WhatsApp tops the 2019 YouGov BrandIndex Buzz Rankings 2019 in Egypt
January 21st, 2020, Imran Ahmed

WhatsApp tops the 2019 YouGov BrandIndex Buzz Rankings 2019 in Egypt

The messaging service app continues to hold the top position, leading as the brand with the most positive Buzz amongst consumers in Egypt

WhatsApp leads the annual YouGov BrandIndex Buzz Rankings yet again in Egypt, and is, therefore, the brand with the positive Buzz among consumers in the country.


YouGov BrandIndex measures the public’s perception of brands on a daily basis across a range of metrics. The annual Buzz rankings are compiled using Buzz scores from the entire years’ worth of data. Buzz scores measure whether people have heard anything positive or negative about a brand during the previous two weeks.

Technology brands saw impressive gains in terms of Buzz scores. Both Google and YouTube climbed up one spot to place second and third in the list of brands with the most positive Buzz in Egypt.

However, social media giant Facebook has been recording a year-on-year decline in its score and has fallen from the top place in 2017 to second in 2018, and now is placed at fourth. iPhone also moved down the list, from sixth in 2018 to eighth in the 2019 rankings.

Galaxy (Chocolates) and National Bank of Egypt remain in the same positions as last year; fifth and seventh, respectively. Carrefour, Souq.com and Cadbury have each made an impressive entry into this year’s list, placing in sixth, ninth and tenth, respectively.

YouGov BrandIndex has also released the ten “most improved” brands of the past year. Netflix tops the list with a rise of +6.0 points in its Buzz score, going from +8.8 last year to +14.8 this year. The brand’s expansion strategy of introducing locally-produced original content in the region seems to be working well with consumers and is likely contributing to uplifts in positive Buzz around the brand.


QSR brands KFC and McDonald’s are the second and third best improvers, with a change in score of +5.8 and +5.4, respectively.

E-commerce brands such as Noon.com (+4.8) and Jumia.com (+2.8), holding company Majid Al Futtaim (+3.7), food and beverage brands such as Tiger (+3.4), Om Hassan (+2.8) and Red Bull (+2.7) and the National Bank of Egypt (+2.6) are the other brands who have recorded great improvement to their Buzz scores and complete the list of top 10 improvers.


The 348 brands in YouGov BrandIndex were ranked using the Buzz score which asks respondents, “If you've heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks, through advertising, news or word of mouth, was it positive or negative?” Scores are net scores, calculated by subtracting the percentage of negative responses from the percentage of positive responses for each brand.

The Buzz Rankings chart shows the brands with the highest average Buzz scores between January 1st and December 31st, 2019. The Buzz Improvers chart ranks the brands with the highest increase in Buzz comparing scores in years 2018 and 2019, to be included in the Buzz Improvers list, the variance must be positive. Scores are representative of the general population.

All Buzz scores listed have been rounded to a single decimal place; however, we have used additional precision to assign ranks.

All brands must be tracked for at least 6 months to be included in the rankings, and must have been tracked for at least 6 months in the prior year’s period (as well as being currently tracked) to appear in the movers tables.