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Google seeks to break music duopoly

Posted on May 25, 2018

Internet giant Google is upping its game to take a bigger step into the music distribution industry by overhauling its current music services in a bid to crash the duopoly created by (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Google replaced as most valuable brand in the world

Posted on February 5, 2018

Search giant Google has recently lost its status as the most valuable brand, the latest edition of the Brand Value report confirms.

The annual report was released by (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Tech firms dominate latest brand value report

Posted on September 26, 2017

The world’s most valuable brands list has been updated and it has revealed that companies based in the technology sector now make up half of the top 10.

The list was compiled by Interbrand, as part of its annual Best Global Brands report, which has now been going close to 20 years. This year’s report, released on September 25, was the 18th edition of the report.

This year’s list shows that technology is the most dominant sector, with Apple securing top spot on the list for the fifth consecutive year. The brand value of Apple increased by 3% on last year to $184.2bn (£136.3bn).

Rankings are based on three different components that contribute to a brand’s total value: the financial performance of the brand’s products and services, the role the brand plays in influencing the choices of consumers and the strength it has to command premium prices or to secure earnings.

In second place in the report was search giant Google, which also retained its position for a fifth straight year. Google’s brand value increased by 6% this year, to $141.7bn (£104.9bn), closing the gap on Apple.

Microsoft rose to third place this year, overtaking Coca-Cola, which was the only food/drink company in the top 10. Microsoft’s brand value rose to $79.9bn (£59.1bn), which is a 10% jump on last year, whereas Coca-Cola saw a 5% decrease to $69.7bn (£51.5bn). Only Coca-Cola and Toyota from the top 10 saw a drop in brand value from last year’s figures.

For the first time, social media site Facebook entered the top 10, climbing the ranks to reach eighth place. The California-based company saw the biggest growth over the last 12 months of any brand in the top 100, seeing its brand value rise 48% to $48.2bn (£35.6bn).

After Facebook, the next biggest percentages of growth came from Amazon (33%), LEGO (25%) and Nissan (22%).

The top 10 is below:

1. Apple
2. Google
3. Microsoft
4. Coca-Cola
5. Amazon
6. Samsung
7. Toyota
8. Facebook
9. Mercedes-Benz
10. IBM

The whole list can be seen here.

New entrants to the top 100 this year included Netflix (78th), Salesforce.com (84th) and Ferrari (88th). In total, the top 100 brands have a combined total value of $1,872bn (£1,385bn), which represents a 4.2% rise on the figures from 2016.

Despite technology being dominant at the top, it is the automotive industry that has the most brands featured in the top 100, with a total of 16 entrants.

Posted by Alan Littler

Apple noted for its ‘coolness’

Posted on September 30, 2015

Electronics giant Apple has retained its position as the ‘coolest’ brand in the UK for a fourth consecutive year, now that the 2015 CoolBrands Top 20 has been published.

The annual survey, which is now (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Apple iPhone launch sends world into frenzy

Posted on September 29, 2015

Apple has recently launched its latest iPhone product, the 6s, and it has the whole world waiting in anticipation.

Across the globe, people queued outside of (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

iOS9 to implement deep linking SEO tools

Posted on July 8, 2015

Apple seems to be on a constant path to improve its services, and its search API for iOS9 is no different.

At the tech giant’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), held last month in San Francisco, Apple launched (more…)

Posted by Ben Croft

Apple news app to take on Facebook

Posted on June 11, 2015

American technology company Apple has refurbished its news service app in a move to take on social networking giant Facebook as it bids to be the top online news provider.

Global media organisations have already agreed to (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

What to expect from Lollipop

Posted on October 16, 2014

Web giant Google has ended months of speculation over which dessert would lend its name to the latest Android update, after announcing that it will be called Lollipop – but what exactly can fans of the world’s most widely used operating system expect from (more…)

Posted by Richard Bell
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