As critical figureheads, Chief Executive Officers play a key role in how corporations are perceived by the public, and so it's vital that organizations keep their fingers on the pulse of CEO-focused media.
In collaboration with .companion, a data consultancy and KPI expert, Meltwater presents the 2022 CEO Echo; a monthly media intelligence analysis of CEOs heading up some of the world's largest brands. The ranking leverages Meltwater's media intelligence capabilities and automated analysis by the .companion bot to offer readers highlights and benchmarks across the following areas:
- Total CEO Digital Footprint
- CEO Communication Excellence
- CEO Social Excellence
- CEO Responsibility Excellence
- CEO Investor Excellence
December 2022 CEO Echo rankings
11% less CEO mentions
Last month, the .companion CEO metrics bot found 11% less CEO menti ons than the average of the previous month's average. Overall, 40% of mentions captured by the CEO Echo were generated by editorial online content, while social media generated 60%. In December, CEO Echo content saw engagement drop by 98%. 40% of all CEO mentions were related to financial news, meaning they simply referred to company figures that are often required to be disclosed by law. In contrast, the context of 60% of mentions was linked to corporate agendas. Overall, the tonality of mentions was equally positive and negative.
Total Digital Footprint
Simon Thompson, Royal Mail CEO, dominates with 23% CEO Echo coverage
What role does a CEO play in a company's overall corporate messaging, whether voluntary or involuntary? The CEO Digital Footprint aims to answer this question.
In December, Simon Thompson, CEO of Royal Mail, received the highest amount of media coverage. His share of voice totalled 22.5%, the largest footprint of all top board members. In second place was Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, with 14.4%, and George R. Oliver, CEO of Johnson Controls, took the third spot with 3.1% share of all mentions. 92% of conversations around Thompson’s echo were not related to company financials, and thus were above average for agenda-driving topics and content. 1% of the Royal Mail CEO's echo came from editorial media and 99% from social media. Content that mentioned Thompson generated 4 interactions (clicks, shares, likes) per mention. This shows that audiences are somewhat indifferent and made Thompson the 146th most engaged CEO in the ranking. In total, mentions for Simon Thompson were negative significantly more often than positive. We can assume this had a corresponding impact on his overall reputation.
Babcock International’s CEO, David Lockwood, takes the number 1 spot
Two common goals widely shared by media teams are communicating key messages and building a favorable reputation, both of which rely heavily on editorial mentions. The Communication Excellence ranking analyses and aggregates media volume (removing financial report listings).
David Lockwood, CEO of Babcock International, was ranked first in December. Outside of the paywall, 82% of his digital echo discussed the CEO in stories beyond financial figures. Stories generated 45 engagements per mention, signifying readers are highly interested. Furthermore, coverage was significantly more positive than negative. As a result, the response to Babcock International’s CEO received 3.3 points. David Thomas, CEO of Barratt Developments came in second place with a score of 2.5 and Oliver Zipse, CEO of BMW, took third place with a Communication Excellence score of 2.1 points.
David Thomas, Barratt Developments’ CEO, wins first place
These days, simply having a social media profile is not enough. If you want to have an impact on opinion leaders outside of editorial offices, or on consumers and digital elites who are not easily accessible through the mass media, you have to be mentioned frequently on social media. The Social Excellence Index answers whether a company's attempts at this have been successful.
Last month, David Thomas, CEO of Barratt Developments, topped the ranking with a Social Excellence score of 6.0 points. 95% of the conversation came from social media and his engagement was highly engaged with 18 interactions per mention. Moreover, the sentiments of his mentions were 100% positive, meaning Thomas was well ahead of runners-up Andreas Matthä, CEO of ÖBB, with 3.0 points and Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan, CEO of SABIC, who placed third with 2.7 points.
Henri Poupart-Lafarge, CEO of Alstom, has the highest number of mentions surrounding social responsibility
The .companion metrics bot also determines whether CEOs appear in the digital media as leaders in the context of the UN's sustainable development goals, e.g. in the context of social responsibility or climate and environmental protection. Our Responsibility Index shows how well this has been achieved. For this index, the metrics bot only analyses mentions related to sustainability-related topics.
In December, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, CEO of Alstom, saluted us from first place in the responsibility ranking, with 29% of Alstom CEO's mentions related to social responsibility topics. His engagement rate was 42 which can be considered highly engaged. The tonality of media conversations was significantly more positive than negative. Overall, Poupart-Lafarge’s Responsibility Index came to 3.7 points. Andreas Matthä, CEO of ÖBB, followed in second place with 2.7 points, and Daniel Julien, CEO of Teleperformance, in third place with 2.5 points.
Dave Mosley, CEO of Seagate Technology, takes the number 1 spot for the financial echo
CEO mentions in the context of balance sheet figures offer little scope for setting content-related agendas but are crucial for building investor confidence. In this environment, the metrics bot determines which CEOs were mentioned from a financial standpoint, forming an index for investor communication.
In December, the .companion metrics bot identified Seagate Technology's CEO, Dave Mosley, as the top communicator for investors after he achieved 6.1 points. 82% of his mentions were related to the financial environment, which is 1.5 times this month's average. His readership was highly interested, indicated by an engagement rate of 79.1, and he experienced significantly more negative than positive comments. He is followed in second and third place by Philip Jansen, CEO of BTGroup, with 4.6 points and Ulrich Schrickel, CEO of Brose (2.7 points).
- Media conversations were tracked and analyzed globally with the help of the market-leading monitoring tool, Meltwater
- All content is in German and/or English and publicly accessible across websites, forums, and social media
- The text and content of the CEO Echo are generated automatically by the .companion metrics bot
- All Excellence index values are based on three criteria:
1. How often the respective CEO is mentioned in a certain context
2. How many of those mentions were positive
3. How many engagements did those posts and articles received
- While it is necessary to have an above-average share of mentions in the respective category it's still possible to score high on a certain index despite one of the sub-criteria receiving results that are somewhat sub-par
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Previous CEO Echo results
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