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Top 20 celeb brands in India valued at $877 mn; Virat Kohli retains top spot

Total value of the top 20 celebrity brands in India stands at $877 million, with the top 10 contributing more than 75 per cent of the total value. Virat Kohli retains the top position for the second consecutive year, with his brand value rising by 18 per cent to $170.9 million in 2018. Deepika Padukone rises to the second position, whereas Shah Rukh Khan falls to the fifth position. These are some of the key findings from the fourth edition of Duff & Phelps’ Celebrity Brand Valuation Report 2018: ‘The Bold, the Beautiful and the Brilliant’. The report provides a ranking of India’s most powerful celebrity brands based on brand values derived from their endorsement contracts. 

As per data from ESP Properties, over the past decade celebrity-led endorsements increased in number from 650 in 2007 to 1,660 in 2017, representing a steady CAGR of 10 per cent. Further, TV ad spends with celebrity endorsers rose from Rs 15.5 billion in 2007 to Rs 66.6 billion in 2017 at a CAGR of 16.1 per cent. TV ads with celebrity endorsers represented close to 24 per cent of the total TV ad spends in 2017, which represents a 5 per cent uptick from 2007. 
 

Celebrity – Top 10

2018

2017

Brand Rank

Brand Value

Brand Rank

Virat Kohli

1

170.9

1

Deepika Padukone

2

102.5

3

Akshay Kumar

3

67.3

4

Ranveer Singh

4

63.0

5

Shah Rukh Khan

5

60.7

2

Salman Khan

6

55.8

6

Amitabh Bachchan

7

41.2

8

Alia Bhatt

8

36.5

9

Varun Dhawan

9

31.6

10

Hrithik Roshan

10

31.0

7


Commenting on the rise of the endorsement market in India, Varun Gupta, Managing Director and Asia Pacific Leader for Valuation Services, Duff & Phelps, said, “The celebrity endorsement market in India has matured from vanilla endorsement deals to full-fledged partnerships through innovative routes such as equity deals and strategic partnerships. On the other hand, rising internet penetration, varied formats of content consumption and a burgeoning middleclass with increasing disposable incomes is boosting media spends for traditional and digital advertisements through celebrities. Millennial celebrities continue to be the first choice for brand endorsements as companies want to have a greater focus on the youth segment fuelled by demand in sectors such as e-commerce, retail, FMCG and smartphones, among others.” 

Aviral Jain, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps, added here, “While Bollywood celebrities dominate the rankings of the top 20 celebrities, sportspersons provide tough competition. Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and PV Sindhu collectively contributed almost $241 million, which is over 27 per cent of the cumulative brand value of the top 20 celebrities pegged at $877 million.” 

He further said, “Brands are also increasingly going regional in their endorsement strategy to cater to the heterogenous peculiarities of Indian states. They are leveraging the equity that local celebrities enjoy. Product brands are also looking for better returns on their investment through a step up on regional markets and have started coming up with region-specific commercials featuring regional celebrities like Mahesh Babu and Tamannaah.” 

Further, the report focuses on the rising trend of power couples. By tapping into a power couple’s reach and impact, brands can target each partner’s unique following and voice. The coming together of a power couple creates a larger platform that brands want to leverage to target the youth. This year, power couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have endorsed around 40 brands together such as Head & Shoulders, Manyavar, Pepsi, Celkon, Boost, Audi, Fastrack, Goinee, Wrogn and Polaroid. 

Celebrities are also increasingly being leveraged to create social media buzz. A celebrity’s hold on social media is now a major determinant of the influence that he or she can have over a brand campaign. Duff & Phelps sourced data from Meltwater, the vertical leader in online media intelligence solutions, on the top celebrities and their social media presence, engagement and influence index. 

Commenting on the power of a celebrity’s social media influence, Christo van Wyk, Area Director - India and Middle East, Meltwater, said, “Like marketers, celebrities are continuously building their brand, and those that are aware of current trends and of the difficulties in breaking through the clutter, recognise that social media is a unique opportunity to stand out above the crowd. Celebrities with well-crafted social media strategies are able to maintain relevance, build more intimate relationships with fans and garner real-time feedback on their work. Much like a corporate brand’s, a thriving social media presence can serve as a reflection of a celebrity’s public desirability.”

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