Online lead generation is expected to contribute 70 percent of all leads by 2023, driving growth opportunities, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Mobility team
London – February 23, 2017 – In Europe, car retailing is undergoing an intense evolution. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), aggregators, distributor groups and manufacturers are actively pursuing digitisation as a change enabler to enhance brand awareness and customer experience. While new purchasing behaviors of increasingly technology-savvy customer bases, urbanisation, and social media trends have led to the creation of omnichannel retail solutions, new key performance indicators such a customer digital engagement, demographics, and lead response time will be of increasing importance in future retail formats.
“Connectivity plays a key role in customer behavior during the purchasing process. An estimated 65 percent of prospective buyers begin the journey on their smartphones, while over 90 percent of customers seek online sources for their next car. Online lead generation is expected to generate over 70 percent of all leads by 2023,” said Frost & Sullivan Mobility Research Analyst Isaac Abraham.
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OEMs such as Volkswagen, Ford, PSA, Toyota, General Motors and Hyundai lead the way in Europe in terms of digitisation in retailing by launching digital showroom concepts and revamping existing showrooms for retail and after-sales purposes to enhance the brand experience. Digital solution providers and web integrators such as Zerolight, Bluesky Interactive and G Forces are well positioned in terms of product offerings to help dealerships improve their online presence and generate traffic to the store.
Other growth opportunities and trends include:
- New store formats and digital tools are driving the future customer experience standards that will remain crucial to each OEM’s brand identity and its relevance to the millennial generation.
- Increasing in-store digital content improves sales by 3 to 4 percent.
- OEMs with a wider store mix will benefit from a larger target audience.
- A personalised digital experience across customer touch points is central to increasing repurchase chances within the same brand.
- The revenue per employee at a digital store is expected to grow 15 percent to 17 percent higher than revenue per employee at a traditional store.
- Tablets, 3D configurators, and gamification enhance brand interaction.
- The proper use of customer information collected online in the sales lifecycle to provide a personalised customer experience can improve dealership walk-ins and test drives by 13 percent to 15 percent.
- By 2022, pop-up stores are expected to evolve from being a brand experience center to a lead generator and become more sales-centric.
“Online vehicle sellers have valuable data that will help physical store dealers and manufacturers track demand by vehicle types, area, and demographics to make informed choices before setting up a new store,” notes Abraham. “Selling vehicles from online platforms is not an area of focus for most original equipment manufacturers, but is considered a strong tool that contributes to over 30 percent of their online leads today.”
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