As dealerships look forward to reopening their doors, they’re thinking about how to do it safely. Since the COVID-19 virus can survive on many types of surfaces, concerns about transmission has set new expectations for car cleanliness. Your customers will expect a different kind of safety protocol for disinfecting cars—whether it’s for test drives or service appointments—and interacting with the public. So it’s important that you clearly communicate the steps you’re taking to keep them safe.
We want to highlight the key initiatives our Consumer Marketing team are working on to drive consumer adoption of the vital Contactless Services dealers like you are providing right now.
We’ve added an onsite banner on cargurus.com that promotes safer shopping with CarGurus. Shoppers will also see an expandable modal window on the homepage explaining the new filters and what they mean.
To say COVID-19 has disrupted the auto industry is an understatement. The global pandemic is continuing to sweep the world, forcing car shoppers to re-evaluate their purchase plans and change their shopping behaviours. Despite the constantly evolving situation, dealers who are able to adapt still have the opportunity to bring in business and stay connected to their customers.
Here are five key takeaways from our soon-to-be-released global COVID-19 Sentiment Study that you can use to adapt your business strategy to today’s new normal.
CarGurus recently hosted a webinar with Facebook and Bosak Motors to discuss digital marketing trends for a new 2020. The participants shared many key insights over 30 minutes. Here are four important takeaways:
Update your marketing messages for the moment
Make sure to update your creative and messaging to communicate exactly what’s happening at the dealership right now. Bosak Motors updated all their messaging to advertise the services they’re offering to help keep customers safe, such as home delivery, contactless services, and online vehicle sales.
The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly reshaping our daily lives and we continue to be impressed by the creative ways our dealer partners are evolving their businesses in this new environment. Now, more than ever, our Engineering and Product teams at CarGurus are working hard to develop products to support dealers and continue connecting them with shoppers.
Starting today, CarGurus customers can highlight any contactless services that their dealership is offering directly on CarGurus. Shoppers can filter their search results based on five contactless services:
The outbreak of COVID-19, more often referred to as Coronavirus, has had an unprecedented effect on the world. Along with managing the changes to our daily lives, stress and anxiety about the virus can have a considerable negative impact on our mental and physical health.
Here’s a list of coping strategies that have helped us manage the day-to-day of these uncertain times:
- Stay connected: Today’s technology makes it easy to stay in touch with loved ones. From FaceTime to Zoom, the resources for face to face are endless.
- …But not too connected: While it is important to keep up to date on the news, and daily coronavirus developments, limiting your daily consumption can help protect your mental health.
- Self-care: Taking care of yourself is key to making it through social distancing, quarantining, lockdowns, and life! While many may have had their daily routines flipped on their head, attempting to maintain a sense of normalcy or routine can aid in reducing stress.
During a time of global pandemic, it is important that we manage our expectations and be kind with ourselves and others. The entire CarGurus team is here to support you. We’ve compiled a list of resources to provide helpful tips, reliable information, and stress-free, fun ways to pass the time.
As part of our ongoing commitment to partner with our customers during this crisis, we wanted to let you know that we are extending our 50% discount for all dealer customers through May.
The details are exactly the same as they were in April: you don’t need to ask for it, it will apply to all subscription services provided in May, and you’ll continue to receive your full level of CarGurus service. It’s part of our dedication to doing what we can to help you navigate your way through this situation and back to normal business operations.
It’s worth mentioning that those normal business operations will return. In fact, we’re still seeing considerable shopping activity in our Canadian marketplace, and it’s possible that we’ll see a surge of car buying activity when dealerships reopen and those customers regain their confidence. The pent-up demand for vehicles will still be there, and dealerships who start building a pipeline through digital marketing and relationship-building now will be better positioned to take advantage of it.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, car shopping has changed in the blink of an eye. Join us for a live discussion on Wednesday, April 8 at 1pm ET with a panel of digital advertising experts from Facebook, Bosak Motors, and CarGurus. They’ll explore the impact of COVID-19 and how dealers can optimize their digital marketing strategy for a return on investment now and in the future.
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:
- Adapt to evolving shopper trends during these unprecedented times
- Strategically incorporate social platforms in your digital advertising mix
- Measure and optimize your digital marketing performance
The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly reshaping large parts of our daily lives – more quickly than some businesses can adapt. In our industry, dealers, vendors, and OEMs are facing incredible uncertainty and business pressures as consumers stay home and governments shut down operations.
CarGurus is determined to be a supportive partner through this situation. That’s why we wanted to let you know that due to the incredible impact of the virus and the restrictions being put in place across the country, we have decided to make some temporary changes to free and paid CarGurus Listings services, effective 4/1.
Specifically, we’re offering a suspended activity option to our paying customers who choose to cancel their subscriptions with us due to the crisis, whether their states were shut down by official orders or not. Our goal is to give our customers immediate financial relief while maintaining the best possible shopping experience for our car-buying audience, as well as giving our dealers a jump start when they’re ready to get back to business after the situation returns to normal. Here are the details of the suspended activity option:
We hope that you and your dealership employees are staying well during this challenging time.
As developments around COVID-19 continue to evolve, we understand you are working hard to figure out how to deal with it while continuing to safely serve customers and employees. Some of our dealer customers have shared steps they’re taking to keep people safe at their dealerships and do more business digitally. We’ve compiled all of them below to help you navigate the ongoing situation.