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Today’s youth pose a serious challenge to automakers. This article explores college marketing tips for automakers and discusses how the auto industry can appeal to college students.
College Marketing Tips for Automakers
Be Honest and Transparent When Marketing to College Students
A major challenge automakers face when advertising to students is establishing trust. College students distrust traditional advertising and brand messaging. Steve Martin, Co-Creative Partner at Firefly Creative Company, expresses his concerns with marketing to millennials (college students are a subset of millennials): “They think marketing is lying. They don’t believe something just because it’s in the newspaper or on the internet. They’re very skeptical, therefore it’s important for a brand to be authentic or genuine.”
Marketing to college students using cause marketing techniques requires transparency and authenticity.
College students learn about societal problems daily in class. They learn about the challenges facing the public education system, the increase of childhood obesity, the threat of global warming, the effects of the economic recession, and many other social issues, from education to discrimination, gender issues to environmental issues.
When I was in college, I took an honors science seminar class in which we read The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollen. I learned about various farming practices and the effects monoculture has on crop biodiversity. Reading this book made me more aware of what I was eating and how my choices impacted the environment, as well as my health. This was just one class, out of many, that made me analyze my actions and influenced my decisions.