SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--While social media channels may be great for catching up with friends or sharing photos, they do not provide significant information to new car buyers, according to research from MaritzCX.
When all ages were averaged, approximately 22 percent said the dealer salesperson was the most important source of information for new car buyers, followed by friends and family at 19 percent, and published “consumer guides” at 14 percent. Social media, including Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter, came in at 0.6 percent.
“We have no doubt that social media is a factor further up the sales funnel for brand awareness, but when we talked to people who had just bought a car, the salesperson was still the most influential source of information,” said Chris Travell, Vice President, Automotive Research Group, MaritzCX.
Rounding out the top five most-important sources of information were automakers’ own websites, followed by published safety ratings from such agencies as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Safety Administration. The complete results are posted in the MaritzCX CXCafé blog at cxcafe.maritzcx.com/auto.
The MaritzCX New Vehicle Customer Study (NVCS) is the longest-running and most comprehensive buyer behavior study in the automotive industry. The study, released monthly to subscribers, provides a lens on vehicle buying patterns including key metrics on conquesting, retention, loyalty, purchase reasons, feature ratings, and vehicle design. For more than 40 years, the NVCS has delivered tactical and strategic intelligence for product planning, marketing, brand management, financing, and more. The study receives feedback from 250,000 North American vehicle buyers annually and is used by most automotive manufacturers in both the US and Canada. For more information about MaritzCX in the auto industry, please visit cxcafe.maritzcx.com/auto.
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MaritzCX™ helps organizations see, sense, and act on the experiences and desires of every customer to increase retention, conversion, and lifetime value. With an unmatched combination of customer experience (CX) software, research science, vertical market expertise, and managed program services, MaritzCX ingrains CX intelligence and action systems into the DNA of business operations and delivers the world’s broadest CX software and services business. For more information, visit www.maritzcx.com.