Black Friday Shoppers Line-Up Online for Nordstrom and Macy’s, while Costco and Amazon Have Fans Talking Offline

Engagement Labs Announces ‘Total Social’ Rankings of Top U.S. Retailers Based on Social Media and Word of Mouth Performance

TORONTO, ON – November 23, 2015 – Technology and data company Engagement Labs (TSXV:EL), creator of eValue Analytics™, today released its ‘Total Social’ data rankings on the top U.S. retailers for both social media and word of mouth (WOM) conversations.

‘Total Social’ combines Engagement Labs’ proprietary eValue social media measurement tool, and TalkTrack®, the leading measurement source of WOM conversation from the Keller Fay Group, an Engagement Labs company.

Top Ten U.S. Retailers - Online and Word of Mouth Conversations

Source: Engagement Labs eValueTM 2015 rankings of U.S. retailers and Keller Fay’s TalkTrack® 2015 ranking U.S. retailers’ word of mouth conversation.

“A retailer’s entire year is often determined in the months leading up to the holiday season,” stated Bryan Segal, CEO at Engagement Labs. “Social media is a major avenue for retailers to utilize to increase brand awareness and showcase holiday campaigns to drive both in-store and online sales.”

On Facebook, Nordstrom ranked first place with the highest overall eValue score, as well as the strongest fan Engagement. With the highest active user base and the most likes per 1,000 fans, the brand’s following was extremely engaged with its visual content showcasing its merchandise. Despite ranking sixth overall, Kohl’s had one of the highest fan bases and ranked first for Impact, frequently posting content for its followers to share. However, its Responsiveness score brought the brand down in the overall eValue ranking. The highest Responsiveness score was secured by Lowe’s however the brand’s low Engagement score brought its overall eValue ranking in at tenth place.

Macy’s ranked first on Twitter with both the highest overall eValue score and Responsiveness score. The brand actively opened up two-way conversations with its followers and boasted the highest response rate of the group and had an impressive average response speed. However Nordstrom, ranked second, had the fastest response time of the group with 17 minutes. When looking at Engagement scores, Engagement labs found that Meijer, which ranked tenth place overall, had the highest Engagement score. Even though Meijer’s had a very engaged audience, the brand had a significantly smaller follower base than some of the top-ranked brands, which affected the brand's overall Impact score.

According to Engagement Labs’ Instagram data, clothing retailers dominated the top ten with Hollister Co. taking first place with an eValue score of 94.97. American Eagle, ranked second, had the highest number of posts and most active user base, which resulted in the highest Engagement score of 86. Third place for overall eValue score was granted to H&M with the highest Impact score and Responsiveness score. The brand had the highest number of followers and experienced largest increase in follower growth during the timeframe measured.

“While we’re seeing large clothing retailers like Nordstrom, Hollister Co., American Eagle and H&M excel online, we also see that their online success isn’t necessarily translating offline,” continued Segal. “With social media focusing on visuals, it’s no surprise these clothing brands are performing well on social. As indicated by our TalkTrack Word of Mouth rankings, their social media strategies aren’t converting into positive conversations offline. Instead we’re seeing retailers like Costco, Amazon and Kroger taking top spots for WOM sentiment, as they offer a wide-range of products that are driving conversations.”

“Knowing how a brand is performing both online via social media and how fans are discussing your brand offline, helps brands gain a better understanding of areas for improvement so they can work to grow their followings, drive greater amount of conversations and ultimately drive sales through the holiday season,” stated Segal.

About Engagement Labs

Engagement Labs (TSXV: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.

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