Autobytel Teams with SaleMove to Enhance Online Automotive Shopping Experience

  Autobytel Teams with SaleMove to Enhance Online Automotive Shopping
  Experience

Becomes exclusive auto industry provider of SaleMove technology, enabling more
 robust and interactive communication between the auto industry and consumers

Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif. -- November 4, 2013

Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq: ABTL), the company dedicated to connecting automotive
consumers with dealers, today announced it has teamed with SaleMove, Inc.
(“SaleMove”) to become the exclusive provider to the auto industry of
SaleMove’s innovative technology for enhancing communications with consumers.

SaleMove’s patent-pending technology allows auto dealers and manufacturers to
enhance the online shopping experience by interacting with consumers in
real-time, using the method most comfortable to them, including live video,
audio and text-based chat or by phone. Utilizing SaleMove’s “guided tour”
capabilities, dealers can take advantage of a new line of high-touch
communication with consumers by browsing the dealer’s website with them,
creating a virtual extension of the dealer’s physical showroom.

Additionally, SaleMove’s technology helps dealers and manufacturers improve
the online consumer experience and identify potential buyers by better
understanding visitor preferences gathered through real-time viewing of how
consumers are interacting with a website. The auto industry will be able to
interact directly with consumers on a deeper and more personal level,
providing a highly customized experience for car buyers.

“This exciting technology allows dealers and manufacturers to personally
welcome online consumers, offer assistance, provide helpful suggestions, and
help guide consumers to their perfect cars,” said Jeff Coats, chief executive
officer of Autobytel Inc. “The human element is very important to the car
buying experience, and this new functionality allows dealers and manufacturers
to make the most of their interactions with consumers by re-creating the
showroom experience wherever the customer may be. This is another step in our
commitment to helping dealers and auto manufacturers sell more cars.”

“Our proprietary technology enabling real time one-on-one interaction with
today’s online consumers falls perfectly in line with Autobytel’s industry
leading products and services,” said Daniel Michaeli, chief executive officer
of SaleMove. “The virtual experience we’ve created of observing, communicating
with and guiding online consumers through the car buying process is as close
as you can get to an actual showroom experience. Autobytel understands how
essential this is in enhancing online car buying, to ultimately help its
industry partners sell more cars. We’re pleased to work with the team at
Autobytel who continues to innovate after having pioneered the automotive
Internet nearly 20 years ago.”

Autobytel made an initial investment in SaleMove and plans to support the
company in SaleMove’s ongoing development of its innovative technology.
Autobytel intends to maximize use of this technology in the full range of
mobile services it already offers, including the recent acquisition of
Advanced Mobile.

Visit Autobytel.com to access the company's leading automotive information;
watch exclusive new car videos, test drives and car reviews at Autobytel's
YouTube page; or join the conversation on the Autobytel Facebook Fan Page.

About Autobytel Inc.
Autobytel Inc. provides high quality consumer leads and associated marketing
services to automotive dealers and manufacturers throughout the United States
and offers consumers robust and original online automotive content to help
them make informed car-buying decisions. The company pioneered the automotive
internet in 1995 with its flagship website www.autobytel.com and has since
helped tens of millions of automotive consumers research vehicles; connected
thousands of dealers nationwide with motivated car buyers; and helped every
major automaker market its brand online.

Investors and other interested parties can receive Autobytel news releases and
invitations to special events by accessing the online registration form at
investor.autobytel.com/alerts.cfm.

About SaleMove
The patent-pending technology developed by SaleMove, Inc. (www.salemove.com)
enables automotive dealers and manufacturers to observe, communicate with and
guide consumers through the online car buying process in real-time. The
company’s seamless combination of tools re-creates the in-store experience,
allowing the automotive industry to gauge the behaviors of online car buyers
with real-time analytics and browsing observations, and by providing
communication tools such as live video, audio or text-based chat in addition
to phone capabilities and virtual guided tours in the form of collaborative
browsing. SaleMove also provides dealers and manufacturers with advanced
metrics and in-depth reporting, and in-browser technology for ease of
integration.

Contact:

Autobytel Inc. Media Relations
Splash Media
Jennifer Lange
949-916-4820
jlange@getsplashmedia.com
or
Autobytel Inc. Investor Relations
Curtis DeWalt
Chief Financial Officer
949-437-4694
curtisd@autobytel.com
or
PondelWilkinson Inc.
Roger Pondel/Laurie Berman
310-279-5980
pwinvestor@pondel.com
 
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