The Indian automobile industry never used the social media the way it is doing at this edition of the Auto Expo. The organisers of the Expo, Siam and various participants have rolled out attractive teasers, campaigns and contests on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. In fact, Siam claims this is the first auto show in the world where Twitter is itself a promotional partner.
Auto Expo's Twitter handle (@AEMotorShow), with a follower base of 16,000, is abuzz with activity. There have been over 4,200 tweets on the handle. Siam is running contests by asking questions related to the automobile industry on Twitter and distributing free Expo passes to winners. The Expo opens for the public from February 9 and ends on February 14. Twitter is being used to spread information about the spots from where tickets can be purchased. Siam has also listed the names of the food majors that have set up counters at the Expo - the names include KFC, Domino's, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Starbucks, Keventers and Haldiram's.
As part of the collaboration, Twitter is hosting a special #BlueRoom pop-up show onsite, live stream highlights from the Auto Expo, and make available a custom Auto Expo emoji. In addition, automotive majors like Hero MotoCorp, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki are also live streaming their showcase at the Auto Expo on Twitter.
The Facebook page of Auto Expo has about 158,000 followers. Siam has been using the platform to talk about the attractions at the Expo, besides listing information with regard to the event. Auto makers are also tapping the potential of these social media platforms to reach out to fans and followers and create a buzz around their product showcases by releasing teasers on Twitter and Facebook.
Among the companies that have been highly active on Twitter are Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, M&M, BMW and Renault. Tata Motors is running various contests and offering Expo passes to winners. It also allowed Twitterati to ask questions related to the company and answered them. It gave out details of the number of vehicles it is showcasing while mentioning its pavilion number at the Expo. Pratap Bose, the company's car designer, has been active on Twitter, releasing various teasers of models that are being showcased. Maruti Suzuki is running contests that could get winners an all-expenses-paid trip to the Expo.
Korean car maker Kia, which is readying its India launch by next year, has been quite active, too. Hinting at its electric vehicle displays at the Expo, it tweeted: "The excitement is #electric. Are you ready for us". It is running various contests where participants get a chance to win Kia merchandise, besides passes to the Expo. Mentioning its hall number on Twitter, the company is asking enthusiasts to visit the stall.
Most companies have used common posts and messages on Twitter and Facebook. BMW is using Twitter to invite fans to visit its stall to experience a virtual test drive besides running contests and sharing teasers. Hyundai talked about the 15 products that it will showcase and nine experience zones at its pavilion, on platforms like Twitter and Facebook.