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Hedges & Company to Reveal 66 New Aftermarket Trends in 66 Days Leading to SEMA/AAPEX

Hedges & Company to Reveal 66 New Aftermarket Trends in 66 Days Leading to SEMA/AAPEX

Hedges & Company will be counting down to the 2012 SEMA and AAPEX shows by revealing 66 new aftermarket automotive trends and facts in 66 days, starting on Saturday, August 25. Our market research staff has identified new trends, facts and statistics about the industry and we’ll unveil a new one each day. Learn about new aftermarket industry trends, consumer behavior, the future of our industry and much more. Learn how today’s consumer has changed and how you can have a marketing advantage in 2013. We’ll be covering industry sales and growth, online retailing trends (including updates on Amazon...

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New Auto Market Research: Secrets of Parts Buyers Revealed

New Auto Market Research: Secrets of Parts Buyers Revealed

New BuyerZoom and BrandZoom research reports are available through the Hedges & Company Market Research Store. We’ve added new reports covering engine bearings, carburetors, connecting rods, cylinder heads, engine blocks, performance fasteners, fuel and oil pumps, gaskets, lifters, pistons, push rods, rocker arms, valves, and valve springs. For the first time in the automotive aftermarket it is possible to obtain affordable research reports focused on buyers of specific types of parts. BuyerZoom reports give you extensive behavioral data on consumers who shopped for or purchased specific types of parts, while BrandZoom reports show consumer perceptions and opinions on brands...

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2012 Online Sales of Auto Parts Growing

2012 Online Sales of Auto Parts Growing

Note: this article was originally published in April 2012, for an updated forecast, click here for a more current article. With the Catalyst 2012 conference this week — ChannelAdvisor’s annual ecommerce gathering — we thought this would be a good time to examine online sales of auto parts, aftermarket auto parts sales statistics and multichannel shopping. Car part sales over the Internet The growth in online sales of auto parts has been outpacing the rest of the industry for many years. In 2009 we saw the slowest growth rate at just under 10% over 2008. More recently, we’re seeing a...

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New Automotive Market Research Reports Available for Purchase

New Automotive Market Research Reports Available for Purchase

New automotive aftermarket market research reports are now available for purchase online, direct from Hedges & Company’s new Market Research Store. These marketing research reports are based on consumer perceptions and opinion data, gathered after inviting over 100,000 automotive enthusiasts to participate in a market research survey, and include data never-before reported in the automotive aftermarket. These new research reports fall into two categories. BuyerZoom™ research reports are part-specific and analyze how enthusiast consumers shop for specific products including gaskets, camshafts, cylinder heads, carburetors, engine blocks, intake manifolds, valve springs, valves, rocker arms, pistons, lifters, crankshafts and more. The...

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SEMA Market Research Report Analyzes Truck Ownership and Accessory Purchases

SEMA Market Research Report Analyzes Truck Ownership and Accessory Purchases

The SEMA 2011 Pickup Truck Market Research Report authored by Hedges & Company is available as a free download for SEMA members. Non-members may purchase a copy for $99.95 at SEMA.org/2011pickupreport. This light truck report dives deeper into the industry than SEMA’s previous market research report from 2008. The U.S. light-truck market is incredibly broad. Used for general transportation, commercial applications and recreation, light trucks comprise the single largest category for businesses in the automotive specialty equipment industry. Trucks and truck accessories are so popular that they have laid claim to their own exhibit hall at the annual SEMA...

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Groundbreaking SEMA Show Opinion Leaders Report Released; SEMA Market Research by Hedges & Company

Groundbreaking SEMA Show Opinion Leaders Report Released; SEMA Market Research by Hedges & Company

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has released a new market research report authored by Hedges & Company covering results of the SEMA Show Opinion Leaders program.  This is important to aftermarket companies because the feedback from the Opinion Leaders SEMA market research program is a big opportunity to better understand the buying process used by automotive enthusiasts. As with the previous year, Opinion Leaders Program participants were granted access to the SEMA Show. These enthusiasts completed a detailed survey to share their opinions and buying habits, and shared impressions from the SEMA Show through social media using their...

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Rule of Three Marketing: Market Share and Market Dynamics

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Why do some companies thrive and dominate their market segment, only to later become an afterthought? Market dynamics and the Rule of Three explains how some companies succeed and some fail. Most industries and market segments, including the automotive aftermarket, will have market share dominated by three competing companies. This article will take that a step further and show how companies using the Rule of Three can plan a market share strategy that will help ensure profits in the future. Rule of Three marketing defined To revisit an October 2003 article we wrote for SEMA News, market share is...

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When Is The Best Time To Send An Email Campaign?

When Is The Best Time To Send An Email Campaign?

Rising above the clutter and noise in the inbox is your goal. First impressions are critical in email marketing and although the subject line grabs attention, when does it grab attention? If your email is sent at the wrong  time, your message may be buried by emails received after your email. Your prospect may start with the newest emails first, ignoring older emails further down the queue. Here are some examples of what we’ve observed in our email marketing, but all audiences are different and you need to design tests on your customer list to determine what works for...

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Are Manufacturers the Catalyst for the Specialty Equipment Industry?

Are Manufacturers the Catalyst for the Specialty Equipment Industry?

Are specialty equipment manufacturers the light at the end of the tunnel? In a recent SEMA Financial Benchmarking research report, 70% of manufacturers reported an increase in year-to-date sales through June 2010. This optimism seems to continue through the fall months as 64% of the manufacturers expect sales to improve by an average of 17.5% through August, September, and October. However, retailers and distributors do not share that nearly unbridled enthusiasm. In the same market research report, 48% of retailers report an increase and 52% of distributors report increase in year-to-date sales for the first half of 2010. Their...

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What if You Invested $1,000 in Automotive Aftermarket Companies?

What if You Invested $1,000 in Automotive Aftermarket Companies?

Also see our update on this topic, posted November 2, 2010 If you invested $1,000 in the S&P 500 and $1,000 in a representative group of publicly-traded automotive aftermarket companies on January 1, 2008, how would your investment look today? You may be surprised. Starting with a baseline of January 2008, Hedges & Company tracked over 20 publicly-traded automotive aftermarket companies and compared that to the S&P 500. As the chart  reveals, the downturn in the economy devastated the S&P 500 but the stock value of aftermarket companies did very well starting in the summer of 2009. To put...

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Ideas For The Best Email Marketing Subject Lines

Ideas For The Best Email Marketing Subject Lines

Email marketing best practices call for analysis of subject lines which have a huge influence on the open rate. An appropriate subject line also influences the click-through rate. Why is this so important? Let’s say in a year you send 100,000 emails. Improving your open rate from 15% to the industry average of just over 19% means over a year’s time your messages are seen by 4,000 more sets of eyeballs. Clearly the entire email message is important, but the first few words of the subject line, the overall approach and the call to action are just a few...

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Hedges & Company Principals To Speak at SEMA Show

Tuesday, November 2 at 11:00 am, Julie Hedges, President of Hedges & Company, will speak about the SEMA Financial Benchmarking program in room N259 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. How does your business compare? The SEMA Financial Benchmarking Program was developed in order to provide SEMA members with financial benchmarks they could use to help measure and compare their business operations with others in the industry. Industry-specific key performance indicators are reported that can then be used by participants to improve or grow their businesses. The program provides business owners and managers information, such as: how year-to-date sales...

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