Monday, January 31, 2005

The most influential brands

According to a recent survey of "branding professionals" (whatever they are), Apple is considered the world's most influential brand.

In the survey of almost 2,000 ad executives, brand managers and academics by online magazine Brandchannel, Apple ousted search engine Google from last year's top spot . . .

The annual survey asks respondents to rate the impact of a particular brand on people's lives, and does not attempt to quantify its financial value.

Coca-Cola, the U.S. soft drinks behemoth that regularly tops polls of brand equity value, is nowhere to be found in this year's global or regional top five lists.

Coca-Cola actually came in at #7. Google was right behind Apple at #2. Ikea was ranked third, and Starbucks ranked fourth.

But take a look at #5!

"With all the news from Iraq and Afghanistan and the 'war on terror', a lot of people are really tuned into the news, and the major news sources have a western bias," Brandchannel Editor Robin Rusch said. "I think people are tuning in to Al Jazeera and looking at its Web site because it does offer another viewpoint. For the global community, it's one of the few points of access we have to news from the region with a different perspective."

Different from what?

Here's the Brandchannel website with the report.

I'm not sure exactly how Brandchannel defines "influential," but there are some hints to be found in what they say about Apple:

The perpetual underdog, with less than two percent of the world market, Apple has what John Schwartz in the New York Times aptly described as the “attitude of an artist and the eye of an anthropologist” (16 January 2005). The company’s ability to delight the user in a bland land of equipment and software makes it easy to see why it impacts those of us who spend our days in the 21st century.

However, less savvy consumers contribute to the actual sales dominance of mainstream competitors, particularly in the computer division. Apple Computer ranks sixth in the US with just 3.33 percent of the market (Dell leads at 33%, followed by HP at 20% and Gateway at 5.23%).

Undaunted by the competition, Apple’s dizzying pace of inventing new toys looks set to continue in 2005.

As for Al-Jazeera, Brandchannel says:

Though suffering difficulties such as banned reporters, advertising boycotts, and charges of bias (arguably stemming from those who are themselves biased toward European and American interests), Al Jazeera is viewed as relatively independent within its region and is increasingly gaining mainstream credibility beyond its borders. The company itself claims to “cover all viewpoints with objectivity integrity and balance."

So, how are they different?


At 8:54 AM, Blogger Mark said...

A little off topic, but Joe Carter inspired the "Meet Your Neighbors" idea for his blogroll. Today was your turn (for me). Nice blog. --- Pseudo-Polymath


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