AASA Launches Ground Breaking Starting and Charging Campaign

Date: March 4, 2015

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), and its Marketing Executives Council has launched a new marketing campaign focused on the starting and charging category as a part of its successful Know Your Parts® program. 

The aggressive new campaign seeks to educate repair professionals on the importance of doing complete and proper diagnostics for starting and charging issues. Application of proper diagnostic techniques will help to cut down on unnecessary warranty returns of starters and alternators. Often, the part is not the problem. 

The new campaign, created by MontAd Media, kicked off in March and will run for six months. It features an innovative training tool and new data/marketing techniques. The campaign will be multi-channel with a dedicated micro website, print ads in targeted trade publications, digital banner ads and social media outreach. The iconic “Professor Al” continues as the campaign’s spokesperson with a new tag line “All technicians are smart, great techs are diagnostic geniuses”. 

The educational component of the program is accomplished with a new diagnostic eLearning tool created by AutoNetTV in collaboration with the participating manufacturers. It is a self- directed audio visual step-by-step presentation that makes diagnosing starting and charging issues easy and intuitive.

“We’re really excited about this campaign,” said Bill Hanvey, AASA senior vice president, programs and member services, “Preventable warranty returns have been an issue for a long time in this category. We’re confident that our new approach will have a positive impact on this problem. The campaign, the new eLearning presentation and the data we derive from them will have real value for our members” 

The campaign also utilizes a new data driven tactic to deliver ads to technicians and repair shops developed by MontAd Media called ShopReach360. In addition, new attribution software and techniques will be deployed that will allow the AASA and its member companies to understand what marketing tactics were most effective. 

The site features the new eLearning tool, a new promotional video and unique articles, graphics, videos and informative content from sponsor companies. The companies participating in the campaign are: ACDelco, BBB, Bosch, Continental, Cardone, Dayco, Denso, Gates, Litens, MPA, Remy and Schaeffler INA.

“The participation of the members in this campaign has been very gratifying,” said Hanvey. “There is universal recognition that preventable warranty returns are a problem and that collaboration in creating a single platform where technicians can access valuable diagnostic information has benefits for the all aftermarket suppliers.” 

The Know Your Parts program, launched at AAPEX in 2009, has generated very strong awareness among repair professionals. KnowYourParts.com, the website for the campaign, receives tens of thousands of repair professional visitors every month. It is the perfect platform from which to launch the new campaign, according to Hanvey. 

The new site for the Starting and Charging campaign can be accessed at www.KYPgenius.com.

About AASA

AASA (www.aftermarketsuppliers.org) exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products which support 710,000 employees in the United States. AASA is a recognized industry change agent – promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues and serving as a valued resource for members. AASA is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). “AASA, The Voice for the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Industry”

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