Your VDP: Uncensored

Jan 23, 2015 | Website Conversion

Automotive retailing is going digital, and as dealers gain access to better data and marketing technologies, car shoppers are getting hungrier for unrestricted, immediate information online.

Today, your customers expect to retrieve the same amount of information browsing your website that they would get if they actually visited your dealership. Because of this, it’s important to discover what your VDP can do to engage your consumers and truly understand how that engagement determines their buying decisions. Without further ado, here’s the VDP: uncensored.

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Your customers crave better content, and they want it in 10 seconds or less

Online shoppers are becoming more and more demanding and impatient as they browse the web. According to a study by Microsoft, shoppers will quickly scan over a page in search of relevant information, and will leave within 10 seconds if they don’t find it.

However, Microsoft’s study also revealed that the more time a user spends on a page, the less likely they are to leave it. In other words, the more your pages fulfill customers’ needs, the more opportunity you have to connect them with your dealership and convince them that you have what they’re looking for.

VDP Uncensored: Probability Users Leaving Page

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According to “The VIN Journey,” a webinar from Cobalt, the most common reason customers are on your site is because they are shopping for a vehicle — not to schedule service, or look for parts. And when they’re browsing for that new purchase, customers depend on your VDPs to give them the information they need.

Ultimately it’s up to you to captivate them through strong, in-depth content to show them your vehicle has the complete package. Plus, by understanding and tracking how long visitors are on your pages, you can work to create a VDP that quickly grabs your customer’s attention, effectively communicates your value to them, and encourages them to buy from you.

VDP Uncensored: Why Consumers Visit Dealer Sites

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How do we know VDP’s are “worth it?”

Cobalt conducted an eight month study of 9 million VDPs, 125 million website visits, and 250 million online actions to decide whether or not VDP activity is an efficient predictor of sales. They discovered that the average new vehicle stays on the lot for 53 days, consumers spend an average of 25 minutes looking at a vehicle online, and the average VDP is viewed 23 times.

VDP Uncensored: Relationship Between VDP Views and Sales

The results of their study concluded that 2 of the top 4 online sales predictors are VDP views and time spent on VDPs, vehicles with 20-30 VDP views spend 29% less time on the lot, and cars with more than 30 VDP views spend 44% less time on the lot. To make a big impact on your bottom line, you need to make a big impact on your VDPs.

Research across the network of retail dealerships indicates that VDP traffic, lead form submission, and nationwide new vehicle sales are all rising together.

The more shoppers view VDPs, the more likely they are to buy, regardless of whether they ‘convert’ through a lead form. Any digital strategy must therefore focus on driving sales-related engagement on VDPs.”


VDP Uncensored: Relationship Between VDP Views and Sales

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The new digital frontier of car shopping allows customers to research, decide, and initiate their purchasing decision without ever leaving their computer, and sees this as a huge advantage.

Dealers can create digital strategies that not only reach the shoppers they covet, but also actively guide them down a purchase path – a process of continuous engagement that transforms shoppers into buyers, and results in everything from stronger leads to a more efficient in-store transaction.”


VDP Uncensored: Emerging Digital Path To Car Purchases

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So how do you drive VDP engagement?

Find a way to be engaging! It really is that simple. Don’t even think about using stock photos (custom photos increase your click rate by more than 155%).

Instead, enrich your VDP gallery with actual photos of your inventory and 360º walkaround technology that your users can touch and interact with (this type of tactile connection can increase sales by 6-25%).

Learn more about the relationship between tactile connections and sales in this article: Increase VDP Engagement: The Role Touch Plays in Buying Decisions

Provide your shoppers with live chat incase they have questions, earn their trust by adding reviews and sales team profiles to each page, and incentivize them with tempting offers that they have to redeem at your store.

Remember: your goal is to 1) capture their attention, 2) deliver them the information they’re looking for, and 3) keep them wanting to learn more.

How do you do it?

Blog Author - Brooke Jensen

Written By Brooke Jensen
Brooke handles all of Dealers United’s digital marketing. In addition to her love for design and copy, Brooke also adores her two dog-like kittens, playing the electric violin, and walking barefoot around the office.

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Dealers United is a game-changing automotive company dedicated to helping auto dealers improve their dealerships. We have helped over 6,500 dealers nationwide cut costs, save time, and sell more cars.

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