High-Performance Marketing Solutions
that Drive Results

When purchasing a car or truck, consumers spend an average of 20 hours researching online before coming to a decision. All that research and browsing activity can yield valuable data for OEMs and dealers to leverage in their marketing.

But those data points only make up part of the picture. Complementing that information is additional insight into auto buyers’ behaviors and preferences expressed in their spending across multiple consumer categories, not just vehicle purchases. This vast and diverse data—contained in the Ultimate Database—is the key to successfully marketing to future customers by identifying correlations in the data that predict propensity for particular automotive brands and vehicle types.

By leveraging the Wiland Technology Platform’s predictive modeling techniques, Ultimate Data enables automotive marketers to identify optimal prospects before they are even in-market, as well as inform marketing efforts once prospects show an interest in a particular make or model.

The result? More vehicle sales and increased market share. With this kind of intelligence and insight, automotive brands are empowered to transform their marketing efforts from being merely directionally correct to being precisely targeted.

Automotive: Solutions

New Customer Acquisition

Reach your future customers before they are even in market. Ultimate Data’s predictive analytics and comprehensive data on virtually every U.S. adult consumer enable pre-intent marketing that identifies the best new prospects for your brand. This depth of insight optimizes marketing efficiency and drives superior results across all addressable channels and at all stages along the path to purchase.


Increasing Revenue from Current Customers

Understand your buyers as never before. Our extensive data and proprietary segmentation techniques allow you to concentrate resources on the most promising customers already in your database. We can help you avoid the high cost of continuing to pursue the wrong customers, and focus on those whose behavior, as observed in our data, indicates brand loyalty and other relevant, correlating behaviors.


Reactivating Lapsed Buyers

If buyers have migrated to other brands, we can provide insight that will identify those most likely to respond to your offers to “come home” to your brand. Combined with what you know about past customers, Ultimate Data’s insights optimize your win-back marketing efforts, before or after it’s clear that a buyer is back in the market for a new vehicle.


Lead Scoring and Customer File Optimization

Focus your marketing efforts on the customers who are most likely to respond to your advertising and promotions. As you generate large numbers of buyer leads through advertising efforts, we score and rank those leads to optimize subsequent marketing efforts.


Digital Channel Optimization

Ultimate Custom Digital Audiences drive response in the many digital channels where automotive marketers advertise, including display, mobile, social, video, and addressable television. Our unique approach to deterministic, people-based marketing combines what you know about your customers and prospects with all that we know about American consumers. The result is the creation of highly-optimized digital marketing audiences deployable in all addressable channels.

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Automotive: Team

Division Leadership

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Michael Gingell

President, Ultimate Data Division

Mike is a catalyst for change who infuses the organization with a customer and market centric mindset. He is responsible for leading Wiland’s Ultimate Data Division.  This includes the sale of non-cooperative database products across all markets, the development of co-created marketing audiences via audience partners, the overall management of the Automotive, Financial Services, and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industries, and the development of digital newsletters and the direct-to-consumer data aggregation businesses.

Mike has over 20 years of experience in the information industry.  He held general management and sales roles on the leadership teams at R.L. Polk & Co. as well as IHS Automotive. He led global product management organizations and North American sales and marketing teams, as well as leading corporate restructuring efforts in the U.S. and Europe. Mike was inducted as a Young Leader into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2006 and remains active in the automotive industry. In addition to his focus on the company’s data products and partnerships, Mike brings a wealth of expertise in strategic planning, operations management, brand management, and leadership development.

Mike is proud to come from a family of small business owners and entrepreneurs. His great-grandparents founded the town of Gingellville in 1837 after receiving a land grant from President Andrew Jackson and successfully ran the hardware store, grocery store, and gas station for multiple generations. Mike received his undergraduate degree from Oakland University and his MBA from Wayne State University. When he is not working, Mike enjoys participating in his kids’ sporting events and local politics. He is currently serving his fifth term as an Oakland County Commissioner and is the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

Favorite Quote: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” —John F. Kennedy

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Client Services

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Dave Hill

SVP, Client Services

Dave is a self-proclaimed man of numbers, not of words. With a double major in finance and economics, he lets the numbers do the talking…and they say quite a lot about Dave and the know-how he brings to direct marketing in both digital and offline environments. Here at Wiland, he oversees the team responsible for the delivery of solutions and services to several hundred clients.

Dave’s nearly 30 years of direct marketing experience began at Fingerhut, where he held multiple positions in the marketing department. He then moved on to catalog marketer Michigan Bulb, which was part of Foster & Gallagher. There he led the new customer acquisition marketing and circulations functions for more than four years, overseeing direct-response advertising decisions and vendor relationships. Before coming to Wiland, he held a variety of positions with Epsilon Targeting. On the side, he’s had training in effective negotiation, management and coaching for success.

Favorite Quote: “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” —Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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April Simon

Client Services Director

April began her direct marketing career with the legendary National Demographics & Lifestyles (NDL) in 1993 before moving on to Arvato, part of Bertelsmann, which often took her to Germany (including during the World Cup in 2006).

April came to Wiland in 2007, where she advanced to outside sales. In 2012, when cancer struck, April’s family and Wiland colleagues lovingly helped her through the tough times. Today, as a survivor, she says, “Wiland is like a family to me. I have a completely different perspective on life these days and always look at the positive in everything I do.”

When not at work or checkups, the avid motorcyclist (who started riding long before it was cool for chicks to ride) hits the road year-round in the mountains, plains, and everywhere in between. She loves hanging out with her beloved dog, Lucky, noting that rescue is a two-way street.

Favorite Quote: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” —Dale Carnegie (attributed) by way of April’s mother

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Product Management

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Dave Brown

SVP, Product Management

Dave is passionate about learning and exploring, both at work and in his personal life. He loves to challenge his own ideas and notions, always seeking to improve. These traits, coupled with his love of facts and statistics, drew him to direct marketing some 20 years ago; and these virtues are brought to his role at Wiland, where he oversees product development and marketing for the many vertical markets that Wiland serves.

Before joining the company, Dave spent nearly a decade in senior marketing positions at multi-brand catalog retail companies including Astral Direct and Concepts Direct. He also has significant service-side experience, having worked with major direct-marketing clients at EDS, the Polk Company and Prime Response.

Dave graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received his MBA and, more importantly, met his wife. Having lived in Springfield, Missouri for a number of years near the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Dave and his family have returned to Colorado where the much larger Rocky Mountains form the iconic western skyline. When not developing new marketing solutions for our clients, Dave enjoys watching his teenage son and daughter play competitive soccer, traveling to lands near and far, and, of course, exploring.

Favorite Quote: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” —Mark Twain (attributed)

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Will Clayton

SVP, Digital Product Manager

Immersed in the exciting personal computer revolution of the 80s, Will cut his teeth on desktop publishing and computer graphic arts. After earning a bachelor’s degree in education and physics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from North Carolina State University with an emphasis on product innovation and marketing, he developed online storefronts and other early web technology.

He then helped other innovative companies turn ideas into viable marketing tools. Recently, his focus has been on the appropriate, secure use of consumer data for effective marketing; optimization tools for creative, audience and media; cutting-edge technical developments in digital marketing; and the evolution of mobile, local, video and other rapidly emerging digital channels.

Will says his true work and passion is at home, where he helps care for, and learns from, six amazing children. He teaches safety and leadership skills to Boy Scouts and to adult Scout advisers. An accomplished and award-winning Toastmaster, Will stands ready to address any gathering. As our go-to guy on digital, Will expands Wiland’s bandwidth by translating geeky concepts into simple explanations and thorny technical challenges into elegant product solutions.

Favorite Quote: “Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.” —Simone Weil

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Wells Spence

VP, Product Management

Throughout his career, Wells’ core mission has been to help companies thrive by identifying their challenges and building solutions that fuel success. He brings this same results-oriented outlook to his role as Vice President of Product Management at Wiland.

After graduating from Amherst College in his native New England, Wells began his over 20-year marketing career at direct marketing powerhouses The Danbury Mint and Time Life. More recently, he’s helped companies like The Discovery Channel, Time, Inc., and EBSCO succeed by leveraging data and digital platforms to engage audiences and by leading multi-channel integration initiatives. As part of the Wiland team, Wells enjoys having daily opportunities to use his multifaceted experience to support clients and colleagues alike.

As a recent Colorado transplant, Wells’ top hobby has been gaping awestruck at the Rocky Mountain vistas with his wife and two sons. He also enjoys jogging with his dogs, cheering on and coaching his lacrosse-obsessed sons, and relishing the unfolding of each day with family and friends.

Favorite Quote: “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

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Lia Feldman

Marketing Manager

Lia’s Colorado roots run very deep. Her great-grandfather settled a mining town south of Boulder around the turn of the 19th century, and her family has been here ever since. After two years at Walla Walla College in Washington state, she headed back to the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned her B.A. in psychology, and she’s been in Colorado ever since.

Lia spent nearly six years in marketing, sales and event planning at the Fort Collins Country Club. Here at Wiland, she manages all aspects of our corporate identity and brand, along with trade show attendance, sponsorships, marketing messaging and strategy, and web content. She flies all over the country for Wiland, but when she’s not doing the traveling she loves, Lia enjoys her country home at the base of the foothills. She and her husband, Zack, have property with a small flock of chickens, sheep, a dog, and a huge garden. Lia enjoys fishing, boating, hiking and camping, and spending time with family.

Favorite Quote: “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” —Scott Adams

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