers to personally welcome online consumers, offer assistance, provide helpful suggestions, and help guide consumers to their perfect cars,” said Jeff Coats, chief executive officer of Autobytel Inc. “The human element is very important to the car buying experience, and this new functionality allows dealers and manufacturers to make the most of their interactions with consumers by re-creating the showroom experience wherever the customer may be. This is another step in our commitment to helping dealers and auto manufacturers sell more cars.”
“Our proprietary technology enabling real time one-on-one interaction with today’s online consumers falls perfectly in line with Autobytel’s industry leading products and services,” said Daniel Michaeli, chief executive officer of SaleMove. “The virtual experience we’ve created of observing, communicating with and guiding online consumers through the car buying process is as close as you can get to an actual showroom experience. Autobytel understands how essential this is in enhancing online car buying, to ultimately help its industry partners sell more cars. We’re pleased to work with the team at Autobytel who continues to innovate after having pioneered the automotive Internet nearly 20 years ago.”
Autobytel made an initial investment in SaleMove and plans to support the company in SaleMove’s ongoing development of its innovative technology. Autobytel intends to maximize use of this technology in the full range of mobile services it already offers, including the recent acquisition of Advanced Mobile.
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Autobytel Inc. provides high quality consumer leads and associated marketing services to automotive dealers and manufacturers throughout the United States and offers consumers robust and original online automotive content to help them make informed car-buying decisions. The company pioneered the automotive internet in 1995 with its flagship website www.autobytel.com and has since helped tens of millions of automotive consumers research vehicles; connected thousands of dealers nationwide with motivated car buyers; and helped every major automaker market its brand online.
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The patent-pending technology developed by SaleMove, Inc. (www.salemove.com) enables automotive dealers and manufacturers to observe, communicate with and guide consumers through the online car buying process in real-time. The company’s seamless combination of tools re-creates the in-store experience, allowing the automotive industry to gauge the behaviors of online car buyers with real-time analytics and browsing observations, and by providing communication tools such as live video, audio or text-based chat in addition to phone capabilities and virtual guided tours in the form of collaborative browsing. SaleMove also provides dealers and manufacturers with advanced metrics and in-depth reporting, and in-browser technology for ease of integration.