Ever wondered what the most popular brands are in Texas?
Direct Capital, a company which finances small businesses, compiled maps of the top three brands in each state. By using keyword search popularity from Google Trends, a tool which provides data for the history and volume of Google searches for branded items, the maps show trends for more than 200 of the most popular brands in the United States and provides a great deal of insight into residents' consumer habits and preferences.
You may not be too surprised, but the most popular brand in the Lone Star State is Facebook, according to Direct Capital's data. What might actually surprise you is that the ubiquitous social media site isn't a top 3 brand anywhere else, according to the maps.
The top brands in many states were more-or-less what you would expect. Washington-based Microsoft, Michigan's own Ford Motor Company and Maryland-based Under Armor garnered the No. 1 brand spots for those states. Arkansas, the heartland of middle America, held Walmart in its top spot, Disney topped Florida's list and Kentucky Fried Chicken was the top brand in (you guessed it) Kentucky.
Some No. 1 brands that might leave you scratching your head include SKYY Vodka in Oklahoma, Grand Marnier in Delaware, Kleenex in South Dakota and Jose Cuervo in Arizona. Apparently liquor and tissues are so universal they can be extremely popular just about anywhere.
Check out Direct Capital's maps to see if a state's top brands are the same ones you expected.