UK – Biggest Brand Movers – May 2021
May 18th, 2021, Rishad Dsouza

UK – Biggest Brand Movers – May 2021

Lipton Ice Tea appears to have played its cards right this spring as it ticks nine out of 13 boxes in the YouGov BrandIndex metrics to top the Biggest Brand Movers chart for May.

Biggest Brand Movers is a monthly analysis of brands across various YouGov BrandIndex metrics, which measure consumer perceptions on an ongoing basis. The rankings reflect the brands that have registered statistically significant upticks across the most metrics.

Lipton Ice Tea witnessed spikes in Media metrics (WOM Exposure, Buzz), Brand Health metrics (Quality, Value, Impression, Reputation, Satisfaction and Recommend) and the lower Purchase Funnel metric of Current Customer. The PepsiCo-owned brand released two caffeine-free products recently – Strawberry & Mint and Orange Blossom but some of these spikes may be cyclical – the brand registered uplift across some metrics in spring of 2020, too.Lola’s Cupcakes, which launched a special range of products to mark Eid festivities to accompany its usual Easter offerings, claims the second spot after registering significant gains in Ad Awareness, WOM Exposure, Buzz, Impression, Reputation, Recommend and Current Customer.


Thatcher’s Gold comes up third after having witnessed gains in a range of metrics. The cider brand appears to have benefitted from a recent ad campaign in the UK, as well as the re-opening of pubs, as it rose in Ad Awareness, WOM Exposure and Buzz. The brand also witnessed an uptick in its Impression scores in April.

Much like the previous month, brands from the bar and restaurant category continued to enjoy strong representation in the list as the UK’s lockdown regulations have loosened. Walkabout, Harry Ramsden’s and Costa Coffee claimed the fourth, fifth and seventh spots respectively, with each brand enjoying a significant uptick in Buzz scores.

Aussie-themed pub chain Walkabout showed positive movement in almost all Brand Health metrics as it registered upticks in Quality, Impression, Reputation, Satisfaction and Recommend. The brand’s Ad Awareness scores also rose. Fast-food chain Harry Ramsden’s witnessed a spike in WOM Exposure and also did well in Brand Health metrics – namely Quality, Value, Impression and Recommend. Costa Coffee, which offered customers beverages at 50p as part of a 50th birthday promotional campaign, grew in the Media metrics of Ad Awareness and WOM Exposure (but not Buzz). The brand also ticked the Satisfaction and Current Customer boxes.

Tesco Clubcard places sixth on the chart after having witnessed growth in many Brand Health metrics, including Quality, Value, Impression and Satisfaction. It also ticked the Purchase Funnel metric of Consideration and the Media metric of WOM Exposure.

Energy firm E.On, which has recently introduced two tariffs to “help people become more sustainable”, registered gains in Quality, Value and Impression. The brand also witnessed a spike in Buzz and Purchase Intent scores.

Amid reports that it will launch more flights in May, EasyJet Holidays gained in Value, Impression and Satisfaction metrics under Brand Health. The brand also tracked up in the Purchase Funnel metrics of Purchase Intent and Current Customer scores. Home appliance brand Leisure Cookers closed out the list with a stellar show in Purchase Funnel metrics, witnessing growth in Consideration, Purchase Intent and Current Customer. The cookware brand’s Impression and Satisfaction scores also grew.

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Data for the Biggest Brand Movers in May compared statistically significant score increases across all BrandIndex metrics between March and April 2021. Brands are ranked based on the number of metrics that saw a statistically significant increase from month to month. Metrics considered are:

Media Metrics

Ad Awareness – Whether a consumer has seen or heard an advertisement for a brand in the past two weeks

Word of Mouth – Whether a consumer has talked about a brand with family or friends in the past two weeks

Buzz – Whether a consumer has heard anything positive or negative about a brand in the past two weeks (net score)

Brand Health Metrics

Awareness – Whether or not a consumer has ever heard of a brand

Quality – Whether a consumer considers a brand to represent good or poor quality

Value – Whether a consumer considers a brand to represent good or poor value for money

Impression – Whether a consumer has a positive or negative impression of a brand

Reputation – Whether a consumer would be proud or embarrassed to work for a particular brand

Satisfaction – Whether a consumer is currently a satisfied or dissatisfied customer of a particular brand

Recommend – Whether a consumer would recommend a brand to a friend or colleague or not

Purchase Funnel Metrics

Consideration – Whether a consumer would consider a brand or not the next time they are in the market for a particular product

Purchase Intent – Whether a consumer would be most likely or unlikely to purchase a specific product

Current Customer – Whether a consumer has purchased a given product or not within in a specified period of time

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