Posts Tagged ‘ Automotive Aftermarket Industry Trends 2013 ’

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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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 #1 for 2014: Automotive SEO and paid search continues to be a battle for real estate, not just position We made this prediction a year ago and it’s an even more important auto industry trend SEO efforts, or paid search (PPC) marketing. A few years ago automotive SEO and paid search was all about position—marketers wanted to be...

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Why Long Tail Search Changed Automotive SEO and Paid Search Forever

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In SEO or automotive paid search, long tail keywords are the key to gaining more traffic and more sales. This has become even more important with Google’s new Hummingbird algorithm update, signaling huge new opportunity in search engine optimization. This is an important automotive aftermarket trend for 2013 and beyond, if you sell online. Auto SEO and long tail search keywords defined First, let’s define what long tail searches are and why they’re important for automotive SEO and paid search, especially in the aftermarket. Long tail keywords are phrases used in search using three or more words, such as...

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Google Product Listing Ads: Boost Your Paid Search Campaigns This Holiday Season

Google Product Listing Ads (PLAs) can help increase your online sales of auto parts and accessories this holiday season and we’ll tell you why and how to advertise on Google using PLAs. They make your online paid search/pay per click (PPC) campaigns more cost effective. The holidays —­­­­­ the time of the year when online shopping booms and customers seem to spend endless dollars buying more and more products online. But are the customers spending those dollars buying your products? Are they even finding your products online? Here are Google Product Listing Ad methods and strategies to help your...

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Top 5 Aftermarket Online Holiday Sales Days

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We recently participated in a free webinar to help companies in the automotive aftermarket prepare for 2013 online holiday shopping, called “6 Ways to Increase Online Sales This Holiday Season,” along with the web experts at WebShopManager. As the holiday selling season approaches you’ll want to prepare your email marketing plan and work on your search engine optimization (SEO) and pay per click (PPC)/paid search marketing plans, as you plan for this important aftermarket industry trend. Top holiday online sales days: 2012 and 2013 If you sell automotive parts and accessories online and you are planning for the holidays,...

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Top 6 Auto Aftermarket Trends Halfway Through 2013

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Automobile and truck sales are up this year, so here are the top six auto industry trends and aftermarket trends to watch based on vehicle registrations for the first half of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. Total vehicle registrations are up +7.6% over last year, with 7,755,110 total new vehicles registered through June 2013. Here are the automotive trends that are really driving sales growth this year: Auto Industry Trend 1: Trucks and SUVs are hot. New car registrations are up 4.9% but light trucks and SUVs, like this Ford F-150 (right), are helping fuel the...

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Aftermarket Marketing: 2013 Online Sales of Auto Parts & Accessories Growing

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Note: this article is originally from June 2013,  for an updated forecast, click here for a more current article. Online sales of auto parts and accessories continue to significantly outpace brick and mortar sales. It’s one of the biggest auto aftermarket industry trends to watch for 2013. The growth in online sales of auto parts has been much faster than the rest of the industry for many years. This year will continue that trend and we’re forecasting online sales to grow by 15.5% from 2012. We’re projecting online sales of auto parts and accessories to be nearly $4.4 billion...

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6 Reasons Why Manufacturers Should Advertise on Google or Bing With Paid Search Ads

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Why advertise on Google: If you’re in the automotive specialty equipment industry, learn about digital advertising for manufacturers. Here are 6 important reasons to advertise on Google or Bing right now. Paid search, or pay per click (PPC) advertising, is a cost-effective way to reach consumers on the Internet when they’re making buying decisions. Today more than 4 out of 5 automotive consumers turn to search engines first when deciding what to buy. Reason #1 to advertise with Google or Bing: Take control of your brand. If you’re an aftermarket manufacturer, you probably ‘Googled’ your brand name before. Chances are...

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Google Reveals Automotive Repair & Maintenance Shopping Secrets and Trends

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Here are some interesting automotive repair trends on consumers searching for vehicle maintenance and repair services, for both Do It Yourself (DIY) and Do It For Me (DIFM) vehicle owners. It’s the subject of a report released by the folks over at Google Think Insights and shows the importance of automotive Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and paid search. As an automotive digital marketing agency, we enjoy data like this. (Note: for more market research on auto repair trends and statistics see our recently added Vehicle Repair & Maintenance Reports.) DIFM consumers were responsible for 77% of the aftermarket’s sales...

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November 2012: Monthly Vehicle Sales vs Consumer Confidence

November 2012: Monthly Vehicle Sales vs Consumer Confidence

New automotive industry statistics: After a somewhat slow October 2012, the auto industry saw an increase in light vehicle sales for November 2012. October brought somewhat sluggish auto sales, yielding a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 14.23M, November came in strong with 1.14 million units sold, raising the SAAR to 15.48M. Experts are observing that the sales are partly driven by the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy. Edmunds.com noted that about 30,000 sales of automobiles were lost or deferred in October due to the superstorm. Also, between 200,000 and 250,000 vehicles were damaged or destroyed by Sandy,...

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Purchase Frequency by Vehicle Owned

Have you ever wondered how often enthusiasts tend to buy auto parts and accessories? We surveyed more than 2,500 enthusiasts to find out how often they purchase auto parts or accessories and arranged the information by what type of vehicle they bought for. We surveyed enthusiasts and asked the question, “How often do you buy parts or accessories for your vehicle?” We also asked what vehicle they purchased parts for in order to better understand any trends within certain segments. We found that, on average, 50% of all different types of vehicle owners buy once a month or more....

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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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