Tech and Social Web Dominate the Most Influential Brands in Canada ©

Ipsos has released the results of its study, The Most Influential Brands in Canada 2013. The data is from a December, 2013 survey of 5,008 adult residents of Canada. Tech companies, including social media, make up half of the brands that most influence Canadians overall. Canadian Millennials are the most influenced by the Internet, while men and women value tech & social fairly equally. Everyone agrees that Google has the most influence, according to these statistics.

Influence is measured by how much a brand impacts our daily lives. “It elicits strong emotional responses, inspires action, and creates something that people identify with,” Ipsos explains. “The most influential brands are important in our world because they know what is important to people and they make that connection.”

The influence drivers used to rank brands in this study included corporate citizenship, engagement, leading edge, presence, and how trustworthy the brand is perceived as.

The Top 10 Most Influential Brands in CanadaTech and Social Web Dominate the Most Influential Brands in Canada

  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. Microsoft
  4. Apple
  5. Visa
  6. Tim Hortons
  7. YouTube
  8. President’s Choice
  9. Walmart
  10. MasterCard

Men Vs. Women

Men and women agree on some influencers, such as social media and Google. When it comes to retail, finance and media, however, the differences between the sexes become clear.

The Top 10 Most Influential Brands for Canadian Women

  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. Apple
  4. Microsoft
  5. Tim Hortons
  6. Visa
  7. YouTube
  8. President’s Choice
  9. Walmart
  10. The Weather Network

The Top 10 Most Influential Brands for Canadian Men

  1. Google
  2. Microsoft
  3. Facebook
  4. Visa
  5. Apple
  6. MasterCard
  7. CBC
  8. Canadian Tire
  9. President’s Choice
  10. YouTube

Generations

As you would expect, there are major differences between the generations regarding how each are influenced by brands in Canada.

Millennials 1982-1998

Born with a keyboard in their hand, Canadian millennials are hardcore techies and social media users by nature. They’re big on all things Internet and they love their coffee.

  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. YouTube
  4. Apple
  5. President’s Choice
  6. Microsoft
  7. Walmart
  8. Visa
  9. Pinterest
  10. Tim Hortons

Generation X 1965-1981

Canada’s GenX citizens are at the age where they’ve established a family unit of their own. Their preferences are a mix of family-focused brands and their choices also reflect their comfort with technology.

  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. Microsoft
  4. Apple
  5. Tim Hortons
  6. Walmart
  7. Visa
  8. The Weather Network
  9. President’s Choice
  10. YouTube

Baby Boomers 1946-1964

Canadian Boomers have become tech savvy to a point and their list of the most influential brands reflects their progress.

  1. Google
  2. Microsoft
  3. Facebook
  4. CBC
  5. Apple
  6. Visa
  7. Canadian Tire
  8. President’s Choice
  9. MasterCard
  10. AirMiles

Rising Stars

The brands with the most significant jump in influential rank were McDonalds, Hudson’s Bay and Netflix.

These statistics provide insight into the preferences of several groups of Canadians that can be applied to any marketing strategy.  Becoming a leading influential brand usually takes a considerably large marketing budget, but marketing is useless if you don’t know your target market inside and out. As Ipsos puts it, “Knowing your consumers is the key, because you can’t influence them if you don’t know who they are.”  That knowledge can give a competitive edge to businesses of all sizes.

??? Which brands influence you most? Please share in the comments below.

Sources:
Ipsos Most Influential Brands in Canada 2013
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Justin Kelowna BC

Just about everyone has a computer of some kind now unless they’re older than dirt. It stands to reason that we’re exposed to those brands more so we trust them more. Most of the time anyway.

Rhiannon

Very proud of our Canadian brands, they do us proud!

L. Bibeault

I agree there is plenty we can learn from watching big companies. They can afford to hire the best and advertise in the most effective ways so I trust they’re doing it right and learn from it. Now if I could just have their budget LOL ;-).

Roger R

So awesome to get Canadian stats! The Canadian Tire part of your picture snapped my attention right away and I had to come see.

Dr. Griz

I bet that number will go up as our lives become more interwoven with technology. Great read, thanks.