How streaming audio can connect auto brands with the next generation

The auto industry is undergoing a huge shift: Car purchases among people aged 60+ are slowing down, while Gen X, millennials, and even Gen Zs are purchasing more cars. Which means that if your team is still optimizing marketing plans for older generations, all we can say is... OK, boomer.

But we get it. This trend poses a new challenge for auto brands. Baby boomers are a car manufacturer’s dream. They tend to be emotionally attached to a specific car brand, take comfort in the traditional car-buying process, and enjoy trips to the car lot to browse and test drive. Now, auto brands are losing their “ideal” customers and gaining less-predictable ones.  Take this stat for example: 80% of Gen Xers and younger consumers start their search with a different manufacturer in mind than the one they ultimately end up purchasing. In other words, newer generations of shoppers are less straightforward in their approach to car buying.

But it’s not just that they seem less loyal to one particular brand — this new generation of car buyers is much more comfortable doing research and making purchasing decisions online. Where baby boomers would go straight to the lot, younger new car buyers would rather interact with their phones than a car salesman: 90% of today’s auto-buying journey now takes place on smartphones, tablets, and computers.

And of course, the ongoing pandemic has directly impacted all of these trends and more. COVID-19 has accelerated the next generations’ consumer preferences. Frictionless car buying and delivery is on the rise. As auto brands face the challenge of decoding these younger car buyers’ behaviors, it’s super important to invest resources in finding these newer generations and reaching them in more agile and innovative ways.

Cue Spotify. One in five Spotify listeners are planning to purchase a car in the next year, and Spotify is considered the number one platform among millennials for music discovery and recommendations.  More than ever, Spotify is paving the car-buying path for consumers: Listeners who hear auto ads on Spotify are 52% more likely to purchase the new vehicle being promoted.

We’re also there in the passenger seat after they’ve made their purchase. Last year, there was a 51% increase over the previous year in in-car listening on Spotify. And with our Streaming Intelligence, we’ve got the insights you need to spread your message more effectively — whether you’re encouraging proper service checks or marketing a new car.  The time for auto brands to create a streaming audio-led ad campaign is now. Keep reading to learn more about how audio can help your brand connect to the next generation of car buyers.

Shifting gears to reach Millenial car buyers

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Svooike Demunter

Svooike Demunter

Sales Product Specialist +32 472 22 30 54