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TCS Launches License Plate Vehicle Look-Up For Retail Websites

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

TCS Technologies launches an all new, easier way for dealers to capture VIN information on website quote requests by allowing consumers to verify vehicle data by entering their license plate number when requesting a quote or scheduling service on retail websites.


Technologies, a leader in tire and automotive service internet marketing solutions, announced the launch of a first to industry feature allowing consumers to easily provide dealers their vehicle information by entering their license plate number.  Consumers can request a quote on tires or services for their vehicle by entering their plate number and the form will automatically populate their vehicle’s year, make and model.  In addition, the dealer will receive the vehicle’s VIN, engine size and trim option as a result of the license plate being entered on the web form.

The feature is currently on four retail websites participating in the feature launch.  Dealers participating include BCS Tire Pros in College Station Texas, Bridgestone Firestone dealer Cannon Tire in Clarksville, Tennessee, and Goodyear Tire and Service Network dealers Tire Source in Canton, Ohio and McGee Auto Service and Tires in Lakeland, Florida. TCS is calling the launch ‘phase 1’ of this feature and plans to have several different releases around the feature to create the most dynamic experience possible for the user and the dealer.image008

Kenny Pratt, TCS Vice-President commented about the release, “Dealers frequently complain consumers are requesting a quote or more information on tires which are not suited for their vehicle.  Consumers guess at their vehicle information when entering year, make, model, and option on our websites.  As our team searched for a solution to bring the dealer more valid leads and opportunities via their online marketing, the license plate vehicle look-up was a perfect solution.  After the consumer types in their vehicle’s license plate number and submits a quote or appointment request, our tire dealers will automatically receive a verified VIN and correct vehicle data – eliminating the errors which are usually associated with year, make, and model quote request forms.”  TCS also offers the VIN look-up by entering license plate information in their Tire Power point of-sale software, and plans to further integrate how the feature is used between the two platforms; retail websites and point-of-sale software.

“We frequently receive quote requests from our online users who are not sure of their vehicle’s year, make, model and option.  Now that we are receiving the VIN from these potential customers, we are able to provide a more accurate quote on tires and services.  Our managers are better equipped to advance the sale when following up on our web leads.” stated Drew Dawson, Tire Source CEO.

“We are thrilled with this new feature.  I have never seen another website with this feature, so it helps my site stand out from the big box shops in my area.  There isn’t another site out there that makes it easier to ‘get a quick quote’ and for my salesmen to be equipped with detailed information about the vehicle.”  said Amir Hirani of BCS Tire Pros.

The license plate vehicle look-up feature is available to all TCS website customers on the new platform as well as TCS is offering the new feature at no additional cost to all new customers who sign on before July 1.  Interested parties can contact TCS Technologies at 1-888-449-8473, emailsales@tcstire.com or visit www.tcstire.com.

The new feature can be found by visiting one of the participating dealer sites at:

www.mcgeetire.com

www.yourtiresource.com

www.bcstirepros.com

www.cannontire.net

About TCS Technologies

TCS Technologies, a Microsoft Certified Partner, develops and markets both off-the-shelf and custom tire software solutions, web applications, ecommerce platforms, and support and consulting services to tire and automotive service companies across the US and Canada. As the industries only full-service technology provider, TCS has built a product base, which continues to prove itself as a revenue increasing, business streamlining asset to any size tire or automotive service business. TCS has tools unmatched in the industry, and customization within each of its products to cater to the way tire dealers and retreaders do business. TCS’s home office is located outside Nashville, TN with a second location in Salt Lake City, UT.

Contact:

TCS Technologies
888-449-8473
sales@tcstire.com
http://www.tcstire.com

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TCS Retail Websites Achieve Highest Growth This Year

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

TCS Technologies reports their tire dealer websites’ online sales in August saw the highest level growth of this year compared to any month ever, recording a huge 24% jump in August and a 16% increase in July 2012.

internet-marketing-logo-bgfontAt the ITEC conference today in Cleveland, Ohio, TCS Technologies announced that its’ tire dealer retail websites are boosting online sales and conversions with recent upgrades, which help tire dealers engage consumers in highly relevant, interactive websites across digital, social, mobile and traditional marketing channels. TCS’ strong initiative to engage consumers to do more than research online has helped its dealers strengthen opportunities to capture the sale and realize a 24 percent growth in online sales.

The industry leader in providing websites that sell tires, schedule appointments and capture consumers, TCS’ success is the result of a plan to broaden its business focus beyond researching tires and auto services online. Specifically, the web applications provider looked to place more emphasis on driving repeat business, better user experience and streamlined consumer purchasing experience.

Among the new features that can be directly attributed to the huge growth in online sales include a redesigned checkout process, a new tire search by category that consumers find extremely easy to navigate, a tire finder Facebook application and a mobile tire search and catalog.  Implementation of Search Engine Optimization strategies which rapidly moved sites towards the top of rankings was a large factor in the increases in online purchases, quote requests and appointments scheduled.

These new features are a direct result of TCS research. For more than a year, TCS has been analyzing both e-commerce and non e-commerce websites and applications provided to their dealers.  As a result of this research, TCS has been able to mine the large volume of data it collects, analyze customer behavior (e.g. How are customers shopping? Are they using computers, mobile devices or shopping at a physical location showroom? What causes a consumer to convert online?) and personalize communications. With this business intelligence, TCS has quickly identified new sources of contact to the consumer which converts shoppers to buyers, creates appropriate customer incentive initiatives and deploys more effective marketing and communications strategies; with each having a direct and immediate impact on online and offline sales.   The trend to put tire pricing online is rapidly increasing which in turn is increasing the sites selling tires online.

TCS reports an 18 percent increase in the amount of visitors coming to their websites in third quarter 2012 compared to second quarter 2012.  Additionally, their data is showing consumers are coming to the sites to purchase or schedule – not just research.  “The increase in visits to our sites is due to both our search engine optimization strategies which place our sites at the top of results for the keywords which converting consumers are using as well as it is clearly being driven by a change in consumers’ shopping behavior and how and when they engage with brands. Retailers that focus on optimizing their websites for this new breed of shopper will, no doubt reap the benefits of their investment.” stated Marek Cerny, TCS Director of Retail Web Applications.  “Google makes nearly monthly changes to its algorithms which determine which sites appear at the top of search results.  TCS continuously makes significant investments to stay on top of these changes and implement new features and SEO tactics which are paying off for our dealers who reap the benefits of these monthly double digit increases in both traffic and online conversions.”

“Posting prices online and actually selling tires through your website is going to continue to become more and more mainstream within the tire industry.” says Barry Reese President of TCS.  “Those that get on board, or at least build sites with that end functionality in mind for the future, will reap the long term revenue benefits of staying ahead of their competition.  Online purchases are increasing dramatically across the board and TCS is committed to staying ahead of the curve in providing dealers with the products to give consumers the buying opportunity where they want it – a traditional website, a mobile device or a social network.”

About TCS Technologies:

TCS Technologies, a Microsoft Certified Partner, develops and markets both off-the-shelf and custom tire software solutions, web applications, ecommerce platforms, and support and consulting services to tire companies across the US and Canada. TCS has built a product base, which continues to prove itself as a revenue increasing, business streamlining asset to any size tire business. TCS has tools unmatched in the industry, and customization within each of its products to cater to the way tire dealers and retreaders do business. TCS’s home office is located outside Nashville, TN with a second location in Salt Lake City, UT.

CONTACT:

TCS Technologies
888-449-8473
sales@tcstire.com
http://www.tcstire.com

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TCS Customer BlacksTire.com Raises $70,092 for the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

gI_63020_blacks tire fundraiserBlack’s Tire & Auto Service, a 32-location tire and full service auto shop in North and South Carolina raised $70,092 for Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina.

Since 1954 Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina has been a sanctuary for hurt children. Founder Mr. A.D. Peacock started the organization to help struggling families and young people who have been removed from their family due to abuse or neglect.

Black’s Tire raises a record $70,092.00 at the 2012 BTS Charity Golf Tournament held on April 13, 2012 at Foxfire Golf and Resort. For over a decade, Black’s Tire has been a big supporter of Boys and Girls Homes of NC. Ricky Benton, owner of Black’s Tire and his wife Dianne Benton, have an understanding of the importance of strong parenting and a good home environment to children. They themselves have raised three boys who have become successful adults and are involved in the family business.

The 2012 Black’s Tire Service Charity Golf Tournament was a charity to raise money for the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina. It was held at the Foxfire golf and Resort on Friday, April 13, 2012. Over one hundred twenty eight players participated in the tournament, along with the one hundred hole sponsorships and corporate sponsors. Over all, the entire charity event was a huge success breaking the record of raising seventy thousand and ninety-two dollars.

Over the many years the Benton’s and Black’s Tire Service have contributed more than $419,199.00 to the support of the children in the care of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina. Boys and Girls homes President/CEO Gary Faircloth, who lived at the Homes during his high school years stated “I am touched deeply by the efforts of Ricky and Dianne Benton, their family, their Black’s Tire Service family and all their supporters. I am who I am today because of Boys and Girls Homes and I know how important the work of this agency is to the life of a child. Our children have awesome friends in the form of Black’s Tire Service and I deeply appreciate the support, and encouragement, that comes from the gifts provided by Black’s Tire Service. I extend a very deep and heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in these gifts to the children in our care.”

About Black’s Tire and Auto Service

Since 1929 Black’s Tire and Auto Service has been a family owned and operated business serving the North and South Carolina communities with quality tires and excellent automotive services. With over 32 locations in North and South Carolina to better serve their community, tires Raleigh NC and tires Charlotte NC are just prime examples of the companies impact on the community. It’s because of Black’s Tires honest auto repair, excellent tire services, and their outstanding customer service, that customers keep returning.

To see what Black’s Tire and Auto Service is all about visit them online at BlacksTire.com, 877-847-3748, or email at info(at)blackstire(dot)com

Black’s Tire and Auto Service website was built and powered by Tire Company Solutions (TCS) located at 500s. Walnut Ave. Cookeville, Tennessee to contact visit their website at http://www.tcstire.com

TCS Takes Tire Sales ‘on-the-go’ with its Mobile Tire Search and Catalog

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

mobile-tireresultsTCS Technologies, regarded as a leading software and web applications provider for the tire and automotive industry, has launched several new features to its already implemented mobile tire dealer websites.  The highlight of this launch is a mobile tire and wheel search by vehicle, size or brand feature.  The new mobile tire search platform allows on-the-go consumers to research and shop tires and wheels in a mobile friendly platform offering accessibility to a dealer’s products and information in real-time from their website.

“The launch of our new mobile tire search and catalog is a huge success for TCS, tire dealers and buyers everywhere,” states Marek Cerny, TCS Director of Retail Web Applications “One of the top three reasons consumers come to a tire dealer website is to research tires and wheels.  If they are coming from a mobile device, it is a necessity to provide the information they are looking for in a mobile friendly way.  The ability to locate dealer inventory, browse available tires and wheels and see a price or request a quote from a mobile device is invaluable.  A comprehensive catalog displaying a dealer’s product availability that fits in your pocket can save time and ultimately shape the success of your product. ”

The announcement includes a family of features aimed to radically accelerate connecting the consumer to the dealer in a mobile friendly environment.  New mobile features available with TCS tire dealer websites include:

·         Search for tires by vehicle, size or brand
·         Tire results pages pull data live from the dealer’s website and highlight tire specs, features and benefits of the tire, a picture of the tire, pricing if the dealer chooses or a Request a Quote option which sends the dealer an email including consumer contact information, vehicle and the specific tire in which the consumer is requesting more information
·         Search for a Dealer’s Location by  entering an address or zip code or allowing the site to access to the user’s GPS location
·         Live coupon and promotions feed from the website

“We know our consumers are using mobile devices to both research our products and services and connect with us.  We receive around 25% of our website traffic from visitors on a mobile device however only 6% of our leads come from mobile.  With the addition of our mobile tire search and catalog, we anticipate a considerable increase in the amount of leads we are receiving from our website – particularly from our mobile visitors,”   stated Kevin McGee, McGee Tire District Manager.   “It is important to us to provide the best resources for our consumers to access McGee Tire, our products and services.  We compete against several national chains and our mobile site now gives a mobile tire shopping experience superior to my competition.”
This launch is a second phase of mobile releases TCS has unveiled. “We will continue to invest in the development of our mobile products and services to create progressive solutions that connect consumer to retailer; ultimately selling more products and services.  Now more than ever, technology plays a vital role in a dealer’s success.  Our customers have solutions that not only connect consumers with the retailer but connect them in ways that stick,” remarked Kenny Pratt, Vice-President of Technology for TCS.  To access one of the TCS mobile optimized sites, visit www.mcgeetire.com from a smartphone or tablet.  Interested dealers should contact TCS at their website www.tcstire.com or 888-449-8473.

About TCS Technologies:

Tire Company Solutions, a Microsoft Certified Partner, develops and markets both off-the-shelf and custom tire software solutions, web applications, ecommerce platforms, and support and consulting services to tire companies across the US and Canada. TCS has built a product base which continues to prove itself as a revenue increasing, business streamlining asset to any size tire business. TCS has tools unmatched in the industry, and customization within each of its products to cater to the way tire dealers and retreaders do business. TCS’s home office is located outside Nashville, TN with a second location in Salt Lake City, UT.

CONTACT:

TCS Technologies
888-449-8473
sales@tcstire.com
http://www.tcstire.com
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