Innovation-led car search network, Motors.co.uk, has revealed its top tips for dealers looking to make the most of their online presence. Providing a behind-the-scenes view on how to capitalise on car search networks, as well as hints on converting online visits to real world purchasing, this handy guide, based on consumer research conducted in the UK and US, focuses on four key areas:
- the aggregation of marginal gains
- understanding what matters in an era of attention deficit
- the importance of images and descriptions
- the opportunities presented by new conversion rate optimisation (CRO) technologies
Motors.co.uk strengthens management team with appointment of Peter Watts Motors.co.uk has further strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Peter Watts as Director of Dealer Insight. Watts brings to the role over 30 years’ dealership experience, most recently as brand director for franchise and supermarkets at Autotrader.co.uk and previously group operations director at Randles Motor Group. At Motors.co.uk, Watts will work alongside sales director Mark Hammond to ensure the business continues to offer innovative sales solutions and, importantly, excellent value for money. This news comes as the Motors.co.uk Network celebrates record market share, with 4.1 million unique visitors in July 2015*, up 70% year on year. Phill Jones, Managing Director of Motors.co.uk, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Peter into the Motors.co.uk business at this exciting time. He brings a wealth of dealership and digital experience which will ensure that we continue to deliver great products and service that will help our dealers sell cars more efficiently. We’re investing in Peter, just as we’re investing in product innovation, network partnerships and above the line marketing to benefit our advertising dealers.” Peter Watts, Director of Dealer Insight at Motors.co.uk, added: “I’ve been impressed by Motors.co.uk’s progress within the industry over the past two years and I believe the business has tremendous solutions for dealers. I’m looking forward to helping the business to develop and position tools and products that meet its core mission; to help dealers sell more cars by ensuring their customers have an engaging experience online and offline.” *comScore MMX Multi-platform, July 2015, based on the Motors.co.uk network (a custom entity which includes Motors.co.uk, Carmony, Parkers, Carsite, Driving.co.uk, Carfused.com and many more)
As the summer holidays have come to an end and a nation of schoolchildren pack their pencil cases, Motors.co.uk has revealed the top cars for the school run – and the buying habits of parents looking for the perfect family vehicle. The leading innovation-led car search network has conducted a ‘back to school’ survey among motorists. Findings show crossovers are the favoured school run mode of transport, as parents opt for a spacious, resilient and practical ride. The Nissan Qashqai was once again voted the preferred car for the daily journey to school, with almost a quarter of respondents putting it in first place for the second consecutive year. This was closely followed by the Honda CR-V, up 13% from last year to 20%. The Ford Fiesta hatchback, Ford C Max MPV and Skoda Octavia estate made up the top five. The stats tie-in with Motors.co.uk’s latest used car sales trend data, ‘What’s Hot?’, which reveals demand for MPVs is also on the increase for the new term. While the Vauxhall Zafira and Mariva took top spots for the category, Ford remains a popular choice, with C-Max, S-Max and Galaxy featuring in the top five. Drivers said the most important factor in the vehicle selection process was how economic fuel and running costs were (32%), followed by age and mileage (19%), number of seats (11%) and safety (10%). Interestingly, how the car handles on the road was deemed to be one of the least important features, with only 6% of respondents choosing this as a decisive factor. Similarly, the provision of child safety features was only selected by 3% and ease of access by 2% as the most important factor in deciding what to buy. And, it seems many respondents are influenced by family members when it comes to choosing the right vehicle – with 48% saying their car purchase is influenced by their partner and 23% by their children. Dermot Kelleher, director of marketing and business intelligence at Motors.co.uk, said: “It is no surprise that cross-overs are popular among families who are looking for a comfortable, practical vehicle. However, it was interesting that for a family audience monthly running costs are by far the most important factors when deciding what to buy, well ahead of how the car handles or safety features such as Isofix. It shows there’s a role for dealers to play in communicating this value to families looking for their next vehicle.” The survey also revealed that if money was no object Land Rovers would be the school run rides of choice, with the Range Rover model proving most popular. Other wish list makes were BMW X5 and X6 models and the Audi Q7.
Cox Automotive today announced changes within the leadership team at the innovation-led car search business Motors.co.uk, increasing its connection to its parent company in the U.S. car classified giant Autotrader.com and appointing Phill Jones as its new Managing Director. Motors.co.uk’s current Managing Director, Andy Coulthurst is stepping down from his current role to take up a new role outside of Cox, as CEO of car supermarket group Trade Centre Wales. Andy will be leaving the Motors.co.uk business on 18th September 2015. John Bailey, Executive Vice President, International of Cox Automotive commented: “I would like to thank Andy for his skill, vision and energy transforming Motors.co.uk over the last three years. Having run the business from an operational perspective as Commercial Director since 2010, Phill is the natural successor to Andy at this important stage of growth. I am certain that under his direction, the business will continue to thrive and build on the momentum that has been generated, maintaining its total focus on helping our dealers sell more cars.” Motors.co.uk has recently established closer connections with its parent company, Autotrader.com, and recently hosted a visit from President Jared Rowe and his team to their Oxford offices. Phill explained: “Whilst we have always had strong connections with our U.S. parents, over recent months we have extended our interface with the team in Atlanta and are sharing ideas and best practice across many functions, including marketing, product, technology and sales. I am proud to lead the team as we plan new strategies to benefit our dealers and the millions of in-market car shoppers that engage with our product.” Jared Rowe, President of AutoTrader.com, added: “I’m delighted to be more involved in helping Phill and the team at Motors.co.uk build on their significant progress to date and share learnings between AutoTrader.com and Motors.co.uk. With the support of my team, Manheim and Cox Automotive, I’m confident that we will continue to make great strides, delivering compelling solutions to both dealers and consumers.” The Motors.co.uk site now lists over 300,000 used cars from thousands of independent and franchised dealers and through its powerful network can help dealers reach 3.9 million unique visitors per month. Phill commented: “I’m hugely excited by the prospect of leading Motors.co.uk. Our growth to date has been driven by product innovation, network partnerships and above the line marketing and has seen us deliver record levels of audience reach and response for our dealers. With new partnership opportunities, an extremely strong product roadmap and sustained support from our forward-thinking parents at Cox Automotive, we are perfectly positioned to grow our market share for the benefit of our dealers.”