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Most Watched Sporting Event Translates to a Big Win for Cars.com As Car Shoppers Drive 554% Spike in Site Traffic

Genesis' Big Game TV Commercial Results in 5530% Increase in Site Traffic on Cars.com After Airing; Hummer EV Debut Drove a 479% Increase on the Site to Used Models as Shoppers Await its Arrival

CHICAGO, Feb. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Big Game last night drove an influx of car shoppers to Cars.comTM (NYSE: CARS) as online traffic spiked following TV advertising spots from featured automakers. Auto brands have traditionally taken advantage of the ultimate marketing platform that the Big Game provides, and viewers responded in kind. Commercials from eight automakers that aired during the game led to immediate boosts in Cars.com traffic, signaling shoppers' desire for a trusted and independent source of automotive tools and information. 

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The results indicate an average 1646% lift to pages of the specific car makes and models, as well as an average 554% lift in automakers' pages on the digital marketplace. Audi, GMC, Hyundai, Kia, Toyota and Porsche all aired spots during the football championship game.

Advertisers invest millions of dollars in the Big Game every year, and the Cars.com traffic lift showcases the power of their investment.

"The Big Game produces big responses on Cars.com," said Brooke Skinner Ricketts, chief experience officer for Cars.com. "Watching the game isn't a static experience as millions of viewers now use multiple screens to experience the spectacle, which makes it possible for them to react to a marketing message immediately. Shoppers flock to Cars.com after automaker commercials to explore vehicles, read reviews and find a local dealer in their area. We're a trusted source of information in the car-shopping experience."

Cars.com analyzed site traffic to advertised car model pages during a 16-minute window for each televised ad — eight minutes before each spot aired and again eight minutes after. Genesis had an astonishing 5530% increase to its pages. Additionally, each of the other brands' pages increased, as well:

  • Porsche – 1072%
  • Hyundai  – 961%
  • Audi – 639%
  • Kia – 553%
  • Jeep – 336%
  • Toyota – 238%

GMC teased the much anticipated new Hummer EV, which is not yet available for purchase, but the company's Big Game commercial did generate interest in previously released Hummer models.  Cars.com saw a lift of 479% to used Hummer pages, and a 26% lift to new GMC pages on Cars.com, in the 8 minutes after the Hummer EV commercial aired.

Data Source: Cars.com internal data

ABOUT CARS.COM
Cars.com is a leading digital marketplace and solutions provider for the automotive industry that connects car shoppers with sellers. Launched in 1998 and headquartered in Chicago, the Company empowers shoppers with the data, resources and digital tools needed to make informed buying decisions and seamlessly connect with automotive retailers. In a rapidly changing market, Cars.com enables dealerships and OEMs with innovative technical solutions and data-driven intelligence to better reach and influence ready-to-buy shoppers, increase inventory turn and gain market share. In 2018, Cars.com acquired Dealer Inspire®, an innovative technology company building solutions that future-proof dealerships with more efficient operations, a faster and easier car buying process, and connected digital experiences that sell and service more vehicles.

Cars.com properties include DealerRater®, Dealer Inspire®, Auto.com™, PickupTrucks.com® and NewCars.com®. For more information, visit www.Cars.com.

 

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SOURCE Cars.com, Inc.