Automotive

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.

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.

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.

2013 Super Bowl Pre-Game Analysis

Image from: Superbowl / Shutterstock Each year, the Super Bowl attracts a significant audience that is not limited to any one specific demographic.  As a result of its vast reach, it has become a very attractive and expensive opportunity for companies to market their product(s).  Based upon this significant investment (near 4 million dollars per 30 second in-game spot), and the importance of its return, Kantar Media Compete conducted a

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

Hertz to Buy Dollar Thrifty

Image from: Car Rental / Shutterstock After two years of negotiating, Hertz is finally making it official: In a merger that will give it a combined share of about 25% of U.S. car rental market sales, Hertz Global Holdings has agreed to buy Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group for $2.3 billion.  Hertz expects at least $160 million of annual cost synergies from the transaction.  Today, Enterprise Holdings is the market leader