Toyota

Four tips for capitalizing on the Super Bowl without spending millions

This weekend, a select group of brands with big bank accounts will spend big dollars on ads that run during what is arguably the biggest marketing event in sports, the Super Bowl.

But thanks to social media, savvy marketers can take advantage of the big game without spending millions of dollars on a Super Bowl ad by following these tips.

Six great automotive content marketing campaigns

Here’s a selection of content marketing endeavours by some car brands.

I’m not sure I’ve ever been able to properly define content marketing and indeed my selections may stray between native advertising, brand advertising and bona fide content that feels rather more ‘agnostic’.

However, what’s certain is that all the content I’ve picked does more than simple advertorial.

For some more content on automotive check out my German and Japanese big three reviews.

Automotive online: the Japanese big three at a glance

I thought I’d take a whirl through the UK websites of the Japanese big three automotive companies.

What do Nissan, Honda and Toyota’s websites handle like for first timers?

Well, they might be known as the big three, but it’s the big two and a half as far as web design is concerned.

For some detail on automotive and social media, check out these posts.

Six examples of automotive social media strategy

In a regular feature I’ll be taking a look at brands from a particular industry to see how they compare with one another on various social media channels.

Last month I wrote about why Ford’s social media strategy is so good, in which I took a look at the 110 year-old car manufacturer and how it’s managed to transform its digital presence through expertly tailoring its content and connecting to each social channel’s audience with authentic engagement and a suitable tone of voice.

Let’s take a look at how other brands compare in the world of automotive social media.

Google+ Hangouts: eight creative examples from global brands

It’s fair to say that Google+ has failed to capture the world’s imagination in the same way as Facebook and Twitter.

Many brands diligently update their pages on a daily basis yet see very few interactions in return, so maybe it’s time to try a different tack.

Hangouts is one of the few features that’s unique to Google+ and offers brands an excellent way to communicate with their followers on a personal level.

This can be done simply by hosting Q&As with employees and brand ambassadors, or through more creative Hangouts such as product demos or shoppable fashion shows.

To give some inspiration for your own events I’ve rounded up eight creative examples of Google Hangouts. Read on to find out more, or for additional information on this topic read our post on how to setup a Hangout.

The 10 most shared ads of Super Bowl 2014 are…

Scroll down to see the entire list, but first, here are the major stats.

According to Unruly’s Viral Video Chart, Budweiser’s ‘Puppy Love’ was the most shared ad of Super Bowl XLVIII with close to 1.4m shares so far. This makes it the sixth most shared Super Bowl ad of all time… so far.

The Anheuser–Busch InBev brand also took the second spot and has finally eclipsed Volkswagen as the most shared brand of all time. Although Volkswagen’s Star Wars themed ‘The Force’ still sits at number one in the top 20 most shared Super Bowl ads of all time chart.

This is the second year running that Budweiser has topped the table. Last year’s ‘Brotherhood’ advert is currently the third most shared Super Bowl ad of all time, with 2.8m shares. 1.5m of which it achieved by Super Bowl Monday.

Eight digital campaigns from the world’s best and worst selling car brands

With in-car radios quickly being replaced by Spotify, car manuals being PDF’d onto iPads and QR codes in magazines taking you straight to the mobile site for the manufacturer, it’s apparent that the digital transformation of the auto industry is taking place right now.

Ford, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, and Toyota are all selling amazingly globally, but one of them isn’t performing as well in its digital marketing efforts.

In contrast, Smart, Suzuki, Fiat, and Daihatsu are floundering in terms of sales, but one is doing far better online than in the stores.