Make Good Use of Audio
Music can be one of the best ways to affect mood, enhance visuals and promote your brand feeling. For example, if your target market is people in their teens and twenties, you could have hip and trendy music playing on your site. If you are targeting the more affluent customer, classical music may be more appropriate. If you decide to enhance your online experience with music, make sure it cues up as your site comes up. But also make sure you have a clearly marked button to allow the visitor to turn it off, just in case they’re not a fan of the audio experience.
Interactivity, where your customers interact with your Web site in some way, can be a huge boom for the auto industry. Recent studies show that auto marketers nearly doubled the message association in control groups compared to static GIF or JPG ads, meaning your customers retained your key message better and longer when they exchanged information with your site. When adding interactivity to your site, the key is to remember to give customers something worthwhile to do so they are engaged. Interactive elements can take any number of forms: a fun quiz, an arcade-style game, a ‘customize your search’ form to fill out, etc., but it should always be tied in to your dealership personality and related to the car buying experience.
K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid)
Oftentimes, the possibilities available with rich media can overcomplicate your Web site with multiple messages and calls to action, resulting in too much text and other distractions. Dealers should use rich media because it is clearly effective (and fun), but it has to be used selectively for maximum impact and minimum potential annoyance. If you want to communicate a key message about your dealership or stock, then state it clearly and elegantly. Always consider very carefully your dealership objectives and strategize how each Web site feature will increase your leads and generate actual visits.
Rich media is a great way to get customers involved with your Web site, but the fine balance between customer engagement and customer annoyance can be difficult to find. There are experienced interactive online marketing companies in the automotive space that can help you find this line. Seek them out to ensure that your online marketing campaign is a truly effective and representative of your dealership brand.
Vol 2, Issue 12