New technology, new means of transportation: eROCKIT

Girl riding eRockit electric bikeFor decades the shape of cars and bikes was influenced by the requirements set by fossil fuel engine technology. A petrol car requires cool air to reduce the engine heat. It triggered designers to create air intakes in the front of cars which became a vital tangible of the image of most brands. The fuel tank between the steering bar and the seat of a motor bike is what creates the ‘gestalt’ of a bike. The power and performance of a sports car is endorsed by the number, shape and size of its exhausts. All these examples loose their relevancy when the power plant is for instance electric.

New engine technology, whether it is electric with batteries, fuel cell or electric with a range extender offers new possibilities in design. The Toyota i-road, Renault Twizy or the Nissan Blade Glider are just examples of revolutionary designs with electric propulsion. The impact of electric power systems on designs of means of transportation is not limited to cars. Above is an example from the bike industry of a new type of vehicle which is a bicycle or a motor bike. Which is it? You decide after you  Continue reading

Preview to the 84th Geneva Motor Show

Geneva Motor Show 2013If there would be a spring in the automotive industry, now would be that time of the year again. In the beginning of March some 10.000 media representatives and automotive executives gather in Europe for the Geneva International Motor Show. On March 6th the 84th edition of the show will open its doors to the public. There is no better place to find out what kind of new developments the motor industry has in stock for the coming years than by visiting one of the Top 5 international automobile exhibitions in the world. Continue reading

Online video: What’s next ?

online video futureThe usage of online video for marketing purposes is rising and media companies and advertisers are enthusiastic about it. According to a December 2013 study by Forrester Consulting, the majority of publishers predicting higher CPMs for the future. Advertisers, agencies, and media companies differ on the benefits of online  video and exactly how the medium will evolve over the next few years. Will the shift to streaming video continue ? Continue reading

Must watch ad: Cadillac ELR for Hard Workers


This is definitely not the average car commercial. General Motors “left their comfort zone” and questions the hard working life. What?! Well, not really. As Inside EV’s states, this ad could almost be the anthem to the hard working American. The goal is clear: work hard and you can afford a Cadillac ELR. But the questions that arises as well are “Is it worth it?” and “Why do we work so hard?” Continue reading

Facebook, is it over?

facebookWell, if Obama said it…

Robinson Meyer sat down at a Café and heard Obama saying: “It seems like they don’t use Facebook anymore.” The president  of the United States dropped this line while he met with five millenials to discuss how to get more 18-34 year-olds to sign up for the coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Partnership of the day: Muppets drive Toyota

Toyota MuppetsJoint promotions in the automotive industry occur on regular basis, but some collaborations still surprise. This time we were suprised by Toyota. The car brand decided to co-operate with Disney’s Muppets to make a fun commercial. The spot, starring Terry Crews and entitled “Joyride,” will make its broadcast debut during Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2. Continue reading

Project Management: Six Sigma, PRINCE or Agile?

KICX7217Do you want to improve your marketing operations and define your focus in any project? If your answer is “Yes!”, what kind of methodology do you have to implement? Six Sigma, PRINCE or the relatively new Agile?

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Your target audience not on social media? Doesn’t matter!

Social MediaThe question whether to use or not to use social media for marketing purposes could  be based on the question “what if my consumers aren’t on social media?”

In his article ‘Youthification. It’s a Word Now.’ Gary Vaynerchuk states that his knee-jerk’s reaction to this question is “Then you shouldn’t be there.” But he continues that it’s more likely that you’re just wrong. He explaines that your target audience doesn’t have to be directly influenced by marketing on social media: indirect influence is still influence. …Continue reading

Mariska Hustings – My Point of View

My Point of ViewLearning from others is a way to improve your own business. Different points of view from different marketers can inspire you to become an even better marketer. Therefore, Marketing in Automotive brings you short interviews with marketers from varied branches. In what kind of business are they involved? What inspires them? And what kind of focus do they use in their marketing? Take a look, read and get inspired!

Mariska Hustings – Marketing Manager at AutoScout24

1. What did you do before?
Before AutoScout24, I was Manager Marketing & Communication at A.R.M. Autoleasing at that time part of Kroymans Corporation. …Continue reading

The emotive power of car design

car designWhat is the influence of car design for the value of a car brand? How do human beings respond to ‘beautiful’ design? And even more important: how do we messure this influence? Volvo decided to research these questions. Turns out: Car design can tangibly evoke a powerful emotional reaction in humans, particularly men. …Continue reading

Social Media: the challenge for car brands

social media connectionIn 1967, 20-year-old Herb N. walked into a car dealership in buzzing Chicago with $3200 cash clutched tightly in his sweaty hand and bought a brand new bright red Mustang. The Mustang wasn’t an especially good deal ($3200 was a lot for a car then and he had just started college), it didn’t have the best safety ratings or durability reports either, but the 1967 Mustang was the one and only car Herb could imagine owning and he simply knew no other car would do. …Continue reading

Improving marketing efficiency can save up to 20% of budget, but where do you start?

Same brand - different marketing approach. How to get the best of both worlds?

Same brand – different marketing approach. How to get the best of both worlds and save 20% on your marketing expenditures?

Optimizing the marketing infrastructure can save up to 20% of the total marketing budget and achieve an additional 15% sales increase, according to a survey conducted by MRMLOGIQ among 99 marketing professionals in 22 countries. Key steps to improving marketing efficiency are consolidating and standardizing marketing materials and automating campaign management and marketing production processes. Marketing technology often is a big help in making marketing more efficient, but as implementing software requires investments, it is important to first identify what to improve in marketing and how. …Continue reading

Can Snapchat be used to promote cars ?

Snapchat_logoSnapchat is a relatively new social network.  According to My Social Agency  it is the virtual equivalent of attempting to read a note that’s been thrown into a furnace – it’s there and then viola – it’s not. Snapchat allows users to send photos or videos to friends, somewhat similar to Instagram. The catch is that they disappear within 1-4 seconds, never to be seen again. …Continue reading

What is the ROI of Branded Content?

branded contentA question that keeps marketers busy. How do you know if your branded content results in conversions? Or to put it even more simple: how do you know if the money you spend on branded content is worth it?

Part of the allure of branded content is that when people share it in social media or it’s hosted on websites, marketers aren’t paying media companies to distribute it. That sounds as a low-cost way for marketers to advertise. But a lot of money is actually put in branded content. An article of AdvertisingAge said a survey from Gartner found marketers now spend almost as much on content creation and management as they do on paid online display. …Continue reading