Craigslist to Charge for Most “By Dealer” Categories Starting December 1st

Craigslist added information to their website this week announcing they will begin charging $5 or $3 per posting for most of the remaining free “by dealer” categories starting December 1st. This comes on the heels of Craigslist initiating a $5 per posting fee for RVs & Motorcycles/Scooters on November 15th. When Craigslist began charging $5 per posting for the Cars & Trucks category in 2013, dealers who continued posting to the site experienced a significant boost in leads and walk-in traffic as a result. An added benefit of listing in a paid category is the ability for dealers to launch their units in multiple markets without experiencing the flagging, ghosting, and IP blocking issues experienced in the free posting categories.

The following are just a few of the additional paid categories starting December 1st. To see a full list, click Post To Classified on Craigslist and select “For Sale by Dealer”.
Trailers – $5
Heavy Equipment – $5
ATVs, UTVs, Snowmobiles – $5
Heavy Equipment – $5
Boats – $5
Farm & Garden – $3
Business/Commercial – $3

To avoid interruption in your Craigslist marketing campaign and ensure your ads continue to launch on December 1st, you will need to select one of the following methods to pay for your Craigslist postings:

  • Add your Credit Card to your Auction123 application stored on your PC. Craigslist fees will be automatically charged to your Credit Card for each posting that is launched from your account.
  • Prepurchase postings from Craigslist. You can buy a block of postings in advance from Craigslist for each location you want to post to. Prepurchased postings never expire and you can easily refill your block of postings directly from your Craigslist account as needed. Click on the link below for more information on paid posting accounts: http://www.craigslist.org/about/help/blockaccounts

The Auction123 automated Craigslist posting application offers the opportunity to set the number of postings you want to go live each month, making budgeting a breeze.

To get started with the automated posting process, or to modify your existing posting settings, please contact Auction123 Support at (888) 514-0123, Option 2 or email Support@Auction123.com.

Craigslist To Charge $5 per Post for RVs and Motorcycles

Craigslist added information to their website this week announcing they will begin charging $5 per posting for the RV and Motorcycle categories starting November 15th. Craigslist did the same for the Cars & Trucks category in 2013 and since the change, automotive dealers have seen a significant boost in leads and walk-in traffic as a result. Additionally, paid postings allows the ability for dealers to launch their units in multiple markets without experiencing the flagging, ghosting, and IP blocking issues experienced in the free posting categories. We are optimistic this update will see the same results for RV and Motorcycle dealers.

You can pay for your postings using either of the following options:

  • Add your Credit Card to your Auction123 application stored on your PC. $5 will be automatically charged to your credit card for each posting that is launched from your account.
  • Prepurchase postings from Craigslist. You can buy a block of postings in advance from Craigslist for each location you want to post to. Prepurchased postings never expire. You can easily refill your block of postings directly from your Craigslist account as needed.

The Auction123 automated Craigslist posting application offers the opportunity to set the number of postings you want to go live each month, making budgeting a breeze.

To get started with the automated posting process, or to modify your existing posting settings, please contact Auction123 Support at (888) 514-0123, Option 2 or email Support@Auction123.com.

ARI Network Services, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Auction123, Inc.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARI Network Services, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Auction123, Inc.

Milwaukee, Wis., November 2, 2016 – ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIS) announced today that it has acquired Auction123, Inc., a leading provider of software and services to help dealers in selected vertical markets manage and feed inventory information to online marketplaces to drive more sales and leads. Auction123 serves several vertical markets including automotive, powersports, recreational vehicles and marine. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The acquisition of Auction123 will accelerate ARI’s growth in our existing vertical markets, introduces ARI into the automotive dealer market and is consistent with our strategy to grow the business both organically and through strategic acquisitions,” said ARI President and CEO Roy W. Olivier. “We are excited about the opportunity to cross-sell our other products into Auction123’s base of more than 1,200 dealers.”

Founded in 2001, Auction123 has been a leader in online marketing solutions, inventory management and website development solutions for dealers in selected vertical markets. Their award-winning web-based software offers tight and seamless integration between the dealer management system (DMS), the dealer’s website, eBay Motors, Craigslist, Facebook and other third-party classified websites.

Auction123 will maintain its headquarters in Weston, Florida.

“We expect the Auction123 acquisition to generate incremental revenue of more than $3 million for the remainder of our fiscal 2017 and be accretive to adjusted EBITDA,” said ARI CFO William A. Nurthen.

About ARI ARI Network Services, Inc. (ARI) (NASDAQ: ARIS) offers an award-winning suite of SaaS, software tools, and marketing services to help dealers, manufacturers and distributors in selected vertical markets Sell More Stuff!™ – online and in-store. Our innovative products are powered by a proprietary data repository of enriched original equipment and aftermarket electronic content spanning more than 17 million active part and accessory SKUs and 750,000 equipment/vehicle models. Business is complicated, but we believe our customers’ technology tools don’t have to be. We remove the complexity of selling and servicing new and used vehicle inventory, parts, garments and accessories for customers in the automotive tire and wheel aftermarket, powersports, outdoor power equipment, marine, recreational vehicle, home medical equipment, and appliance industries. More than 23,500 dealers, 195 distributors, and 3,360 brands worldwide leverage our web and eCatalog platforms to Sell More Stuff!™ For more information on ARI, visit investor.arinet.com.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Colleen Malloy, Director of Marketing, ARI, 414.973.4323, colleen.malloy@arinet.com

Investor inquiries, contact:

Theresa DeNicola, ARI, 414.973.4334, theresa.denicola@arinet.com

Autosoft Certifies Auction123 Vehicle Inventory Solutions for Integration With Autosoft’s Dealer Management System

NEWS RELEASE

Integration Provides Automotive Retailers Seamless Connection Between Autosoft DMS and Auction123’s Inventory Management Solutions 

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa., Aug. 5, 2016 – Autosoft, Inc., a leading national dealer management system (DMS) provider, announced that Auction123 has completed the certification process for integration as an Autosoft Connect program partner.

Auction123 offers award-winning inventory management, Internet marketing, and dealer website solutions, providing fully automated tools for publishing and selling inventory on Craigslist, Facebook, and over 400 online marketplaces. As an eBay Preferred Solution Provider, Auction123 supplies advanced tools for generating leads, managing listings, and selling inventory on eBay.

When dealerships using Autosoft DMS choose Auction123 as their preferred inventory management provider, Auction123 seamlessly pulls information from the DMS to the dealer’s Auction123 account. Dealers can then utilize Auction123’s mobile application to wirelessly upload images. Within the web-based inventory management system, dealers can enter descriptions, edit images, apply watermarks, modify vehicle data, print window stickers and buyers’ guides, and perform any tasks needed to get the inventory ready to be published online.

“We are delighted to have Auction123 as a partner in our Connect program, giving Autosoft customers a broader choice of integrated solutions that help them manage their business,” said Dale Novotniak, a product manager at Autosoft.

Automotive dealerships who are looking for more information on Auction123’s inventory management and online marketing solutions are encouraged to contact Auction123 at 888.514.0123 or Sales@Auction123.com.