Apple Again Ranked as World's Most Valuable Brand

Studies of "brand value" are always difficult to compare, as widely differing methodologies used by those measuring such data yield markedly different results. But tracking year-to-year movements using a consistent methodology can offer some interesting perspectives, and so Millward's Brown's latest BrandZ study (via The Next Web) makes for a good look at trends in marketing and branding.

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In the 2012 brand rankings released today, Apple tops the list for the second year in a row, scoring a brand value of nearly $183 billion as compared to last year's $153 billion figure that saw Apple move into the top position for the first time. Apple's 19% growth was the strongest among the top ten brands.

David Roth for WPP said “Brands help businesses create competitive differentiation, command a price premium and become more resilient to crises or economic turbulence. This year, those businesses that leveraged technology, focused on the customer experience or boosted control of their brands thrived."

Apple continues to innovate and maintain its ‘luxury’ brand status, but faces future competition from Samsung. Now worth more than $14.1 billion, thanks in part to the success of its Galaxy handsets, Samsung is successfully outpacing Apple in a significant number of markets by positioning as a cool, well-priced alternative to the ubiquitous iPhone.”

Still, Samsung's brand value of $14.1 billion for a 55th place ranking paled in comparison to Apple, and the company's 16% growth in brand value was unable to match Apple's performance.

Among other top brands, IBM passed Google to take the second spot in the rankings with a brand value of nearly $116 billion as seven of the top ten spots were held by technology or communications companies. Facebook saw the largest percentage gain among top companies, with its brand value jumping by 74% to $33 billion, a leap of sixteen places to number 19 in the rankings.

Top Rated Comments

badtzwang Avatar
157 months ago
I'm surprised IBM is so high on that list ... If anything, I would think McDonalds would be higher.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nepalisherpa Avatar
157 months ago
I am just glad that this rating did not consider Facebook as a brand!
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dr McKay Avatar
157 months ago
Microsoft is worth more than Coca Cola? :eek:
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GSPice Avatar
157 months ago
Hopefully Cook doesn't mess this up. Steve Jobs was a great visionary, Tim Cook just reminds me of a typical fat cat.

I guess you don't really know Mr. Cook, then. You must have been real close to Steve.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
imgonephishin Avatar
157 months ago
Given that AT&T and Verizon cracked the top 10, I'm not sure how much I trust these rankings. What about Nike? GE? Amazon.com?

Edit: I decided to check out the full 100 list. Looks like GE and Amazon.com were close at 11 and 18, respectively. But Nike was 44th? Behind such venerable brands as HP, SAP, and HSBC? Yeah, sure.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dustman Avatar
157 months ago
#27: Oracle
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#43: Disney
#44: Nike


Oracle is a massive company but I find it hard to believe their brand is more valuable than Nike and Disney.

Agreed, something is fishy about this list.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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