Google’s Growing Travel Arsenal
Image from: Frommer’s Books / Phandroid Google recently announced it will acquire all the assets of Frommer’s for $23 million from John Wiley & Sons, which acquired it in 2001. Frommer’s bills itself as “the most trusted name in travel today” and notes that its website, Frommers.com, is “an essential online destination for those planning the perfect travel excursion” (Frommers.com). The Frommer’s buy comes after a failed attempt to buy
Touchdown for Super Bowl Automotive Ads? [2012 Edition]
Image from: ABC News The 2012 Super Bowl has come and gone and as typical the game’s ads seemed to get as much attention as the game itself, fueled by executives touting their companies’ presence and ad snippets “leaked” in advance. Again in 2012, many advertisers were automakers. Compete compared un-aided ad recollection with changes in in-market automotive shopper volume to inform whether these ads were productive in driving near-term
Infiniti JX to Chart New Territory
Acura has sold an average of 45,000 MDX’s per year over the past 5 years and Infiniti has some MDX envy. A keyselling point of the MDX, Infiniti believes, is its packaging including a third row seat—something all Infiniti’s except the industrial-sized Infiniti QX lack. To address that, Infiniti is launching its new Infiniti JX featuring a third row seat. The JX will slot between the QX and smaller FX in
Mixed Results for Facebook Among OTAs
Image from: Travelocity / Facebook With Facebook’s looming IPO, the world will know definitively what the market thinks the site is worth. Facebook today is much like the internet itself was 10 or 15 years go: businesses felt they had to be out there, but often built first and asked questions later. Many Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) have Facebook pages. To compare their relative successes, Compete first assessed how many
What’s the Deal with Travel Promotions?
Image from: graph / Shutterstock Deals and discounts have been part of companies’ efforts to drive business since business has existed. Travel is no exception. With the recession came the advent of more frugal consumers and, in response, more aggressive use of deals. The increasing use of digital technologies by travel-researching consumers creates a unique opportunity to gauge the impact and effectiveness of promotions. Compete evaluated several airline promotional efforts
NBA Test of Fans’ Patience
Image from: Christopher Penler / Shutterstock Strikes, labor disputes, and lock-outs are rarely good for a sport in the short-term. The most recent was between the NBA players and the NBA owners, resulting in a lock-out starting July 1st. By the time it ended the NBA season by truncated by two months and 20% of the normal 82 games. The lockout meant an estimated $1 billion in lost television ad revenue,
Cruze to Market
Many call the Chevrolet Cruze the brand’s best small car ever. Cruze sales in CY 2011 have averaged over 20,000 units each month—that’s about 13% of all Chevrolet sales—and Advertising Age just reported “Cruze” is one of the hottest automotive brands. Launching a new model is hard enough; sustaining interest is just as hard and in November GM announced it was slowing Cruze production as sales cooled. To assess the
Scion Music Measures
Scion has always been somewhat of an experimental brand, from marketing tactics to product design. Music continues to play a lead role in Scion’s strategy: In July, Pandora and Scion announced that Pandora’s service would be offered in the Scion xB and tC. And Scion recently announced it was going to effectively become an indie music label, with the Scion AV project (see scionav.com). However, Jack Hollis, Scion senior vice
Big 3 Reverse Cross-Shop: Headway!
Image from: ArchMan/Shutterstock For years, the so-called import nameplates gained market share by attracting domestic brand shoppers. Many in the industry feel that with stable Big 3 finances and better products the reverse is now happening: import shoppers are increasing the extent to which they cross-shop Big 3 products. To investigate, Compete analyzed reverse cross-shop rank for Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge over time. Reverse cross-shop measures the prominence of a
Is Cruise Set to Ride the Mobile Wave?
With Apple 4s sales off to a strong start in the wake of the Steve Jobs era, use of mobile will only grow. The travel industry, like every other, needs to understand how mobile use can best drive interest and purchases. Within travel the cruise segment has arguably had the least success in leveraging the internet; maybe it can leapfrog other segments into mobile. To inform that potential and in
Catching Up on Condiments
Dobroslawa Szulc/Shutterstock France recently banned ketchup in school cafeterias—except, oddly enough, on French fries. First offered in 1876, ketchup today is an American staple condiment and in some circles is considered a vegetable. France is outside of those circles. But ketchup is big business: annual US sales approach $500M. To see who’s best positioned to capture some of that revenue, Compete assessed where consumers researching “ketchup” across major search engines