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Drive business growth with rural America marketing insights

Are you ready for actionable marketing insight you can apply to help you reach, connect and convert rural American consumers? Hop in the front seat as you’ll be riding shotgun with Cliff Callis, your OUTdrive host, as he takes you down the road to success.

Dec 20, 2021

Often referred to as The Automotive Capital of the World and Motor City (Motown), Detroit, Michigan is home to General Motors (GM) headquarters. GM led global annual vehicle sales for 77 consecutive years from 1931 through 2007, and is still among the world's largest automakers by vehicle unit sales. It was at this multi-billion dollar company that our guest spent the first 20 years of his career immersed in the world of cars and marketing.  In this episode of OUTdrive, Cliff sits down with automotive marketer Karl Kramer to discuss industry trends, dealership positioning, and consumer buying habits.

Karl is the Chief Marketing Officer at McCarthy Auto Group and has a demonstrated history of providing effective business results in the automotive industry. He spent the first half of his career at GM in various roles and locations, primarily as a district service manager. In his current position at McCarthy, Karl coordinates and manages marketing efforts, as well as sponsorships, promotions, and community relations, while helping manage OEM working relationships. Karl has a Bachelor's Degree in Automotive Technology, Advanced Technical Studies from Southern Illinois University. In his career and personal life, Karl is passionate about building strong personal, business, and community relationships.

Karl takes the wheel and hits the gas in this episode of OUTdrive. Tune in to hear him share marketing insight that can help businesses from Motown to Rural America. 

What you’ll learn: 

  • Karl’s upbringing in Flora, Illinois and how he first got started working with cars
  • Karl’s career path, from his first job working as a technician, to earning his degree at Southern Illinois University, to working for General Motors (GM)
  • Reflection from Karl’s time at GM, one of the largest companies in the world
  • How Karl ended up in Kansas City and his transition to McCarthy Auto Group after 20 years with GM
  • The role of a Chief Marketing Officer and effective marketing mix strategies in the automotive industry
  • Changes in consumer buying behavior in the last couple of years due to COVID-19
  • The types of marketing campaigns, sponsorships, and community events that Karl finds most successful