Automotive Marketing Articles

News & information on automotive marketing, automotive SEO & PPC, auto parts marketing trends and aftermarket marketing.

Manufacturers: 3 Ways to Re-Tool Your Marketing for Today’s Digital Consumer

New market research on consumers’ auto parts buying behavior shows 3 big marketing opportunities for manufacturers The growth of the Internet has opened the door for parts and accessories manufacturers to market direct-to-consumers (DTC) and that’s exactly what today’s digital savvy buyers want. New Hedges & Company research shows consumers are increasingly going to manufacturer and brand websites as part of their parts shopping process. The research showed 57% of buyers visited a manufacturer’s website when shopping for a recent purchase. This was up from 43% who reported they had visited a manufacturer’s website in a 2013 auto parts...

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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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New Google SERP Format: Facts, Fiction and Rumors

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With the recent changes to the Google search engine results page (SERP) for desktop and tablets, there are a lot of rumors and false information around the Internet, so we wanted to give automotive aftermarket advertisers some facts, informed opinions and our recommendations for your Google AdWords campaigns selling auto parts & accessories, or motorcycle parts & accessories. One of the biggest misconceptions is that all searches will only display four ads at the top of the SERP and all right side advertising is now gone. That’s not true. Google is now showing four text ads at the top...

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Online Search for Motorcycle Parts & Accessories Growing From Mobile Traffic

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Google has released their latest report on online search statistics for motorcycle parts and accessory (P&A) shoppers. Consistent with what we’re seeing for search stats for other categories, searches done on mobile devices are primarily responsible for growth (scroll down for your free copy of the full report, available as a PDF download). Total search queries for motorcycle parts and accessories grew 16% in Q4 2015 over the previous year. Although desktop searches declined 7%, mobile searches grew by 45%, bringing total search volume up. Google AdWords research: Mobile drives motorcycle parts & accessory eCommerce If you have an...

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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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Auto Parts Marketing: Online Parts Sales to Reach $7.4 Billion in 2016

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Note: this article is from January 2016. For an updated forecast, click here for a more current article. How big is the automotive aftermarket industry? Ecommerce auto parts sales will narrow the gap with traditional brick and mortar retail sales in 2016, and reach $7.4 billion excluding auctions and used parts. Ecommerce auto parts sales are projected to grow about 16% in 2016. The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Joint Channel Forecast Model projects conventional retail do it yourself (DIY) sales to grow 3.5% in 2016. The size of the online auto parts market—sales of automotive and truck parts...

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Towing Search Activity Growing: Queries +28%, Mobile Search +48%

If you need online shopping growth statistics, specifically for the towing market, look no further. Google has released the latest stats for the towing market and consumers are increasing their online search for towing parts and services. Online search queries for towing search terms grew 28% from 2014 in the third quarter, according to a Google search metrics report (scroll to the bottom to download your own free copy of the full report). One important stat is while searches on a desktop PC crept up 4% from the third quarter 2014, searches on a mobile device jumped by 48%....

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Truck Parts & Accessories Search Trend Research: Mobile Growth Dominates, Up 60%

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This AdWords research covers searches conducted by consumers searching for parts and accessories for their trucks. Search on mobile devices dominated truck search activity, growing an amazing 60% from 2014 in the third quarter according to a Google search metrics report (scroll to the bottom to download your own free copy of the full truck research report). Overall search queries grew by 26% including mobile, desktop and tablets. These are search queries for parts typically sold by members of SEMA and the Auto Care Association. AdWords Research: Truck Parts and Accessory Ecommerce Is Increasingly Mobile If you have a...

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Off-Road Parts & Accessories Market Research: Total Search up 16%, Mobile up 41%

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This AdWords research is about consumers who are searching online for off-road parts and accessories for their Jeep®, trucks, UTVs, off-highway motorcycles and 4×4 vehicles. Online search queries for off-road search terms grew 16% from 2014 in the third quarter, according to a Google search metrics report (scroll to the bottom to download your own free copy of the full report). One eye-opening statistic is while searches done on a desktop PC actually dropped 9% from the third quarter 2014, searches performed on a mobile device jumped 41%. Clearly, mobile devices are garnering more market share of off-road search...

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Auto Parts Market Research: Performance Parts Search up 20%, Mobile up 45%

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This AdWords research covers consumers searching online for auto parts that modify a vehicle’s performance. Online queries for performance modifying search terms grew 20% in the third quarter 2015 over the previous year, according to search metrics released by Google (scroll to the bottom to download your own copy of the report). One of the notable stats is that mobile searches for performance modifying search terms increased 45%, while desktop queries actually dropped 2%, from the third quarter 2014. This marks at least the fourth consecutive year that online search for performance-type keywords as a whole grew in volume,...

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How to Increase Your Digital Presence in the Automotive Industry and Who’s Doing it Right!

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As people turn to more digital outlets to get information, it’s important for companies to alter their marketing styles to meet the digital needs of consumers. The automotive industry is no exception; however, these companies need to approach their marketing efforts a little more…creatively, rather than just basic social media and a website. Below are tactics to inspire you, to increase not only your digital presence, but your overall reputation in the automotive marketing world. Here are examples of automotive companies that are implementing these tactics to the fullest. Social Media – To the Max It’s no shock the...

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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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Direct Mail or Email: Which is More Effective for Your Automotive Business?

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For years, marketers have been contacting automotive consumers through direct mail. Direct mail was an essential part of most automotive marketing campaigns, but due to the rise of email marketing, it has been falling through the cracks. Email marketing is the trend that has been widely adopted by many automotive marketing campaigns of late. Over the first 15 years of the 21st century the major trend has been new technology. People have a desire to do everyday tasks through their computers, phones, and tablets. Online shopping has been on the rise, social media has entered the lives of most Americans, and even personal relationships are being formed through technology....

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Automotive Mailing Lists vs. Vehicle Registration Data: Which Best Suits Your Needs?

Automotive mailing list data and vehicle registration data are two different types of data that are confused quite frequently. Both of these forms of data have a large significance when it comes to researching, marketing, and collecting data for promotional purposes. This article will thoroughly explain both list data and registration data to clarify the differences. Automotive mailing list data Automotive mailing list data is utilized when a client wants to contact a vehicle owner. The consumers’ address will be available because, in order to stay compliant with regulations, our list data is not based on state DMV registrations. Our list data...

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