This Article is From Feb 20, 2013

Nokia, Vodafone top Nielsen consumer rankings


Nokia and Vodafone have emerged on top in the latest Nielsen consumer rankings in the country, which ranked brands in six lifestyle categories. E-commerce site Flipkart also shares the top honours, ahead of Amazon and mobile messenger application WhatsApp.

In the telecom sector, Nokia is the most preferred mobile handset brand, followed by Samsung and Blackberry, while among the operators, the second and third place have been cornered by Aritel and Idea.

According to the findings of the first round of Nielsen India consumer rankings, the rankings are based on popularity and consumer experience of these brands, which were ranked in the last quarter of 2012.

"While we have always provided uncommon consumer insights for our clients, with this initiative we are taking insights from cities across the country, and giving back to consumers," Nielsen India president Piyush Mathur said while releasing the rankings.

Nielsen India vice-president Ranjeet Laungani said the rankings acknowledge that consumers not only want to be heard but also be better informed. "These rankings will provide the average urban consumer with a neutral, fact-based consumer view on everyday categories that are relevant to them."

Among the other winners in the smartphone apps category are Facebook, news aggregator app Newshunt, Youtube and Tubemate, an application that allows users to download Youtube videos.

In the e-tailing segment Flipkart, E-bay, Homeshop18 and deal-based site Snapdeal are the top four e-tailing sites respectively for over 1,000 active internet users and online shoppers.

Among the books, local authors dominate the fiction rankings with Amish Tripathi's 'The Immortals of Meluha' and the sequel 'The Secret of the Nagas' coming in the top 10, as per data from point of sale, of over 400 retailers.

Among non-fiction books, S Hussain Zaidi's 'From Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia' is the topper. In the children's category 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series dominates the list, with eight spots in the top 10.

In the international travel category, Singapore is ranked as the most visited destination for both business and leisure travellers in the past 12 months, while the US comes as the second most-visited destination, and for leisure Nepal takes the second position.

Malaysia tops the list for planned travel across both business and leisure categories, followed by Singapore, says the report.