Spectrum car brand index~the consumer view of car brands
SPECTRUM CAR BRAND INDEXWhich car brands generate consumer interest on socialmedia and why? The motor industry invests billions each year in growing its brands, trying to shift and shape perceptions in order to press the right emotional triggers. It knows that buying a new car is a decision made with the heart rather than the head – otherwise we’d all be driving old bangers and putting the money we save into our pensions. So how do the main players compare in a branding game that contributes approximately 5% of Google’s ad revenues each year? Spectrum’s Car Brand Index sets out to show just that. By benchmarking and tracking changes in online content, conversation and behaviour we lift the bonnet on what brands really mean to us. spectrum-consulting.net
Premier LeagueThese top ten car models generated the highest volume ofmentions on Twitter in October – December 2011 (base –car brands sold in the UK): RANK CAR RANK 1 1 HONDA CIVIC 2 FORD FOCUS 3 HONDA ACCORD 4 AUDI A4 5 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 6 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 7 VAUXHALL ZAFIRA 8 FORD FIESTA 9 HONDA CR-V HONDA CIVIC 10 LAND ROVER FREELANDER FORD FOCUS HONDA ACCORD spectrum-consulting.net
Which brands appear most frequently This is how visible car brands were compared to each other (share of voice) in content returned by Googlewhen consumers Google search in December 2011:for cars?10%8%6%4%2%0% Alfa Romeo Aston Martin Audi Bentley BMW Chevrolet Chrysler Citroen Ferrari Fiat Ford Honda Hyundai Jaguar Jeep Kia Lamborghini Land Rover Lexus Lotus Maserati Mazda Mercedes Mini Mitsubishi Morgan Nissan Peugeot Porsche Range Rover Renault Rolls-Royce Saab Seat Skoda Subaru Suzuki Toyota Vauxhall Volkswagen Volvo Renault was the most visible brand, followed by Ford and BMW Mini was the least visible brand In Q4 2011, (chart not shown), Ford was the most visible brand spectrum-consulting.net
Online brand profile:Ford • ord was positioned as the top brand for families in F Q4 2011 • he topic of ‘safety’ was a key benefit associated with T the brand, thanks to mentions of its active and passive safety systems • ord was also the brand most viewed as ‘innovative’ F • t was also best ‘value for money’, beating Fiat and BMW I Ford Focus • ord received 21,072 likes on its Facebook wall in F December 2011, less than 1/10th of the volume received by Ferrari • ord generated more Twitter mentions than any other F manufacturer in Q4 2011 spectrum-consulting.net
Online brand profile:Toyota • oyota was positioned as the top brand for environment T in Q4 2011 • he subject of ‘hybrid’ appeared in 19% of online coverage T for Toyota in December 2011. Only Honda came close to this level • mong 40 competitors, Toyota had the fourth largest A number of mentions relating to ‘running costs’ • oyota received only 321 likes on its UK Facebook T Toyota Prius wall in December compared to almost 5,000 likes for Volkswagen’s UK wall • he Toyota Prius was the model in 16th place on the T league table of brands most talked about in Tweets in Q4 2011 • oyota was among the top five brands on Twitter overall, T with 12,967 mentions among Tweets for ‘cars’ spectrum-consulting.net
Online brand profile:Honda • he Honda Civic was the most talked-about car model T (sold in the UK) in online conversation on Twitter in Q4 2011 • he recall of 304,000 cars due to concerns over faulty T airbags meant Honda received a high volume of Retweets in December 2011 • Hybrid’ appeared in 15% of Honda coverage after it ‘ showcased its plug-in hybrid at the Tokyo Motor Show Honda Civic • onda received only 509 Facebook wall comments in H December 2011, its lowest level in any month that year and ten times lower than its best month (5,012 in October) • fter Toyota, Honda was the car brand most closely A associated with ‘environment’ in December 2011 spectrum-consulting.net
Online brand profile:Renault • enault was the most visible car brand in content R returned by Google search for ‘cars’ in December 2011 • nline coverage positions Renault as a ‘family’ car, O although to a lesser extent than Ford • mong 40 competitors, Renault is a middle-of-the- A road brand when it comes to generating mentions in consumer Tweets, with ~1,200 per month • enault’s global fan page attracted 10,345 likes R Renault Megane in December • he highest-placed Renault model in the league table T of most-mentioned cars in Twitter was the Mégane spectrum-consulting.net
Online brand profile:BMW • he BMW 3-Series fell just outside the top ten most T talked-about car models on Twitter in Q4 2011 • MW is strongly associated with ‘premium’ in online B coverage – only Jaguar scores higher against this term • mong 40 competitors, BMW is also the brand most A associated with ‘speed’ in online coverage for ‘cars’ • ttracting 87,810 likes on its wall in December 2011, A BMW was the third most liked brand behind Ferrari BMW 3 Series Coupe and Mercedes-Benz • n Facebook consumer comments, BMW is the brand I most often referred to as ‘best’ spectrum-consulting.net
Online brand profile:Volvo • olvo was the brand most talked about in relation to ‘fuel V consumption’ in online coverage from December 2011 • olvo is one of the few brands whose online share of voice V versus 40 competitors has increased steadily since 2010 • olvo was mentioned in Tweets 2,942 in Q4 2011, V compared to Volkswagen’s 9,725 mentions • olvo was 6th on the list of brands associated with ‘safety’ V in consumer comments on Facebook in December 2011 Volvo XC90 • n Facebook, Volvo accumulated 5,020 wall likes in O December 2011, compared to Saab’s 16,439 spectrum-consulting.net
Online brand profile:Citroen • itroen’s links with ‘family’ were strengthened in C December 2011 when BBC’s Top Gear named the DS-5 ‘family car of the year • he Citroen Xsara was the model that achieved the T highest place in the ranking of most talked-about car on Twitter – 48th place in Q4 2011 • itroen generated a respectable, 7,815 Facebook wall C likes in December 2011, ahead of Peugeot’s 5,010 Citroen DS-5 • n Twitter, Citroen was outrun by Peugeot, with 1,708 I mentions in Q4 2011 compared to Peugeot’s 2,783 • itroen was the brand with the smallest number of C Retweets in December 2011, with 5 Retweets compared to Honda’s 468 spectrum-consulting.net
Online brand profile:Mercedes • ercedes was the top car brand for ‘luxury’ in December M 2011, ahead of BMW and Rolls-Royce • he brand was also closely associated with ‘servicing’ T in online comments • ercedes was second only to Ferrari in generating M consumer comments on its Facebook wall in Q4 2011 – 315,630 new comments • n Twitter for ‘cars’, Mercedes generated 18,611 mentions in I Mercedes C Class the six months to December 2011, but was overshadowed by BMW’s 30,577 • he Mercedes C-Class was 17th in the list of most talked- T about car models on Twitter in Q4 2011 spectrum-consulting.net
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