Once again we have surveyed the Motor Trader Top 200’s web presences to establish what tools and services they are employing to help drive their businesses online. Inevitably there are movements, but most interestingly two highly important elements of being online have hit saturation point within the UK’s top dealer groups – representing a first within our survey which has been running since 2010.
100% social. 100% mobile.
Yep, for the first time in the six year history of our ‘Embracing the Internet’ study two of the online aspects we monitor have now been taken up by 100% of the UK’s top 200 motor retailers. Looking at the two, it is mobile optimisation that has had the meteoric rise – up to 100% from just 9% of the top 200 in September 2010. Social media has been used by more dealerships for longer, with 50% of them using it back in 2010 and a more gradual increase to reach the magic 100% mark now.
Focus on conversion tools
Over the past three months the number of dealers offering tools which actively help convert browsers into strong web leads has increased. Finance calculators are proving extremely popular, up 8% from December to reach 71% of the Motor Trader Top 200. Instant online vehicle valuations have been adopted by an additional 7.5% now standing at 44%, and live chat is up a modest 3% – totaling 47% of the top 200.
Good news for Aftersales
For the most part, aftersales tools have seen a notable increase in uptake – especially online service booking which is now available through 66% of the top 200’s websites. This represents an increase of 21% compared to just three months ago. Online tyre provision is up too, with 15% of the top 200 offering the service, up 2% on December 2015. Service plans have taken a slight hit, with a 0.5% drop to 8%, albeit service plans remain a very popular point-of-sale add on within the showroom.