DrivingSales Announces Innovation Cup Awards Recognizing Most Innovative Dealer Strategies and Vendor Solutions of 2010

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Award winners selected exclusively by dealers; awards presented at DrivingSales Executive Summit; applications available at http://www.drivingsales.com/innovationcup

Industry Thought Leaders Share Best Practices at DrivingSales Executive Summit

The 1st annual DrivingSales Innovation Cup Awards recognize the most innovative vendor solutions and dealership strategies for 2010. The winners will be determined exclusively by auto dealers. Awards will be presented at the DrivingSales Executive Summit.

DrivingSales.com (http://www.drivingsales.com), the auto industry’s largest car dealer social network, today announced the first annual DrivingSales Innovation Cup Awards, which recognize the most innovative vendor solutions and dealership strategies for 2010. The winners will be determined exclusively by auto dealers, and awards will be presented at the DrivingSales Executive Summit presented with WardsAuto.com (DSES), scheduled for October 18th through October 20th 2010 at the Encore Wynn Las Vegas. Dealership Strategy Award contestants are eligible for $10,000 in prizes. Applications are now open and available at http://www.drivingsales.com/innovationcup.

“We believe that dealers know best when it comes to the most innovative strategies and vendor solutions, which is why we have developed this unique approach to recognizing the practices and technologies that will do the most to advance the profitability of dealerships,” said DrivingSales Founder and CEO Jared Hamilton. “This is not about the vendor with the most advertising dollars to promote a product, or the dealership who has the best PR. It is about the forward-thinking strategies and products that have the real world benefits to help dealerships thrive in the rebounding auto market.”

Innovation Cup: Most Innovative Dealership Strategy Award of 2010

The DrivingSales Innovation Cup for dealers is designed to uncover The Most Innovative Dealership Strategy of 2010. Forward-thinking dealership employees are encouraged to participate and submit a best practice that has proven to increase results. A panel of judges will select five finalists, who will then have the opportunity to present their strategies to dealer attendees at the DSES and compete for $10,000 in prizes. The finalist whose strategy receives the most votes from dealership attendees will win the DrivingSales award for the Most Innovative Dealership Strategy of 2010.

For more information about the Dealership Strategy Award and to submit an online application, go to http://www.drivingsales.com/innovationcup. There is no charge to apply. Only dealership employees are eligible.

Innovation Cup: Most Innovative Dealership Solution of 2010

The Innovation Cup Award for vendors is designed to uncover the Most Innovative Dealership Solution of 2010. The award recognizes solutions introduced in 2010 whose innovative approaches have produced significant results for dealership customers. Five finalists will be selected from the online applicants by a panel of dealer judges, and the finalists will earn the opportunity to compete onstage at the DrivingSales Executive Summit. A panel of dealer judges will score each solution, and the highest scorer will win the Innovation Cup for Most Innovative Dealership Solution of 2010.

For more information about the Innovation Cup Awards and to submit an application, go to http://www.drivingsales.com/innovationcup. There is no charge to apply.

Application deadline for all Innovation Cup Awards is midnight PST, September 24th, 2010.

DrivingSales Executive Summit 2010 presented with WardsAuto.com

A uniquely collaborative event modeled after the best practices and information-sharing among dealers and auto industry professionals on DrivingSales.com, the DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES) brings together the most successful and innovative dealers in the country, along with world-renowned speakers, all focused on dealership innovations and profitability. All dealership vendors and dealership employees can apply for the awards, which will be voted on and presented for the first time at the 2010 DSES.

Unlike other automotive industry events, the DrivingSales Executive Summit is 100% dealer driven and designed specifically for the most progressive dealer principals and dealership executives in the industry. For more information, visit DrivingSalesExecutiveSummit.com or contact dses(at)drivingsales(dot)com. Follow conference news as it develops on http://www.twitter.com/drivingsales.

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 Executive Summit Media Relations:
Melanie Webber (Melanie(at)mwebbcom(dot)com), mWEBB Communications 424.603.4340
Angela Jacobson (angela(at)mwebbcom(dot)com) mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776

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