Euro RSCG Study Shows that Obama Has a Stronger Brand Momentum than Google or the iPhone

    Network's Proprietary Research Tool Looks at Future Potential of Brands

    NEW YORK, Oct. 15 /CNW/ -- Euro RSCG announced today the results of its
global Brand Momentum study.  This year's study looked at the top brands
across the U.S., U.K., France, and China, and asked consumers to indicate
which brands are gaining ground, losing ground, or staying the same.  This
study is fielded annually by the global advertising network and has looked at
3,500 brands across 12 countries.  The tool has been proven to predict the
success or failure of the world's most well-known brands.

    "We believe the key to future success in business and in politics is
momentum. Tracking studies tell you about history. Brand momentum predicts the
future. Brand Obama is a real marketing phenomenon. He's not only making
politics cool, he's outpacing Google and iPhone, the icon brands of this
century," said David Jones, Global CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide.  He added, "In
this latest momentum study, we've watched the presidential campaign closely as
politics is really at the cutting edge of marketing given its speed,
complexity and the need for split-second decision making. There are a number
of interesting insights into building momentum for our clients' brands."

    The Brand Momentum tool is a crossover from the agency's political
expertise around the world.  In its first application to a brand in the U.S.,
it provided a key strategic asset for MCI in the days of the telecom wars. 
The predictive value of the tool was demonstrated after the network created
the Momentum 20, a virtual index fund of the top 20 net momentum performers
from the first phase of that study.  That index has outperformed every major
index fund, including the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100, since its inception.

    The brands in the Euro RSCG study are ranked by their net momentum, the
difference between positive momentum and negative momentum.  Google was the
only brand to be ranked in the top three across three of the four markets: 
Google ranked third, first, and second across the U.S., U.K., and France,
respectively. China had a completely unique top three with Taobao, Intel, and
BMW.  The highest net momentum for any brand was the Wii in the U.S. at 84.4. 
The top brands in the other countries were Google (UK) at 73.3, iPod (France)
at 76.6, and Taobao (China) at 69.

    The presidential candidate momentum was tracked separately in a
five-phase study first fielded prior to the conventions and then after every
major campaign event, including the conventions and the three debates (2
Presidential and 1 Vice Presidential).  The study showed that neither
candidate had a momentum advantage going into their conventions, but that
quickly changed after the introduction of Sarah Palin.  The post-convention
phase gave McCain a net momentum of nearly +50, while Obama's sank to -13.5. 
Those positions flipped after the first Presidential debate (which coincided
with the onslaught of news around the economic situation), and Obama's
momentum has continued to increase while McCain's has steadily decreased since
then. The last phase, fielded from October 8-10, showed Obama with a net
momentum of 82.2, with respondents citing his debate performance and the
recent economic issues as key drivers for his momentum.

    In the second phase of the study, Euro RSCG investigated what triggered
momentum.  Several key marketing drivers were identified; including a
reputation as a "visionary," a strong digital social network, peer
recommendation, and youthfulness.  Looking at just the candidate momentum
piece of this study, it is of little surprise that Obama is entering the final
weeks of the campaign with the second-highest momentum of any brand in the
study given his relative youth, online outreach, online community, and his
positioning as a change agent.

    Finally, the study investigated the relationship between net momentum and
purchase intent.  While there is a correlation between these two measures,
Euro RSCG discovered that "trust" in a brand, in combination with strong
momentum, drove purchase intent.  Again using the example of the presidential
survey, after each debate Obama has seen an increase in the polls --
essentially a purchase intent measure -- because voters report that they have
become more familiar with him and put more trust in him to deal with the
economic crisis.

    Andrew Benett, co-CEO of Euro RSCG New York and Global Chief Strategy
officer, added, "The insights we gained in this study will enhance the way we
use this tool going forward.  In future momentum studies, we will look at a
client's or prospect's brand and its competitors and determine which driver is
the most promising one to increase or maintain momentum in a given category. 
We'll be able to compare share of market to share of voice, share of news,
share of blog, or share of any of the marketing drivers within their category
and will be able to intelligently adjust both the message and the medium in
real time in order to drive value for our clients' brands."

    Euro RSCG Worldwide, a leading integrated marketing communications agency
and Advertising Age's and Campaign's 2006 Global Agency of the Year, is made
up of 233 offices located in 75 countries throughout Europe, North America,
Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. Euro RSCG provides advertising, marketing
services, corporate communications, and interactive solutions to global,
regional and local clients. The agency's client roster includes Air France,
BNP Paribas, Charles Schwab, Citigroup, Danone Group, Chivas, Heineken USA,
IBM, Jaguar, Kraft Foods, Lacoste, L'Oreal, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Reckitt
Benckiser, Sanofi-Aventis, Schering-Plough and Valspar. Headquartered in New
York, Euro RSCG Worldwide is the largest unit of Havas, a world leader in
communications (Euronext Paris SA: HAV.PA).


    Mary Perhach
    Global Chief Communications Officer
    Euro RSCG WorldWide
    (212)886.4418, (646)508.6415


For further information:

For further information: Mary Perhach, Global Chief Communications
Officer of Euro RSCG WorldWide, +1-212-886-4418, or +1-646-508-6415,

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