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Aaj Tak, Hindustan, Star Movies lead Pitch Media BrandOmeter 2014

30 July 2014

As the media planners continue to find the best permutation and combination for their brands, Pitch Media BrandOmeter has become an awaited media planning tool in the country. The unique media planning tool created in collaboration with Hansa Research.

The results of the new edition have been announced and NDTV 24x7 has been rated as the top English news channel by media planners followed by BBC. The other toppers in the list of media brands are: Sony as the highest rated GEC, Aaj Tak as the top Hindi news channel, Radio Mirchi as the leading radio station. In the other genres, Star Movies has been rated the highest among movie channels while The Times Of India is the top most English newspaper and Hindustan leads in Hindi print media. Among special interest channels, Discovery has emerged as the leader. ABP is the clear leader among the regional papers. 

Pitch Media BrandOmeter brings out the most qualitative analysis of media brands across the country. The research assesses media brands on six parameters including Professionalism, Media Delivery, Relationships, Innovation, Servicing Ability and Sales Team Knowledge. The methodology adopted for Pitch Media BrandOmeter is divided into three stages:Qualitative:Several in depth interviews are conducted to understand the parameters considered while selecting media for their plan.Quantitative:A survey is conducted among an audience comprising of experienced media planners, buyers and advertisers. Besides this, the study is also backed by views of the leading media planners and marketers in the country, (all of which is published in the July issue of ‘Pitch’ magazine).Scale used for measuring expectations: The media decision makers are asked to rate the six parameters as Critical, important, not so important and irrelevant.

Sony has been leading its category with 827 points. Speaking on the performance of Sony, Gaurav Seth, ‎Senior Vice President, Head-Marketing Sony said, “GECs continue to remain planners’ favorite not because of any other reason but due to the audience they cater to. GECs have an appeal across India which makes their presence mandatory in any media plan. We offer cost effective and innovative media deliverables and all through the year Sony offers a lot of events, shows and series, the variety of content being the key to sustain audience and target groups of our clients.” Radio Mirchi has stood out as an undisputed leader in radio with a score of 710. The scores suggest that Mirchi is one of the most favoured brands amongst media planners. “At its core, Mirchi is a sunshine brand. It's captured in "Mirchi Sunnewale Always Khush". In a world full of stress, Mirchi is that pep-up pill which gets you going. Mirchi is not an activist brand. It doesn't attack. It's a brand that unites people. It doesn’t seek sensationalism. It is not dark. If you listen to Mirchi, you will definitely come out feeling more confident about life, and sure about the future. At the product level, our promise was defined right when we started our journey 12 years back. At that time, we said "Once you've consumed Mirchi, everything else feels bland". That product promise continues till date,” said Prashant Panday, CEO, Radio Mirchi. Below are the top five winners in different categories: 

Rank 1Radio Mirchi
Rank 2Radio City
Rank 3Red FM
Rank 4Big FM
Rank 5Fever FM
English Newspapers
Rank 1The Times of India
Rank 2Hindu
Rank 3Hindustan Times
Rank 4DNA
Hindi Newspapers
Rank 1Hindustan
Rank 2Navabharat Times
Rank 3Dainik Jagran
Rank 4Dainik Bhaskar
Rank 5Amar Ujala
Regional Newspaperss
Rank 1Ananda Bazaar Patrika
Rank 2Malyalaya Manorama
Rank 3Matrubhumi
Rank 4Bartaman
Rank 5Lokmat
General Entertainment Channels
Rank 1Sony
Rank 2Star Plus
Rank 3Zee TV
Rank 4Colors
Rank 5Sab TV
News Channels
Rank 1Aaj Tak
Rank 2NDTV 24 x7
Rank 3BBC News
Rank 5Times Now
Movie Channels
Rank 1Star Movies
Rank 2HBO
Rank 3Star Gold
Rank 4Set Max
Rank 5Zee Cinema
Sports Channels
Rank 1ESPN
Rank 2Star Sports
Rank 3Start Cricket
Rank 4Ten Sports
Rank 5Neo Sports
Children Channels
Rank 1Discovery
Rank 2Cartoon network
Rank 3POGO
Rank 4National geographic
Rank 5Hungama

The complete results of BrandOmeter study will be available in the upcoming issue of Pitch magazine.


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