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Patanjali India’s most influential homegrown brand: Ipsos study

The three tech giants Google, Facebook and Microsoft grabbed the top three positions in the study’s findings. The research major unveiled the findings of the Top 20 Most Influential Brands in India for 2016

Patanjali was the fourth most influential brand and the most influential homegrown brand in the country last year, says global research company Ipsos’ study on top 20 Most Influential Brands in India for 2016.

Google occupies the number one position followed by Microsoft and Facebook at number two and three, respectively. Home grown brands, Patanjali and Jio, make an impressive entry into the top 10 ranking at fourth and ninth places, respectively, showing the enormous amount of influence that these brands have wielded in a short span of time. Both brands did not figure in the previous edition of the study.

Among the top 10, Flipkart dropped three spots to take the 10th place while Amazon climbed a couple of steps to take the sixth place. Leading bank SBI, which has been on a consolidation mode, moved up four ranks to take the fifth place and is the only financial brand in the top 10.

The Ipsos Most Influential Brand Study evaluates 100+ brands across 21 countries and involved 36,600 interviews. In India the research covered more than 1,000 Indians online to assess 100+ brands.

Parijat Chakraborty, Executive Director, Ipsos Public Affairs and Loyalty said, “The Most Influential Brands are larger than life. They are aspirational. They enhance our lives – make them better. We trust these brands. We connect with them emotionally and cannot imagine our lives without them – they are influential”.

This is the second year Ipsos has assessed India’s Most Influential Brands. Consumers rate them high on quality, experience and value, marketers earmark big marketing spends and consciously work towards increasing their brand equity – all this investment seems to be paying off for the influential brands as they tend to outperform their competition reflecting their perceived value.

The goal of the study was to define and measure influence; to rank brands according to their influence within each country; rank brands according to their influence globally and identify what factors explain or drive the current level of influence for each of the brands at the country level and at the global level. 

The Ipsos study has measured the biggest, most well-known and/ or highest spending brands only. As a result, the Ipsos Most Influential Brand Study did not look at the entire market.

Interestingly, all brands that have featured in the Most Influential Brands List are those that consumer engages with on-a-daily-basis; a constant companion; an extension of the consumer – Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Patanjali, State Bank of India, Amazon, Samsung, Airtel, Jio and Flipkart – if we look at the top 10 list.

The next 10 names – 11 to 20 – too echo the same story. These brands help the consumer define themselves better: Snapdeal.com, Apple, Dettol, Cadbury, Sony, HDFC Bank, Maruti Suzuki, Good Day, iPhone and Amul.

“It’s impossible for consumers to imagine their lives without these brands. The formula for success of Influence rides on those five pillars of trustworthy, engagement, leading edge, corporate citizenship and presence,” added Chakraborty.

What builds influence? How do some brands stand out from the rest? The Ipsos Most Influential Brands study shows there are five key factors that are the building blocks of influence.

All data was collected via online panels by Ipsos across 21 countries and involved 36,600 interviews. In India, the research covered 1,000 Indians online to assess 100+ brands.

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