The number one spot in the global rankings was held by Apple for the second year running with a brand value of $185bn (!121bn). Its value grew by only one per cent in 2012 however, reflecting a difficult year where it lost market share to rival Samsung., which saw brand value increased by 51 per cent to move it up 25 places to 30 this year.
Global Olympic sponsor Visa was the brand with the fastest growth in a tech dominated top ten, posting a 46 per cent rise in brand value to jump 5 places. Fellow London 2012 sponsor BT entered the UK rankings at seven in a year that also saw it refresh its marketing to appeal to younger consumers.
Overall, the value of the top 100 brands rose by 58 per cent to $2.6tn (£1.7tn) in 2013 ranking, underlining the message from brand experts the return on investment that brands give businesses.
David Roth, chief executive of WPP’s retail insight firm The Store, says: “It shows that strong brands bring market share growth, increased profits from being able to command a price premium and greater shareholder returns.”
The BrandZ index calculates brand value by a number of factors including a variation of intangible assets, measures of customer perception and an estimate of growth potential.
The Top 10 Most Valuable Global Brands 2013
|Rank||Brand||Brand Value ($m)||Brand Value Change||Rank 2012|
|1||Apple||185,071||+1 per cent||1|
|2||113,669||+5 per cent||3|
|4||McDonald’s||90,256||-5 per cent||4|
|5||Coca-Cola||78,415||+6 per cent||6|
|6||AT&T||75,507||+10 per cent||8|
|7||Microsoft||69,814||-9 per cent||5|
|8||Marlboro||69,383||-6 per cent||7|
|9||Visa||56,060||+46 per cent||15|
|10||China Mobile||55,368||+18 per cent||10|
The Top 10 Most Valuable UK Brands 2013
|Rank||Brand||Brand Value ($m)||Brand Value Change||Rank 20121|
|1||Vodafone||39,712||-8 per cet||1|
|2||HSBC||23,970||+24 per cent||2|
|3||Shell||17,678||-1 per cent||4|
|4||Tesco||16,303||-9 per cent||3|
|5||BP||11,520||+11 per cent||5|
|6||Standar Chartered||10,160||+ per cent||6|
|8||Barclays||7,989||+34 per cent||8|
|9||O2||5,965||-30 per cent||6|
|10||Dove||4,927||+5 per cent||9|