Frequently Asked Questions
Shift Digital is contracted by GM Canada, to facilitate the launch and ongoing maintenance of the GM Canada Dealer Digital Solution. This includes: overseeing the negotiations, contracting and oversight of the vendors; ongoing account management; providing proactive and reactive, ongoing dealer support, which includes, but is not limited to, analytics review, creative execution and website updates, supplier facilitation, dealer education; facilitating billing; tagging and analytics; defining the roadmap for future products and program additions.
The program offers websites, chat, digital advertising, digital retailing, and inventory merchandising
GM Canada has contracted directly with Shift Digital to manage the negotiations, contracting and vendor management of the Dealer Digital Solution suppliers. Shift Digital holds the contracts for the suppliers within the program, all of which are assignable to GM Canada.
For billing purposes, Shift Digital facilitates the collection and payment of the billing to and from the suppliers. Shift Digital then passes that billing information to GM Canada which allows GM Canada to bill the dealers via the monthly open account process.
Dealers are not required to sign any contracts directly with the suppliers in the program, as this process is handled through Shift Digital and agreed upon through the End User License Agreement (EULA).
To enroll in a product, simply click anywhere on this site that says, “Enroll Now” or ""Shopping Cart”. You will be taken to an enrollment portal and can select the product or service you would like to enroll in. Once you have submitted, you will receive a conformation email from the GM Digital Consultant team to verify your enrollment.
Yes, the products and services provided by Dealer Digital Solution that were once provided by Global Connect will now be captured on this site to help streamline and make the process more efficient.
The End User License Agreement (EULA) is an agreement between Shift Digital and the Dealer, which includes the terms and conditions of the program. The EULA includes: payment terms, billing rules, and cancelation procedures, etc. It also includes provisions regarding the use of the services throughout the program, enabling the service provider(s) selected by the dealer to provide the services throughout the program.
Billing does not begin until your website goes live All dealers will then be billed through the monthly open account process.
The use of the term “recorded call messages” within the EULA pertains to call tracking services. These services are an a la carte service provided by several of our suppliers and is completely optional. Neither GM Canada or Shift Digital will be recording or maintaining recorded materials as this service is directly between the dealer and supplier. The ability to listen to recorded messages through the call tracking service will be provided via the dealers chosen supplier.
If/when a dealer chooses to transition from one provider to another in the program, the GM Dealer Digital Consultant team will ensure a smooth transition so that a dealer is never without a live website. Dealers will always own their data and a transition between providers will not affect this
GM Canada, Shift Digital, and our providers have worked together to ensure that our dealer networks will remain protected. All provider contracts within the Dealer Digital Solution are assignable to GM Canada and will not cause disruption to the service you are being provided.”
- A curated assortment of industry-leading website, digital advertising, chat, digital retailing, and inventory merchandising options for dealers to choose from
- Quality reporting to help guide your investments and improve performance
- Dependable and proactive support from your dedicated GM Digital Consultant
- Coordination of GM Canada and dealer retail initiatives across multiple digital platforms
- Innovative technologies and product roadmaps to keep you ahead of the competition
- Additional products, tools and add-ons to strengthen your digital presence
- Lower costs that drive efficiency and maximize your dollars
In order to be compliant, dealers must have a website from one of the six industry leading website suppliers in the program, and they must not have any other dealership website outside of the program. A regular audit will be performed and any dealers who maintain a website outside of the of the program will not be compliant with REP.”
Participation in the digital advertising program or any other digital tools offered through the program, are completely elective and not considered a REP requirement at this time.
All dealers will be billed through the monthly open account process.
All dealers will receive a GM Digital Consultant (GMDC) as part of this program. This resource is designed to help create and upload website assets as well as provide proactive monthly reporting on your site’s performance.
GMDC’s are also available to answer questions regarding lead delivery, digital advertising setup, billing, and insights into all the certified suppliers and their offerings.
The GMDC will be available to you regardless of the website supplier you choose and will continue to support you if you choose to switch suppliers.
The GMDC comes at no additional cost to the dealer.
Yes. Dealers are free to work directly with their chosen supplier’s support team.
If additional support tickets or items need to be seen to completion, the GMDC will be able to help facilitate those conversations with the supplier on your behalf.
The enrollment period is four weeks long. The enrollment period lasts four weeks. Dealers must choose a website supplier and package, then complete the GlobalConnect enrollment process. This is due to the Retail Excellence Program (REP) requirement, previously communicated. Dealers only need to choose a website supplier and package and complete the GlobalConnect enrollment process in the above enrollment window. This is due to the Retail Excellence Program (REP) requirement, previously communicated.
Once a dealer has enrolled for a website supplier and package, the dealer will not be able to change suppliers until the site is live. Once the site is live, the dealer can change suppliers with 30-day notice.
The GMDC team is here to provide guidance and assist in these situations. If a situation arises, please reach out to your GMDC.
It is highly recommended that you give notice to any secondary website supplier you are currently in contract with. This will allow them ample time to transition to your certified supplier.
Once enrolled, websites may take 8 to 12 weeks to build and push live. This timing is dependent on the package level selected as well as any additional a la carte items selected. This timing is also dependent on the dealer’s ability to review and approve their website in a timely manner.
No. Your dealership will not be without a website at any time during the process. Your GMDC will ensure an appropriate and timely transition from your current website to your new, certified supplier website.
Yes. Dealers are free to use their existing URL, or an additional URL that they own.
Yes. Third party tools, such as chat, digital retailing, trade evaluations, etc., can be incorporated on all certified websites.
All leads from your certified website will continue to come to the dealer via the current Dealer Direct/ADF format lead export process.
Shift Digital will provide access to Insight, an advanced online reporting portal that tracks various Tier 3 metrics. Insight allows dealers to monitor the progress of their certified website.
For any additional questions about the General Motors Dealer Digital Solution please contact the GMDC Support Team: