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Automotive Industry Trends: Light Trucks Outselling Automobiles

Light trucks in the US continue their upward growth, and are now beating cars by more than 2 to 1. Through April 2018, 3.69 million light trucks were sold in the US according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, compared to 1.75 million automobiles.…
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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.…
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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…

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

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We get a lot of questions on US vehicle registration data and the vehicle registration database, like "how many cars are in the U.S.?" so here are some important things you need to know about buying and using automotive registration data. What…
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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,…
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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…
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Auto Parts Sales: Is Google Forecasting a Good 2nd Quarter?

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A promising second quarter of 2014 for auto parts and tire sales may be on the way, based off data from Google Trends. The ability to use Google Trends to forecast certain things such as flu outbreaks is well documented. We used data…
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Auto Parts Marketing: Online Sales of Parts & Accessories to Hit $5 Billion in 2014

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Note: this article was originally published in April 2014,  for an updated forecast, click here for a more current article. If you're marketing automotive parts online, parts and accessories once again showed a significant sales increase…
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Auto Parts Paid Search Marketing: Targeting by Interest, Websites, Vehicle Make and Topics

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Auto parts online paid search advertising is now more precise than ever with the ability to reach consumers by automotive interest, on specific websites or automotive forums, or by the stage of the shopping process. This online advertising is…
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Top Automobile Industry Trends for 2014

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New vehicle registrations grew 7.2% in 2013 and here are some of the important automotive industry trends that "drove" growth, which makes them important trends for 2014. Over 15.2 million vehicles were registered in 2013 so let's jump into…
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Automotive SEO Ranking Factors and Correlations Study

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If you sell automotive parts or services online then you need to know what we discovered in our automotive SEO ranking factors and correlations study. This study evaluated factors that may contribute to a high SEO ranking in Google. This market…
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Google Auto Aftermarket SEO & PPC Predictions for 2014

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Here are our 5 Google automotive SEO and paid search predictions for 2014. Regular readers of this blog may be familiar with our previous Google predictions for the SEMA industry, which we're proud to say, have mostly been on target. Prediction…