Posts Tagged ‘ Automotive Aftermarket Market Research ’

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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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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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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How to Have Free Online Advertising Campaigns For Your Brand: Here Are 3 Ideas to Try

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Auto parts manufacturers and resellers in the automotive aftermarket spend a lot of money to keep their brand in front of parts shoppers. Here are three ways to have an online brand advertising campaign at no cost when combined with paid search. If you’re already doing PPC advertising using these ideas can boost your brand awareness online for free. When we say “online brand advertising campaign” we mean showing ads for your brand (or your products) using online banner ads. Free brand advertising idea #1: A basic PPC display campaign At the most basic level, here’s how to have...

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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,  for an updated forecast, click here for a more current article. 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 $6 billion in 2015. That trend will...

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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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Automotive Industry Trends: Auto Parts & Tire Stores Start 2014 With 3.1% Sales Increase

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Automotive parts and tire stores are showing a sales increase over last year, in one of the important automotive industry trends for 2014. Brick and mortar auto parts, auto accessory and tire stores showed a 3.7% sales increase in April 2014, over April 2013 (see chart at left). That’s a strong follow up to a 4.0% increase in March, compared to one year ago in March 2013. Aftermarket car parts sales YTD: auto parts retail sales up 3.1% January 2014 showed a 2.5% increase and February had a 2.1% increase, over one year ago. That puts 2014 auto parts...

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Auto Parts Marketing: Case Studies in Automotive SEO vs PPC

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SEO case studies: If you sell aftermarket car parts online and are new to PPC (paid search), or are just focused on SEO, you may wonder what will happen to your site’s existing organic traffic when you start paid search marketing. It’s a frequent question we get often. Here are the results of two auto parts SEO case studies showing actual results before and after we started paid search campaigns. Plus, at the bottom of this article is some extra information on an SEO/PPC analysis done by Google. In both case studies total site traffic and sales grew when PPC was...

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