Almarai tops the 2019 YouGov BrandIndex Buzz Rankings in Saudi Arabia
January 24th, 2020, Imran Ahmed

Almarai tops the 2019 YouGov BrandIndex Buzz Rankings in Saudi Arabia

Saudi’s food conglomerate regains the top spot and becomes the brand with the most positive Buzz amongst Saudi consumers

Almarai regains its position at the top after falling down to third in the 2018 rankings, and becomes the brand with the most positive Buzz among Saudi consumers, according to the 2019 YouGov BrandIndex Buzz Rankings. mada enters the list in second while Al Baik drops down from the top to third in this year’s list.


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.

Saudi Arabia's national flag carrier, Saudia, remains in fourth this year, while Alrajhi Bank moves up one position to ninth.

The past year was not a promising one for electronic and technology brands in terms of Buzz rankings. Samsung fell down two places to seventh this year, while its competitor Apple slipped down one spot to eighth. The biggest decline was noted by Apple’s smartphone brand, iPhone, which fell down four places to tenth in the 2019 rankings. Similarly, WhatsApp fell from second to fifth position.

YouTube is the only tech brand that has shown improvement and climbed up two places to sixth in this year’s list. The launch of YouTube Premium and Music last year seems to have been well received by consumers and has contributed to positive Buzz around the brand.

YouGov BrandIndex has also revealed which brands noted the most improvement in their Buzz score in 2019. Top is mada, with a rise of +6.9 points to its Buzz score, going from +32.2 last year to +39.1 this year. mada’s performance not only made it the best improver of 2019 but also landed it a spot in the top ten rankings.

null and Saudi Telecom come in next as the second and third most improved brands, with a change in score of +5.9 and +5.4, respectively.

Following the price-rise debacle, Almarai has recorded marked improvement to its Buzz score (with a change in score of +5.3), and this also helped the brand regain the number one spot from third last year in the top 10 rankings.

Huawei continues to show improvement and is placed in fifth in the list of improvers (+5.2). Food and beverage brands; Pepsi (+5.1) and Tasali (+3.6), and other brands such as Uber (+4.2), Mobily (+4.0) and Extra (+3.7), have recorded good improvement in their Buzz scores over the past year, making the top 10 improvers list.


The 500 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.