Tesla will advertise its cars for the first time

Tesla CEO Elon Musk had previously given pretty strong reasons for not wanting to advertise, but it appears he’s made a U-turn on that decision.

by | Published on 17th May 2023

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made it very clear in the past he doesn’t think there is a need for the company to advertise.

But in a complete turnaround for Tesla and Musk, the billionaire CEO has told company shareholders they will advertise for the first time in its history.

Why the change of heart?

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In the past, Musk suggested there wasn’t a need for the automaker to advertise because he claimed demand for vehicles outstrips supply.

“Tesla does not advertise or pay for endorsements. Instead, we use that money to make the product great,” he said in a 2019 tweet.

Tesla is facing greater competition from existing automakers, though, many of which have devoted much of their advertising budget to electric vehicles, even the ones not yet on sale.

Add to that increasing interest rates, and Tesla has been backed into a corner whereby it’s been forced into a series of price cuts this year.

Despite those price cuts and the subsequent squeezed margins for Tesla, it still remains more profitable than traditional automakers.

Addressing company shareholders, Musk said, “We’ll try a little advertising, and see how it goes.”

Musk openly admitted, though, advertising was not something he has decided to do until he was asked about it at the meeting.

His decision to change course appears to be the right one, as it was met with a positive reaction from the audience.

“I didn’t realize people wanted it that much,” he said.

Some will say Musk’s Twitter purchase changed his mind on the value of advertising.

After all, the platform previously earned more than 90% of its revenue from advertising before he purchased it.

That being said, Twitter has since seen advertisers flee the platform. 

In a bid to bring them back, Musk said, “I guess I should say, ‘Advertising is awesome an everyone should do it.’”



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Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with motor manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.

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