Required Updates Needed to your Auction123 Craigslist Application

On Monday, August 14th, you will need to update the Auction123 Craigslist application running on a Windows PC(s) at your dealership.  These updates are due to security certificate changes with the application and are necessary for your Craigslist tool to function. Once we push these changes live, you should receive a notification that an update is available or you can check for updates yourself. Follow the instructions below to complete the process.

Right-click on the “123” logo in your system tray and select “Check for Updates.”

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Once completed, you will see a pop-up stating “Windows protected your PC”. You will then need to click on “More info“, then click the button that states “Run anyway” to start the process.

A window will then open asking if you would like to install the Auction123 Launcher Application. Click “Install” to complete the update process.

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If this process is not completed prior to 8/22/2017, the Auction123 Craigslist Application will no longer run, disabling your ability to list or manage postings. Please contact Auction123 Support at (888) 514-0123, Option 2 if this occurs or if you need any assistance.

 

 

Auction123 Templates are Fully Compliant with eBay’s New Policies

As of June 1st, Your Auction123 eBay Listing Template will be Fully Compliant with eBay’s New Policy to Remove “Active Content”

You may have received a message from eBay regarding upcoming changes they are making to the way listings can be designed or presented on eBay.com. These changes no longer allow “Active Content” within the body of your listing. Active Content includes the use of javascript, flash animation, inline pop-up windows, and most embedded video code.

Our development and design teams have reformatted the Auction123 templates to accommodate this new policy by making trivial changes to the existing add-on widgets in the template editor, resulting in a minimal impact on your current layout. These changes occurred in the Shipping, embedded Video, Image Viewer, and Similar Vehicles widgets.

You do not need to do anything regarding this change. The Auction123 system will automatically convert your template over to the new compliant code on June 1, 2017. You will likely not see any difference in your layout or presentation. Should you have any questions regarding these changes, please feel free to contact Customer Support at (888) 514-0123, Option 2 or email Support@Auction123.com.

Thank you for being a valued Auction123 customer. We look forward to continuing to provide you with the best tools available for listing and managing your eBay and Craigslist postings.

Auction123 Now Offering an Exciting New eBay Listing Subscription Package

Auction123 is excited to offer a new eBay listing subscription package unlike anything that has ever been available to dealers before now. The Premier Placement Package (P3 Package) provides dealers with the opportunity to purchase listing “slots” on eBay, which can be used to launch and swap national Auction-style and Fixed Price listings throughout the month. Prior to the P3 package, each listing was for a single vehicle to be live for a set number of days. These new, affordable packages allow the ability to rotate vehicles within your listing “slots”, greatly increasing the national exposure you can gain on the #1 site for automotive traffic. As an added bonus, the remainder of your used inventory will be automatically listed in the Local Market format.

Best of all, the Auction123 system provides a 100% hands-free solution to manage your P3 package. Through a series of filters and posting priorities, you can easily identify the inventory that should be eligible as a national listing. The Auction123 system will do the rest, seamlessly launching your vehicles in your preferred listing format. As listings expire or vehicles are marked sold, we will automatically launch a new ad to take its place. If you have a specific vehicle you want listed as a national ad, the Auction123 system allows you to quickly select which live ad you wish to replace with your hand picked vehicle.

To sign up today or for more information, call (888) 514-0123 or email Sales@Auction123.com.

At this time, eBay’s P3 Package is only available for listings in the Cars & Trucks, Commercial Truck, and RVs & Campers categories.

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.

Adding Global Videos to Your Auction123 Template

You can now add videos to the Auction123 system that will appear globally in your Auction123 VDPs and eBay templates. Once added, you can then update your template to position the new global video wherever you want it displayed. This feature is especially useful when you have a dealership commercial or marketing video you would like included in all of your listings. This update also lets you display multiple videos within your Auction123 template.

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To add a global video:

  • Click on Account Settings under the Preferences section in the left-hand navigation menu.
  • Click on the Video tab.
  • Enter the YouTube Video ID or paste the entire YouTube video URL, then click Save. Continue this process if you want to display multiple global videos in your template.
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  • Under the Preferences section of the left-hand navigation menu, click Template.
  • Click on Widgets in the top menu, select the Additional tab, and locate the Video module.
  • Drag the Video module to where you would like your Global video to display in your template.
  • Hover your mouse over the video module you just placed and click on the pencil icon. From here select in the drop down the global video you would like displayed in this section.
    • Note: Leaving the dropdown set to “Default” will display a the vehicle specific video. If there is no vehicle specific video, the video module will not display in the template.
  • Once you have added your Global video, repeat the process to add any additional global videos.
  • Be sure to include a Video module set to Default in the event your inventory ever has a vehicle specific video.

 

Adding vehicle specific videos to your inventory in the Auction123 system is a breeze! For a refresher on how to do this, review our blog post here: https://blog.auction123.com/2015/07/30/updated-process-adding-your-youtube-video-to-auction123/

 

New Feature – Cloning Inventory In Your Auction123 Dashboard

We have added the ability to clone inventory in the Auction123 Dashboard. This feature is available for all non passenger vehicles, including RVs, Campers, Commercial Trucks, Powersports, Motorcycles, Heavy Equipment, Trailers, Boats, and all other supported inventory items that are not classified as passenger vehicles.

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To get started, find the unit in your Auction123 Dashboard you would like to clone. This can either be a unit you have manually created or one that was imported from your inventory file. From the Actions For This Item menu, click on Clone Item.

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From here, you can enter the VIN and Stock Number for the new unit and choose if you would like to copy the images from the original unit to the new unit. Click Clone Item and you have now successfully created a new inventory item in your Auction123 system! This new item is not associated with or connected to the original unit, so any changes you make to either item will not affect the other.

Template Editor Enhancement – Adding Multiple Image Viewers / Inserting Content Between Images

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We’ve added a new feature to the template editor which allows you to edit how your vehicle images display in your Auction123 template. With this enhancement, you can add multiple Image Viewers to your template and set which image, or group of images, will display in each Viewer. This provides the opportunity to insert descriptions, marketing graphics, eBusiness cards, or Auction123 widgets between your images, offering even more ways to customize the look and feel of your Auction123 template.

Editing Your Template:

Access the template editor by clicking “Template” under the Preference section in the left-hand navigation menu.

To get started, be sure your image Viewer is set to the Full image layout. This feature is not available if your template is using the Paged or Thumbnail image layout. To switch to the Full image layout, hover your mouse over the Image Viewer and click the pencil icon in the upper right-hand corner to select the Full option. If your template is already set to the Full image layout, click the edit pencil to open the Image Viewer editor.

From this edit screen, you can select which image or set of images you would like to display in this section of the template. Once set, continue adding the Image Viewer throughout your template, setting which group of images should display within each widget until you are finished. If your vehicles vary in the number of images they have, be sure to set one of the Image Viewers to display up to image 300. This will ensure all images will be shown within the template.

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Please let us know if you have any questions!

Call: (888) 514-0123, Option 2
Email: Support@Auction123.com
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