Here are samples of projects we have driven. These samples are used with permission or are in the public domain.
Root & Associates designed and executed a large qualitative and quantitative study for Marchex uncovering the impact of how quality communication, transparency and trust lead to car sales today. Get the Executive Summary here or see the “research summary video” tab for more.
We work with our clients to help raise the visibility of their study findings. View an article from Wards Automotive on the Marchex research.
Example of utilizing proprietary qualitative and quantitate research by Root & Associates for product concept validation. Read results in their white-paper summary.
Root & Associates can help you maximize your research investment in a variety of ways. We have experience ranging from strategic planning to product and industry awareness.
Consumer Experience Research, 2015: DrivingSales
Providing a quality customer experience is a key differentiator for new car dealerships. This research set out to understand the importance of consumer experience, what shoppers expect and how an optimal experience positively impacts dealership business.
Keynote at Driving Sales Executive Summit & Presidents Club
3 out of 4 consumers used 3rd party websites while shopping while significantly less used dealership websites.
61% first mode of contact was to physically visit the dealership emphasizing the importance of the dealership visit
43% of people will leave a dealership if personal information is needed to get a purchase price
Qualitative and Ethnographic Interviews
Principle Component Analysis
2012 Dealer.com in partnership with DriverSide and GfK
With social media channels adoption officially mainstream, this research showed the significant influence of social media channels, Facebook on car shopping and specifically dealership and vehicle consideration. Inspired by McKinsey & Company’s Consumer Decision Journey, the research showed the automotive purchase process was cyclical and heavily influenced by the advocacy of friends and family – both positively when people recommended a vehicle or dealership – and negatively.
27% of car shoppers who use Facebook have or will use it as a resource for shopping for a new vehicle
41% of those that used social media said they saw a post that caused them consider a new brand or model
25% of the car buying population feels social media has a significant influence on their purchase decisions.
2010: DriverSide in partnership with R.L Polk
Keynote at Digital Dealer 2010
In 2010, deep in economic downturn, consumers were postponing purchasing new cars. With more older vehicles on the road, demand for service was a natural consequence yet dealership service departments were losing valuable business due to distrust and perceptions of overcharging. This research looked closely at the perception of dealership service departments and how service management can better connect with consumers to build service appointments and increase dealership service revenue.
66% felt that dealership service departments were most likely to overcharge
53% felt that locally owned repair shops would provide the best value for their money
Results for new car dealerships implementing optimal service marketing showed a 27% increase in service frequency and $107 increase in annual revenue per customer
Dealer eBusiness Performance Study: The New Buying Influences, 2007
The Cobalt Group, in partnership with Yahoo! and R.L. Polk
In 2007, when online consumer reviews were still used mostly used for restaurants, we set out to understand dealership Internet lead handling and the impact of search and consumer reviews on vehicle shopping and purchasing. Widely cited by many in the automotive industry, we were the first to advocate for embracing and nurturing consumer reviews as a powerful marketing channel for both new business and to build loyalty.
55% of vehicle 3rd party leads resulted in a sale of a new or used car
43% used consumer ratings and reviews to select a dealership
73% said they would use dealership reviews and rankings for future vehicle purchases.
A conjoint analysis showed that consumers valued a good buying experience nearly as much as the lowest price of a vehicle and were sometimes willing to forgo the lowest price for a better dealership buying experience
Internet lead-to-sale Analysis of 1 million leads