IHS buys automotiveMastermind

Joe Overby, Senior Editor

IHS Markit has purchased automotiveMastermind, a provider of behavior prediction analytics software and marketing solutions to auto dealers, in a deal announced Tuesday that is potentially worth more than $400 million. IHS Markit bought 78 percent of the predictive analytics company for roughly $392 million, IHS... Read More

AuSM Staff

Cox Automotive announced Monday the launch of a new social media audience extension product that employs anonymous website behavior data from Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. The audience extension product is designed to help OEM's and regional associations improve social media advertising efficiency,... Read More

AuSM Staff

Automobile Technologies (AMT) has added the Ford OEM Certified Pre-Owned Inspection Checklist to its InspectionNotes app’s online forms library, the company announced Monday. InspectionNotes provides common OEM inspection forms and a custom online forms builder, which users can access to identically match any... Read More

FrogData joins the CDK Global Partner Program

AuSM Staff

FrogData is the latest company to announce Friday that it has become an approved CDK Partner, and is now part of a marketplace made up of 300 partner companies that offer more than 400 different applications for auto dealers. FrogData can now seamlessly access dealer data for use in its Dealer Data Analytics Platform,... Read More

AuSM Staff

Sign up for BidOnMyTrade.com — a new online service that provides dealerships leads on purchasing used-cars for trade-ins — is currently free of charge to dealers and requires no obligation. The new service was designed to give car shoppers a quick way to trade in their vehicle without having to... Read More

AuSM Staff

TCN and DealerSocket announced Wednesday a new partnership to create a seamless integration between TCN’s advanced cloud-based center solution, Platform 3.0 and DealerSocket’s iDMS for independent and buy-here, pay-here dealerships. The integration can help dealers improve customer service... Read More

Hearst Autos moves permanent office to Atlanta area

AuSM Staff

Hearst Autos announced Tuesday it will move into the company's new permanent office outside of Atlanta in Chamblee, Ga., on Thursday. The company’s decision to move to Chamblee’s Antique Row district follows strong growth over the last year and a desire to establish a long-standing presence near Atlanta,... Read More

Third-party sites compete for eyeballs & dollars

Arlena Sawyers , Correspondent

Third-party car shopping sites are rolling out new features and technology as competition for consumer eyeballs and dealer and OEM marketing dollars heats up. Edmunds, Cars.com, TrueCar and Cox Automotive’s Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, are among the online marketplaces that are devising sophisticated digital... Read More


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