Awarded Inaugural Health Information Website Brand of the Year in Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study

Repeat Brand of the Year Awards For TUMS, Vicks, FiberCon, Tylenol PM and Walgreens; Dulcolax and Tylenol Pain Reliever are at the top of their respective categories for the first time

Jun 13, 2013, 13:00 ET from Harris Interactive

NEW YORK, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The rise of medical and health information websites has led to an increased number of consumers accessing unlimited quantities of information, studies and diagnoses. This growth of health-focused websites has created competition, with some well-known brands looking to become America's go-to location for health-focused information. As such, this year's Harris Poll EquiTrend® study includes a new category for Heath Information Website, with attaining the inaugural Brand of the Year award.

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EquiTrend is an annual brand equity study that measures the perceptions of 38,500+ American consumers on more than 1,500 lifestyle, product and service brands and is comprised of three key factors: Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration.

With nine health information websites ranked, and Familiarity ranging from 12%-67%, only two brands rise above the category average: and WebMD. Despite being less Familiar to Americans, its high Quality scores drive this brand to the top, while WebMD claims strong Familiarity and website visit Consideration. also enjoys a strong Consumer Connection score, which is comprised of Emotion, Fit, Trust and Performance.

Health Information Website brands ranked above category average:

1 - 2013 Health Information Website Brand of the Year



Other Health Information Website brands in study ranked below category average (alphabetically): CNN Health,,, MSN Health, (National Institute of Health),, Yahoo! Health

Also included in EquiTrend are several over-the-counter (OTC) drug categories. "Many consumers use these favored health information websites not only for information on conditions and diagnoses, but also for guidance on treatments and medication, both prescribed and over the counter (OTC)," says Joan Sinopoli, Senior Vice President and Senior Consultant at Harris Interactive. "These health information websites provide one more information source as consumers make decisions on health-related topics."

Tylenol Pain Reliever Regains Top Ranking
Of the six OTC categories measured by this year's EquiTrend study, the Pain Relief category average has the strongest Brand Equity. Tylenol makes a solid move in Brand Equity for 2013, regaining its top ranking from Advil, which held the position the past two years. Advil follows Tylenol, while Aleve and Bayer continue to compete strongly by ranking above the category average.

"Tylenol's return to the top ranking is primarily driven by an increase in Purchase Consideration for 2013," says Sinopoli. "Tylenol has rebounded after a rocky period likely attributable to product recalls and extended absences from store shelves. Despite these issues, Tylenol's Brand Momentum score, a measure of consumers' perceptions of this as a brand of the future, is strong, showing that consumers see long-term strength in the Tylenol brand."

OTC Pain Relief brands ranked above category average:


Tylenol Pain Relievers – 2013 OTC Pain Relief Brand of the Year


Advil Pain Reliever


Aleve Pain Reliever


Bayer Pain Reliever

Other OTC Pain Relief brands in study ranked below category average (alphabetically): Anacin Pain Reliever, BC Powder Pain Reliever, Bufferin Pain Reliever, Excedrin Pain Reliever, Motrin Pain Relievers

Vicks Cold and Flu at the Top Again 
The OTC Cold & Allergy category demonstrates great gains in 2013, with more than half of the 19 brands ranked showing higher scores than in 2012. Vicks Cold and Flu Products remain the Brand of the Year, followed by Benadryl and Tylenol Allergy and Cold Medications. Also finishing above the category average are Robitussin and Advil Cold and Sinus.

Purchase Consideration for Vicks Cold and Flu Products is at a study high, while Familiarity is at its highest point since 2007. Additionally, the Quality metric continues to earn strong scores. "What is really compelling about the Vicks brand is that, among the 67 OTC brands measured, it holds the highest overall Brand Equity," says Sinopoli. "It's a tribute to its ability to maintain strong iconography and brand essence across line extensions as they innovate in form, formula and indication."

OTC Cold & Allergy brands ranked above category average:


Vicks Cold and Flu Products (DayQuil/NyQuil) – 2013 OTC Cold & Allergy Brand of the Year




Tylenol Allergy and Cold Medications




Advil Cold & Sinus

Other OTC Cold / Allergy brands in study ranked below category average (alphabetically): Actifed, Alavert, Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine, Allegra Allergy Medication, Chlor-Trimeton, Claritin Allergy Medication, Comtrex, Corcidin HBP, Dimetapp, Sudafed, Theraflu, Triaminic Cold Medicine, Zicam, Zyrtec

TUMS for Tummies 
For the second straight year, TUMS is top ranked and earns the Digestive Aid Brand of the Year distinction. In 2013, TUMS retains strong scores across all elements of Brand Equity, including Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration. Additionally, for the first time in an OTC category, Prilosec OTC, an Rx-to-OTC brand, breaks above the category average.

"When a brand switches from prescription to OTC status, its leading launch claim is usually 'prescription-strength' or 'number-one selling prescription brand,'" notes Sinopoli. "However, up until this year, all of the Rx-to-OTC brands have ranked below the category average. Prilosec OTC's move above the 2013 category average may be showing that consumers' perceptions of these brands are starting to change."

Other brands that rank above the category average include Pepto-Bismol and Alka-Seltzer.

OTC Digestive Aid brands ranked above category average:


TUMS – 2013 Digestive Aid Brand of the Year


Pepto-Bismol Stomach Remedy


Prilosec OTC



Other OTC Digestive Aid brands in study ranked below category average (alphabetically): Gaviscon, Maalox Antacids, Mylanta, Pepcid, Prevacid 24HR, Rolaids, Tagamet HB, Zantac

FiberCon Brand of the Year Again 
While not the most Familiar brand in its category, FiberCon once again earns the Fiber Supplement Brand of the Year distinction, driven by notable Purchase Consideration scores. Benefiber also rises above the category average, with an improvement in Purchase Consideration.

OTC Fiber Supplement brands ranked above category average:


FiberCon – 2013 Fiber Supplement Brand of the Year



Other OTC Fiber Supplement brands in study ranked below category average (alphabetically): Citrucel, Metamucil

Dulcolax Takes Top Spot 
Dulcolax travels into the top ranking in 2013, a success propelled by a substantially higher Purchase Consideration score than seen in 2012. Underlying this top score are Consumer Connection improvements (Emotion, Trust, Fit and Performance). Other brands that rank above the category average include MiraLAX and Phillips' Milk of Magnesia. 

OTC Laxative brands ranked above category average:


Dulcolax – 2013 Laxative Brand of the Year




Phillips' Milk of Magnesia

Other OTC Laxative brands in study ranked below category average (alphabetically): Correctol, ex-lax, Fleet, Senokot

Two Tylenol Products Ahead of Sleep Aid Category Average
Tylenol PM continues to be Brand of the Year for Americans when it comes to sleep aids. A new Tylenol brand is measured for the first time, Tylenol Simply Sleep, which also ranks above the category average. Advil PM ranks behind Tylenol PM, followed by another newcomer to the study, ZzzQuil Sleep-Aid. 

"The results for this particular category are of interest because it features two non-pain relieving sleep aids entering the market and finishing above the category average," said Sinopoli. "While Tylenol Simply Sleep and ZzzQuil don't exhibit especially strong Familiarity scores, they do earn strong Brand Momentum scores, which are forward looking measures of consumer perceptions of that brand for the future."

OTC Sleep Aid brands ranked above category average:


Tylenol PM – 2013 Sleep Aid Brand of the Year


Advil PM


ZzzQuil Sleep-Aid


Tylenol Simply Sleep

Other OTC Sleep Aid brands in study ranked below category average (alphabetically): Nature Made Sleep Aid, Nytol, Sominex, Unisom

Walgreens America's Pharmacy Brand of the Year
After visiting Online Health Information Websites and determining which OTC medications to purchase, many Americans visit their pharmacy. For 2013, Walgreens is once again the top brand, with its success driven by strong scores for all Brand Equity metrics (Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration). CVS and RiteAid follow.  Once again, only pharmacies located in drugstore chains rank above the category average.

Pharmacy brands ranked above category average:


Walgreens Pharmacy – 2013 Pharmacy Brand of the Year


CVS Pharmacy


Rite Aid Pharmacy

Other Pharmacy brands in study ranked below category average (alphabetically): Costco Pharmacy, Kmart Pharmacy, Sam's Club Pharmacy, Target Pharmacy, Walmart Pharmacy

Harris Poll EquiTrend® Methodology 
A sample of 38,814 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over were surveyed online by Harris Interactive from January 11 through February 8, 2013 and the survey took an average of 35 minutes to complete. The sample was from the Harris Interactive online panel of respondents, a database consisting of over a million cooperative respondents who have double-opted in to be randomly invited by Harris Interactive to take part in online surveys. The total number of brands rated was 1,511. Each respondent was asked to rate a total of 40 randomly selected brands. Each brand received approximately 1,000 ratings. Data were weighted to be representative of the entire U.S. population of consumers ages 15 and over based on age by sex, education, race/ethnicity, region, income, and data from respondents ages 18 and over were also weighted for their propensity to be online. This is the same precision weighting approach Harris has used to become the leading online polling organization when calling elections.

The Brand Equity Index is the keystone to the EquiTrend program providing an understanding of a brand's overall strength. A brand's Equity is determined by a calculation of Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration. Brand of the Year is determined by a simple ranking of brands.

An academic study concluded that when using the Harris Poll EquiTrend® Brand Equity model to determine brand value (as opposed to a financially-based measure of brand value), the stock performance of the top brands consistently surpassed the market during the 2008 financial downturn. The academic study findings appear in the September 2012 issue of the International Journal of Research in Marketing in the paper titled, "The Performance of Global Brands in the 2008 Financial Crisis: A Test of Two Brand Value Measures." The paper was authored by Johny K. Johansson, Claudiu V. Dimofte and Sanal K. Mazvancheryl.

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