PR Experts and Marketers pay attention! We are Introducing the Portada Buzz Barometer. Each month we will be highlighting the companies among the main marketers targeting the U.S. Hispanic consumer which  make the most buzz.

Translated by Candice Carmel

In this edition of the Buzz Barometer, State Farm and Comcast are the advertisers with the most improvement in their own performance, each earning eight Buzz points. Also noteworthy among the 15 advertisers measured are AT&T and Toyota, each earning over three Buzz points. Kraft and Kellogg’s had negative Buzz, each of them registering a three- point Buzz drop.

Below are the Buzz scores for February for the top 15 advertisers in the U.S. Hispanic market:

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Interpretation

State Farm’s increase seems to come from its plans – announced in February – to return to the Florida insurance market and its growth in Georgia, where the company announced it would be creating more than 3,000 new jobs. Comcast generated Buzz in February with its announcement of a joint service agreement with Netflix and its purchase of Time Warner Cable. Netflix may have had an influence on the uptick in AT&T’s Buzz. In February, there was a lot of noise about talks between AT&T and Netflix to accelerate service (similar to the Comcast agreement). For its part, Toyota introduced its Highlander SUV in February and celebrated a decade of entering NASCAR.

Methodology and figures

The figures in our barometer show the monthly change in Buzz points as measured from the traffic generated in Google searches. The scale measures monthly readings from 2004 to today, recording changes and comparisons for each brand’s performance. It is important to note that our barometer does not measure brands against each other, but rather measures only the performance of each brand with respect to itself. Buzz points are derived from the average of the difference between the Buzz measured in the current month of 2014 with the Buzz recorded in the same month in 2013, and the difference between the Buzz measured for the current month of 2014 and the Buzz of the previous month. The formula is: ((AB)+(AC))/2, where A is the Buzz of the current month in 2014; B is the Buzz for the same month in 2013; and C is the Buzz of the month immediately preceding the current month.

The Buzz is a number that can go from 0 to 100 and is measured by the Google Trends tool, which allows us to see the search trend of any term since 2004. A score of 100 denotes the moment when a term has generated the most searches to date since 2004. In some cases, the highest score is recorded in a distant year (such as General Motors, which achieved this score in 2005). In other cases, the highest score has been recorded recently (like Walmart in November 2013). What is important for our study are not the Google Trends scores, but the average changes (arc change) that each brand has achieved with respect to itself within a defined period (the month of the study) compared with the same period last year and the month immediately preceding the current one.

The list of advertisers for the US Hispanic market has been culled from several existing studies on the major advertisers for each of the markets studied. For technical reasons we have left out some advertisers whose names do not appear as a main part of their marketing materials, i.e.: those whose advertising is focused on selling its branded products, but not on generating buzz about their own name (such as P&G).

Below are the figures obtained with this tool for the US Hispanic market, which were used to calculate the Buzz points on our barometer.

Brand100 ScoreFebruary 2013January 2014February 2014BUZZ
T-MobileSEP/20083038351
McDonald’sOCT/20118286851
VerizonENE/2011555554-1
AT&TJUL/20086465694.5
ToyotaJUN/20087378793.5
DishAGO/20138295912.5
State FarmJUL/20138494978
General MotorsJUN/20051616182
SprintOCT/20115453562.5
UnivisionDEC/2012685761-1.5
KraftNOV/2008525048-3
ComcastAGO/20137999978
FiatSEP/20114544472.5
WalmartNOV/20135255551.5
KelloggsJUN/2006483639-3
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Raúl Ramírez Riba is an avid digital content buff whose passions include film and music. He studied Communications at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Raúl worked for three years as head of web operations at radio station Ibero 90.9 and spent a year as Editor in Chief of the WannaFlock.com portal. He is currently Editor-at-Large at Portada.

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