Volkswagen's 'An American Love Story' Ad Zooms Ahead With 394% Surge in Traffic on Cars.com During the Big Game
Automotive Advertisers Volkswagen, Kia, Toyota and BMW See an Average Traffic Spike of 235% on Cars.com During Last Night's Big Game
CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Automakers that bet big on prime-time advertising were among the winners of last night's nail-biting Big Game with significant spikes in consumer traffic to their pages on car-shopping marketplace Cars.com® (NYSE: CARS). Kia, Toyota, Volkswagen and BMW made waves with prime-time commercials highlighting electric vehicles and pickup trucks — but Volkswagen won the competition with a sizable 394% spike in traffic on Cars.com following the airing of its ad, "An American Love Story."
Even though Volkswagen's ad saw the biggest spike in traffic on Cars.com, each brand that debuted a product during the game saw a triple-digit bump in traffic on the marketplace.
"The biggest sports event of the year is a huge opportunity for brands to capture the attention — and spur action — from an engaged viewing audience. At Cars.com, the results are tangible," said Jennifer Vianello, Cars.com's chief marketing officer. "We've regularly seen automakers receive double-, even triple-digit traffic bumps on Cars.com after their ad airs during the game — and this year was no different. Consumers are looking for a trusted and unbiased destination to shop and research what they saw during the game, and Cars.com offers that."
While each automaker that aired an ad saw traffic increases to its overall brand pages on Cars.com, the specific vehicle models featured in each commercial also saw large spikes in traffic, showing consumers were sprinting to Cars.com to learn more about those rides:
Cars.com analyzed site traffic patterns for advertised car model pages during the eight minutes before each spot aired and again eight minutes after.
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SOURCE Cars.com Inc.