October 14, 2015

Press Release

Genesis Burson-Marsteller unveils a first-of-its-kind study: Surveys to Know, Surveys to Show

Research and Survey Reports drive newsworthy stories in print media

Over a two year period, 421 companies have leveraged survey reports for generating news, reveals a study by GBM Live! Newsroom & Impact

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Gurugram, October 14, 2015 –  How often can your survey get covered in the media? To what extent can you leverage the name of your brand or spokesperson in the media coverage of the survey? These questions are often discussed and debated by communicators, given how frequently the industry uses surveys and research reports as a public relations tool for garnering media traction.

In an attempt to answer some of these questions, Genesis Burson-Marsteller, a leading public relations & public affairs consultancy that delivers integrated communications services to some of the best global and Indian companies, today unveiled the findings of a first-of-its-kind news drivers study called Surveys to Know, Surveys to Show. Compiled by GBM Live! Newsroom, in association with Impact Research & Measurement, the study is based on an analysis of two years of published survey reports (2013 & 2014) across 14 English mainline print publications in India.

The news drivers study highlights the huge potential offered by research and survey reports in generating newsworthy stories in the print media. On an average, one research survey report generated more than five stories in the media. In 2013, the Indian print media published 1,750 stories based on survey reports commissioned by 258 companies in India. In 2014, the numbers increased to 2,004 stories, based on the survey reports commissioned by 261 companies in India. Of the total articles based on surveys that were covered by the media, multinational companies operating in India commissioned more than 50% of the surveys. Another interesting observation is that despite the potential of bolstering research findings through the stamp of approval of accredited research firms, conducting independent in-house surveys has been on a higher trend. Sample size is another aspect and the study shows that even if the sample size is small, if the findings are relevant, media houses will consider carrying the survey stories.

The study reinforces that the trend of visual storytelling is on a rise. In 2013, 25% of the survey articles carrying an infographic allocated 100% area to the infographic; whereas in 2014, 32% of the survey articles devoted full area to the infographic. From a media visibility point of view, top publications provided maximum coverage. Business dailies such as The Economic Times, Business Standard and The Financial Express carried the maximum number of articles on surveys, closely followed, and sometimes trumped, by The Times of India. While the business dailies primarily featured surveys on Consulting and Research, The Times of India was more HR- and IT-centric than other print publications.

The News Drivers report is the brainchild of Nikhil Dey, President at Genesis Burson-Marsteller. Commenting on the report, he said, “The use of surveys or research reports as a public relations tool can be traced back to the times of Edward Bernays as far back as 1923 when he effectively used a survey to showcase the preference of American public for a particular type of soap in a well-documented case study of successful public relations. Over 90 years on, the public relations industry continues to use surveys and research reports and we thought it would be interesting to get a sense of how receptive the media in India are to using the results of surveys in their reportage.

Talking about the research methodology, Aseem Sood, CEO, Impact Research & Measurement, says, “We analysed data for two years, 2013 and 2014. The rationale for the analysis has been to go beyond outliers that may only account for a one-time ad hoc affair in a year. A two-year period helps confirm trends, especially periodic trends that reprise annually.” He adds, “Clients demand evidence based insights. This research offers insights, on an untapped opportunity, with strong data evidence of two years.




Notes for the editor:

The News Drivers study is based on the print media coverage of research and survey reports in select English publications of India—tracked across six metropolitan cities of Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. The media universe we tracked and analysed comprised the top-14 English publications, including mainlines, business dailies and business magazines. Impact scanned through the defined media universe to collect articles that mentioned research or survey reports, tracking only those surveys that were conducted by companies operating in India. Surveys undertaken by an industry body or government agency are not part of the analysis, except for when the survey was conducted in collaboration with a private company.

About Genesis Burson-Marsteller:

Genesis Burson-Marsteller is a leading public relations and public affairs consultancy that delivers integrated communication services to some of the best global and Indian companies. Our focus is on creating real measurable impact on our client’s business through evidence based, ideas driven and result oriented campaigns. We have created a network across South Asia which includes wholly owned offices in seven of India’s key metros and a strong affiliate footprint in over 200 cities across India and in neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

About Impact Research & Measurement:

Established in 2004, Impact Research and Measurement is a leading Media Intelligence firm in India. Impact conducts secondary media research to help companies analyse their media presence, and the impact of their media relations programmes. Impact is the only Indian company to have been granted full membership of AMEC, the global trade body and professional institute for PR agencies and practitioners who provide media  evaluation and communication research. Impact is also a member of FIBEP that is the World Association of Media Monitoring companies. Impact offers media research, media monitoring & measurement services that cover exposures in Print Media in 50 Indian cities, Online sites and Blogs, Television and conversations on Social Media platforms.

Media contact:

Shilpa Karthik

Genesis Burson-Marsteller

Phone: +91 98117 93973

Email: shilpa.karthik@bm.com