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VIO Big Data Shootout: Performance V8 Sedans

VIO Big Data Shootout: Performance V8 Sedans

For our latest Vehicles in Operation (VIO) Big Data Shootout we put seven Euro and American premium performance sedans to the test: the Audi RS 7, BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet SS, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and the Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 and S63. All of our contestants have powerful V8 engines, four doors and lots of soft cushy leather inside. We wanted to see which car had the most total Vehicles in Operation (VIO) as well as the biggest increase or decrease for the first half of 2016 vs. last year. We also pulled in some vehicle owner demographics...

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Big Data Shootout: Vehicles In Operation (VIO) Stats for New Mustang, Challenger and Camaro

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Who’s winning the new vehicle registration race for late model muscle cars in 2016? We wanted to see which car had the most total new vehicle registrations, as well as the biggest increase or decrease for the first half of 2016 vs. last year. This kind of information should be useful to members of the Auto Care Association, MEMA, SEMA or AASA. Racers, start your big data engines! We pulled data from the Vehicles in Operation (VIO) database to see new registrations for  the three American modern-day muscle cars: Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger. We pitted these...

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Automotive SEO Case Study: How We Grew Organic Traffic 30% in 30 Days

We’re always looking for better ways to use data to analyze and optimize for SEO, paid search or email marketing. Larry Kim’s blog post caught our eye on SEO strategies using click through rate (CTR) to optimize for organic traffic in light of Google’s RankBrain. We were off to conduct our own case study to see if we could add even more science to our SEO methods to improve organic results for our clients. Yay, science! Our analytical approach to automotive SEO We use a very analytical, fact-based approach for search engine optimization (SEO) for auto parts and accessories....

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Mobile Is Driving Online Tire & Wheel Search Growth

If you are looking for online search statistics for tires and related accessories, Google has released the latest stats for the tire market. Searches done on mobile devices are driving the rapid growth in tire, tire parts and wheel online search activity (scroll down to the bottom to download your own free copy of the full report). Overall search queries for tires grew 20% in the fourth quarter of 2015 from the previous year and although desktop search dropped 1%, mobile search grew by 42%. Google research: Mobile is the key to growth in tire searches If you sell...

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Ways Millennials Are Changing the Automotive Aftermarket

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Note: To get a true Generation Y marketing perspective, our genuine Gen-Y marketing intern, Brad, researched and wrote this article, which dispels a lot of myths about marketing to the millennial generation. Generation Y, better known as the millennial generation (born in 1980-2000), is the first generation to grow up with modern technology and this influences how millennials view cars and car accessories. For this generation, technology is not just another accessory; it is necessity and a way of life. Millennials find it extremely important to have top of the line technology that can be synchronized between devices. Millennials...

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How Lifetime Value (LTV) Enhances Your Online Marketing and Grows Profits | Database Marketing Part 2

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The lifetime value of a customer calculation is very useful. It lets automotive marketers know how much money to invest to gain a new customer. Calculating lifetime value lets you know what a customer is worth to your business. Our previous blog post briefly touched on lifetime value, as it served as an introduction to this one. This post will dig much deeper, giving the reader a fuller understanding of lifetime value and how it can really improve the effectiveness of your marketing budget and how you should market to returning customers. Lifetime value of the online customer defined...

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4 Ways to Increase Sales With Customer Retention Strategies | Database Marketing Part 1

If you’re looking for ways to increase sales, here are four ideas that can increase sales from your existing customers. Sales from existing customers are much more profitable than sales from new customers and we’ll show you why in this article. Marketing to new customers is important to grow your business, however, it’s just as important to retain existing customers to grow your sales, and impact the bottom line. (Also see our next article, Database Marketing Part 2 on lifetime value) Customer retention definition Customer retention is the process to reduce the number of customer defections. These defections are also...

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Auto Parts SEO: 6 Important Search Types to Know

If you’re optimizing a website for auto parts SEO (search engine optimization), or even if you’re trying to optimize your paid search campaign keywords, knowing how enthusiasts search online for products and services is very important. Knowing these basic categories is critical when trying to reach auto enthusiasts online through Google, Bing or Yahoo. A well-optimized website will be found for consumer organic searches performed on a variety of words, including long-tail keywords, which are searches using three or more words. 1). Part type searches with part type modifiers Enthusiasts may look for parts based on part type so...

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Auto Parts SEO vs Paid Search Case Study #3

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We posted results of a case study on paid search for auto parts vs. search engine optimization (SEO) back in January, and we posted the results of one back in May, 2014. Here is another case study showing actual results before, during and after paid brand advertising was paused for a client selling performance auto parts online. The parameters of this test were simple: our client was running paid search ads for a variety of parts on their site, plus paid search ads for their own brand name. We paused all brand name ads as a test. In cooperation...

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Paid Search vs SEO Case Study #2 for Auto Parts

Pay per click (PPC) vs automotive SEO is a marketing combination we monitor very closely. A common question in the auto parts industry is the PPC vs SEO debate and whether both types of online marketing are necessary, or and whether these efforts will detract from each other when used at the same time. (You can scroll down to see our conclusion at the bottom.) This blog post shows the results of a recent SEO vs PPC case study we did but first let’s revisit a study conducted by Google a few years ago. Paid Search vs SEO case...

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Big Data Shootout: VIO Stats for Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado vs Ram pickups

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We again dove into our US vehicle registration database of 245 million vehicles for our latest Big Data Shootout on Vehicles in Operation (VIO). This Shootout looks at the Ford F-150/F-Series, compared to Dodge Ram and Chevy Silverado pickups. We compared these trucks head to head: we looked at the most total registrations for 2014 year to date, as well as the biggest increase or decrease in registrations from 2013. Let the Shootout begin! Third place but pulling strong: Ram pickup registrations First, some quick background on the Ram brand: In 2010-2011 Chrysler spun off the “Ram” brand from Dodge, so what...

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Cyber Season Online Shopping Stats

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As the 2014 holiday shopping season is underway let’s look at online sales vs. brick and mortar sales. “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” are on a lot of people’s minds so we’ll break down the stats for you with some quick facts: Black Friday brick & mortar sales down In general, consumers are continuing the shift from brick and mortar to online. That’s obvious. Although Black Friday is still a big day for brick and mortar store sales, actual sales from Black Friday are dropping. The National Retail Federation reports 55% of holiday shoppers were in stores and shopping online...

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Auto Parts: Online Sales to Break $6 Billion in 2015

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(Editor’s note: this article was originally published in November 2014, and has been updated for 2016 and can be read in this more recent post from January 2016.) Aftermarket auto parts online continues to grow as a sales channel, and online sales will break the $6 billion mark in 2015. It’s an amazing online shopping growth statistic for our industry and auto parts market size is an aftermarket industry trend that we follow closely. Online sales of new auto parts, excluding online auctions, broke $5 billion for the first time in 2014 and will increase over 17% to hit...

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Big Data Shootout: Mustang vs Camaro vs Challenger Vehicles in Operation (VIO) Stats

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We looked at our US vehicle registration database of 246.9 million vehicles to see who’s winning the new vehicle registration statistics for 2014. The results of our Big Data Shootout looking at new Vehicles in Operation (VIO) were a little surprising. We took registration data for new 2014 Chevrolet Camaros, Ford Mustangs and Dodge Challengers and pitted these late model muscle cars head-to-head for our first Big Data Shootout. We wanted to see which car had the most total registrations, as well as the biggest increase or decrease from last year. We analyzed year-to-date registrations through May 2014 and...

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Everything You Need to Know About Using Vehicles in Operation (VIO) Registration Analysis

We get a lot of questions on US vehicle registration data and the vehicle registration database so here are some important things you need to know about buying and using automotive registration data. Original sources for VIO vehicle registration data The original sources for all vehicle registration data we use for analysis are state Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMVs), the OEMs (Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, etc.) and the OEM captive finance companies (an example is Ford Motor Credit Company, LLC, commonly just called “Ford Credit”). Note that this is not the same as mailing lists, which do not come from...

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How Online Auto Parts Buyers Shop for Parts & Accessories

If you sell auto parts online, then your website needs to make a great first impression because online shoppers are fleeting. This is good information to keep in mind if you’re marketing your online parts store with an automotive paid search or SEO campaign. In a recent study published by Google, it was revealed that auto parts buyers visit a lot of sites, tend to not come back much, and make fairly quick decisions. Here are some highlights of the Google online shopping study. 3 out of 4 shoppers visit several auto parts sites before buying online Most auto parts...

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