How to “Tune Out” Noisy LinkedIn Connections

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I’m getting a little too inspired on LinkedIn, are you?


First off, let me make it very clear that I do not claim to be  a self – proclaimed “Social Media Guru”.  I don’t know how to get you thousands of followers or help you maximize engagement (so over that buzz word).

I’ve been using LinkedIn since 2009 and must say it’s always been one of my favorite social networking sites.

For the last couple of years on LinkedIn I didn’t have to worry about baby pics, duck face selfies, or “Sign up here to win an Ipad”.

However, with LinkedIn’s gain in popularity, and the evolution of their feed it appears as though my LinkedIn experience is going the same way as Facebook…… 90% junk.

We all have those noisy connections that we want to stay connected with.  It’s just that we don’t want to see their face 20 times a day with a different Inspirational Quotes……. I thought those belonged on Twitter?? Dammit!

Here is a simple way to “hide” (not remove) connections that are clogging up your feed….

1) From the desktop version of LinkedIn hover to the right side of any post in your feed

2) You will notice “Hide” appear

3) Click “Hide” – Don’t worry you can undo if you have second thoughts

Once a month I usually give LinkedIn and Twitter a cleanse.  This helps me maximize the time I spend on these sites.

What do you like about LinkedIn? Let me know in the comments.

ps. Duane Marino is a good guy, he just happened to be in my feed when I needed a screenshot.




Save The Date – DealerTalk Conference 2014 on March 4th

I will be blogging about the conference as we get closer

Keep reading the blog as I go behind the scenes of DealerTalk

December is a busy month for “Save The Date” cards. My finance and I are debating on actual printed cards vs. e-cards for our wedding next summer.  Mark my words, I will win that battle…. E-cards all the way.

This blog post is acting as my DealerTalk 2014 save the date.

After a massive success last year with the first inaugural DealerTalk conference put on by me and my friends at Kijiji Autos, we have locked in the date for the second annual event.

Now I do have some really exciting news on speakers I want to share with the Dealer Geek Nation, but I will save that for future entries.   Today, I simply wanted to remind everyone to mark their calendars for March 4th, 2014.

Don’t worry about a March Break conflict like last year.  The date was a lively debate.  After a lot of asking around, and talking to the folks in the industry, the big red sharpie marker came out and magical day was circled.

Where ya doing it?

Location was the one thing the committee agreed on from day 1.  Back to the Four Seasons we go.  Did you know that we actually attempted to throw the first conference at The Sony Centre? Long story.

The hotel is pretty much brand new and in my opinion, is the most modern and swanky spot in all of Toronto.   We surveyed the attendees last year and the location got an A++.  “This place is nicer than some of those conferences in Vegas” – random dealer.

If they are serving those cute little sliders again I’m skipping breakfast.

Guest Post: The Secret Behind a 1920’s Factory And How To Improve Your Dealership

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I  apologize for sleeping on posting this awesome guest post by my man Mike Haeg.  He has taught me a tonne of great things when it comes to the importance of the phone in the dealership AND with my own sales team.- RT



Imagine a dingy factory in the outskirts of Chicago in 1922.

An ambitious manager has an idea for improving productivity: brighter lights! He thinks that a well-lit workspace will lead to fewer mistakes and better morale. The manager wants real data to prove the success of his new idea, so he installs a guy with a clipboard to monitor the workers on the day he cranks up the lights.

Productivity shot way up, and our manager is a hero. Better lighting produced better workers.

Or did it?

A skeptical professor asked if he could try something different. He came in and turned the lights down to the lowest setting. Now the factory was even darker than it had ever been. But the professor also made it a point to include the clipboard guy to observe the resulting behavior.

Guess what happened. Yep, productivity went up again. It turns out that the real hero was the person who was monitoring the results. When the workers knew they were being measured, they were better workers. It had nothing to do with the lighting.

This experiment took place in Hawthorne Works, a Western Electricity factory. The revelation became known as the Hawthorne Effect, which states that subjects improve or modify an aspect of behavior that is being experimentally measured in response to the awareness that the behavior is being studied.

My ToDo Lists Don’t Stand A Chance With Wunderlist

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To say that I change productivity apps as often as I change my underwear wouldn’t be too far from the truth.

When I made the switch from a Blackberry to an IPhone in 2009, I realized that you can actually use your phone for much more than email and text.

Immediately I started spending countless hours in the App Store scouring for the next big thing that would eliminate a desk full of stickies.

After many attempts at simplifying my life and keeping my tasks under control I quickly reverted back to my old Blackberry trick.

Come on you’ve all done it….

Yes, that’s right.  You guessed it.

Email your todo list to yourself every night for the next day!!! 

From there it gets even better.  Print your To-Do list off and start scratching away.  Not only is this 3 step process time consuming, you just don’t look like you have things under control (in life).

I’ve been listening to a Podcast called Entrepreneur on Fire lately.  The show host asks each guest at the end of the episode what their secret weapon is, like an Evernote.

After listening to a few of these, I started to notice a common trend amongst these super smart and insanely productive people.

They are all using Wunderlist.

Screw it, I’m jumping on that bandwagon too!

What is Wunderlist?


Wunderlist syncs your todo lists among multiple platforms.  Basically it’s your “Git R Dun” tool (I promise I’ll never say that again).

Allows you to  update and edit lists on your Desktop, Smartphone, and Tablet.

It’s so clean and simple that you almost don’t know what you are supposed to do when you first start using it.

This is right off the website.

wunderlist overview


How I use Wunderlist


Unless a task is something that is important and has to get done, it won’t show up in my Wunderlist.  I’m still using Outlook to manage my calendar.

I don’t use if for every email and phone message I need to respond to, I’d like to think that my memory is still semi functional.

Personal Branding Interview W/ Robert Wiesman “The Showroom Executive”

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It shouldn’t come as any surprise that I am “all in” when it comes to building a Personal Brand as a sales professional.

Lately it seems there is finally a branding movement in the Automotive Retail world among retails sales guys and gals.

The days of pressing your nose up against the showroom window and waiting for a “lay down” to pay your rent are over.

If you are a 100% commission salesperson you are pretty much self-employed. Why wouldn’t you invest in, umm, I don’t know, how about YOU!

A new generation of sales pros are entering the retail automotive space and they’re “Drinking The Veterans Milkshake” (don’t know what that means? Watch THIS VIDEO).

Creating blogs, shooting videos, being active on Social Media, and turning your phone into a weapon is what separates the new kids on the block from the lot lizards of the past. We know that the Internet is the most important source for car buyers.

The question is “Are you there to answer their questions?”.

This Personal Branding movement is not smoke and mirrors I promise.

Heck this little blog your are reading right now has over 2500 Unique Monthly viewers and has allowed me to create relationships with Automotive Professionals all over the world.

But…. it’s hard frigging work.

Okay… back to the post.

One of my favorite things to do when talking through city streets of Toronto, is to listen to Podcasts.  I have around 20 that I subscribe to and think I have band with for a few more.

Automotive Success puts out a pretty good weekly 10 minute segment, that interviews sales pros and vendors from around America.

I had heard a few episodes with Robert Wiesman, and he really caught my attention.

Maybe it’s his enthusiasm, or his “cool guy” voice that won me over. Either way, this cat stood out from the hundreds of interviews I’ve sat through over the past couple of years.

Check out an episode with Robert HERE

Canadian Digital Dealer Conference 4 – Interview w/ Brent Wees

Brent Wees to MC the CDDC4

Brent Wees to Host CDDC4

The T.A.D.A. is back this fall with the popular Canadian Digital Dealer Roadshow to take place in September.  CDDC4 will kick off in Ottawa on the 17th and Toronto gets the closing act the next day (September 18th).

I have personally attended two Canadian Digital Dealers and both have been well worth the price of attendance.

Amir Amirrezvani is the speaker I am really looking forward to seeing.  “How to turn your website into a Lead Monster”  is still one of the most popular blog posts here on The Dealer Geek (actual title was Optimize Your Online Presence).  His segment on Website Conversion and Optimization should keep the notepads busy.

My good friend Brent Wees, Client Service Director at Glovebox is going to be hosting the event.  Brent is no stranger to the conference circut in the U.S.A. and Canada and knows how to work the crowd.  Looking forward someone worthwhile to follow on Twitter?  You can’t go wrong with this guy – Brent Wees Twitter Profile.

I asked Brent if he would sit down for a few questions right here on The Dealer Geek at which he said “ya buddy”.

Interview: “What Can We Expect At The Canadian Digital Dealer Conference #4?”


First off Brent, how did you get involved with the Canadian Digital Dealer Events?

We have always a great relationship with the TADA and in 2011 we were approached by Todd Bourgon to help their team visualize the first Canadian Digital Dealer Conference. Todd knew that my partner Barry Hillier and I were attending a lot of conferences south of the border and had also run our share of dealer events for the Ontario Toyota Dealers Association.

Todd also knew that we were working closely with Mississauga Toyota to develop a full digital marketing strategy and asked me to present that case study at the first conference. It was an absolute thrill to be presenting to over 400 dealers at the Canadian International Autoshow. What a venue for the first show!