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How Dealers Can Successfully Tap into Election Cycle Digital Advertising

An estimated $400 million1 worth of presidential campaign advertising, and possibly more, is likely to hitting Americans’ television programming over the past few weeks and next few days. These numbers, reported recently in The Wall Street Journal, show just how important advertising has become today to persuade millions of voters.

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Advertising has become as much a part of the election season as its impact usually is on the Super Bowl. Early forecasts showed political ad spending will total $9.9 billion in total during 2020, according to an advertising forecast2 from WPP PLC’s ad-buying unit GroupM also published in The Wall Street Journal.

The Benefit of Tapping into Election Cycle Advertising Cycles

Auto dealers recognize that many viewers, who are also potential car-shoppers, are tuned into their televisions and realize this to be an opportune time to capture mindshare, especially in a year that has seen millions of car sales washed away by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, dealers also realize the cost to advertise also increases around each November election, but it’s not always because of the election that these costs tend to increase.

With each major election taking place in November, dealers are also up against a flurry of retailers who are also tapping into holiday and end-of-year sales promotions. This push often results in higher prices for advertising not only on television, but also online and for social marketing as well.

Social Marketing Costs are Also Expected to Rise

In fact, according to a report by Kantar Media, the current president and many others on the ballot have been active themselves advertising on Facebook, with approximately $37.6 million3 already spent on social media marketing during the first six months of 2019, versus $2.2 million spent on television ads. This emphasis on social and digital advertising is expected to continue through this November.

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In our analysis, we found that during the 2016 November election, digital ad clicks (CPC) rose as much as 29%-64% in the second half of the year. 

Tips to Help Dealers Successfully Advertise During Election Seasons

How can dealers successfully tap into the election cycle? For starters they should be especially focused on local keywords in all their digital advertising to optimize their efforts and see the largest possible return on their investment. They should also work closely with their account representatives and be wary of having their ads placed near or in affiliation with false, misleading or abusive political advertising. “Political fatigue” is certainly a thing at this time of year, and many consumers may actually seek out non-political content online or in their favorite social platform.

Dealers should also consider video to reach consumers at this time of year. Many consumers online and using social channels connect well with video content, and in a year when empathy has been a primary message, video has helped dealers connect with potential car shoppers on a more emotional level. This will remain through the end of the year as the pandemic continues to impact the broader economy.

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While the cost of digital advertising is expected to rise in the coming months, dealers can leverage these tips to maximize their advertising investment to connect, engage, and transact with car shoppers so they can make the most of their 2020 sales goals through the end of the year.

Download PureCars’ latest COVID-19 Report for auto dealers.

1: https://www.wsj.com/articles/voting-begins-and-ad-wars-escalate-as-2020-election-enters-home-stretch-11599220801
2: https://www.wsj.com/articles/political-ad-spending-will-approach-10-billion-in-2020-new-forecast-predicts-11559642400
3: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/341369/kantar-trump-campaign-spending-heavily-on-social.html

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