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Online car shopping

With the release of the J.D. Power 2016 New Autoshopper Study, the numbers for online usage and shopping habits give a very clear picture of trends.

Shoppers are always in the funnel, and your dealership website is where this pressure-packed game is played. Of the more than 17,000 purchasers and lessees surveyed:

  • Over 90% landed on at least one automaker’s site
  • 84% visited a dealer site
  • 79% went to a third-party site during their shopping process

The average internet shopper visited 10 automotive websites: 4 manufacturer sites, 3 third-party sites and 3 dealerships sites.

It is very clear you have competition for every click. With transparency as the new standard for information delivered on-site, make sure your team is clear to the realization someone is always in the funnel.

We design creative saying “shop online 24/7/365”…and they are.


About the author

John Paul Strong: For someone who spends an average of 135 days outside of the office meeting with clients, John Paul Strong remains the driving force behind his Birmingham-based advertising agency, Strong Automotive Merchandising. Strong began his career as a fresh-faced account executive at Martin Advertising. Learning much, but never satisfied, he convinced his father to partner with him in reopening their own advertising agency in 2004, catering exclusively to the automotive industry. The company started strong but humble. The original roster of 10 employees and eight clients has exploded today, growing to 100 full-time employees and more than 220 automotive dealers. And it hasn’t gone without notice. Along the way, Strong Automotive Merchandising has been recognized as a perennial winner in Birmingham’s Best Places to Work contest and as a Top 20 Agency among Google’s National Ad Partners. Yet, Strong still finds time to share what he’s learned along the way. As an avid writer, he has published two books in the Next Day Traffic series, along with more than 1,000 automotive-focused blog posts. He is also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, and his success has been recognized in the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2013 “Top 40 Under 40” feature and the 2017 CEO Awards. The foundation for Strong’s career began at the University of Montevallo where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and advanced public speaking. Always staying ahead of the competition, Strong later went on to study in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program. Amid all of his endeavors, Strong always makes time for what matters most – his family. He is a proud husband to Amy, and father to Lilly Grace, Anne Charlotte, Hudson, and Ford.


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