More Consumers Turn to Social Media for Reviews

By Staff Writer March 19, 2018

Social media reviews are gaining traction and credibility as a trusted source when making vehicle purchase decisions, according to a recent study from MaritzCX.

Study results are based on the responses of more than 13,300 U.S. car and truck buyers who purchased a vehicle between 2015 and 2017.

Six in 10 survey participants report referencing social media reviews when making a vehicle purchase decision.

Two-thirds of Millennials report referencing social reviews when making purchase decisions. That is the highest among the generations surveyed, according to the MaritzCX study.

The top ranked social sites for vehicle reviews are Edmunds (31 percent) and Google (21 percent), with Facebook and DealerRater tying (4 percent).

“Social media reviews are gaining traction and power in making or breaking purchase decisions for products or entire brands,” said Tim Englehart, vice president of automotive at MaritzCX.

Social reviews are being referenced for more than just the type or brand of vehicle to buy. The study reveals social reviews help many choose a dealership. Among respondents, 38 percent said social media reviews influenced their decision on which dealership to visit.

Dealer reviews are sought most frequently on Google, 32 percent, Edmunds at 12 percent, followed by Facebook and DealerRater both at 11 percent. Also, 80 percent of people who read reviews consider both positive and negative reviews to inform their decision.

Fifty-six percent of people report reading reviews and 53 percent said they have written a review on a social channel. In addiiton, 40 percent of respondents said they would be willing to write a review if prompted in a CX survey.

“Dealers and auto brands that ask for reviews and make it easy to leave reviews are the ones that are going to leave the competition in their dust,” Englehart said.

 

Last modified on Monday, 19 March 2018 20:32