Sunday Series: Traffic Accelerates for Tesla
The Vehicles category saw a strong increase in traffic in October, and traffic for one site in particular nearly doubled m-o-m. That site was Telsamotors.com, website for automaker Tesla.
Webinar Replay: Automotive Mobile vs. Desktop Shopping Trends
To examine shifts in desktop and mobile shopping usage, Millward Brown Digital investigated mobile vs. desktop shopping trends from October 2013-April 2014.
The Automotive Brand and Clicks Connection
For some companies, a website is merely a mechanism to steer visitors toward a purchase. Others see additional value, including serving as an extension of the brand and even as a venue to build brand equity. Millward Brown Digital favors the latter. But which view is correct? Is the connection between brand and website visits evident?
Mercedes Going Down : Millward Brown Digital Original Research
Millward Brown Digital used its automotive behavioral analytics to evaluate Mercedes’ CLA launch based on success generating demand and converting that into sales, as well as interplay with C Class.
So You Want to Get into the Luxury Market?
Over the past 12 months Kia has entered the US luxury market with not one but two new models, the Cadenza launched in June 2013 and the K900 in February. While reaching sales goals is one measure of success, another important one is enhancing Kia’s brand opinion among in-market intenders, which if successful should benefit all Kia models.
Touchdown for Super Bowl Auto Ads? [2014 Edition]
The 2014 Super Bowl has come and gone but hopefully for advertisers the commercials made a lasting impression. Certainly there’s enough ancillary coverage of the ads through the general media rating the ads as well as pre- and post-game exposure in social media. And of course, running ads in the Super Bowl is a notch on the gun for marketing executives and agencies.
Biggest Auto Impacts During the Big Game
AutoTrader.com is one of the largest third-party automotive sites where more than 16 million consumers visit each month to find their perfect car. Millward Brown Digital worked with AutoTrader to look at the Super Bowl auto ad experience. We surveyed over a thousand AutoTrader visitors that watched the Super Bowl to find out what auto brands made the biggest impact during the big game.
Automotive 2013: Mixed Market Messages
In 2013, the US auto industry enjoyed the highest sales in years and this year is poised for growth as well. But not all brands enjoyed success, and some enjoyed success on only one of the two primary levers needed to drive sales (demand and conversion—Millward Brown Digital’s hallmark metrics). Demand is measured by the number of in-market shoppers. These data are drawn from the sweet spot in the
17 Million Auto Sales in 2014? Yes, it’s Possible!
US light vehicle sales have steadily improved since bottoming out in 2009 at 10.6 million units. 2013 sales reached 15.6 million light vehicles, their highest since 2007 (16.1 million) through still below 16.5+ million in the middle of that decade. However, many of those levels were the result of the industry over-producing and then being forced to use high incentives to clear excess inventories. There was also rich use of fleet sales in some cases. In contrast, in 2013 automakers better aligned production with demand, meaning that recent gains have been “healthier,” and that’s driving optimism for the industry in general. But what can we expect in 2014? If the market continues to improve can we approach 17 million? Let’s see what it would take to reach that level.
Chevrolet Colorado: Everything a Launch Should Be
Chevrolet is preparing to boldly return to the mid-size pickup truck market with the Chevrolet Colorado (and related GMC Canyon), with the motto “Everything a Truck Should Be.” From one perspective adding Colorado gives the larger Silverado more leeway to move upmarket. From another, sales of Colorado will help GM meet more stringent fleet fuel economy requirements. Either way, the strategy emulates that of Toyota and Nissan (each offering both full-size and mid-size pickups) more than Ford and Ram (full-size only).
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.