Top 10 World Brands

About Interbrand

Interbrand began in 1974 when the world still thought of brands as just another word for logo. They have changed the dialogue, redefined the meaning of brand management, and continue to lead the debate on understanding brands as valuable business assets. They now have nearly 40 offices and are the world’s largest brand consultancy. Their practice brings together a diverse range of insightful right- and left-brain thinkers making their business both rigorously analytical and highly creative. Their work  creates and manages brand value for clients by making the brand central to the business’s strategic goals. They are not interested in simply being the world’s biggest brand consultancy. They want to be the most valued.

About Best Global Brands

Best Global Brands was voted one of the three most influential benchmark studies by business leaders. Best Global Brands is our annual report published in partnership with BusinessWeek on the world’s most valuable brands. It offers their insights into how these global organizations create and manage brand value. They pioneered the technique for valuing brands in 1984 and have continued to improve upon their methodology and set the pace for other approaches. Their valuation techniques have long been recognized by businesses, academics, and regulatory bodies as uniquely valuable strategic tools. Today, they have conducted over 5,000 valuations for clients to provide guidance in managing their most valuable asset–their brand.

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2009 Rank 2008 Rank Brand Country of Origin Sector 2009 Brand Value ($m) Change in Brand Value
1 1 Coca Cola United States Beverages 68,734 3%
Coca-Cola is 123 years old and shows no sign of relenting. It is the number one producer of sparkling beverages by volume and dollars. It has launched more than 700 products in 2008 around the world, and its edgy campaigns continue to push boundaries, showing the rest of the marketing community what it really means to manage a brand. Worldwide relevance is what defines Coke and it has successfully maintained its diversified portfolio in more than 200 countries. This year, the company expanded its Coke Zero brand to 107 countries and launched a new message for its marketing campaign. The campaign, “Open Happiness,” was targeted to consumers longing for comfort and optimism in a tough time.
2 2 IBM United States Computer Services 60,211 2%
In this tough market, Big Blue’s revenue is at an all-time high. IBM received the most U.S. patents (more than 4,000) for the 16th year in a row, investing heavily in innovation as it continues its progression from a hardware provider to a software and services solutions brand. It is the market leader, with expanded presence in more than 170 countries and approximately 65 percent of revenue generated outside of the U.S. With an advertising channel on YouTube and announced plans for cloud computing, IBM effectively communicates its message to the masses.
3 3 Microsoft United States Computer Software 56,647 -4%
2009 marks the first year-on-year decline in Microsoft’s public history, despite a game console division that continues to be profitable. As the market matures, the giant faces stiff competition from faster, quicker rivals. In terms of browsing, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has dropped 10 percentage points in market share every two years, while Mozilla Firefox gains 10 percentage points in the same time period. Additionally, a US $300 million ad campaign featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates could have fared better with audiences. However, Microsoft’s Bing, a new search engine that launched in June to great reviews, is poised to give Google a real run for its money.
4 4 GE United States Diversified 47,777 -10%
Despite GE slipping in its position of technology leadership, it is still better equipped to support future innovations and brand evolution than other traditional competitors, due to its ability to touch consumers on an emotional level. This year, its financial services offering has slipped, particularly the B2C business. Its media business is also threatening the brand. Additionally, GE faces competition from Siemens. The good news is that ecomagination is still the most concise initiative towards sustainability out there, and the brand has set itself up for growth in the long-term with green technology. After losing its leadership position in medical technology this year, GE plans to mimic ecomagination’s success with its major innovation initiative “healthymagination,” which entails an investment of US $6 billion until 2015.
5 5 Nokia Finland Consumer Electronics 34,864 -3%
Nokia seems to be trailing behind more dynamic smartphone innovations like Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry. The N97, a flagship Nseries mobile computer that was first unveiled in December 2008, is designed to address competitive technologies but debuted in 2009 at a much higher price point than Apple’s or RIM’s new offerings. In fast developing markets, where Nokia leads in market share, the brand continues its strategy of targeting younger audiences with trendier design at a relatively lower cost. In the next year, Nokia plans to be more mindful of the U.S. market by increasing its investments and developing relationships with wireless carriers like AT&T.
6 8 McDonalds United States Restaurants 32,275 4%
McDonald’s has performed well this year. It now serves six million more customers each day than it did before the “I’m Lovin’ It” campaign. Due to its low prices and numerous locations McDonald’s has been able to continue to grow its sales–and even captured new market share–with its McCafé and healthier off erings. The brand does face one struggle: keeping food costs under control. Like other restaurants, McDonald’s has been hit with higher beef and cheese costs. To protect its profits, the company was forced to raise the price of its popular Double Cheeseburger in November and replaced the sandwich on the Dollar Menu with a new double burger that has one slice of cheese instead of two. With value being its biggest drawing factor, McDonald’s will need to proceed cautiously with additional price changes.
7 10 Google United States Internet Services 31,980 25%
Continued diversification of Google’s business, from new advertising models to online publishing, drives growth. The common theme is low price and high functionality with added transparency. Google Chrome is two times faster than competitors and stole browser market share equal to third- and fourth-placed competitors within 24 hours. This year, Google has continued to innovate. It released the Android phone software on September 2008, which involved disclosing the source code for the Google phone to engineers around the world. As the brand grows it has to deal with the inevitable mistrust and ugliness ascribed to being a very large, diversified, and very profitable company.
8 6 Toyota Japan Automotive 31,330 -8%
In 2008, Toyota saw its first loss in 70 years due to the difficult economic situation. Net revenues decreased about 21 percent and vehicle sales dropped about 15 percent. Even sales of its bestselling hybrid Prius model slowed down when fuel prices moderated after the record highs of the summer. There is even talk that the company may create a separate brand for its Prius, adding larger and smaller models to the line up. The brand would be similar to Toyota’s low-priced Scion and would only be offered in the U.S., where the company did not create a brand around its “Hybrid Synergy Drive“ system. Toyota continues to develop its long-term value, however, building on its existing green credentials, announcing plans to create eco-friendly showrooms. By 2011 it expects to have 100 “green“ dealerships, where most parts of the buildings are made of renewable primary products.
9 7 Intel United States Computer Hardware 30,636 -2%
In the fast-growing mobile computing market, Intel stands to find success. Determined to break into this category, the world’s number one chipmaker announced a partnership with the world’s number one handset maker in 2009. If it works, the Intel agreement with Nokia will put its latest chips into the hands of millions of customers. The line of chips, Atom, is meant to carry Intel into this higher growth market but has so far faced criticism for its cost and power consumption. However, Atom is finding success in the low-power, clutch size netbooks market. With an appeal toward more value conscious consumers in the midst of recession, netbooks have allowed Intel to stay both relevant and top of mind while it tries to crack the code on smaller mobile devices.

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Disney United States Media 28,447 -3%
Not even the magic of Disney is immune from recessionary pressures-but Disney’s clouds do have silver linings. Although tighter ad budgets have put pressure on Disney ownednetworks, magazines, and Disney.com, the company continues to successfully leverage its brand in innovative new formats online and offline. This includes video games, new resorts, and interactive websites such as its user-generated-content initiative “U Rock.” Disney’s ability to create appealing promotions has kept the flow of visitors steady from last year, despite tighter wallets threatening traffic at theme parks. Meanwhile, the Disney and Pixar brands continue to command audiences, (with some exceptions) as evidenced by the success of Up, and a strong content pipeline, including Toy Story 3, which speaks to a promising future.

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