Auto Dealers to Increase Online Video, Web 2.0 Tactics

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Marketing VOX

Web 2.0 advertising tactics and technologies are gaining traction among auto dealers.

59 percent of them say they plan to use video on their websites within the next 12 months, up from the current 33 percent, according to a study by The Kelsey Group, reports MarketingCharts.

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Moreover, by the end of the next 12 months, the proportion of auto dealers using customer ratings and reviews will have risen from 29 percent to 43 percent, and the proportion of those using social-networking sites will go from 15 percent to 33 percent, according to the surveyed dealers.

“These findings point to a significant disruption in the auto dealer advertising space,” said Neal Polachek, CEO of The Kelsey Group. “There are valuable opportunities for traditional and new media companies that tune into dealers’ adoption of Web 2.0 technologies and align with dealers’ online media-buying intentions.”

Also according to the survey:

  • In general, auto dealers are shifting more of their media mix online, with 62 percent planning to increase online media spending in the next 12 months, compared with only 17 percent for traditional media.

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  • Moreover, 46 percent of dealers will decrease spending on traditional media, compared with only 8 percent for online media.

About the study: The Kelsey Group Auto Dealer study was conducted in February 2008 via online survey. The survey of dealer online advertising practices and intentions was performed to identify best practices and trends in dealer use of various internet advertising types. The sample comprised tier-three dealers (no OEMs or associations), with 71 percent of respondents identified as owner, principal, vice-president or general manager.

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