While brand marketers and their advertising have gotten high marks for their messaging, marketing and public service during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a surge in perceived public trust for brand marketers, when it comes explicitly to getting information to help understand the health crisis, brand rank as the least trusted source, according to the latest wave of a periodic tracking study conducted by McCann Worldgroup.
In the U.S., only 6% of consumers cited brands as their "most trusted" source for understanding the pandemic, ranking them last among six categories surveyed.
Among all respondents worldwide to the 14 country survey, 9% cited brands as their most trusted source.
Among both the U.S. and worldwide respondents, local health services/doctors ranked highest, followed by mainstream news media, their governments, friends and family, and social media.
Wait until Donnie sees the mainstream media is twice as trusted as his administration! Get ready for a tweet storm. "Heck of a job, Donnie...!"