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Interbrand Releases 13th Annual Best Global Brands Report

NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Coca-Cola, Apple and IBM lead Interbrand's 13th annual Best Global Brands report. While Coca-Cola retained its #1 position, Apple jumped to #2 with stellar sales in both developed and emerging markets over the last year. Social media giant, Facebook (#69), enters the report after making headlines as the third largest IPO in US history, and Google (#4) experienced a 26% increase in brand value over the last year, exceeding rival Microsoft's (#5) brand value for the first time in the history of Interbrand's report.

Interbrand, the world's leading brand consultancy, publishes its Best Global Brands report of the world's 100 most valuable brands on an annual basis. Interbrand's methodology - the first of its kind to be ISO certified – analyzes the many ways a brand touches and benefits an organization, from driving bottom-line business results to delivering on customer expectations.

To develop its report, Interbrand examines the three key aspects that contribute to a brand's value:

  • The financial performance of the branded products or service
  • The role the brand plays in influencing consumer choice
  • The strength the brand has to command a premium price, or secure earnings for the company

2012 OVERVIEW: Delivering Meaningful Brand Experiences Across All Touchpoints

Against the backdrop of continued global economic uncertainty, this year's top 100 brands excelled in securing their market position and delivering more personal and enriching experiences to consumers -- across geographies and platforms.

"As global competition increases and many competitive advantages, like technology, become more short-lived, a brand's contribution to shareholder value will only increase," noted Jez Frampton, Interbrand's Global Chief Executive Officer. "The world's 100 most valuable brands are leading the way by listening to consumers, employees, and investors alike and delivering a seamless and holistic brand experience across an ever-evolving range of touchpoints."

In a fast-moving world where consumers' offline and online brand experiences constantly intertwine, the leading brands are staying actively engaged, tapping into the inexorable rise of data and information in order to drive innovation across all industries. They are spending the time and money required to understand the role their brand plays in consumers' lives – and they are strategically weaving their brand proposition into every interaction.

2012 NEW ENTRANTS: Pampers, Facebook, Prada, Kia, Ralph Lauren, MasterCard

Pampers (#34): Pampers, the top-selling diaper brand in the US and P&G's number one selling brand in the world, earned the highest ranking position among this year's new entrants. Pampers has effectively used social media platforms and loyalty programs to connect to its consumer base. Such efforts (and increased financial transparency on P&G's part) have earned Pampers a high-ranking spot in this year's Best Global Brands report.

Facebook (#69): Facebook's IPO in May enabled Interbrand to examine the social media behemoth's financials for the first time. Despite its rocky start as a publicly listed stock and lingering uncertainty about its business model, Facebook's growth as a brand, especially in developing markets, earns it a position in this year's report.

Prada (#84): Prada returns to the Best Global Brands report this year. The brand's continued growth in revenue is fueled largely by 250+ DOS (Directly Operated Stores) worldwide – a network that has expanded by keeping a careful eye on increasingly sophisticated customers in developing markets.

Kia (#87): For the past few years, Kia has been one of the fastest-growing global automotive brands. In the US, Kia's market share has grown for 17 consecutive years and its sales numbers continue to rise, even in the troubled European marketplace.

Ralph Lauren (#91): Making its first appearance in the top 100 since 2009, Ralph Lauren's notable brand growth in the past year can be attributed to highly innovative communication patterns and consistency across all touchpoints and formats.

MasterCard (#94): MasterCard makes its debut in the 2012 Best Global Brands report after an impressive year. The company's launch of its "Priceless Cities" campaign and a growing suite of solutions for business owners are steadily increasing consumer satisfaction – and contributing to its rise in brand value.

2012 TOP RISING BRANDS: Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Nissan, Oracle

Apple (+129%): Despite Steve Jobs' passing, consumers' emotional connection to the Apple brand remains stronger than ever - this was made clear just recently with the launch of iPhone 5. Even in the face of increasing competition from rivals Google and Samsung, the company continues to demonstrate its commitment to protecting the Apple brand and its intellectual property. Such commitment enabled Apple to post quarterly revenue of USD $35 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.8 billion in July.

Amazon (+46%): Amazon has introduced the Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire in 175 countries, stretching the Kindle beyond its e-reader origins and turning it into a serious rival to the iPad. The Kindle Fire now enjoys the world's second-largest tablet market share.

Samsung (+40%): Samsung became the global leader for smartphone shipments in 2011 ahead of Apple and Nokia. Samsung also generated a great deal of online buzz by integrating its Galaxy SIII and Note into the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. Despite its legal battle with Apple, Samsung's global market share is 32.6% and its brand value increased by a meteoric 40% in the past year.

Nissan (+30%): Nissan recovered quickly from last year's natural disasters in Japan and grew its market share by pushing the envelope on innovation and by creating bold vehicle designs like that of the Nissan Juke. Nissan's ability to overcome challenges and continually innovate caught the attention of consumers and helped increase its brand value by 30%.

Oracle (+28%): Oracle has been branching out beyond database solutions in order to stay ahead of competitors. The company continues to make strategic acquisitions and grow its capabilities and offerings, especially in cloud computing. Oracle's 28% increase in brand value this year proves that such strategies have impressed customers and investors alike.

TECHNOLOGY BRANDS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE

Technology brands continued their strong push of recent years, with four of the five top risers hailing from the sector (Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and Oracle). In addition, five of this year's Top 10 brands come from within the technology sector (Apple, Google, Microsoft, Intel, and Samsung). Apple, in particular, experienced record growth in brand value. While there is no question that products like the iPad and iPhone 5 are attractive to consumers around the world, Apple's values and unmistakable human touch are what set it apart from competitors in the end.

AUTOMOTIVE BRANDS MOVE BEYOND RECOVERY

Automotive brands are becoming more attuned to the emotional connection consumers have with their cars. This has caused many automakers to develop more effective, technologically savvy ways to reach target markets and help prospective buyers better relate to car brands. Audi's (#55) digital showroom, Audi City, is revolutionizing the future of retailing by combining digital product presentations and personal contact with dealers. Similarly, Ford (#45) is working hard to improve MyTouch, its in-car communications and entertainment system. Brands like BMW (#12) and Hyundai (#53) are investing in global brand campaigns and are becoming more digitally connected and tailored to narrower target groups. For the most part, the entire industry appears to be focused on engaging customers and prospects in a more relevant and personalized manner throughout the entire purchase cycle.

LUXURY BRANDS PROVE RESILIENT

Despite the current economic landscape, all of the luxury brands in this year's report increased their brand value. As the meaning of luxury shifts, this year's top luxury brands reflect a changing global consciousness – with success dependent not only upon a portfolio of superior products and superb quality of service, but also a strong cohesive brand, a formidable digital presence, and reputation that is timeless, elevated, and refined. The 2012 Best Global Brand report includes seven luxury brands: Louis Vuitton (#17), Gucci (#38), Hermes (#63), Cartier (#68), Tiffany & Co. (#70), Burberry (#82), and Prada (#84).

FMCG/CPG (FAST MOVING CONSUMER GOODS/CONSUMER PACKAGED GOODS) BRANDS INCREASE IN BRAND VALUE AND EXPAND PRODUCT OFFERINGS

The rise in value of several FMCG/CPG brands -- Kellogg's (#29), L'Oreal (#42), Heinz (#46), Colgate (#47), Danone (#52), Nestle (#57), and Johnson & Johnson (#79) -- reflect successful growth, especially in the developing markets. Another growing trend observed this year was the increasing number of FMCG brands expanding into the healthcare space. Avon (#71) and Kleenex (#80) were the only two brands to lose brand value (-4% and -7% respectively).

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Financial services brands are continuing to feel the impact of 2008's global economic downturn. Recent events, such as the notorious Libor scandal, have tarnished the reputation of leading brands like Credit Suisse - it declined 5% in brand value and ranked #95. There is reason to be optimistic about the future of this sector, however: Five of the 12 financial services brands in this year's report increased in brand value, including American Express (#24), Morgan Stanley (#54), AXA (#58), Allianz (#62), and Visa (#74). MasterCard (#94) was a new entrant to this year's report, an indication that its "Priceless" campaign continues to succeed in building a stronger connection between the brand and its growing customer base.

Interbrand's 2012 Best Global Brands report, including detailed sector analyses, is available in full on interbrand.com and bestglobalbrands.com. The Best Global Brands website also includes in-depth CMO interviews and interactive charts & graphs.

Interbrand's 2012 Best Global Brands

2012 RANK

2011 RANK

BRAND

SECTOR

2012 BRAND

VALUE $m

% CHANGE

(Brand Value)

1

1

Coca-Cola

Beverages

77,839

8%

2

8

Apple

Technology

76,568

129%

3

2

IBM

Business Services

75,532

8%

4

4

Google

Technology

69,726

26%

5

3

Microsoft

Technology

57,853

-2%

6

5

GE

Diversified

43,682

2%

7

6

McDonald's

Restaurants

40,062

13%

8

7

Intel

Technology

39,385

12%

9

17

Samsung

Technology

32,893

40%

10

11

Toyota

Automotive

30,280

9%

11

12

Mercedes-Benz

Automotive

30,097

10%

12

15

BMW

Automotive

29,052

18%

13

9

Disney

Media

27,438

-5%

14

13

Cisco

Business Services

27,197

7%

15

10

HP

Technology

26,087

-8%

16

16

Gillette

FMCG

24,898

4%

17

18

Louis Vuitton

Luxury

23,577

2%

18

20

Oracle

Business Services

22,126

28%

19

14

Nokia

Electronics

21,009

-16%

20

26

Amazon

Internet Services

18,625

46%

21

19

Honda

Automotive

17,280

-11%

22

22

Pepsi

Beverages

16,594

14%

23

21

H&M

Apparel

16,571

1%

24

23

American Express

Financial Services

15,702

8%

25

24

SAP

Business Services

15,641

8%

26

25

Nike

Sporting Goods

15,126

4%

27

27

UPS

Transportation

13,088

4%

28

31

IKEA

Home Furnishings

12,808

8%

29

34

Kellogg's

FMCG

12,068

6%

30

33

Canon

Electronics

12,029

3%

31

29

Budweiser

Alcohol

11,872

-3%

32

28

J.P. Morgan

Financial Services

11,471

-8%

33

32

HSBC

Financial Services

11,378

-4%

34

N/A

Pampers

FMCG

11,296

NEW

35

30

Nescafe

Beverages

11,089

-8%

36

36

eBay

Internet Services

10,947

12%

37

44

Zara

Apparel

9,488

18%

38

39

Gucci

Luxury

9,446

8%

39

47

Volkswagen

Automotive

9,252

18%

40

35

Sony

Electronics

9,111

-8%

41

41

Philips

Electronics

9,066

5%

42

40

L'Oreal

FMCG

8,821

1%

43

45

Accenture

Business Services

8,745

9%

44

37

Thomson Reuters

Business Services

8,444

-11%

45

50

Ford

Automotive

7,958

6%

46

49

Heinz

FMCG

7,722

1%

47

51

Colgate

FMCG

7,643

7%

48

38

Goldman Sachs

Financial Services

7,599

-16%

49

43

Dell

Technology

7,591

-9%

50

42

Citi

Financial Services

7,570

-12%

51

46

Siemens

Diversified

7,534

-5%

52

52

Danone

FMCG

7,498

8%

53

61

Hyundai

Automotive

7,473

24%

54

54

Morgan Stanley

Financial Services

7,218

9%

55

59

Audi

Automotive

7,196

17%

56

48

Nintendo

Electronics

7,082

-8%

57

55

Nestle

FMCG

6,916

5%

58

53

AXA

Financial Services

6,748

1%

59

57

Xerox

Technology

6,714

5%

60

60

adidas

Sporting Goods

6,699

9%

61

64

Caterpillar

Diversified

6,306

13%

62

67

Allianz

Financial Services

6,184

16%

63

66

Hermes

Luxury

6,182

15%

64

62

KFC

Restaurants

5,994

2%

65

69

Panasonic

Electronics

5,765

14%

66

63

Sprite

Beverages

5,709

2%

67

58

MTV

Media

5,648

-12%

68

70

Cartier

Luxury

5,495

15%

69

N/A

Facebook

Internet Services

5,421

NEW

70

73

Tiffany & Co.

Luxury

5,159

15%

71

65

Avon

FMCG

5,151

-4%

72

72

Porsche

Automotive

5,149

12%

73

90

Nissan

Automotive

4,969

30%

74

75

Visa

Financial Services

4,944

10%

75

74

Shell

Energy

4,788

7%

76

68

Santander

Financial Services

4,771

-6%

77

85

3M

Diversified

4,656

18%

78

80

Adobe

Technology

4,557

9%

79

83

Johnson & Johnson

FMCG

4,378

8%

80

71

Kleenex

FMCG

4,360

-7%

81

78

Jack Daniel's

Alcohol

4,352

1%

82

95

Burberry

Luxury

4,342

16%

83

88

Johnnie Walker

Alcohol

4,301

12%

84

N/A

Prada

Luxury

4,271

NEW

85

97

John Deere

Diversified

4,221

16%

86

81

Pizza Hut

Restaurants

4,193

2%

87

N/A

Kia

Automotive

4,089

NEW

88

96

Starbucks

Restaurants

4,062

11%

89

86

Corona

Alcohol

4,061

3%

90

89

Smirnoff

Alcohol

4,050

5%

91

N/A

Ralph Lauren

Apparel

4,038

NEW

92

91

Heineken

Alcohol

3,939

3%

93

56

BlackBerry

Electronics

3,922

-39%

94

N/A

MasterCard

Financial Services

3,896

NEW

95

82

Credit Suisse

Financial Services

3,866

-5%

96

100

Harley-Davidson

Automotive

3,857

10%

97

76

Yahoo!

Internet Services

3,851

-13%

98

77

Moet & Chandon

Alcohol

3,824

-13%

99

99

Ferrari

Automotive

3,770

5%

100

84

Gap

Apparel

3,731

-8%


About Interbrand

Founded in 1974, Interbrand is one of the world's largest branding consultancies. With nearly 40 offices in 27 countries, Interbrand's combination of rigorous strategy, analytics, and world-class design enables it to assist clients in creating and managing brand value effectively, across all touchpoints, in all market dynamics. Interbrand is widely recognized for its annual Best Global Brands report, the definitive guide to the world's most valuable brands, as well as its Best Global Green Brands report, which identifies the gap between customer perception and a brand's performance relative to sustainability. It is also known for having created brandchannel.com, a Webby-award winning resource for brand marketing and branding. For more information on Interbrand, visit interbrand.com.

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