Bangalore, 26th February 2015 : India’s much anticipated and most rigorous brand evaluation, The Brand Trust Report, India Study, a comparison of the trust held in brands, has been released for 2015. LG leads South as the Most Trusted Brand as well is first in All-India rank, followed by Sony which secures 2nd rank in South up from one place from All-India rank. Samsung mobiles ranks 3rd in South, down one place from its All-India rank. Dell is South India’s 4th Most Trusted brand, up four places from All-India ranks and Hewlett Packard secures South India’s 5th position, up five places from All-India rank. Apple is South India’s 6th position up seven places from its All-India rank and Bata is at 7th in the South is up four places. Bajaj at 8th position is down by two places from its All-India rank, Axe is the 9th Most Trusted Southern brand, improving its national ranks by nineteenth places and Nokia is at 10th in the South India down by five places as compared to All-India ranks. Last year the 5 Most Trusted South India brands Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Hero Motocorp and LG.
The Brand Trust Report, the fifth in its series, is the result of a comprehensive primary research conducted on the proprietary 61-Attribute Trust Matrix of TRA (formerly known as Trust Research Advisory). This year’s study involved 13000 hours of fieldwork covering 2373 consumer-influencers across 16 cities in India and generated 5 million datapoints and 19,000 unique brands from which the top 1000 brands have been listed in this year’s report. The 190 page, hardbound report is available for Rs. 14000/-. The South zone cities include Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin and Coimbatore covering nearly 26.17% of all the respondents.
N.Chandramouli, CEO, TRA, said on the occasion of the report’s launch, “South India’s preferences have always been distinct and do not tow the All-India line. While a comparison of the top 50 in the zone shows small differences, these differences become stark as we study the entire group of 500 brands.” Also, South India has shown its unique preference with several brands across sectors namely Aachi Masala, Amazon, Aavin Milk, MTR, Mercedes Benz, Hamam, Santoor, Close up, Tata Docomo, TCS, Wipro, Fila, Vatika, Eva and Microsoft features in 100 Most Trusted of South India are not seen in the 100 Most Trusted of the other three zones, he also added.
Across India, some of the important category leaders in Brand Trust are LIC (BFSI), IIT (Education), Hindustan Petroleum (Energy), Colgate (FMCG), Amul (F&B), Dabur (Healthcare), Amazon (Internet), Hawkins (Kitchenware), Asian Paints (Manufacturing), Bata (Personal Accessories), Amitabh Bachchan (Personalities), KFC (Retail), Airtel (Telecom) and Air India (Transportation).