As you know, here at Owler, we savor competition.
Nothing epitomizes the competitive spirit quite like college basketball. From the excited students and longtime fans, to the overtime buzzer beaters and mascot rivalries—March Madness is a perfect picture of fierce, friendly competition.
While you’ve been taking money from (or losing money to) all your coworkers, we’ve been hard at work to bring you the freshest, most buzzworthy insights from Owler data. And it is nothing but net, data delight, if we do say so ourselves.
As college teams compete to close in on the coveted NCAA Champion title, we bring you the Final Four of Owler Insights from March.
1. Seems like someone could have started off spring with a drink. MillerCoors is suing HCL Technologies for $100MM and it’s all over the news—press mentions for the Chicago company rose 10 times over.2. Chrysler skidded into March only to hit a bump in the road. When word spread that the Michigan-based car manufacturer was under investigation for emission fraud, CEO Sergio Marchionne’s rating fell nine points.3. This month, AIG CEO Peter D. Hancock was asked to step down. This CEO turnover was all over the web, and the insurance company scored 100 press mentions—triple the typical volume for the New York-based company.4. Adobe had a good month. Between introducing its “Experience Cloud,” teaming up with Microsoft, and its annual Adobe Summit, the digital marketing and media solutions company’s press mentions were up sixfold.
Alright, we lied—here are the full Sweet 16.
5. Agricultural distribution powerhouse Monsanto finished off March by losing a legal battle to India-based seed producer, Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd. Yet, despite this legal fumble, CEO Hugh Grant’s (no, not that Hugh Grant) rating jumped six points from an unsavory 62 points to a more palatable 68.6. Construction can be taxing… or, not. This month, construction equipment company Caterpillar found itself at the center of a federal raid after suspicions of tax fraud, and unsurprisingly, its press mentions doubled.7. AECOM’s Michael S. Burke’s CEO rating rose eight points in the last three months, boosting it from a rather shaky 39 points to a more sturdy 47 points. The bloggers at the global construction services provider have also been blogging their hearts out this week, publishing five times the usual volume of posts which showcased company values of inclusion and sustainability. 8. Staples’ had a rough month. It announced that it’d be closing 70 stores across the U.S. and Canada and everyone was talking about it—the unfortunate event garnered twelvefold the usual press mentions for the office supply company.
9. Dupont’s press mentions tripled after the EU gave the go-ahead for the chemical company to mega-merge, a $130BN deal that’s causing some concern among environmentalists.10. Here’s to a sweet new beginning. Nutella producer Ferrero bought confectioner Fannie May and its press shot up to 21 times the usual coverage. 11. Oracle spent the month of March on cloud nine. Its cloud business is driving revenue growth and people were talking—press mentions of the enterprise software company tripled. 12. IBM made waves in the press. With new cloud services, IoT tech, and partnerships to boot, the New York-based computer company made the news twice as much as it typically would. 13. They say no news is good news, and TD Bank is probably feeling that sentiment right about now. The Toronto-based bank is currently facing a class action lawsuit following allegations of questionable sales practices, and its press mentions have quadrupled. And to top off the bad press, CEO Bharat Masrani’s rating slid four points, bringing him to a 60 point approval rating. 14. Some things just don’t live up to the hype. Like Presidio’s IPO, for instance. The IT solutions provider belly flopped into the public market, barely hitting the low end of its estimated range. CEO Robert Cagnazzi took the heat, and his approval rating fell six points. 15. Zoll Medical Corporation CEO Jonathan A. Rennert’s rating bounced back this month after news that the Massachusetts-based company received approval for new AED models. Rennert’s rating shot up nine points, landing at a solid 75 out of 100 points. 16. There was a lot of buzz around Mayo Clinic this month. The Minnesota-based medical foundation endured seven times its usual press after President & CEO John H. Noseworthy’s controversial comments on prioritizing patients with private insurance.