Media & entertainment industry again tops latest brand intimacy study

by | Apr 7, 2020 | Public Relations

The media & entertainment industry ranked first for the third year in a row in the latest Brand Intimacy 2020 Study,the largest study of brands based on emotions, from brand intimacy agency MBLM.

The study, now in its 10th year, revealed that Amazon Prime topped the industry followed by Disney and Netflix. The remaining brands in the top 10 for the media & entertainment industry were: PlayStation, Xbox, YouTube, Nintendo, Hulu, HBO and WWE.

Media & entertainment industry tops latest brand intimacy study

Brand intimacy is defined as the emotional science that measures the bonds we form with the brands we use and love. Top intimate brands in the U.S. continued to significantly outperform the top brands in the Fortune 500 and S&P indices in both revenue and profit over the past 10 years, according to the study.

“The media & entertainment industry continues to dominate in our study,” said Mario Natarelli, managing partner of MBLM, in a news release. “Our increasingly polarized times and our dependence on the smartphone are the perfect conditions for the growth of media & entertainment brands. Consumers are enjoying entertainment on their terms; content and gaming titles have flourished trying to satiate our binging appetites.”

Media & entertainment industry tops latest brand intimacy study

Additional significant media & entertainment findings in the U.S. include:

  • The industry had an average Brand Intimacy Quotient of 46.7, which was well above the cross-industry average of 31
  • Amazon Prime was the top media & entertainment brand among consumers over 35 years old, while millennials ranked PlayStation first and Gen Z selected Xbox as their top brand
  • Disney led with women, whereas Amazon Prime led with men
  • Disney was also the top brand among consumers with incomes under $100,000, while users with incomes over $100,000 preferred Amazon Prime
  • Ritual, which relates to a brand being ingrained into daily actions, was the archetype most associated with the category (last year it was indulgence), and Netflix was the top brand for ritual

The Brand Intimacy 2020 Report contains the most comprehensive rankings of brands based on emotion, analyzing the responses of 6,200 consumers and 56,000 brand evaluations across 15 industries in the U.S., Mexico and UAE. MBLM’s reports and rankings tool showcase the performance of almost 400 brands, revealing the characteristics and intensity of the consumer bonds.

View media & entertainment industry findings here.

Download the full Brand Intimacy 2020 Studyhere.

During 2019, MBLM with Praxis Research Partners conducted an online quantitative survey among 6,200 consumers in the U.S. (3,000), Mexico (2,000), and the United Arab Emirates (1,200). Participants were respondents who were screened for age (18 to 64 years of age) and annual household income ($35,000 or more) in the U.S. and socioeconomic levels in Mexico and the UAE (A, B and C socioeconomic levels).

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Richard Carufel
Richard Carufel is editor of Bulldog Reporter and the Daily ’Dog, one of the web’s leading sources of PR and marketing communications news and opinions. He has been reporting on the PR and communications industry for over 12 years, and has interviewed hundreds of journalists and PR industry leaders. Reach him at richardc@bulldogreporter.com; @BulldogReporter

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