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Using Data to Assess the Ad Effectiveness in the Auto Industry

Automakers want their advertising to be effective but often find themselves torn between trying to build awareness and consideration long-term vs. driving sales right now, today. For the former, they often use Tier I advertising to highlight the features, specifications, and value of a specific model, with the biggest push typically at launch. In contrast, Tier II sales event advertising focuses on the event’s theme, typically presented at the brand level and often feature multiple models.

Identifying the Consumer’s Path to Purchase in the Automotive Industry

Consumers can access automobile manufacturer websites, third party websites, dealer sites, review sites, the automotive sections of general media sites, and countless social media channels. For vehicles, they can check pricing, specifications, standard & option features, fuel efficiency, MPG and data on warranties and recalls. The variety of information sources is what drives the complexity of the process.

The Weekly Compete Pulse

Happy Cinco de Mayo, marketers! Here’s a round up of the most popular digital marketing stories we shared over the last week. “The best of the companies we’re seeing now are unbelievably good at analytics,” Marc Andreessen said in an interview with Harvard Business Review. An entrepreneur himself, and now a Venture Capitalist in Silicon Valley, Andreessen discusses the unique challenges of the modern entrepreneur and the qualities successful ones possess…

Will Mazda’s new “Game Changers” give them some “Zoom-Zoom”?

Mazda’s first new brand effort in over a decade, notable for its digital focus, paired with a weaker yen sets Mazda up for an opportunity to drive more profitable North American operations. Compete analyzed shopper metrics to define Mazda’s opportunities and risks in a competitive automotive marketplace.

One Year Later: Insights into Nissan’s 10% Market Share Goal

In Q4 2011, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn proclaimed that the automaker wants 10% of U.S. sales within three years (i.e., by Q4 2014). In this analysis, Compete assesses Nissan’s progress through March 2013 to reveal successes and shortfalls, as well as opportunities to improve sales.

Fresh Tracks: Tire Website Success Stories

Given the importance in tire websites on influencing a tire shopper’s path to purchase, Compete looked at best in class site performance measured by Locate a Dealer tool engagement and calculated potential ROI. In this analysis, Compete leveraged its survey capabilities, site analytics and patented ability to track, normalize, and count unique visitors (UVs), which avoids double-counting consumers who perform the same activity more than once in a period.

Look Out for Lexus

Image from: Lexus / automotive.com Recently, Lexus announced plans for its first ever global branding campaign set to kick off in May 2013. The objective is to generate interest and appeal among younger people who may not have considered Lexus in the past. Globally, Lexus sales trail the German brands – BMW, Audi and Mercedes – by a considerable margin. However, here in the US it’s a different story. Lexus

Touchdown for Super Bowl Automotive Ads?

Image from: Ram Super Bowl / Detroit Free Press The 2013 Super Bowl is now history but its legacy lives on, both in record books and in the world of advertising. As we’ve seen for years, the game’s TV ads get about as much attention as the game itself, including online “leaks” and “teases” before the game and news coverage afterwards. Super Bowl ads are alluring for marketing executives because they’re

U.S. Auto Industry: 2012 in Review

2012 was a year of recovery for the U.S. auto industry. Sales reached a post-recession high 14.4 million units, the best performance in 5 years and up 13% over 2011. At the same time Japanese manufacturers, reeling a year ago with post-tsunami inventory shortages came storming back to post 20%+ sales gains in 2012. Lastly, GM and Chrysler began to shed their bankruptcy status, with Chrysler especially posting solid sales gains…

Tread on This: A Look at Tire Shoppers

Image from: Tires / Shutterstock With the SEMA show right around the corner, and winter fast approaching, Compete felt compelled to investigate tires. There are two big segments in what we’ll call the ‘tire-only’ market (i.e., excluding eBay Motors, Advanced Auto Parts, and other websites that don’t primarily focus on tires).  There are sites for tire OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), which direct consumers to their local stores, and there are

Suzuki and Mitsubishi: US Sales at Risk

Image from: Speeding Car / Shutterstock The August 27th issue of Automotive News’ cover story read “Suzuki and Mitsubishi Left Behind?: With so little in the product pipeline for the next three years, Mitsubishi and Suzuki face a dismal US future.”  That’s a bold headline.  The article, found here, outlines sales drops, “anemic” model line ups, and few to no upcoming vehicle launches. What’s the cause behind the Suzuki and