The Innovations Center Opens for BusinessThe photo you see on the cover of this month’s SEMA News was taken in the newly completed SEMA Garage photo studio. It’s a shot of rock guitarist Billy Gibbons, who was kind enough to pose with his project car, which SO-CAL Speed Shop is preparing for the 2014 SEMA Show. Gibbons was on hand to view progress on the car, confer with SO-CAL designer/builders Pete Chapouris and Jimmy Shine, and to tour the SEMA Garage, which is now officially open for business.
Hot Topics at the 2013 SEMA ShowMore than 50 educational programs in a number of segment categories will be presented during Education Days at the 2013 SEMA Show, and you can see the full list starting on p. 94 of this issue. However, the following few presentations are of particular importance.More than 50 free education courses and several “pay-to-attend” educational events will cover everything from online marketing to customer service, management, industry trends and more. These courses are designed to give you practical tools that can be implemented the day you return from Las Vegas.
Current Report Details Slow But Steady Industry ImprovementThings are looking up. That’s the overall impression cast by the just-released 2013 SEMA Annual Market Report. The new study provides a composite view of the automotive specialty-equipment industry and new-vehicle sales, and is packed with information and background that businesspeople from all market segments will want to access. The study is available now and can be downloaded here.The report’s major findings include a return of growth for the industry overall. The street-performance niche continues to drive the rebound with a 15.3% year-over-year increase, but the light-truck niche also experienced the first growth in four years with a 1% increase in sales. The appearance and accessories segments are growing based largely...
Sales of automotive specialty-equipment products continue to climb, reaching $31 billion in 2012, according to the 2013 SEMA Annual Market Report. The figure represents a 4% increase over the previous year and marks the third consecutive year of growth.The automotive specialty-equipment market began to see an upswing in 2010, when sales totaled $28.60 billion—a 2% increase over the previous year’s total. Sales reached $29.99 billion the following year, representing 5% growth over 2010.
For Many Businesses, Better Candidates at Reduced Cost
Social media is now a serious player in employee recruitment, in many cases significantly reducing the cost per hire for companies while simultaneously bringing in higher-quality talent, according to many recruiters.
“Underneath the iceberg of vacant jobs advertised on job boards and newspapers, a strong, invisible current of talent is ingeniously using social media to identify and strategize their next career moves,” said Charles Van Heerden, general manager at WaveBox Consulting.
Many of us who drive an accessorized vehicle have experienced an encounter like this in a parking lot at one time or another. We’re accustomed to the eyes following us as we drive in, but this time someone approaches for a closer look, and starts asking questions. “Hi, there! Cool truck. What’s that cover you have on the bed?” And the conversation ensues. Before you know it, you may be describing various accessories, their function and even how much they might cost or where to get them.
The SEMA Consumer Segmentation Report establishes a baseline of consumer groups, which we will use to structure ongoing research efforts. This project was commissioned specifically to help members better serve the broad base of consumers within the industry. It also creates a common framework for the industry as a whole to talk about—and market to—consumers.
The words “there’s an app for that” have become somewhat of a cliché—and with
good reason. Not long ago, many businesses pursued mobile applications mainly as
a gimmicky exercise in marketing. Having a cool branded game or similar
whiz-bang app was considered a trendy way to burnish a company’s image with
smartphone and tablet users. But times are changing, and the world of apps is