Rocket Fuel: online ads referring to fuel efficiency and safety prove successful

Online advertising campaigns of the automotive industry with references to fuel consumption and safety proved 246% more effective.

Rocket Fuel: online ads referring to fuel efficiency and safety prove successful

The research, which involved analysis of 367 advertising campaigns from a variety of brands with a combined total of over 3bn impressions, also found that those advertisements which referred to both safety and awards given to the vehicle fuelled 104% more conversions.

The vehicles displayed in advertising campaigns were most commonly red (22%) and grey (18%). However the most effective colours, in terms of conversions compared to the industry average, were blue (131%) and green (120%).

The research demonstrated that 90% of advertisements displayed the car itself, with only 4% including a human face, despite that fact that this improved campaign effectiveness by 42%. In addition, the ‘rare’ ads for cars which did not show the vehicle itself achieved 35% more conversions than the industry average.

Advertisements worked best when the price was mentioned; while for those which included offers and discounts, effectiveness increased with a reference to the limited period that the benefits will be active.