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You've probably seen it, it's been passed around many times over the past few months, since it was released November of last year, just a little over 2 months ago. I'm talking about the Mobile Path to Purchase that Neilson put together, the very same study where they found that 36% of mobile automotive searchers convert within an hour. Tthat's both sales and parts and service!
I highly recommend that you take a close look at the report, but in case you don't have the patients to go through it all allow me to throw out a few other numbers that just may interest you:
Are you ready for it? Here is the big one, nearly 50% of mobile auto users look to make a purchase the same day! Did you hear that, the same day! That's pretty exciting isn't it? Doesn't that make you wonder how you should be marketing your mobile site to drive the right kinds of traffic? Want more? Tablet users are 3X more likely to be influenced by a review than smart phone users.
So, while we can extrapolate all this data and talk about social (the report goes on to talk about brand familiarity), your mobile site, SEO, reputation management and other aspects of digital marketing I'd like to focus on automotive pay-per-click. Why? Because odds are it's where most of your online ad budget is going, also, it has an air of immediacy to it. That is, you can take the info I'm going to share with you in this post, make a change and increase your sales right away.
Bottom line is this, in order to take full advantage of digital marketing you must market to mobile users separately. Google says that a mobile only pay-per-click (PPC) campaign helps drive a 11.5% increase in click through rate and a 29% increase in mobile clicks. This proves that the mobile segment does not function the same way as desktop and even tablets and is reason enough that you should format your PPC campaigns differently.
A Few Things To Keep In Mind
I know a lot of dealerships outsource their SEM marketing, and rightly so. In that case ask the company handling your online media buys if they are segmenting your mobile campaigns. Ask what they are doing to optimize for mobile devices. It's okay to be nitpicky with your SEM provider, it's engagement and we like engagement. The more you know the better off we all, keep that in mind. Better yet, forward this post to your SEM provider. :)
I'd like to leave you with another tidbit of advice. Learn all you can. You don't have to be at the level of running your own campaigns but know what each metric means, know what success looks like, but above all, know how digital marketing affects your bottom line.
ADM Social Media Editor