Posts Tagged ‘ Automotive Aftermarket Industry Trends 2014 ’

Paid Search vs SEO Case Study #2 for Auto Parts

Pay per click (PPC) vs automotive SEO is a marketing combination we monitor very closely. A common question in the auto parts industry is the PPC vs SEO debate and whether both types of online marketing are necessary, or and whether these efforts will detract from each other when used at the same time. (You can scroll down to see our conclusion at the bottom.) This blog post shows the results of a recent SEO vs PPC case study we did but first let’s revisit a study conducted by Google a few years ago. Paid Search vs SEO case...

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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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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

auto parts and tire stores retail sales april 2014

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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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 from Google to plot changes in search volume for the Vehicle Parts & Accessories search category (blue line), against changes in retail sales of auto parts, accessories and tires (red). The correlation is stunning. This chart shows changes in search volume for all searches in the US in the Vehicle Parts & Accessories category. This is plotted against against changes...

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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 over traditional brick and mortar retail sales in 2013. The dramatic transition in the automotive industry from brick and mortar to online continues to be one of the important auto parts industry trends to watch. This year will be our industry’s first year over $5 billion in online auto parts sales. Online sales in 2013 (excluding auctions) showed nearly a 16% increase over 2012 and online sales...

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Automotive Paid Search Marketing: Targeting by Interest, Websites, Vehicle Make and Topics

Automotive Paid Search Marketing: Targeting by Interest, Websites, Vehicle Make and Topics

Automotive 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 done through the Google Display Network (these advanced features are not yet available on the new “Search Network with Display Select” option recently released by Google). If you’ve never heard of the Google Display Network, these targeted ads reach across hundreds of thousands of automotive websites and they’re not limited to searches done on Google. Many people don’t realize Google displays...

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Top Automobile Industry Trends for 2014

Top Automobile Industry Trends for 2014

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 the registration records and examine the hot trends shaping the automotive industry. Electric and hybrid vehicles provide a spark for auto sales It’s no secret, it seems like everyone’s talking about Tesla. Registrations for electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids that run on both gas and electric power, are way up. In 2013, registration records of hybrid vehicles including the Toyota...

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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 research should be interesting to SEMA, Auto Care Association, MEMA or AASA members. Only Google knows the actual factors that contribute to high organic rankings and this study doesn’t “prove” these factors will result in a high automotive SEO rankings. But, for organic search results, it does show what highly-ranked automotive web pages have in common. We’re indebted...

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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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