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Once again, Coca-Cola was ranked the most valuable brand in the world, according to Interbrand, one of the nation’s top global brands experts.Apple, to the surprise of none, was very close behind. Considering the consumer electronics company’s growth, it will easily eclipse the long-time number one brand by next year.
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While some of the biggest brands—including Amazon.com, Samsung and Oracle – have grown their value by more than 20% since last year’s report, others have fallen precipitously. Goldman Sachs, still one of the world’s most valuable financial brands, lost 16% of its brand’s worth. BlackBerry lost nearly 40% of its brand’s value. Based on the Interbrand report, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed Goldman, BlackBerry and eight other brands that lost the most value compared to last year.
Several industries have grown substantially in the past year. Auto companies, still recovering from the recession, saw major gains in their brand value since the last report. Nine of the 11 large European, Japanese and American automakers on 100 most valuable brands list grew in value last year, up a combined 12%.
Together, technology firms measured by Interbrand, led by Apple’s stunning 129% brand value growth, have grown by nearly 27% to more than $320 billion in total value.
However, the performance of brands within the technology sector has been much more mixed than the auto industry. While Apple and Samsung are among the most improved brands compared to last year, the sector also has some that are the worst-performing—and that is not a coincidence. As Apple and Samsung have redefined the mobile phone market, brands like BlackBerry and Nokia are being left behind.
Brands are successful when they are able to redefine a market, Interbrand CEO, New York, Josh Feldmeth told 24/7 Wall St. He gives the example of Apple, which took the mobile phone market and turned it into an ecosystem in which consumers buy games, listen to music and browse the Internet on a single device.
When comparing the brands that are doing well to the brands that are struggling, Feldmeth said, the brands that have done well have been able to predict what people want in a market. “Strong brands anticipate needs and transform desires,” Feldmeth said.
Some sectors are struggling across the board, arguably none more so than financial services. In Interbrand’s 2008 report, the combined brand value of the financial services industry was more than to $130 billion. As of the 2012, brand value had fallen to just over $91 billion. The damage to banks is partially a result of negative press generated from the recession, but also in part because they are performing poorly as a business.
Feldmeth explained that a large part of Interbrand’s valuation comes from the performance of the company, and that has affected the Citigroup, J.P Morgan and some of the other large banks. “If you can’t make money with a brand, it’s not really valuable,” Feldmeth said.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed Interbrand’s Top 100 Global Brands 2012 report, which measures the period of July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012. Included in the valuation of each brand were the strength of the brand, the financial success of the parent company and the extent to which the brand plays a role in that company’s success. 24/7 Wall St. also obtained the financials of each brand’s parent company, including market share and company revenue.
These are the brands that lost the most value over the past year.
Pct. brand value decline: 11% (tied for 9th)
Brand value: $17.3 billion (21st)
Parent company: Honda Motor Company Ltd. (NYSE: HMC)
1-yr. change in revenue: 4.6%
The brand valuation of the worldwide automotive industry has begun to recover after a major dip during the recession, rising from a total of about $128 billion in 2010 to over $160 billion in 2012. The value of all of the top car brands measured by Interbrand increased since the 2011 report, except for Honda and Kia. Honda's brand value in 2012 of $17.3 billion--which is $13 billion less than its Japanese rival Toyota Motor Corp.'s brand--is the lowest since 2006.
Some events that have impacted the company were beyond its control, including the Japanese earthquake, which affected its manufacturing, and floods in Thailand that hurt some of its suppliers. The carmaker, though, is responsible to some of the damage to its brand. Honda has issued multiple major recalls in recent years, including one for more than 570,000 Honda-branded vehicles earlier this week.
Pct. brand value decline: 13%
Brand value: $3.9 billion (97th)
Parent company: Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO)
1-yr. change in revenue: -10.6%
Industry: Internet services
In the past year, news stories about Yahoo! have centered around the firing of its foul-mouthed chief executive and the dismissal of her replacement due to discrepancies in his resume. Although the company looks to have finally found a CEO who can last long-term in Marissa Mayer, a change in Yahoo!'s fortunes will not come easily.
Over the past several years the company has increasingly lost its share of the display ad market to Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. EMarketer now predicts that Yahoo! will have 9.3% of the web's display ad revenue in 2012, below Google's 15.4% and Facebook's 14.4%. In 2011, Yahoo!'s share of display ad revenue was 11%, down from 14% in 2010, when it brought in more display ad revenue than any other web property.
Nevertheless, Mayer is looking to make Yahoo! into a more mobile company, where it can begin to gain back revenue through smartphones and tablets.
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