Although Subway has slipped out of the US Top Ten Buzz Rankings list, the brand has maintained its lead of the QSR sector. Strongest gainer for the year Chick-Fil-A entered the QSR leaderboard at number three.
Chick-Fil-A has had a whirlwind 2015. The chain opened 88 new restaurants in 2015 including their first Manhattan space. Chick-Fil-A started rolling out table service, revamped its coffee and introduced a healthy kale and broccolini salad in place of their staple coleslaw.
These brands were rated using YouGov BrandIndex’s 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?”
Buzz scores can range from 100 to -100 and are compiled by subtracting negative feedback from positive. A zero score means equal positive and negative feedback.
The Buzz Rankings chart shows the brands with the highest average Buzz scores between January and December 2015. The Buzz Improvers chart ranks the brands with the highest increase in Buzz comparing years 2014 and 2015. Both 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.