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How Online Video Advertising Boosts Car Sales

Posted by Chris Finan on May 8, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Car lots have grown quieter in the past decade. As any dealership owner can testify, salespeople used to spend their Saturdays selling vehicle after vehicle. And yet, car sales are up: Americans purchased more than 17.5 million cars and trucks in 2016, according to a report from Autodata and reported on by the Los Angeles Times. This was a new record for an industry that's experienced seven years of steady growth.

How are successful dealers tapping into this thriving market? The answer is online video advertising. But why do consumers love videos? And which types of videos are most likely to drive shoppers to buy?

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Topics: Video Advertising, Automotive

4 Tips to Boost Your Automotive Marketing

Posted by Jenny Sutton on November 21, 2016 at 1:03 PM

Innovations in technology have transformed not just automotive marketing, but the entire industry. It's critical to know and understand how digital marketing solutions can and should be implemented for the auto industry, as well as how traditional media remains useful.

1. Get Personal

Your customer will most likely begin his or her car-buying research online. This is an ideal opportunity to take advantage of search retargeting, which places a piece of code into the browsers of customers who search for specific terms. Savvy media placement can deliver the matching make and model in ads that will appear in those customers' web searches or Facebook newsfeeds. The trick is to manage the data effectively.

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Topics: Automotive

Auto Dealer Marketing in the Digital Age — a Micro-Revolution

Posted by Brooke Moody on August 3, 2016 at 11:31 AM

When it comes to auto dealer marketing, these days, the first rule is not to talk about the dealership. According to a new study from Google, a customer can make as many as 900 digital interactions in the lead-up to purchase. By comparison, the same customer will only visit two dealers in the process.

This doesn't represent an entirely new way of doing business. Dealerships have long known that customers can take months to process a car-buying decision. But with the ease of information readily available on mobile, consumers are now researching while standing in line at the grocery store, waiting to pick up their kids or over lunch. Getting those customers in the door is a matter of how you interact with them in the micro-moments during the path to purchase.

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Topics: Mobile Optimization and Advertising, Video Advertising, Content Marketing, Local Listings Management, Integrated Marketing, Automotive

Measure Automotive Advertising Trends With Key KPIs

Posted by Jesse McCambridge on February 29, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Businesses in every industry must adhere to certain universal best practices when building a digital presence, but there are differences in how specific companies can effectively deliver certain products online.

For instance, in the automotive industry, consumers often use the Internet to research cars, browse dealership inventories and get more information before making a purchase. To target consumers shopping for cars online, advertisers are refining their strategies and monitoring certain metrics that have a strong correlation to digital advertising success among dealerships and automotive brands.

When building digital campaigns, focus on these automotive advertising trends to uncover the true value of your automotive ad strategy.

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Topics: Analytics, Integrated Marketing, Automotive

Digital Marketing for Automotive Dealerships

Posted by Zuri Stanback on December 4, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Marketing Land notes that among both Gen Y young adults and older generations, the number-one source that influences car-buying decisions is reviews on independent websites. Manufacturers' websites and media reviews also rank above the opinion of the salesperson at the dealership. Clearly, the way people shop for cars is changing, and digital marketing for automotive dealerships is now more important than ever. Here's how the automotive industry can benefit from digital.

Reaching Consumers Where They Are — Literally!

Whereas in the past, dealers had to rely mainly on commercials and flashy billboards to entice customers into their stores, today they have the added benefit of being able to reach consumers in real time right when they're in the neighborhood. As consumers continue to spend more and more time on mobile devices, it's important to reach them where they are — not only where they'll be most likely to see your message, but where they'll be the most receptive to respond to it. That means using geofencing to serve ads in social networking apps, Web browsers and other mobile applications to target consumers who are close by your dealership. You can target consumers while they are out car shopping and serve them a deal right when they're in your neighborhood.

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Topics: Retargeting and Remarketing, Premium Display and Banner Ads, Mobile Optimization and Advertising, Integrated Marketing, Automotive

Automotive Advertising Trends: Mobile and Video Are in the Driver's Seat

Posted by Jennifer Dragon on January 22, 2015 at 10:37 AM

As consumers change their shopping habits, automotive advertising strategies are also transforming. EMarketer reported that automakers and dealers in the U.S. will have spent about $6.15 billion on digital advertising in 2014, an increase of 18.8 percent from 2013. But are they spending their budgets the right way? While marketers have made great advances, new trends suggest that automotive advertising techniques must reflect the way consumers leverage mobile, video advertising and other touchpoints to enhance their shopping experience and get the best deal.

Retargeting Cross-Shoppers

Think With Google reported that 72 percent of all auto purchase searches in 2013 involved some form of cross-shopping by the consumer. The good news for auto marketers is that you can leverage cross-shopping behaviors to ensure that your inventory is part of the consumer's evaluation process. Retargeting and remarketing are great ways to drive increased returns to your website by cross-shoppers. New research from the National Automobile Dealers Association shows that 83 percent of consumers say they're most influenced by dealer websites when they begin their auto search. This is a huge opportunity to use paid search to drive consumers to your website and leverage retargeting best practices to entice them to return once they've checked out other dealerships.

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Topics: Retargeting and Remarketing, Mobile Optimization and Advertising, Video Advertising, Automotive

Automotive Digital Marketing Assessment: Restoring the Glory

Posted by Joseph Naylor on July 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Once, automotive digital marketing was the gold standard by which all other industries built their marketing strategies. Due to the economic downturn, the automotive industry has been in a rut in recent years, but that is changing. A survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers reveals that 44 percent of automotive CEOs are optimistic about the global economy, yet only 39 percent say their organizations are prepared for this upsurge. The Local Solutions team here at Cox Media Group believes that the industry is entering a third wave of growth — and automotive digital marketing will be at the heart of this resurgence. To maximize opportunities to increase revenue, here are some best practices to consider.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Automotive

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