SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 19, 2009) — DrivingSales.com, a B2B social media Web site for auto dealerships and vendors, said it has increased its online membership an average of 30 percent per month since its launch in June 2008.
DrivingSales.com said it now has thousands of members and hundreds of vendor ratings. Members can create profiles and network with colleagues; post news articles; share business strategies; and rate and review vendor products and technologies. The site also features blogs, videos and interviews.
The site was originally created as a private automotive business community in 2003 by its CEO Jared Hamilton to network his National Automobile Dealers Association Dealer Academy class. He said DrivingSales.com opened nationally last year in response to the auto industry's need for an open, objective collaborative forum to help the industry navigate through the current crisis.
“While the largely negative media attention on the automotive crisis gives the impression that our industry is too stuck in its old ways to innovate and evolve, the rapid adoption of DrivingSales proves that stereotype to be absolutely wrong,” Mr. Hamilton said. “Dealers by the thousands are using the most progressive media technologies to band together, collaborate to solve problems and find success despite the tremendous uphill climb they are facing. The growth of DrivingSales speaks volumes about the resilience of our industry and the unique power of social technologies.”