Supersport; The Expresso Show; Pick n Pay and Mercedes Benz SA are Africa’s top performing brands on social media for the month of October 2015, according to the Africa Brand Index.

Thursday 05 November 2015 – Sandton, South Africa: Brand intelligence company, Ornico, today announced the October 2015 results of the Africa Brand Index. This benchmark, powered by Fuseware technology, ranks over 500 of Africa’s top brands in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.

Ornico and Fuseware Launch the Africa Brand Index
The Africa Brand Index by Ornico

Broadcast and retail brands dominated the rankings. Supersport takes the top spot for the fourth month in a row. The Expresso Show took second place; Pick n Pay is in third place and Mercedes-Benz South Africa performed very well, rising to fourth place which took them to the Top 5.

The top ten brands in the index are:



[Powered By Fuseware]

The Top 10 On The Big Four [YouTube, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram]


1 Supersport South Africa Media 87
2 Expresso Show South Africa Media 85
3 Pick n Pay South Africa Media 84
4 Mercedes-Benz SA South Africa Auto 82
5 Airtel Kenya Kenya Telecoms 81
6 Ford South Africa South Africa Auto 81
7 Woolworths South Africa Retail 81
8 CellC South Africa Telecoms 81
9 Vodacom South Africa Telecoms 80
10 Idols South Africa South Africa Media 80

“Supersport is currently Africa’s most popular and relevant social media brand with a performance percentile of 87% — based on the brand’s growth, engagement, response and sentiment on social media,” said Mike Wronski, Business Development Manager at Ornico.

“Whether it’s rugby, football, tennis or cricket, sport plays a massive role in almost everyone’s lives. People have a huge emotional attachment to their favourite sports teams and players. This relevance and Supersport’s massive social media presence and interaction are, in part, why the brand continues to lead the rankings,” Wronski adds.

He explains that SuperSport maintained popular, well liked, active and responsive accounts across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. SuperSport’s social media numbers as of October 2015:

Facebook – SuperSport Film & TV –          3,9 million

Facebook – Supersport Football –            5,2 million

Twitter – SuperSportTV –                             1,18 million

Twitter – SuperSport Blitz –                         861 000

YouTube – Official SuperSport –                17 666

Instagram – SuperSport –                            60 800


“Data and content aside, what also works in SuperSport’s favour is that its social accounts create a space where people can comment, share, commiserate and be part of a community that shares in the sports that everyone loves,” he says.


Political brands have now also been added to the Africa Brand Index. “Politics play a pivotal role in our economy and in the fates and fortunes of brands, and measuring political brands will offer keen insight into public sentiment about these brands,” says Wronski.


The top ten political brands in the index are:



The Top 10 Political Brands OnYouTube, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram


1 Democratic Alliance South Africa Political 70
2 City of Cape Town South Africa Political 64
3 The Presidency South Africa Political 62
4 African National Congress South Africa Political 62
5 South African Police Service South Africa Political 58
6 City of Tshwane South Africa Political 52
7 City of eThekwini South Africa Political 52
8 Department of Basic Education South Africa Political 51
9 National Youth Development Agency South Africa Political 51
10 Parliament of RSA South Africa Political 51



“In short this benchmark has introduced an accurate new social currency for brand managers and their communications agencies to measure the performance of brands on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube,” Wronski explains. “The benchmark accurately assesses reach, frequency and sentiment and can be effectively used to see how well brands have performed, for instance, at the conclusion of a campaign,” he says.


It enables segmentation by performance, so pundits can investigate which brands have performed best in different sectors like political, media, retail, auto, and so on. A search by geography for the top brands in each of the countries surveyed, namely South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, can also be performed.


Social media is becoming an increasingly important part of the media mix. The Fuseware/World Wide Worx SA Social Media Landscape 2016 study revealed that over 90% of major brands use Twitter and Facebook. Over half of SA’s biggest brands said they intend increasing their social media budgets, focusing on content marketing and multimedia.


The four key criteria to rank brand performance by the Africa Brand Index and their relative weighting in terms of the benchmark are:


Growth [an increase or decrease in user numbers] – contributes a 30% in weighting to the Africa Brand Index overall score.

Engagement [how active brands are on accounts, how active users are on brand accounts] – contributes a 35% in weighting.

Response [how quickly brands respond to users] – contributes a 20% weighting to the Africa Brand Index.

Sentiment [how well-liked brands are on the respective social media] – contributes 15% in terms of weighting to the overall score for the Africa Brand Index.


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Ornico provides reputation, media, advertising and brand research with a suite of products that includes Brand Intelligence™ across the African continent. It does this to help marketers and brand owners make sense of the flood of information that occupies traditional and social media. By collecting and analysing media data across many channels, Ornico informs brand owners and marketing decision makers about the most important strategic decisions they’ll ever make regarding their brands.

From editorial and advertising monitoring services, social media analytics to advanced brand research, Ornico provides a holistic and independent view of brand performance as reflected by television, radio, print media as well as social and digital media. In May 2015 Ornico acquired Fuseware, the social analytics company that tracks and interprets online media mentions, sentiment and share of voice.

Ornico employs a dedicated team of over 120 people in offices in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana and enjoys partnerships with expert researchers that reaches across the continent. It provides brand insights and intelligence to many of Africa’s top companies and public entities.

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Ornico on Twitter – @OrnicoMedia

Media Contacts:

Marketing Manager: Mongezi Mtati


Tel: +27 11 884-5041

Michal Wronski: Business Development Manager for Ornico


Mobile: 074 104 1969

Twitter: @mikewronski