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Web Site Brand Experience 2010: Auto Manufacturers

Forrester Applies Its Web Site Brand Experience Review Methodology To Five Top Sites

September 2, 2010

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Why Read This Report

The multibillion-dollar auto industry features some of the most recognized brand names in the US, like Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. But how good is the brand experience offered by major auto manufacturer brands' Web sites? To find out, we graded the sites of five top brands on how well they communicate their Brand Image and deliver value to consumers (Brand Action). Only Nissan passed our Brand Image tests, and only Toyota passed our Brand Action tests. Overall, the sites were balanced — though mediocre — in their support of both Brand Image and Brand Action. To improve the caliber of their brand experiences online, auto manufacturers should clarify language and add contextual help, add content to align with brand attributes, and use brand personas to make sites more relevant to their target users.

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Tools And Templates

Best Practice Assessments

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  • Forrester's Web Site Brand Experience Review Criteria And Scoring
  • Key Brand Positioning Elements For Each Auto Manufacturer Brand Site Evaluated
  • Overall Results Of Brand Experience Reviews Of Five Top Auto Manufacturers' US Sites
  • Results Of Brand Image Reviews Of Five Top Auto Manufacturer Brands' US Web Sites
  • Results Of Brand Image Reviews Of Five Top Auto Manufacturer Brands' US Web Sites

Table of Contents

  • How Good Is The Brand Experience On Auto Manufacturer Sites In 2010?
  • Auto Manufacturer Sites Offer Mediocre Brand Experiences
  • recommendations

  • Raise The Caliber Of Auto Brand Sites
  • Supplemental Material