Top 50 sport brands in the U.S. 2014

The statistic depicts the share of lifestyle consumers who purchased from sports brands in the past year, ranked by percentage of consumers. Under Armour apparel was purchased by 22% of sporting goods consumers in the last year, ranking 3rd place. In 2011, the brand ranked at 10th place.

Top sports brands in the United States - additional information

The sporting goods market is a growing, though competitive, industry in the U.S., where sales topped 64 billion U.S. dollars in 2014, up from just over 50 billion U.S. dollars a decade prior. In order to stay relevant and earn market share, it is important for sports brands to maintain not only product quality, but also brand recognition. Awareness, say marketing experts, leads to purchase, which is only a step away from brand loyalty. Customers seem to confirm this, as according to a recent survey among consumers in the United States, product quality and style are extremely important when buying sporting goods. However, the brand name also plays an important role in the purchasing decision of 60 percent of respondents, while past experience with a brand is mentioned by over 80 percent of those surveyed as a possible factor. In addition, celebrity endorsements of certain sports brands may also have a strong influence on possible buyers.

Sports brands which have simple, but memorable logos (such Adidas’ three stripes, from which the alternative name "The three stripe company" is derived), powerful quotes (such as Nike’s “Just do it”) or are strongly associated with a celebrity (such as Michael Jordan’s “Air Jordan” brand for Nike) are therefore more likely to be remembered and recognized by possible customers. And indeed, in a study regarding brand awareness, where respondents were asked to recognize brands from a list, and also had the opportunity to mention specific brands in an unaided awareness section of the survey, both female and male participants have put Nike and Adidas at the top of the list. Incidentally or not, these two brands also top the ranking of sports equipment companies, according to their worldwide revenues in 2014. The same year, Nike was named the number one most valuable sports business in the world, with a brand value of 19 billion U.S. dollars and reported worldwide sales worth 28 billion U.S. dollars.

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Source

Release date

June 2014

Region

United States

Survey time period

March - April 2014

Number of respondents

4,201 respondents

Age group

13 years and older

Special properties

Consumers who have purchased athletic footwear or apparel in the last year

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

* The percentage of active lifestyle consumers who purchased from a brand in the past year; The source did not provide information on the exact wording of the question during the survey.

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