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Digital Air Strike

January 23, 2015 08:00 ET

Digital Air Strike Announces Exclusive Partnership With MerchantCircle

This First-of-Its-Kind Integration for the Automotive Industry Will Optimize Online Business Listings, Increase Four and Five Star Review Ratings, and Improve the Consumer Review Experience for Auto Dealerships

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - January 23, 2015) - Digital Air Strike, the automotive social media and digital engagement company, today announced another new partnership with a leading online social network for local business owners, MerchantCircle, a division of Reply! Inc. 

This collaboration leverages Digital Air Strike's innovative survey technology to integrate with MerchantCircle's listings and reviews platform seamlessly to allow auto dealerships to provide an easier, more automated method for posting car buyer / owner reviews.

This integration is available exclusively through Digital Air Strike's Review Surge solution, which automatically generates a survey after a customer buys or services a vehicle at a dealership. After the consumer finishes the brief survey they can indicate if they want to share the review on MerchantCircle. From there, Review Surge automatically populates the dealership's listing with the customer review on MerchantCircle.com.

"We are excited about the positive impact the partnership with Digital Air Strike will have on local auto dealerships on our platform," said Pablo Carrega, General Manager, of MerchantCircle. "We have a shared mission to empower small businesses with the vital marketing tools to boost their online reputation and visibility."

For auto dealerships, this integration not only increases the number and frequency of reviews on MerchantCircle, but it also provides a more accurate and robust view of the dealership customers' purchase or service experience. This increase of reviews on MerchantCircle will increase the dealership's visibility on search engines. In addition to the review propagation, Digital Air Strike dealerships will have "enhanced" listings on MerchantCircle that block competitor ads on their listings.

For car buyers and owners, this integration provides a simple way to share their experiences through a brief, automated survey. The increased volume of peer reviews and context provided through these surveys gives the consumer a more accurate view of the dealership with which they are considering doing business.

MerchantCircle is the third major partnership like this for dealerships who work with Digital Air Strike. Digital Air Strike dealerships already benefit from similar integrations with leading auto review sites Cars.com and Edmunds.com.

"We have already benefitted from Digital Air Strike's existing partnerships with Cars.com and Edmunds.com and are looking forward to the addition of MerchantCircle. The more sites we can get reviews on from our customers, the more customers we have coming into our showroom and service bay," said Brad Mugg, General Manager, Conant Automotive Group.

About Digital Air Strike
Digital Air Strike is the automotive social media and digital engagement company. We help our customers solve the problem of consumer engagement in digital and social environments, and help them realize measurable ROI on their digital and social marketing investments.

A pioneer in digital response, social marketing and online reputation management for auto dealers, Digital Air Strike's industry-specific mobile apps, software and managed service platform monitors, improves and manages consumer engagement for six of eight of the largest auto OEMs, dozens of the top dealer groups, and thousands of retail dealerships across North America.

The company is ranked in the top third of all Inc. Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the country; is one of the Top 10 Most Interesting and Innovative Automotive Companies, and was awarded the #1 Dealers' Choice Award for Reputation Management. More information is available at www.digitalairstrike.com and www.facebook.com/digitalairstrike.

About Reply! Inc.
Reply! Inc. operates the leading marketplace for locally-targeted advertisers. Reply!'s platform provides advertisers of all sizes with a simple and scalable solution for locally-targeted marketing. Reply! owns and operates many destination sites including MerchantCircle.com, which is the largest online network of local business owners in the nation with over 2 million member merchants. To learn more about Reply!, please visit www.reply.com.

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