SOURCE: Engagement Labs Inc.

Engagement Labs Inc.

January 07, 2016 08:30 ET

Patagonia, Lululemon and Weight Watchers Work Up an Online Social Sweat, While Under Armour and New Balance Work Out Word of Mouth Conversations

New Year, New Resolutions! Engagement Labs Announces Rankings of the Top Fitness Apparel Brands and Top Diet & Weight Loss Programs

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - January 07, 2016) - Technology and data company Engagement Labs (TSX VENTURE: EL), creator of the eValue™ score, today released its Total Social™ data rankings on the top fitness apparel brands both on social media and through word of mouth (WOM) conversations in the U.S., as well as rank the top diet and weight loss programs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Total Social combines Engagement Labs' proprietary eValue social media measurement tool and TalkTrack®, the leading measurement source of Word of Mouth conversations from the Keller Fay Group, an Engagement Labs company.

Top Ten Fitness Apparel Brands on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Ranking Facebook Twitter Instagram
1 Patagonia Lululemon Athletica Patagonia
2 ASICS New Balance The North Face
3 Lululemon Athletica Nike ASICS
4 Jordan ASICS Under Armour
5 The North Face Patagonia Saucony
6 New Balance Jordan Converse
7 Under Armour Under Armour Reebok
8 Columbia Sportswear Reebok New Balance
9 Converse Adidas Lululemon Athletica
10 PUMA Converse Jordan

Source: Engagement Labs eValue 2016 rankings of U.S. fitness apparel brands

Top Eight Fitness Apparel Brands for Word of Mouth Conversations

Ranking Offline WOM Momentum
1 Under Armour
2 New Balance
3 Jordan
4 Nike
5 Adidas
6 Reebok
7 Puma
8 Converse

Source: Keller Fay's TalkTrack® 2016 rankings of U.S. fitness apparel brands' based on the largest increase in WOM volume in 2015 versus prior year.

Top Ten Diet & Weight Loss Programs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Ranking Facebook Twitter Instagram
1 Herbalife Jenny Craig Weight Watchers
2 Beyond Diet Weight Watchers Engine 2 Diet
3 Engine 2 Diet Herbalife Herbalife
4 Weight Watchers Engine 2 Diet Atkins
5 Nutrisystem Nutrisystem Dukan Diet
6 Medifast Beyond Diet SlimFast
7 Atkins Diet Atkins Diet BioSlim
8 HMR Program Food Lovers Fat Loss Jenny Craig
9 SlimFast SlimFast Medifast
10 Jenny Craig Medifast Mediterranean Diet

Source: Engagement Labs eValue 2016 rankings of U.S. diet & weight loss programs

"A new year marks the time for New Year's resolutions, with a very popular one being to get into shape. January becomes an extremely busy month for fitness-related businesses as consumers turn to these brands to achieve their goals," stated Bryan Segal, CEO at Engagement Labs. "Brands within the fitness apparel and diet and weight loss industries have a wealth of opportunity during the months leading up to Q1 to use social media to hone in on consumers looking to get fit in the new year and translate those resolutions into sales."

The high-end outdoor active gear brand Patagonia ranked first on Facebook with the highest eValue and Engagement score. With the most active user base, the brand generated the highest number of likes and shares per 1,000 fans by leveraging user-generated content, such as images of natural landscapes or adventure stories from users. ASICS placed second for eValue score, with the highest active userbase. While Lululemon Athletica placed third, boasting the highest Responsiveness score, demonstrating the brand's dedication to building its online Lululemon community. The brand also boasted the largest fan growth with an increase of 39,492 fans during the time period measured.

On Twitter, Lululemon outranks its fellow fitness apparel brands with an impressive eValue score. The brand also scored the highest for Engagement and Responsiveness. Lululemon's most engaged posts were motivational tweets aligning with its brand's reputation of encouraging better and healthier living. New Balance placed second for overall eValue score, boasting the highest active user base. Nike followed behind with the largest follower base and follower growth. The brands most engaged post leveraged its #GetOutThere campaign which encourages people to get outside during the winter months and be active.

On Instagram, Patagonia again took the top ranking for fitness apparel with the highest Engagement score and the most likes and comments per 1,000 fans. The brand took a similar approach to its Facebook page, sharing user-generated content and providing photo credit for each post. Lululemon Athletica, although ranking ninth for overall eValue score, had the highest Responsiveness score and the highest number of admin comments, again showing strategic dedication to its online community.

"With fitness apparel brands reaching more audiences online, we're seeing these brands translate its online success offline," continued Segal. "Successful online brands like Under Armour, New Balance and Jordan -- which ranked first for Impact across all three online social channels -- are seeing increased offline Word of Mouth conversation as indicated by the TalkTrack rankings. Whereas, larger brands like Nike and Adidas, that performed less positively online, are seeing this hinder the amount of offline conversation surrounding its brands."

Diet and weight loss programs approached their online channels similarly to fitness apparel brands with a focus on telling real stories and talking directly to users. On Facebook, Herbalife ranked first with the largest number of fans, while Beyond Diet placed second with the highest Impact score and largest fan growth. However, it was Engine 2 Diet, which ranked third, that scored the highest for Engagement with posts asking direct questions to users regarding their fitness goals and sharing success stories. The brand also had one of the highest Responsiveness scores demonstrating its dedication to communicating and further engaging its audience.

On Twitter, Jenny Craig ranked first for diet and weight loss programs with the highest overall eValue score, Engagement and Responsiveness scores. Posting content with its returning celebrity spokesperson Kirstie Alley, as well as posting articles that discuss the weight loss process, the brand's content resonated with fans. Weight Watchers placed second with the largest following and follower growth during the time period measured, which could have been attributed to the announcement that Oprah is their new spokesperson. However, the brand posted significantly less than its competitors. With one of the highest active user bases, Weight Watchers could boost engagement with its channel by posting content more frequently.

About Engagement Labs

Engagement Labs (TSX VENTURE: EL) offers intelligent Total Social™ data, analytics and insights for marketers and organizations enabling them to track, measure and benchmark the conversations happening around their brand or industry both online and offline. These conversations are proven to drive critical business outcomes, including sales, while Engagement Labs' tools provide data and actionable insight to help guide business decisions and power marketing effectiveness.

Engagement Labs' eValue™ Analytics tool is the global benchmark for social media scoring. eValue's proprietary data technology offers real-time analysis to measure a brand's social media and digital marketing efforts, distilling it down to a single meaningful number between 0 and 100 - an eValue score. Composed of a series of metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), an eValue score measures social media Engagement, Impact and Responsiveness which is benchmarked against 100,000+ handpicked and verified brands. The Keller Fay Group, an Engagement Labs company, is the only firm to regularly measure offline conversation via TalkTrack ®; independent research finds offline conversation is a significant driver of sales with twice the impact of online conversation.

Engagement Labs maintains offices in Toronto ON, Montreal QC, London UK and New Brunswick NJ.

www.engagementlabs.com / www.kellerfay.com

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