'Expresso' Named No.1 TV Show On Social Media in Africa


The Africa Brand Index (ABI) has named SABC3's Expresso show as the number 1 television show in Africa. 

ABI is one-of-a-kind social media currency that measures how brands communicate with audiences on social media in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. For the month of June, Expresso came in at number five overall but topped all television shows to be the number one on the list.

The number one brand on the list is the Sports channel Supersport followed by Nigerian bank GT Bank, Safaricom and DSTV South Africa followed at number three and four with Woolworths, Cell C, Jumia Nigeria, Kenya Commercial Bank and Vodacom trailing behind Expresso in the top 10 in that order. 


Expresso tops the top 10 of TV shows and is followed by Top Billing at no.2. The rest of the list includes Mnet's Carte Blanche and SABC's Soccer Laduma with 7de Laan at number five being the top rated soapie. 

In terms of television channels at large, Supersport leads the pack followed by etv, Mzansi Magic,  SABC3 and KykNet in the top five channels on the list. 



The Africa Brand Index, created by Ornico, uses an algorithm that scans performance in terms of growth, engagement, response, and sentiment across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram and ranks each metric across brands into a score from 0 to 100. Each of the 4 main scores (growth, content, response, sentiment) are combined according to their weighting into a single final score for the month.

Here are factors used by the algorithm to score each brand:
  • Community Reach
Group weighting: 30%

Metric Weighting
Number of Facebook fans 40%
Number of Twitter followers 30%
Number of YouTube subscribers 20%
Number of Instagram followers 10%

  • Content Engagement
Group weighting: 35%

Metric Weighting
Number of retweets and favourites of brand content for the week 30%
Facebook Talking About count (7 day rolling figure counting all brand engagements) 40%
Number of YouTube views for the week 20%
Number of Instagram comments and likes for the week 10%

  • Brand Responsiveness
Group weighting: 20%

Metric Weighting
Brand response rate to posts on Facebook (%) 33%
Brand response time to posts on Facebook (mins) 33%
Brand response time to posts on Twitter (mins) 33%

  • Brand Sentiment
Group weighting: 15%

Metric Weighting
Positive sentiment of brand mentions on Twitter (%) 40%
Positive sentiment of brand mentions on Facebook (%) 60%


Ok in simple English, a software measures each brand on social media based on;

- Reach, that's how many followers it has
- Engagement, that's how many accounts actually engage with the content the brand shares
- Responsiveness, that's how long it takes for people to engage with posts made by that brand
- Sentiment, that is the language used to interact with content made by the brand

Basically what this means is that, the brand does not have to trend all the time. It is the engagement beyond just one topic or day that gives the brand the score. Also important is the conversation around the brand actually involving the brand's account. 

It is one thing to post about Our Perfect Wedding and have it trend but it is another when that conversation actual involves engagement from the actual shows account and hashtags created by the show's account. The algorithm will pick up on information relating to the show's hashtags and account name. 






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