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The Future of Mobility: How We Connect to Our Cars by MRY

MRY released new research in 2014 featuring first-party surveys and social listening to determine what people want out of connected cars, how their decision journey works when purchasing them, and how people value cars versus their smartphones.

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Table of contents 
Introduction 3 
Executive Summary 6 
Implications for Marketers 12 
Changing Attitudes Toward Car Ownership 17 
The Rise of Ride/Car Sharing Services 25 
Connected Car Decision Journey 33 
Pre-Purchase 39 
During Purchase 55 
Post-Purchase 59 
In-Car Apps & Automotive Connectivity Index 84
Introduction 
Today’s consumers expect constant connectivity. The shifts in behavior driven by mobility – the 
ability to be connected through smartphones, tablets, and other devices at all times – have had far-reaching 
implications in nearly every sector. 
Amidst these market changes, MRY wanted to understand the impact of connectivity in a place 
where most Americans spend a lot of time – their cars – in this first report in our series on the 
Future of Mobility. 
The goal of this study was to uncover the changing attitudes toward car ownership, interest in car 
sharing services, the impact of connectivity on the automotive purchase decision journey, and how 
these topics interact as an indicator of future connected car ownership. We examined each topic 
with a particular focus on Millennials, a generation identified as the first in America with decreasing 
interest in car ownership, as indicators of where the market is headed. 
The results have implications for marketers, auto manufacturers, and technology firms looking to 
succeed in a connected world. 
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What Does This Mean for Me? 
As substantial as this study is, there’s even more research conducted that wasn’t included here. 
And ultimately, with all the research here as it stands, the most important takeaways are going 
to be the ones specifically relevant to your own business. 
If you would like to discuss more specific implications more, have questions about the research, 
or would like to dive deeper into any part of this, please reach out to us via either of the contacts 
below, or through our site or social channels. 
David Berkowitz, Chief Marketing O!cer 
David.Berkowitz@mry.com 
Evan Kraut, Executive Director of Business Development 
Evan.Kraut@mry.com
Methodology
Methodology 
We executed a two-pronged approach for this study: 
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FIRST-PARTY RESEARCH SOCIAL LISTENING 
Online quantitative study run by Whitman Insight 
Strategies in January 2014 
N = 1,000 adults aged 18+ who use smartphones 
Must own a mobile smartphone (and say it is essential to 
their day-to-day life) and a driver’s license 
• 500 Millennials (aged 18-34) & 500 adults aged 35+ 
• Subsample of 300 respondents from Top 10 DMAs in the 
U.S. 
• 50/50 gender split 
• Regional quotas set to match U.S. Census 
Margin of error at the 95% level of confidence is ±3% for 
the entire sample 
Boolean framework to filter conversation around 
automotive connectivity in party with Mashwork 
Evaluated two years of consumer conversations (January 1, 
2012 to December 31, 2013) to understand: 
• Importance of automotive connectivity within purchase 
decision journey 
• Branded and non-branded conversations surrounding 
automotive connectivity 
• Change in key perceptions around connected cars 
In addition: 
• Ranked 12 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by 
levels of total connectivity conversation and contained 
sentiment 
• Examined sample of Twitter users that engaged during 
the Connected Car Decision Journey and analyzed 
profiles for demographic and psychographic qualities
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The Future of Mobility: How We Connect to Our Cars by MRY

  • 1. How we connect to our cars Click to tweet
  • 2. Table of contents Introduction 3 Executive Summary 6 Implications for Marketers 12 Changing Attitudes Toward Car Ownership 17 The Rise of Ride/Car Sharing Services 25 Connected Car Decision Journey 33 Pre-Purchase 39 During Purchase 55 Post-Purchase 59 In-Car Apps & Automotive Connectivity Index 84
  • 3. Introduction Today’s consumers expect constant connectivity. The shifts in behavior driven by mobility – the ability to be connected through smartphones, tablets, and other devices at all times – have had far-reaching implications in nearly every sector. Amidst these market changes, MRY wanted to understand the impact of connectivity in a place where most Americans spend a lot of time – their cars – in this first report in our series on the Future of Mobility. The goal of this study was to uncover the changing attitudes toward car ownership, interest in car sharing services, the impact of connectivity on the automotive purchase decision journey, and how these topics interact as an indicator of future connected car ownership. We examined each topic with a particular focus on Millennials, a generation identified as the first in America with decreasing interest in car ownership, as indicators of where the market is headed. The results have implications for marketers, auto manufacturers, and technology firms looking to succeed in a connected world. 3
  • 4. What Does This Mean for Me? As substantial as this study is, there’s even more research conducted that wasn’t included here. And ultimately, with all the research here as it stands, the most important takeaways are going to be the ones specifically relevant to your own business. If you would like to discuss more specific implications more, have questions about the research, or would like to dive deeper into any part of this, please reach out to us via either of the contacts below, or through our site or social channels. David Berkowitz, Chief Marketing O!cer David.Berkowitz@mry.com Evan Kraut, Executive Director of Business Development Evan.Kraut@mry.com
  • 6. Methodology We executed a two-pronged approach for this study: 6 FIRST-PARTY RESEARCH SOCIAL LISTENING Online quantitative study run by Whitman Insight Strategies in January 2014 N = 1,000 adults aged 18+ who use smartphones Must own a mobile smartphone (and say it is essential to their day-to-day life) and a driver’s license • 500 Millennials (aged 18-34) & 500 adults aged 35+ • Subsample of 300 respondents from Top 10 DMAs in the U.S. • 50/50 gender split • Regional quotas set to match U.S. Census Margin of error at the 95% level of confidence is ±3% for the entire sample Boolean framework to filter conversation around automotive connectivity in party with Mashwork Evaluated two years of consumer conversations (January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013) to understand: • Importance of automotive connectivity within purchase decision journey • Branded and non-branded conversations surrounding automotive connectivity • Change in key perceptions around connected cars In addition: • Ranked 12 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by levels of total connectivity conversation and contained sentiment • Examined sample of Twitter users that engaged during the Connected Car Decision Journey and analyzed profiles for demographic and psychographic qualities
  • 8. Americans of All Ages Still Love Their Cars Car ownership remains a fundamental aspect of American life Despite the declining number of 16-year-olds with drivers licenses and the emergence of car-sharing services, owning a car is still a fundamental functional and aspirational part of American life. • 94% of Millennials surveyed (and 99% of adults 35+) own or lease a vehicle • 91% overall say that owning a car is very important to their life – more than who said the same of high speed internet access, having a smartphone, or email However, having access to and owning a car are synonymous for most, with more respondents preferring access over ownership. Coupled with the rise of the sharing economy, this could be an early indicator of shifting attitudes toward ownership and increased interest in car sharing services as a means of access to vehicles. 8
  • 9. Wait, Millennials Still Want to Buy or Lease Cars? This study does find strong interest in cars from Millennials, flying in the face of some other research showing waning interest among that demographic. There are a few explanations for this: • Our survey required participants to have a valid driver’s license so we could talk to those with interest in both mobile and automotive products. In the survey of 1,000 adults with a license, 96% overall said that they currently own or lease a car. Additionally, we screened out 65 individuals who said they did not currently have a license. Looking at the incidence of auto ownership based on 1,065 individuals, the number drops to 90% - in line with other research. • The other significant issue which the survey doesn’t take into account is the decline in driver’s licenses as a percentage of the US population – which is especially apparent among younger consumers. This study does show the importance of owning a car high for Millennials (87%) but still significantly below older generations. And, as expected, interest in car and ride-sharing services is greatest among Millennials. 9
  • 10. Connectivity Conversation Building Connectivity is growing in importance as a driver of purchase intent Conversation around consideration of connected cars increased by 359% compared to the previous year, underscoring the increasing importance for connectivity among automotive consumers. • Overall conversation about automotive connectivity increased 15% over the previous year, with Millennials increasingly driving connected car consideration • Millennials talk about connectivity nearly 2.5x more than the average Twitter user However, all signs point to cars as docking stations. Conversations indicated less interest in automotive manufacturer systems such as navigation and add-on apps and features that are often accompanied by a hefty price tag and ongoing subscription fees. A leading driver of consideration of connected cars seems to be smartphone connectivity – being able to seamlessly connect one’s smartphone in order to access features and capabilities while in the car. 10
  • 11. Connectivity a Perk, not yet a Necessity Despite rising interest, connectivity in cars is still in its infancy Two areas driving the majority of growth in connected car conversations in 2013 were consideration of connected cars and experiencing issues with connected cars. OEMs still have a ways to go before connectivity is an integral driver of purchase intent. • Connected car features were most commonly discussed alongside added bonus features such as entertainment systems and custom paint jobs, indicating that connectivity is still viewed as a luxury item or a “nice to have.” Given the trajectory of mobile growth, it is likely that connectivity will be an important facet of automotive di"erentiation in the future. 11
  • 12. Brands Take a Backseat The title for “most connected” is still up for grabs OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) that over-indexed in connectivity conversation also under-indexed in consumer satisfaction with their connected technology. Inversely, the brands that drove the largest amount of satisfaction with their connected technology also saw the least amount of conversation driven by connectivity. What’s more, the average percentage of conversation that mentioned automotive connectivity among the leading OEMs was only 3% of total OEM conversation. OEMs have a long way to go toward raising consideration and preference for connected technology. Another key finding of this study is that technology brands like Google and Apple, as well as car/ride sharing brands like Uber and Zipcar, score significantly higher than OEMs on being perceived as innovative and having a personal connection to the brand. In an age where connectivity is critical and access equals ownership, making these gains will be important for OEMs to remain relevant, particularly to the Millennial audience. 12
  • 14. Look to Access over Ownership As access trumps ownership for more car drivers, the notion of the vehicle as docking station will become even more critical. • Already, connectivity conversation indicates that smartphone integration is more important than ‘smart’ standalone services o"ered by manufacturers, such as GPS or entertainment systems • The smartphone is already the personal command center for most individuals, and particularly with the rise of car/ride sharing services, users must be able to seamlessly plug-and- play with a vehicle that isn’t their own • OEMs need to embrace the smartphone model of remote system upgrades and short development cycles to keep their technology current 14
  • 15. Connectivity Starting to Impact Purchase Decisions Connectivity as a driver of vehicle consideration is still in its infancy and will continue to grow in importance. • CES dominates connectivity conversation, indicating that connectivity is still largely a topic that appeals to a tech-savvy audience that’s already very interested in the automotive industry • Currently, connectivity conversation is male-dominated. There is a big opportunity to speak to a broader audience about connectivity • However, mass appeal of connectivity in the car will continue to be stunted until technology reaches a level of ease and sophistication that smartphone users have come to expect • As the playing field levels on other core consideration factors, such as vehicle quality and safety, connectivity will be a larger driver di"erentiation – which is an even bigger reason for OEMs to embrace innovation in their current approach to connectivity in their vehicles 15
  • 16. Auto and Tech Brands Have Room to Stand Out We’ve only scratched the surface of what car connectivity can do for the driving experience. • As most manufacturers still struggle to develop basic connectivity to the smartphone, there remains a huge white space for new features and functionality that go beyond basics to truly build on and enhance the driving experience • This is an opportunity for tech companies looking to build out o"erings that interface with car connectivity systems, as well as brands looking to partner with OEMs (like Starbucks or Chevron) to create experiences that benefit drivers • In addition to improving car driving experiences, such as access to food and services as well as convenience of facilities and services, connectivity has the potential to solve some of the problems that have plagued drivers, such as tra!c accidents, tra!c and general safety on the road 16
  • 17. Changing Attitudes Toward Car Ownership
  • 18. Car Ownership Remains Paramount While attitudes might be shifting, our study suggests that car ownership isn’t going away anytime soon. Yet as ownership becomes more interchangeable with access, it will become even more important for OEMs to deliver on the things that potential car buyers care about. As this study suggests, those things include more than what a car is equipped with – it has to do with what a car allows people to do and experience. This is precisely where cars and mobile phones (and more broadly, connectivity) intersect. 18
  • 19. Car Ownership Isn’t Going the Way of the Dodo Just Yet… 96% 94% 99% 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% Total Mobile Smartphone Users Millennials Aged 35+ 91% 87% 94% 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% Total Mobile Smartphone Users Millennials Aged 35+ Own/Lease a Vehicle % Yes Importance of Owning a Car % Top 2 Box (4-5)
  • 20. Cars Remain Prized Possessions 20 Millennials (18-34) Age 35+ 61% 62% 51% 45% 41% 24% 21% 11% 13% 10% 11% 26% 27% 35% 35% 38% 28% 32% 16% 20% 17% 20% 87% 89% 86% 80% 79% 52% 54% 27% 33% 27% 31% 82% 62% 48% 55% 33% 31% 18% 15% 6% 6% 13% 28% 33% 31% 32% 27% 21% 22% 11% 9% 5% 94% 89% 82% 86% 65% 58% 40% 37% 17% 16% 10% I cant imagine my life without it 4 (on 5 point scale) 5% Importance of Products & Services % Top 2 Box (4-5) Total 71% 62% 50% 50% 37% 28% 20% 13% 10% 8% 8% 19% 28% 34% 33% 35% 28% 27% 19% 16% 13% 13% 91% 89% 84% 83% 72% 55% 47% 32% 25% 21% 20% Car High Speed Internet access Mobile Smartphone Email Text Message High Definition Television Facebook Newspaper Subscription (print or digital Skype Twitter Instagram
  • 21. But for Most, Access Is Ownership 21 Importance of Goals/Aspirations/Activities Total Millennials (18-34) Age 35+ 68% 67% 58% 41% 53% 42% 28% 21% 18% 8% 22% 22% 29% 37% 20% 26% 34% 32% 25% 8% 90% 90% 87% 77% 73% 68% 62% 54% 43% 17% 57% 59% 50% 39% 46% 33% 29% 21% 23% 12% 29% 28% 33% 38% 24% 29% 36% 36% 30% 12% 86% 87% 84% 78% 70% 62% 65% 57% 53% 24% 78% 76% 65% 42% 59% 51% 27% 21% 12% 16% 16% 25% 35% 16% 23% 32% 29% 21% 5% 94% 92% 90% 77% 75% 74% 59% 50% 33% 9% Very Important 4 (on 5 point scale) 4% % Top 2 Box (4-5) Having access to a car/vehicle that I can use when I need Having a place of my own (home/apartment) Owning or leasing a car/vehicle Helping others who need help Raising a family Voting in elections Doing my part to help the environment Volunteering time to charitable causes Being wealthy Being famous
  • 22. Millennials: Intersection of Car/Vehicle & Mobile Smartphone 89% 89% 89% 87% 87% 85% 82% 76% 62% 86% 80% 89% 68% 75% 79% 90% 77% 81% 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% Accomplish day-to-day tasks Gives me sense of freedom Makes my life easier Explore places I’ve never seen before Makes buying things easier Experience new things Interact with friends and family Provide an escape from a hectic day Learn something new Car/Vehicle Mobile Smartphone 22 Having access to Car/Vehicle or Smartphone empowers you to do the following (% of 4-5’s on 1-5 Scale)
  • 23. Age 35+: Intersection of Car/Vehicle & Mobile Smartphone 92% 91% 90% 86% 86% 84% 83% 72% 57% 76% 76% 83% 53% 60% 89% 64% 63% 71% 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% Accomplish day-to-day tasks Gives me sense of freedom Makes my life easier Explore places I’ve never seen before Makes buying things easier Interact with friends and family Experience new things Provide an escape from a hectic day Learn something new Car/Vehicle Mobile Smartphone 23 Having access to Car/Vehicle or Smartphone empowers you to do the following (% of 4-5’s on 1-5 Scale)
  • 24. Total Mobile Device Users: Intersection of Car/Vehicle & Mobile Smartphone 90% 90% 90% 87% 86% 84% 83% 74% 59% 81% 78% 86% 60% 67% 71% 89% 70% 76% 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% Accomplish day-to-day tasks Gives me sense of freedom Makes my life easier Explore places I’ve never seen before Makes buying things easier Experience new things Interact with friends and family Provide an escape from a hectic day Learn something new Car/Vehicle Mobile Smartphone 24 Having access to Car/Vehicle or Smartphone empowers you to do the following (% of 4-5’s on 1-5 Scale)
  • 25. The Rise of Ride/Car Sharing Services
  • 26. Uber isn’t a household name just yet While interest and usage of Car/Ride Sharing Services is on the rise, it hasn’t yet reached mass awareness. Unsurprisingly, those who would consider Car/Ride Sharing Services tend to be younger, more urban, male and single. Right now, about half of consumers would consider such services, so there still needs to be more education and trust-building to court the other half of the market. 26
  • 27. Cars are the Dominant Form of Transportation with only a Small Minority Using Car/Ride Sharing Services 27 Thinking about the di!erent forms of transportation you use, do you… Total Mobile Smartphone Users Millennials (Aged 18-34) Aged 35+ Own a car/vehicle that you use for transportation 92% 88% 96% Use a transit system for transportation (i.e. subway, metro, railway system, etc.) 13% 17% 10% Use the bus for transportation 12% 18% 7% Use taxis for transportation 9% 11% 7% Lease a car/vehicle that you use for transportation 8% 11% 6% Use a car or ride sharing service for transportation (i.e. Lyft, Zipcar, Uber etc.) 3% 5% 1% 5% in Urban DMAs use car/ride sharing services
  • 28. While Car/Ride Sharing Services Have Grown Exponentially, Familiarity Has not yet Reached “Mass” 28 Total Mobile Smartphone Users Millennials (18-34) Age 35+ 82% 66% 69% 68% 62% 55% 47% 47% 57% 13% 8% 15% 29% 25% 26% 32% 36% 40% 38% 28% 20% 15% 13% 97% 95% 95% 93% 93% 91% 86% 86% 84% 33% 22% 18% Amazon Ford Apple Nike Toyota General Motors Volkswagen BMW Xbox Zip Car Uber LyR 83% 61% 73% 71% 60% 49% 47% 51% 66% 17% 10% 9% 14% 32% 22% 23% 34% 39% 37% 37% 27% 24% 20% 18% 97% 93% 95% 94% 94% 88% 84% 88% 93% 41% 30% 27% 80% 70% 65% 65% 63% 62% 46% 44% 48% 9% 16% 26% 29% 28% 30% 33% 42% 40% 28% 17% 9% 7% 96% 96% 94% 93% 93% 95% 88% 84% 76% 26% 14% 10% I cant imagine my life without it 4 (on 5 point scale) 5% 6% 2%
  • 29. Half of Those Surveyed Would Consider Using Car or Ride Sharing 29 Would Not Consider Car/Ride Sharing Services Would Consider Car/Ride Sharing Services 52% 48% Indicated they would be interested in using car sharing, branded car sharing, or ride sharing. Selected Top 2 Box (4 or 5) on 5 point scale for at least 1 of the car or ride sharing services Are not very interested in using car sharing, branded car sharing, or ride sharing. Did not select Top 2 Box (4 or 5) on 5 point scale for at least 1 of the car or ride sharing services Q: How likely are you to use this service if it were available in your area? Please use a 1-5 scale where 5 means you would definitely use this service, and 1 means you would definitely not use this service.
  • 30. Not Surprisingly, Millennials Lead Interest in Ride/ Car Sharing 30 Likely To Use Service If O!ered In Your Area Total Mobile Smartphone Users Millennials Aged 35+ 40% % Top 2 Box (4-5) 39% 36% 51% 48% 46% 30% 29% 26% 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% Branded Car Sharing Car Sharing Ride Sharing Q. How likely are you to use this service if it were available in your area? Please use a 1-5 scale where 5 means you would definitely use this service, and 1 means you would definitely not use this service.
  • 31. Demographic Profile: Those Surveyed Who Would Consider Using Car or Ride Sharing 31 Would Consider Ride/Car Sharing Would Not Consider Ride/Car Sharing Gender Male 55% 45% Female 45% 55% Age Millennials (18-34) 62% 37% Age 35+ 38% 63% Ethnicity Hispanic or Latino 15% 8% Not Hispanic or Latino 85% 89% Race White 74% 89% Black or African American 15% 19% Asian 10% 6% DMA Urban DMA 35% 25% Not Urban DMA 65% 75% Location City 40% 20% Suburb 40% 49% Small city/town/rural area 19% 31% Those who would consider using car/ride sharing services: • Are more likely to be male • Tend to be Millennials • Live in an urban DMA or city • Rent their home/apt • Single • Racially/ethnically diverse (non-white) Marital Status Married/Living with someone 58% 65% Single 35% 23% Divorced/Separated/Widowed 7% 12% Rent or Own Home/ Apt Own 66% 74% Rent 34% 26%
  • 32. Behavioral Profile: Those Who Would Consider Using Car or Ride Sharing 32 Car ownership is still very important, but not as important with other modes of transportation available • 84% agree having their own car is important to them (91) • 29% agree that with all the car/ride sharing services that are available car ownership isn’t as important (705) *Indexes are vs. those not interested in car/ride sharing services Actively give and seek out advice • 76% agree that if they try something new and like it, they will always tell others about it (111) • 55% seek advice before purchasing products/services (138) Are more likely to buy products/services on impulse • 62% sometimes buy things on impulse (62%) Are looking for new and exciting things to do or products to try • 71% are always looking for new and exciting things to try (144) • 55% agree they are the first of their friends to try new things (166) • 21% consider themselves trend-setters (187) and 43% consider themselves adventurous (146) Like brands that are innovative, but also grounded in a brand history • 72% prefer brands that innovate and try new things (136) • 60% agree it is important that brands have a history or heritage (150) Up to date on technology trends, and prefer brands that are too • 63% know more about new tech trends than their friends (174) • 69% prefer brands that are on the cutting edge of technology(137)
  • 33. The Connected Car Decision Journey
  • 34. The Beginning of a New Purchase Journey Car ownership is still important and car/ride sharing services are on the rise. So how does car connectivity impact behavioral and attitudinal shifts in the automotive space? The findings in this study indicate that if connectivity has not yet become a major influence for Millennials and other generations when it comes to their choices for automotive transportation, it soon will. The dramatic increase in volume of connectivity conversation over the past year, coupled with the steep rise in conversation surrounding consideration of connectivity technology, points to a future in which connectivity plays a much larger role in the automotive purchase journey. 34
  • 35. Main Takeaways from the Journey • The connected car is a docking station. Consumers want their smartphones to integrate with their connected cars. Rather than purchase an additional technology ecosystem, consumers want to leverage what they already know and understand. • Millennials are increasingly driving connectivity Consideration. The people considering buying a connected car are younger and have less purchasing power compared to individuals who considered buying a connected car the previous year. • The di!erences in technology cycles between cars and phones are a frequent pain point. The di"erent schedules of software updates and product rollouts is a common complaint among consumers, as well as a major driver of dissatisfaction about connected car technology. • Connected cars need tech support. Automotive brands now need to treat their cars like technology products, providing frequent tech support and software updates. • Connectivity is being talked about more and more. There was a 15% increase in conversation about automotive connectivity in 2013 compared to 2012. • Connectivity is increasingly driving purchase consideration, and consideration is all about phones. Consideration conversation increased dramatically compared to the previous year. Within Consideration, phone integration is a dominant topic of conversation. 35
  • 36. Connected Car Conversation 36 Below is a breakdown of all relevant connected car conversation during 2013. Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040
  • 37. Outline of the Journey 37 There are seven phases in the connected car decision journey: Awareness (broken out into the mass market and car enthusiasts), Consideration, During Purchase, Integration, Advocates, Detractors, and Guidance.
  • 38. Connected Car Decision Journey Pre-Purchase
  • 39. Pre-Purchase Decision Journey: Awareness Awareness: 68% (+15%) • Awareness conversation consisted of individuals talking about innovations and developments in automotive connectivity. • 40% of Awareness conversation was driven by Car Enthusiasts, a select group of individuals and industry insiders who discussed the trends and innovations of connected cars in great details. They are responsible for shaping connected car perceptions among consumers and potential buyers, and their topics of discussion range from manufacturer-specific innovations to software updates. • The majority of Awareness conversation is driven by laymen; however, the topics that they cover are strikingly similar to those of Car Enthusiasts. • Within Awareness, conversation focused primarily around the more high profile, futuristic innovations within automotive connectivity, such as self-driving cars technology and v2v communication protocols. This conversation drove nearly two out of every three posts within Awareness discussion. However, there is evidence to suggest that this trend is changing as the general public learns more about connected car technology. Awareness conversation has seen a 10% year-over-year decrease in post volume, which is even more significant because connected car conversation at large increased by 15% in 2013 compared to 2012. 39 40% YOY -15%
  • 40. “ @Mahindrae2o love the “connected car” innovations. Haven’t driven it yet though.” – @OxyMoronify, Twitter
  • 41. “ Cars Are Fast Becoming #Smartphones on Wheels. #ConnectedCars http://t.co/NN7jBukzvF” – @jopocop, Twitter
  • 42. Pre-Purchase Demographics Gender Family Status 42 Below is a breakdown of the demographic information of individuals engaging in Pre-Purchase conversation, benchmarked against the general conversation surrounding automotive connectivity, as well as the average across Twitter.
  • 43. Pre-Purchase Demographics Personal Income Age Breakdown Number of unique Twitter users: 4,14543
  • 44. Pre-Purchase Demographics Ethnicity Number of unique Twitter users: 4,14544
  • 45. Pre-Purchase Demographics: Occupation, Interests Top Occupation Top Interests Number of unique Twitter users: 4,14545
  • 46. Pre-Purchase Decision Journey: Consideration Consideration: 2% (359%) • The massive year-over-year increase in volume of Consideration conversation suggests that connectivity is becoming increasingly more important when choosing a car to buy. • These individuals have had their opinions surrounding car connectivity shaped by a combination of what they have learned during the Awareness phase of the decision journey, as well as online discussion driven by Connected Car Enthusiasts. • However, conversation within connected car Consideration suggests that most individuals still view automotive connectivity as a luxury feature, something not essential in their automotive purchase. • Automotive manufacturers’ connected car app ecosystems, smartphone integration, and built-in navigation systems were the most discussed types of connectivity within Consideration. – Automotive manufacturers’ apps were discussed within 25% of Consideration conversation – Smartphone integration via USB or Bluetooth was mentioned in 22% of the conversation – Navigation systems were discussed in roughly 18% of the conversation 46 (359%) 2%
  • 47. “I don ’t need navigation, tra!c reports, BMW Assist, Sirius radio, etc. I know some of that is what makes a luxury car a luxury car but it seems like a huge waste of money on expensive packages to me…” – KassonVike, bimmerfest.com, Forum Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040
  • 48. “ I am in the process of researching a purchase and learning about Audi Connect and the Navigation System. I do not think I would want to spend the fee of $30.00 for the Audi connect, but is it tied into the Navigation system? Is there a charge to just use the Navigation system?” – buzzy8, edmunds.com, Forum Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040
  • 49. Consideration Demographics Gender Family Status 49 Below is a breakdown of the demographic information of individuals engaging in Consideration conversation, benchmarked against the general conversation surrounding automotive connectivity, as well as the average across Twitter.
  • 50. Consideration Demographics: Income, Age Personal Income Age Breakdown Number of unique Twitter users: 435950
  • 52. Consideration Demographics: Occupation, Interests Top Occupation Top Interests Number of unique Twitter users: 435952
  • 53. Types of Connectivity within Consideration Connected Consideration 53 Below is a breakdown of the types of connectivity technology being discussed within Consideration conversation. This conversation is broken down into three categories based upon consumer sentiment directed toward these technologies: enthusiasm, skepticism, and indi"erence. Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040 Manufacturer apps, in-car navigation systems, and phone integration technologies drove the highest levels of consumer enthusiasm within consideration conversation. However, these three topics also drove the highest levels of skepticism.
  • 54. Connected Car Decision Journey During Purchase
  • 55. Purchase Decision Journey: Declaration During Purchase During Purchase: 2% (-24%) • Within this conversation, many people listed their car’s connected features alongside other popular motivators for purchasing cars, such as leather seating and engine size. • While individuals may discuss the higher end, more expensive connected car features during the Consideration process, individuals base their purchases around features that integrate with their phones and do not incur the same costs as built-in car connectivity. – Conversation surrounding smartphone integration dramatically increased within Declaration of Purchase discussion, driving 25% more volume compared to Consideration – Conversation surrounding built-in navigation systems plummeted compared to the levels it drove within Consideration, decreasing 66% • Within this conversation, dealership experiences emerged as a small but important topic of discussion. – People shared their experiences with a dealer in 4% of Declaration of Purchase conversations – Only 30% of people who talked about their dealership experiences said that they had been helped by their dealers with their connected car features 55 -24% 2%
  • 56. “OK... it is o!cial...13’ E92 ordered... ...LeMans Blue, Black Novillo, Brushed Alum Trim, ZCP - Competition pkg, ZPP - Premium pkg, DCT, Heated Seats, Sat Radio, BMW Apps….” – Sandman99, m3post.com, Forum Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040
  • 57. “My C adilllac dealer sales person spent an hour with me customizing my options in my car prior to leaving with it...Setting up blue tooth, phone options, voice recognition the works, followed by answering all question about anything inside of the car until I had all of the info I wanted prior to leaving...” – CTSCHICK, CadillacForums.com, Forum Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040
  • 58. Connected Car Decision Journey Post-Purchase
  • 59. Post-Purchase Decision Journey: Integration/Updating Integration/Updating: 2% (-24%) • Connected cars are discussed similarly to technology: people enter into a Post-Purchase period where they install the needed software/firmware and get the technology working. As connected cars and smartphones do not follow the same development cycles, this has the potential to create a great deal of confusion among a consumer group with little experience with treating their cars the same way they treat other tech products. • Integration/Updating is a crucial step in the connected car Purchase Decision Journey, because whether or not consumers are able to successfully use their car’s technology influences the path these individuals will take in their decision journey. • Within this phase, individuals often reach out online to ask for help with their new cars. This behavior most commonly occurs in forums. – People asked questions about integrating smartphones with their connected cars in roughly 42% of all Integration/ Updating conversation, increasing in volume roughly 50% compared to Declaration of Purchase – Voice recognition/control applications, such as Siri in the car, also drove large amounts of chatter, discussed in 15% of all posts – Manufacturer-specific connected ecosystems, such as Ford Sync, slightly increased in volume within Integration/ Updating, driving a total of 14% of posts, a 10% increase from Declaration of Purchase conversation – Roughly 4.5% was driven by people discussing upgrading their car’s software or firmware 59 -24% 2%
  • 60. “Can S ygic Navigation audio be routed through Sync? Certainly not with this version, but can there be a Version update from Microsoft? On the Microsoft Sync Ford webpage, I did notice Sygic app sync but for vehicles like Explorer and Mustang.” – vu2pmc, www.team-bhp.com, Forum Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040
  • 61. “Hey t here is a update for my car. I hope it fixes some bugs they made from the last update. #myfordtouch #fordsync” Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040 – @yellowmello, Twitter
  • 62. Post-Purchase Decision Journey: Advocates Advocates: 13% (124%) • These individuals often go to great lengths to express their passion for their connected cars, most commonly writing long form content to express their love in rigorous detail. • Positive experiences within Advocacy were focused in two areas: – Connected car apps drove 30% of conversation. • A particularly devoted group of individuals within this conversation talked glowingly about Ford’s Sync connected car technology, mentioning how they “loved” how seamlessly it connected with their phones. – Smartphone integration drove 19% • A potentially worrisome trend is that Detractor conversation has grown more than twice as much as Advocacy conversation. – This suggests that consumers are not receiving adequate levels of customer support for their connected cars – Brands that make a point to nurture their customers, and continue to ensure that their technical support needs are adequately addressed well past driving o" the lot, have the potential to build devoted advocates 62 13% (124%)
  • 63. “I’m s o happy my car has a usb port so i can charge my phone. i just love my car.” Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040 – lko_x, Twitter
  • 64. “I love it!! the Harmon Kardon sound system is very nice, loud and clear but i’m not an audiophile type. Mini Connected works great w/ my iPhone 4 and 4S; so if you have an iPhone its def worth it but if you don’t have an iPhone then mini connected isn’t really worth there isn’t an android version yet... ...However, USB media player functions work w/android and also via BT if your phone can stream audio over Bluetooth…. I haven’t gotten used the voice commands since using the navigation **** in the middle works pretty good once you get a hang of the menu systems....” – jimmyselix, northamericanmotoring.com, Forum Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040
  • 65. Post-Purchase Decision Journey: Guidance Guidance 5% (-18%) • Those providing guidance are extremely knowledgeable, and used their knowledge to provide technical support to owners of connected cars. – They can help move people away from Detractors, and toward Advocates. – Forums were the dominant platform for these individuals (allowed them to communicate complex, long form posts that provided the best possible advice). – There were not enough people Providing Guidance to adequately address the volume of conversation from people within the Integration/Upgrading and Detractors phases of the decision journey. • Providing Guidance conversation decreased 18% in volume relative to the previous year (while Detractors and Advocates conversation more than doubled). • Because of the increasing scarcity of people learned in connected car technology online, brands that step in and provide much needed consumer education in a market with a great deal of confusion will build brand loyalty and drive advocacy in the process. 65 (-18%) 5%
  • 66. “..Yes, MFT (MyFordTouch) automatically updates itself about every two weeks and fixes bugs and such. Even when it is out of warranty it will continue to do this….” – kpjb24, www.focusfanatics.com, Forum Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040
  • 67. “Inter estingly, my friends and I were talking about this issue last night. If you lock your car either with the remote or from the inside, you CAN NOT unlock it unless with remote or BMW Assist. Regardless if your second remote is in the car. Most Japanese cars are not able to lock doors with the remote (your spous’s extra key etc)inside the car. Althought BMW call this an anti theft feature, IMO, this is one safety issue they need to reconsider. I think Coding will help with this.” – M3ZCP6MT, www.m3post.com, Forum Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040
  • 68. Post-Purchase Decision Journey: Detractors Detractors: 8% (262%) • Detractors are individuals who express strong dissatisfaction with a connected car brand. • Problems connecting a smartphone to a connected car dominated this conversation. • Many consumers are unprepared for the challenges of treating a car like another tech product. – 50% of conversations focused on individuals complained about a problem with their phone connecting to their car. – The volume of discussion surrounding connected car software updates increased in volume by 156% compared to Integration/Upgrading conversation. – This provides further evidence that the di"erent technology cycles between automotive and technology products are directly a"ecting the consumer in adverse ways. • If these individuals continue to have trouble getting their purchases to work, they will move on to sabotage car brands. • Detractors were similar to Advocates in that they often talked about their connected cars at length, with the key di"erence being that they articulated the nuances of how their connected car had failed to fulfill their expectations. 68 8% (262%)
  • 69. “Hey, this car has bluetooth; let me play a song on my phone! Wait, it is a #Ford and Sync is a joke. Never mind.” – Cool_V_300C, 300cforums.com, Forum Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040
  • 70. “Ford Sync is such a piece of s*$#. The blue tooth is horrible. Hardly ever connects to my phone on its own.” Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Relevant mentions: 236,040 – @ItsJoeNotJoel, Twitter
  • 71. Post-Purchase Demographics Gender Family Status 71 Below is a breakdown of the demographic information of individuals engaging in Post-Purchase conversation, benchmarked against the general conversation surrounding automotive connectivity, as well as the average across Twitter. Number of unique Twitter users: 4,145
  • 72. Post-Purchase Demographics: Income & Age Personal Income Age Breakdown Number of unique Twitter users: 4,14572
  • 73. Post-Purchase Demographics: Ethnicity Ethnicity Number of unique Twitter users: 4,14573
  • 74. Post-Purchase Demographics: Occupation, Interests Top Occupation Top Interests Number of unique Twitter users: 4,14574
  • 76. Introduction to Brand Factor Analysis We took a deeper dive to see how consumers perceived specific brands, especially in terms of innovation and market leadership. Most of the major auto brands that we asked respondents to evaluate ranked below non-automotive brands on key metrics related to Innovation/Disruption and Personal Connection. • Amazon, Apple, Uber, Zipcar, and Lyft outperform industry stalwarts Volkswagen and General Motors. • Ford and Toyota received the highest ratings among automotive brands. • There is a clear opportunity for savvy automakers to improve these perceptions, and meet the changing demands of consumers. 76
  • 77. A Factor Analysis Uncovered That Brand Attributes Are Grouped into 2 Categories 77 Personal Connection • Understands people like me • Makes me happy • Empowers me to do the things I want to do • O"ers what I want – and delivers • Is a company I can relate to Innovative & Disruptive Leaders • Is doing things that are new and innovative • Is on the cutting edge of technology • Is a leader not a follower • Is changing the way people live their lives
  • 78. Apple Brand Perception Mapping 0.25 0.15 0.05 Zipcar Toyota Amazon -­‐0.25 -­‐0.15 -­‐0.05 0.05 0.15 0.25 Nike BMW GM Ford VW Xbox Uber LyK -­‐0.05 -­‐0.15 -­‐0.25 78 Personal Connection Innovative & Disruptive Leader Q. Below is a list of statements that could be used to describe [INSERT BRAND NAME]. Please indicate how well each statement describes [INSERT COMPANY NAME] on a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 means the statement describes [INSERT BRAND NAME] very well, and 1 means the statement doesn’t describe [INSERT BRAND NAME] at all.
  • 79. We Asked Consumers: If You Were a Car, What Brand of Car Would You Be? gmc jeep honda mercedes dodge nissan bmw volkswagen audi lamborghini chevrolet ford toyota lexus cadillac ferrari chevy mustang porsche acura know volvo jaguar hyundai mazda mini benz subaru buick chrysler car rover kia corvette civic hybrid dont nothing bentley idea charger clionocpolenr tesla jetta vw 79
  • 80. Brand Perceptions – Innovative Brands 80 Brand Perceptions Aggregate Inn. Brand Avg. (Top 2 Box - 4,5) Apple Amazon Xbox Nike Is a leader not a follower 77% 84% 83% 69% 72% Is doing things that are new and innovaZve 74% 83% 81% 71% 61% Is easy to buy or use 74% 70% 87% 69% 71% Is on the cung edge of technology 72% 84% 79% 70% 54% Offers what I want – and delivers 68% 70% 84% 60% 57% Is changing the way people live their lives 67% 81% 80% 62% 43% Is a company I can relate to 64% 64% 79% 59% 53% Understands people like me 62% 65% 80% 52% 50% Makes me happy 61% 63% 77% 57% 46% Empowers me to do things I want to do 58% 65% 72% 51% 44% Q. Below is a list of statements that could be used to describe [INSERT BRAND NAME]. Please indicate how well each statement describes [INSERT COMPANY NAME] on a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 means the statement describes [INSERT BRAND NAME] very well, and 1 means the statement doesn’t describe [INSERT BRAND NAME] at all.
  • 81. Brand Perceptions – Automotive Brands 81 Aggregate Auto Brand Perceptions (Top 2 Box - 4,5) Avg BMW Toyota Ford GM VW Is easy to buy or use 59% 45% 69% 70% 55% 56% Is doing things that are new and innovaZve 59% 67% 66% 64% 49% 47% Is a leader not a follower 58% 71% 63% 59% 47% 49% Is on the cung edge of technology 55% 68% 60% 59% 43% 47% Offers what I want – and delivers 49% 53% 58% 54% 41% 40% Understands people like me 48% 48% 52% 56% 45% 39% Is a company I can relate to 48% 45% 54% 57% 46% 37% Makes me happy 44% 51% 47% 48% 38% 37% Is changing the way people live their lives 44% 46% 49% 51% 38% 35% Empowers me to do things I want to do 41% 46% 44% 46% 36% 33% Q. Below is a list of statements that could be used to describe [INSERT BRAND NAME]. Please indicate how well each statement describes [INSERT COMPANY NAME] on a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 means the statement describes [INSERT BRAND NAME] very well, and 1 means the statement doesn’t describe [INSERT BRAND NAME] at all.
  • 82. Brand Perceptions – Car/Ride Sharing Services 82 Brand Perceptions Aggregate Car/Ride Sharing Avg (Top 2 Box - 4,5) Uber Zipcar LyK Is doing things that are new and innovaZve 67% 71% 68% 61% Is a leader not a follower 66% 67% 68% 62% Is changing the way people live their lives 64% 67% 65% 60% Is on the cung edge of technology 63% 67% 59% 62% Is easy to buy or use 61% 66% 56% 60% Offers what I want – and delivers 58% 67% 49% 59% Understands people like me 57% 61% 53% 57% Is a company I can relate to 57% 60% 50% 60% Empowers me to do things I want to do 57% 59% 52% 59% Makes me happy 54% 58% 47% 56% Q. Below is a list of statements that could be used to describe [INSERT BRAND NAME]. Please indicate how well each statement describes [INSERT COMPANY NAME] on a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 means the statement describes [INSERT BRAND NAME] very well, and 1 means the statement doesn’t describe [INSERT BRAND NAME] at all.
  • 83. IN-CAR APPS & AUTOMOTIVE CONNECTIVITY INDEX
  • 84. Top Insights: White Space for Auto Brands • There is currently no automotive brand that is driving high levels of connected satisfaction. All the leading OEMs we studied that over-indexed in connectivity conversation also under-indexed in consumer satisfaction with their connected technology. Inversely, the brands that drove the largest amount of satisfaction around their connected cars saw the least conversation driven by connectivity. These trends suggest that there is no current OEM that consumers view as “most connected” from a positive perspective. • Dodge was perceived as the most connected car by consumers on social media, though a large portion of conversation was driven by negative experiences. The most discussed connectivity technologies also drove significant levels of negative conversation. For example, consumers frequently said Dodge’s Uconnect disconnected from their phones, and some even said they were seeking aftermarket stereos because Uconnect would not play their phone’s music. • Overall, connectivity was not top-of-mind among consumers when they discussed the leading automotive brands. The average percentage of conversation that mentioned automotive connectivity among the leading OEMs was roughly 3%. 84
  • 85. Top Insights: Marketing Opportunities for Promoting Connectivity • Automotive brands need to focus more of their brand messaging around their connectivity features. There is still relatively little consumer Awareness about connected technology among the leading OEMs. Because conversation around connected cars has increased by roughly 15% in 2013 versus 2012, this puts additional urgency on brands needing to spread their messaging and drive perception within the increasingly younger audience that their cars are more connected than their competitors. • The most talked about OEMs on social media tended to have their connectivity features discussed less. There was a direct correlation between the level of overall conversation around an automotive brand and the low share of voice driven by connectivity technology. This trend suggests there is an opportunity for the less socially discussed OEM brands to utilize the growing conversation surrounding automotive connectivity to build brand equity. Manufacturers who build high levels of Awareness around their connected car technologies have the potential to become top-of-mind among consumers within this market, a market that is seeing large amounts of growth driven by a highly actionable consumer segment. 85
  • 86. Leading OEMs’ Connectivity Perception 86 Below is a breakdown of automotive connectivity surrounding the leading OEMs. Position is determined by the total percentage of conversation that mentions connectivity, as well as the positive versus negative perception of the brands’ connectivity technologies. LOWEST CONNECTIVITY POSITIVE Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Total mentions: 60,263,480 HIGHEST CONNECTIVITY NEGATIVE Example of Hyundai Positive Conversation “In love with Hyundai Sonata” – @farabees, Twitter Example of Nissan Non- Connectivity Conversation “how do i connect my i phone to my 04 altima without an aux input?” – @PSMcClain, Twitter Example of BMW Negative Conversation “The built-in maps on my 2012 X3 and 2011 ActiveE do a terrible job of routing to destinations in San Francisco...” – MurrayX3 on 5post.com, forum Example of Dodge Connectivity Conversation “I have a 2013 Dodge Avenger SXT with Uconnect 130. I usually plug my iPod nano into the USB so I can control it through the radio, however today I’m having problems” – Cyingling12, dodgeforum.com, forum
  • 87. Connectivity Sentiment By Brand 87 Below is a breakdown of each connectivity sentiment by OEM. 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Positive Neutral Negative 8.3% 5.63% 13.8% 27.7% 12.3% 1.5% 1.5% 6.9% 17.2% 15.8% 24.3% 5.6% 82.7% 70% 75% 42.6% 48.1% 71.6% 76.8% 86.3% 61.4% 48.7% 35.1% 77.5% 8.97% 22% 11.2% 28.7% 39.6% 26.9% 21.7% 6.9% 21.5% 35.5% 40.5% 16.9% Brands that drove the highest levels of connectivity discussion also saw a corellating increase of negative sentiment. Percentage of Total Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Total mentions: 60,263,480
  • 88. Brand Connectivity Breakdown: Share of Conversation 88 Below is a breakdown of the leading OEMs by level of total conversation mentioning connectivity, as well as total discussion around each manufacturer. Percentage Of Total Connectivity Discussion Dodge drove the largest percentage of connectivity discussion by a wide margin. Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Total mentions: 60,263,480
  • 89. Brand Connectivity Breakdown: Conversation Volume 89 Below is a breakdown of the leading OEMs by level of total conversation mentioning connectivity, as well as total discussion around each manufacturer. Total Volume The brands that drove the most volume often did not drive high levels of connectivity discussion. Sources: Twitter, Blogs, Forums, public Facebook Dates: 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Total mentions: 60,263,480
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