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    GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM
    Site now acts as a melting pot of GM stakeholders.
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    May 3, 2011
    By: Nick Saporito


    As GMInsideNews approaches its tenth year as the web’s premier source for everything relating to General Motors, huge advances are being made in regards to the site’s core goal. With some unsolicited assistance from General Motors and a particular GM executive, GMI is now carving out new territory for GM and automotive industry followers.

    Since the site’s inception in October 2001, the core goal of our staff has never faltered. That goal is to act as a bridge between enthusiasts and the company they follow. Every change or move the staff has made since has been in an effort to advance that core goal.

    Unfortunately GMI is only half of the equation that must be formulated to accomplish that goal. What GMI cannot control is the amount of effort GM extends to meet the site and its readers in the middle.

    Earlier today a fundamental step forward was made on the part of a single post here on GMI, by a GM executive. This morning GM North America president Mark Reuss personally joined in on the dialog taking place on GMI. GMI has never solicited Reuss or anyone else at General Motors to join the site.

    GMI has always taken the position that if GM wants to join with GMI to be a catalyst of change in the way OEM’s interact with their enthusiasts; they need to take the initiative on their own. Reuss took that initiative this morning and joined the hundreds of other GM employees that currently participate here at GMI.

    Reuss stated in his post that he has read GMI for a long time and uses the site for instantaneous feedback on GM products and decisions. His sentiments have been echoed by various GM executives to GMI staff in the past.

    Today GMI has over 54,000 registered members. While the vast majority of them are industry enthusiasts and customers, GMI has a large audience of GM employees, dealerships and suppliers. GMI has, in a sense, become a melting pot of stakeholders in General Motors.

    Reuss’ involvement in the GMI forums comes as GMI hit a record-breaking 472,000 unique visitors last month, with an ever-increasing rate of global readers.

    While GMI is pleased to have Reuss on the site, his objective participation on the site changes nothing for GMI. He is joining in on a communication medium that favors no one, but rather favors the fact that everyone is on the same level of communication.

    The advances GMI has made in recent years have extended way beyond even the wildest dreams that its staff possessed. The site has met its core goal and is now extending beyond that goal into uncharted territory.

    GMI also wants to extend a big thank you to our thousands of readers. Without our dedicated patrons, none of the above would be taking place.
    Last edited by nsap; 05-03-2011 at 03:07 PM.

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    Re: GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    Good job Nick et. al.

    And good job 69Firebird400 for posting your excellent interview here.

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    Re: GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    This great and awesome news!
    What is happening to the GM that grew up with for these many decades? If I could I would institute a hostile take over and kick the entire board and executives out and fill the positions with creative minds under the age of 35.

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    Re: GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    What a great site, I am an old time member that stopped posting for a while but glad to be back!

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    Re: GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    There are no silver bullets--we are attacking this every day--dealer by dealer and customer by customer. I worked in a dealer in Ct last week--shadowed every department and took it all in as a trainee. I took all of this back to my staff and we now are embarking on a new journey of "supporting the operator" --to take a page from manufacturing--so we must make the jobs of our dealers (customers) and our paying customers--much easier and less complex--and therefore higher quality.
    Could this be a future episode of "Undercover Boss"?

    Seriously though this is cool. To have someone so high up in the company taking the time to read what people want in their products shows how big a shift in thinking has happened.

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    Re: GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    This is the greatest auto enthusiast site on the web... It really is, even if you're a fan of other brands outside of GM. I'm still waiting for the GMI t-shirts though...

    And it's cool to see Mark join in the fun. That guy embodies all I loved about the company since the 60's as a kid.. Keep up the good work!

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    Re: GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    Quote Originally Posted by germeezy1 View Post
    What a great site,....
    We agree again!

    I've always been happy and grateful to be a member here.

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    Re: GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    Quote Originally Posted by megeebee View Post
    I've always been happy and grateful to be a member here.
    Me too. I would not be an auto enthusiast were it not for GMI. This is awesome.

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    Re: GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    Welcome Aboard!

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    Re: GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    Cool. The staff here have worked hard for a long time and deserve the recognition.

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    Re: GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    Love this site!!

    Keep up the good work. So glad GMI has GM paying attention to their devoted fans.

    Welcome to Mark. Keep pushing GM to put out the best products in the world!
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    Re: GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    One only needs to look at other automotive enthusiast websites for other automobile manufacturers to see that this site is far superior in its presentation and dissemination of information. This site is a great compliment to the official GM website. With GMI’s spotlight focused squarely on the best built, highest quality, most innovative automotive products in the world who could not be a fan a GM and GMI?

    GM - Building the best automotive products in the world.
    GMI - Reporting on the best automotive products in the world.

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    Re: GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    I can almost guarantee that his PM box is now full of the impassioned pleas to bring back Pontiac or bring 4 new zetas to market tomorrow... not gonna happen folks. Good to see GMI is all grown up though

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    Re: GMI Bridges Gap Between Enthusiasts, GM

    I've stated it several times over the years, GMI is by far the greatest automotive based site on the web. GMI "employs" a wonderful staff who a. seem to truly care about the content on the site, and b. seem to care greatly about the subject, namely the General Motors Company, and the automotive world in general.

    I'm glad Nick mentioned the members of this site. Though there is a "fanboy" element present, there is no shortage of good dialogue between enthusiasts of GM and other brands. Add to that, many members of this site are well versed in automotive history and modern automotive production. Also, there's a rich diversity of backgrounds represented by our members. We have the voices of the affluent, and that of those of lesser means. Australian, Asian, and European opinions and points of view are shared with those from North America, which is incredibly diverse already.

    GMI is the only site on which I post regularly. I enjoy discussions with other educated enthusiasts and even automotive nubes, even if we don't happen to agree on a subject. We may agree on something else somewhere down the line. There's nothing wrong with friendly discourse of opposing views. I mean, does anyone here agree with their closest relatives, friends, or spouse 100% of the time? Of course not. But you respect their point of view. I try to respect the thoughts of others, which is something that I find is the norm here on GMI, and is one of the main reasons outside of breaking automotive news that I return to GMI several times per week.

    Having true GM insiders as members and "lurkers" is the ultimate compliment to this site. I'm impressed that Mr. Reuss, who I believe should be the CEO of GM, looks on this site for immediate feedback. Not that every decision should be made because of feedback found solely on GMI. But it may be used as a measuring tool for enthusiasts' opinions in addition to real world sales figures which should help guide the company's product development.

    Again, excellent job to all those involved both behind the scenes, GMI staff, and everyone else here on the GM enthusiast front line.
    Last edited by Quixote88; 05-03-2011 at 04:08 PM.

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