Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Online Video Advertising Powered by Social Sharing with Automotive in Top 5

Video Advertising is Empowered by Social Sharing across Multiple Retail Segments with Automotive showing plenty of room for growth!

Digital video has viral potential, and advertisers are increasingly trying to tap into the social-sharing instinct among viewers. Unruly Media Inc., a video technology company, studied social shares worldwide and found that the fast-moving consumer goods and consumer products category (FMCG) made particular strides in the first quarter of 2013, capitalizing especially on Super Bowl placements and increasing the number of social video shares by 78.2% over Q4 2012.

In total, entertainment garnered the most social video shares in Q1 2013, which is unsurprising given the adeptness of the industry at creating video content. Impressively, the FMCG sector was right behind. The two industries accounted for over half of total video ad shares.

Looking specifically at social video ad shares around the Super Bowl, the study also found that the auto sector—a major Super Bowl advertiser—performed fairly poorly.

The Super Bowl is where auto advertisers devote a significant percentage of their yearly budget, and that allocation showed in the increased shares the auto sectors' videos received in the first quarter of this year—377% more than in Q4 2012. But that didn't help boost auto above fourth place in the percentage of total shares garnered during that period. It seems auto manufacturers have more work to do to bring their TV ad-spot know-how to the web.

While creating unique, compelling video is critical to getting social shares, there is also a bit of science behind the phenomenon.

Unruly Media looked at social video sharing during 2012 among the 200 most-shared brand videos and found that the first three days after an ad's debut determined a lot about its success: 10% of total shares occurred on the second day after debut, the apparent high point for video ad sharing. And the first three days saw one-quarter of total shares.

Social networkers are ready and willing to share video; they are simply waiting for content worthy of their attention and endorsement. Online video sharing was a top internet activity among US web users, according to a December 2012 study from NetBase, especially among younger consumers. It was the No. 2 online activity among those between 18- to 34-years-old. And even among those in the 35-to-54 age group, more than half reported sharing video.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Setting Up Best Chat System Ever Developed; Apple iOS Devices

Messages. Unlimited texting. Unlimited fun.

If you're a texter, you'll love Messages on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Now they all come with iMessage, a service that's an even better kind of texting. Because it's free for you and anyone texting over Wi-Fi using an iOS device or Mac with iMessage. And it's unlimited.* So say as much as you want.

Exchange words. Or photos. Or videos.

iMessage lets you send messages back and forth with anyone on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or a Mac running Mountain Lion. Send photos, videos, locations, and contacts, too. If you have more than one Apple device, iMessage keeps the conversation going across all of them. And you can text and send photos and videos via MMS to other mobile phones over cellular networks. Even ask Siri to text for you. Just say "Tell Peter I'm on my way" and Siri writes your message and fires it off.

Text one. Text all.

Send a message to one person or to many friends at once — along with photos, videos, or links you like. When someone replies, everyone sees it. With more people you'll get more texts, but remember, it's iMessage, so every text is free over Wi-Fi.*

Get the message?

It's reassuring to know your text was read — or even received. iMessage tells you if your text was delivered. If the recipient has read receipts enabled, you'll see that your message was read, too. And iMessage shows you when someone's in the middle of a reply, so your conversation can continue naturally.

Blue is best.

On iPhone, when your text bubble is blue instead of green, you'll know you're using iMessage instead of SMS. You'll know that you can get a quicker response. You'll know that the text session is free. You'll know it's been sent to all your recipients' Apple devices. And you'll know they received the text. SMS texters will be green with envy.

Set up iMessage

  1. 1

    Go to Settings and tap Messages.

    Turn on iMessage and tap "Use your Apple ID for iMessage."

    Note: iPhone screens shown. On an iPad and iPod touch, you won't see the screen on the right, you'll go straight to the Sign In screen below.

  2. 2

    Enter your Apple ID and password.

    Tap "Sign In"

    Any phone number and all email addresses associated with your Apple ID will be displayed.

    Note: A phone number will be displayed only if you are setting up your iPhone, or if you are setting up another iOS device after you've set up your iPhone

    Tap Next.

  3. 3

    Tap Send & Receive.

    Choose which email addresses and phone numbers you want people to use to send you messages.

    Under "Start new conversations from," choose the email address or phone number you'd like to use to send outgoing messages.

    If you've already set up other devices for Messages, they'll alert you that a new device has been set up for Messages.

    Note: iPhone screens shown. iPad and iPod touch screens have the same options shown but differ in appearance.

  • *Messages may be sent as SMS when iMessage is unavailable; carrier messaging fees apply.
  • Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas. Click here to see complete list.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Enterprise Automotive Marketers Use 16 Content Marketing Tactics

The most successful automotive marketing professionals use an average of 16 different types of content marketing tactics...

The Top Three most widely adopted content marketing tactics are:

1. Videos (87 percent)

2. Website articles (86 percent)

3. In-person events (85 percent)

B2B enterprise marketers use all tactics more frequently than their B2B peers overall do. Like those peers, they find in-person events to be the most effective tactic.

Marketing professionals, including those specializing in automotive use an average of four social media platforms, with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube being the most popular

B2B focused automotive marketers use Facebook (80 percent) as often as their B2B peers overall do; however, they use YouTube more often (74 percent vs. 61 percent), and Twitter and LinkedIn less often (76 percent vs. 80 percent, and 71 percent vs. 83 percent, respectively).

Nearly half plan to increase their content marketing budgets

Forty-six percent of B2B enterprise marketers, including those specializing in the auto industry plan to increase the amount of budget they allocate to content marketing over the next 12 months, compared with 52 percent of their B2B peers overall.

Sixty-five percent of automotive marketers responding to the survey report outsourcing their content creation tasks...

B2B automotive focused marketers outsource content creation more frequently than their B2B peers overall do (65 percent vs. 43 percent).

Their biggest challenge is producing the kind of content that engages targeted automotive decision makers and consumers...

While their B2B peers overall cite producing enough content as their biggest challenge, B2B auto industry marketers are more challenged with producing content that engages. They also are three-times more likely than their B2B peers overall to be challenged with a lack of integration across marketing.

Just 32 percent believe they are effective or very effective at content marketing

Like their B2B peers overall (36 percent), enterprise marketers struggle with their effectiveness at content marketing. However, B2B marketers across companies of all sizes appear to believe that continued investment in content marketing will pay off: Approximately half of those who rate their organizations as least effective are planning to increase their content marketing spend by nearly as much as their more successful peers are.

Want to learn more? Download our full report to get answers to questions like:

  • What goals do B2B enterprise marketers have for content marketing?
  • How do they measure content marketing success?
  • How do they tailor their content?
  • What does the profile of a best-in-class B2B enterprise content marketer look like?

What do you think of the findings? Are they consistent with what you are experiencing? Let us know in the comments!

Special thanks to MarketingProfs for their participation in the annual survey on content marketing and the overall B2B North America comparisons made here.

Follow Author: Joe Pulizzi

Joe Pulizzi considers himself the poster boy for content marketing. Founder of theContent Marketing Institute, Joe evangelizes content marketing around the world through keynotes, articles, tweets and his books, Managing Content Marketing and Get Content Get Customers. If you want to get on his good side, send him something orange. For more on Joe, check out his personal site or follow him on Twitter @juntajoe.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

TrueCar Vehicle Sales Data Shows Continued Strength in Automotive Vertical

March 2013 New Car Sales Expected to Be Up Almost Five Percent According to TrueCar; March 2013 SAAR at 15.42M, Highest March SAAR Since 2007
Estimated incentive spending unchanged at $2,523 per vehicle

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --TrueCar.com, the authority on new car pricing information, trends and forecasting, today released its March 2013 sales and incentives forecast. The forecast shows the following:

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  • ForMarch 2013, new light vehicle sales in the U.S. (including fleet) is expected to be 1,466,956 units, up 4.5 percent fromMarch 2012 and up 23.1 percent fromFebruary 2013 (on an unadjusted basis).
  • The March 2013 forecast translates into a Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate ("SAAR") of 15.42 million new car sales, up from 15.4 million in February 2013 and up from 14.1 million in March 2012.
  • Retail sales are up 4.2 percent compared to March 2012 and up 20.2 percent from February 2013.
  • Fleet and rental sales are expected to make up 21.0 percent of total industry sales in March 2013.
  • The industry average incentive spending per unit will be approximately $2,523 in March 2013, which represents a decrease of 1.7 percent from March 2012 and is unchanged from February 2013.
  • Used car sales* are estimated to be 2,891,896. The ratio of new to used is estimated to be 1:2 for March 2013.

"The rally in the stock market, improved availability of auto financing and compelling new products continued to propel new car sales in March," said Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for TrueCar.com. "The Domestic 'Big Three' will all have their highest level of sales in over four years thanks to their much improved lineup of vehicles."

Forecasts for the top eight manufacturers for March 2013:

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14.0 %






Incentive Spending


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$156, 001, 622





















"Automakers have continued to maintain discipline in incentive spending throughout this past year, and in March, unit sales reached their highest levels since August 2007," said Kristen Andersson, analyst for TrueCar.com. "Toyota is spending at its lowest levels in almost two years while seeing its highest sales month since summer of 2009."

TrueCar.com bases its forecast on actual transaction data. The transaction data based forecast is refined by other current and historical factors that impact vehicle sales, including sales, inventory, incentives, fuel prices, and macro economic data (major stock market indexes, consumer confidence, new home starts and CPI). TrueCar.com does not adjust for selling days in year-over-year percentage change calculations.

*Used car sales figures include sales from franchise dealerships, independent dealerships and private party sales

TrueCar, Inc., headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., with offices in Santa Barbara, Calif., San Francisco, Calif., and Austin, Texas, is an automotive pricing information and analysis company that creates a better buying experience for dealers and consumers. As an online publisher of unbiased new and used car transaction data, TrueCar.com provides price reports that empower dealers and consumers to agree on the parameters of a fair deal by supplying a transparent, simple understanding of what others recently paid for similarly-equipped new cars in their geographic area. TrueCar also owns ALG, the benchmark for vehicle value information in the auto industry and has been forecasting residual values for nearly 50 years in the U.S. and Canadian markets.

TrueCar is a data-driven company that sources, compiles and analyzes car-buying information unlike anybody in the industry. Since its founding in 2005, TrueCar dealer partners have sold over 700,000 vehicles across the country. Its national network of nearly 6,000 Certified Dealers is committed to provide no-hassle pricing for some of the country's largest membership and service organizations, including American Express, AAA, USAA and Consumer Reports that collectively represent more than one million monthly in-market customers.

You can follow TrueCar on Twitter (@TrueCar) and become a fan of TrueCar on Facebook and Google+.

This press release and the information contained herein is for noncommercial use on "as-is, as available" basis and may be used for informational purposes only. TrueCar makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in this press release and the results of the use of such information, including without limitation, the implied warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. The information contained in this press release may include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Neither TrueCar nor any of its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates or respective partners, officers, directors, employees or agents shall be held liable for any damages, whether direct, incidental, indirect, special or consequential, including without limitation, lost revenues or lost profits arising from or in connection with your use or reliance on the information presented in this press release.

SOURCE http://TrueCar.com 

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