Innovation Cup 2010 Winner: eCarList

DrivingSales Announces Most Innovative Dealership Solution of 2010: eCarList True Target Mobile Wins Innovation Cup Award. Cobalt Digital Advertising Package, GOSO – Social Media Dashboard, ResponseLogix SmartQuote, VinSolutions VinLens and Website Dashboard are Finalists

LAS VEGAS, NV – October 25, 2010 — DrivingSales (www.drivingsales.com), the auto industry’s largest car dealer social network, presented eCarList True Target Mobile with the DrivingSales Innovation Cup Award for Most Innovative Dealership Solution of 2010 at the Second Annual DrivingSales Executive Summit in Las Vegas. The First Annual DrivingSales Innovation Cup Awards were created to recognize solutions introduced in 2010 whose innovative approaches have produced significant results for dealers.  Dealership solution-providers submitted applications online (most also received nominations from dealer customers), vendor names were blanked out, and a panel of dealers assessed each application.

Six were selected from dozens of online applicants to present onstage at the Second Annual DrivingSales Executive Summit, where dealers scored each solution. eCarList True Target Mobile received the highest score.  Cobalt Digital Advertising Package, GOSO – Social Media Dashboard, ResponseLogix SmartQuote, VinSolutions VinLens and VinSolutions Website Dashboard were named as finalists.”Our mission was to uncover the most innovative vendor solutions for dealerships for 2010 — and we were literally wowed by each and every dealer-nominated application,” said DrivingSales Founder and CEO Jared Hamilton.  “eCarList stood out in a remarkable field of competitors, each of which is set to create real world benefits to help dealerships thrive in the rebounding auto market. As one of our dealer judges put it: ‘I am two thirds of my way through the applications and I want almost all these products at my store!’” Each dealer-nominated solution will be profiled at DrivingSales.com, and in the DrivingSales newsletter. For more information about the First Annual DrivingSales Innovation Cup Awards, go to:  www.drivingsales.com/innovationcup About DrivingSales.com DrivingSales.com is the largest car dealer social network where thousands of dealership professionals collaborate and share best practices in a 20-group style setting. The site is the industry’s largest source of free dealership best practices information.

At DrivingSales, members create profiles, network with each other and share best practices. Dealership managers are allowed to rate and review their dealership vendors (http://www.drivingsales.com/ratings) in a verified setting. DrivingSales hosts the largest retail focused community of automotive blogs (http://www.drivingsales.com/blogs/), videos, interviews, social automotive news feeds and more. DrivingSales was created and built from the ground up in 2003 by Jared Hamilton, a third generation auto dealer, as a private automotive business community to network his NADA Dealer Candidate Academy class. The site opened nationally in 2008 and is the industry’s leading automotive social media custom platform. DrivingSales was named one of ten social media gambits for 2009 by Automotive News and one of the Top 10 Companies to Watch by Auto Success Magazine.

DrivingSales Media Relations: Melanie Webber (melanie@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340 Angela Jacobson (angela@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776

DrivingSales: Pioneer and Paradigm

DrivingSales was founded in 2003 to provide a vendor neutral place to learn and share best practices. Today, DrivingSales has members in 7 countries across the globe and helps tens of thousands of industry professionals be more profitable. Dealership managers, OEMs, and other industry professionals are welcome to participate and make our industry better.

DrivingSales.com is similar to other social networks such as Facebook, but rather than focusing on the sharing of social information, it was built exclusively for dealership professionals to share and discuss best practices, tips, and strategies. You will find blogs by industry experts, videos, and a discussion section where anyone can post a question and get answers from their peers nationwide. You can easily find exatly what your dealership needs because all of the content on the site can be filtered by an "activity" in a specific "department". For example, you can view information to "Grow Sales" in "Used Cars" or "Cut Costs" in "Fixed Operations."

DrivingSales.com is the largest car dealer social network where thousands of dealership professionals collaborate and share best practices in a 20-group style setting. The site is the industry's largest source of free dealership best practices information.

At DrivingSales, members create profiles, network with each other and share best practices. Dealership managers are allowed to rate and review their dealership vendors in a verified setting. DrivingSales hosts the largest retail focused community of automotive blogs, videos, interviews, social automotive news feeds and more.

DrivingSales was created and built from the ground up in 2003 by Jared Hamilton, a third generation auto dealer, as a private automotive business community to network his NADA Dealer Candidate Academy class. The site opened nationally in 2008 and is the industry's leading automotive social media custom platform. In December 2009, DrivingSales was the only non-OEM to be named one of ten social media gambits for 2009 by Automotive News and one of the Top 10 Companies to Watch by Auto Success Magazine.