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10 Takeaways from the 2015 Wards Auto Interiors Conference

Posted May. 18th 2015

Our team attends 40+ automotive events each year to better understand the industry’s trends and issues, as well as to support speakers and conduct media interviews. Here are some of our takeaways from the recent record-setting Wards Auto Interiors Conference at Detroit’s Cobo Center. 1) Compact utility vehicles (CUVs or “cute utes”) will account for […]

How North American Journalists Prepare for CEO Interviews

Posted Apr. 10th 2015

Not all journalists are the same, but a recent survey offers some new insights on how some North American journalists prepare for, and conduct, an interview with a corporate CEO. As a communications professional, knowing a journalist’s preparations and preferences can help you better prep your CEO for the best possible interview outcome. Key findings […]

The Top 5 Auto Supplier Social Media Mistakes

Posted Feb. 23rd 2015

How was your company’s social media engagement last year? Was it better – or worse – than your North American automotive supplier competitors and peers? And more important, how can you make your social media more effective this year?  Our proprietary study of how the top 25 North American automotive OEM suppliers used social media […]

PR Lessons from What Did Jesus Drive?

Posted Jan. 28th 2015

Former Ford and Chrysler PR executive Jason Vines’ new book, What Did Jesus Drive?, is more than an entertaining, candid chronicle of some of the biggest PR crises in the auto industry. It’s also a study and sharing of the mistakes made and lessons learned around these crises. And more importantly, it is a primer […]

Too Many Auto Supplier Social Media Posts are Self-centered

Posted Oct. 17th 2014

Are your followers and fans asking: “What about me?” Social media experts stress that at least 75 percent of posts a company makes on its social media platforms should be something that its audience finds valuable. The problem is what the company thinks is valuable and what the audience thinks is valuable often don’t match […]

‘Don’t Pitch Reporters via Social Media’

Posted Oct. 9th 2014

“Don’t pitch reporters via social media”— that was the subhead in a press release about a recent survey of journalists conducted by a news release distribution wire service. The release pointed out that while most journalists do rely on social media for research, news creation and sharing of their news, 83 percent of reporters surveyed […]

Auto Suppliers Don’t Share Enough Media Coverage on Social Media

Posted Sep. 26th 2014

A recent study by Nielsen showed that “expert” content – third-party articles in trusted media outlets –is the most effective source of information impacting people in all stages of the purchase process Nielsen said, on average, earned media coverage lifted brand familiarity 88 percent more than branded content and 50 percent more than user reviews. Yet, […]

Most Auto Supplier Social Media Posts Lack Visuals

Posted Sep. 5th 2014

Everyone reads pictures. And it’s no secret that good visuals boost social media engagement. Yet based on our Social Media and Automotive Supplier Habits (SMaASH) study of the top 25 North American auto suppliers, most auto suppliers’ posts are missing a crucial component: a visual. How much do visuals help? Here are some statistics: LinkedIn posts […]

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