The good news is that as far as brands go, the ad industry is deemed more trustworthy than much of the media it buys to reach consumers. The bad news is that the ad business, "news media," and "social media" all rank at the bottom of all brand categories American consumers were asked to rate as trusting "a great deal" recently.
“Because trust is central to consumer behavior and brand profitability, we were curious to see precisely where News Media and TV News brands rated when it comes to the value of ‘trust,'" says Brand Keys Founder and President Robert Passikoff, noting that the curiosity was piqued by the 11th wave of an ongoing tracking study Brand Keys has been conducting for MediaPost about news media brands.
"News media doesn’t fare well generally, with TV news ranking third with only a 6% 'Trust A Great Deal' rating," Passikoff notes, adding that radio performed best (14%) and newspapers (11%) in between the news media outlets.
"All the TV news brands saw drops in viewer trust with virtually no differences among the TV brands by gender or political persuasion," he explains.