How a car dealer creates a lock-in on car portals to boosts lead generation [Case Study]

Posted by on 23-Jan-2017 09:40:26

Finnish car dealer Käyttöauto has experienced the radical change in consumer behavior that is almost too familiar to the automotive industry. It wasn't more than a decade ago when potential car buyers showed up on car dealers' doorstep to browse trough the selection. It was relatively easy task to find out how committed these buyers are, what kind of car they are looking for and recommend one from the dealer's selection.

Nowadays, majority of the browsing occurs on car portals. Each car from a single dealer competes against numerous car adverts from other dealers. This competition happens mostly without car dealers having any power on the outcome - the car portal's search engine determines the order in which the cars are shown. Car dealers' role is traditionally left to sit and wait for the consumer to contact them.

From a consumer's perspective, the search engines vary from one portal to another and are often feature-based, instead of need-based. A consumer might be looking for an economical car to be used for daily commutes and occasional road trips in the summer, but is forced to look for that car based on technical details such as engine size or CO2-emissions. 

To giosg_in_car_portals.pnghelp boost the lead generation from car portals, Käyttöauto started using giosg platform across all car portals. Our platform gives Käyttöauto a real-time access to all portals' subpages that feature their car within a single view. Käyttöauto uses this access to start chat conversations with consumers who are deemed as potential, committed buyers.

During the chat conversation Käyttöauto's sales manager interviews the visitors about their true needs and aspirations for the car, leaving the technical details aside. The sales manager then proceeds to recommend cars from Käyttöauto's own selection and suggest test drives or car valuation meetings, pushing the lead forward in the sales cycle.


Recommending cars from dealer's own selection creates a lock-in for the car portal visitor.
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Being able to recommend cars from their own selection, Käyttöauto has been able to lock the casual car browser better into their car selection significantly boosted lead generation form car portals in the process. Meanwhile, the consumers on Käyttöauto's portal adverts have gotten personal recommendations on car matching their need, leading to more informed decision-making and, ultimately, happier customers.  


Read the whole case study to learn:

  • How Käyttöauto finds the committed visitors
  • How they resource their chat service
  • How the sales process continues after the chat conversation




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