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9 of the latest trends in automotive email marketing for 2023

As we cruise into 2023, the automotive dealership landscape is shifting gears and email marketing remains essential to any successful marketing strategy. To stay ahead of the curve and drive sales, dealerships must pay close attention to emerging trends in email marketing. Here are the top trends to watch for in 2023:


Personalization has long been a cornerstone of successful email marketing campaigns. However, in 2023, expect an increased emphasis on hyper-personalization, which considers a recipient’s behavior, preferences, and history to tailor content and offers more accurately. To achieve hyper-personalization, dealerships should leverage advanced analytics, customer segmentation, and CRM integration. You can dive deeper into hyper-personalization at PosterMyWall.

Modular email architecture

A modular approach to email design enables dealerships to create reusable content blocks that can be combined and customized for different campaigns. This trend streamlines the email creation process, reduces production time, and ensures a consistent look and feel across communications. You can get more information on modular email architecture by checking out this webinar from Oracle.

Dark mode compatibility

Dark mode is becoming increasingly popular among email users, with some email clients defaulting to this setting. To avoid rendering issues and ensure optimal readability, dealerships should optimize their emails for dark mode. This may involve adjusting color schemes, incorporating transparent images, and testing different devices and email clients. For more investigation, MailMunch has a good piece about this trend.

Artificial intelligence (AI)

AI-powered content and product recommendations will be crucial for dealerships in 2023. By harnessing the power of AI, dealerships can send personalized vehicle recommendations, maintenance reminders, and relevant content to subscribers. This approach not only increases engagement but also helps target customers more effectively. MyAutoIQ gives you an in-depth look at AI opportunities for dealers.

Automation and triggered emails

Email automation, especially triggered emails based on user behavior, remains a critical trend for dealerships in 2023. By setting up automated email campaigns, dealers can nurture leads, convert prospects, and retain customers with minimal manual effort. Examples of triggered emails include welcome messages, appointment reminders, and post-purchase follow-ups.

Omnichannel marketing for lead nurturing

An omnichannel marketing approach allows dealerships to create a seamless, consistent experience across all channels, including email, social media, and in-person interactions. This strategy ensures a unified brand message, strengthens customer relationships, and drives conversions. If you’re looking for more on omnichannel marketing, HubSpot has some good information.

Mobile friendliness

With an ever-increasing number of people accessing emails on mobile devices, optimizing emails for mobile viewing is more important than ever. Dealerships should prioritize responsive design, concise subject lines, and easily readable content to ensure their emails look great on any device. You can get ideas and information from Salesforce.

Video content in emails

As video content continues to gain popularity, incorporating it into email marketing campaigns can be a powerful way to engage subscribers and showcase vehicles or dealership features. For example, dealerships can leverage video to provide virtual test drives, product demonstrations, or customer testimonials. To ensure optimal engagement, keep videos short, relevant, and accessible through a thumbnail or animated GIF linking to the video hosted on a platform like YouTube or Vimeo.

Privacy and data protection

With increasing concerns surrounding data privacy and the introduction of stringent regulations like the GDPR and CCPA, dealerships must prioritize the responsible handling of customer data. Ensuring compliance with these regulations protects your dealership from potential legal issues and fosters trust among your subscribers. In addition, maintain transparency by clearly stating your privacy policy, providing easy options for users to manage their email preferences, and adhering to data protection best practices.

By incorporating these nine trends into their email marketing strategies, automotive dealerships can effectively engage customers, drive sales, and adapt to the ever-evolving digital landscape. From hyper-personalization to data privacy, staying informed and agile in the face of change will set dealerships up for success in 2023 and beyond.

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Steve Mitchell
Steve Mitchell
Steve Mitchell is a contributing writer and reporter for CBT News. He earned bachelor's degrees in Marketing and Television from the University of Texas in Austin and a Masters of Theology study from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas. His passion for automobiles lead him to become a creative director for automotive marketing ad agency. Most recently, he was the manager of interactive marketing for Mitsubishi Motors, NA.

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