Southeast Florida Roundup
CarLife connects car dealers with photographers
Even with a shortage of new and used vehicles, dealers still find it helpful in selling autos to get a magazine-quality photo or commercial video of the actual vehicle out on social media rather than stock images. So says Matt Laux, 26, who founded CarLife, a Delray Beach software company that connects dealers with photographers and videographers.
CarLife’s annual revenue is around $300,000. Contrary to what you might expect, the glamour photos aren’t only for glamour nameplates. “We work with brands from Ferrari and Aston Martin to Subaru and Toyota. Our analytics consistently prove that we are selling cars through Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for dealerships — all with our premium photos and virtual vehicle videos,” Laux says.
Software lets dealers request a photographer to come to the dealership or other location and notifies them when the assignment is complete.
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