Amid a global pandemic with its significant impact on business in 2020, Interbrand has announced the brands that have fared best in its 2020 Best Global Brands ranking.
As expected, social media and communication brands have fared well in the past 12 months, with Instagram (#19), YouTube (#30) and Zoom (#100) entering the rankings for the first time. Tesla has re-entered the rankings at #40 with a brand value of $12.785 billion, having last appeared in the Best Global Brands table in 2017.
Media companies have also seen success among the turmoil created by Covid. Spotify (#70), saw brand value increase by 52% to $8.389 billion – jumping 22 places in the ranking, while Netflix rose to #41 with a 41% increase to $12.665 billion. Business models have played a role in this success, with 62% of double-digit risers relying on significant subscription model businesses.
Amazon was a top performer, ranking #2 and increasing brand value by 60%, with a valuation of $200.667 billion. While Apple retained its top spot in the table, Microsoft’s increase in value this year ($166 billion) means it has overtaken Google (#4) to reach the number 3 spot. Google has moved out of the top three for the first time since 2012. Meanwhile Samsung #5 ($62.289 billion) has broken into the top five for the first time ever.
The remainder of the Top 10 comprises: Coca-Cola #6 ($56.894 billion), Toyota #7 ($51.595 billion), Mercedes-Benz #8 $49.268 billion), McDonald’s #9 ($42.816 billion) and Disney #10 ($40.773 billion). The top ten brands accounts for 50% of the total table value this year.
The 2020 Best Global Brands ranking also saw the ‘Covid effect’, with global shop closures causing the brand values of Zara (#35) and H&M (#37) fall 13% and 14% respectively, with both dropping at least six places in this years’ ranking. After two years as the top growing sector, luxury brands took a hit in 2020, with all but one brand value (Hermes #28) falling between 1-9%.
Other brands and industries have benefitted from the ‘Covid effect’, notably logistics which saw an average of 5% growth – UPS (#24), FedEx (#75) and DHL (#81) all saw positive brand valuation growth, as the logistics sector became more central to our lives in lockdown.
PayPal (#60), Visa (#45) and Mastercard (#57) have also risen in the rankings, 12, 10 and 5 places respectively. The pandemic has seen the sudden shift to electronic as the primary payment method and the swift roll out of programs to support local business during pandemic lockdown, benefitting these trusted brands, who provide access to capital in times of economic uncertainty.
“Reports like Interbrand’s Best Global Brands are important for companies to better understand how we’re being perceived in consumers’ hearts and minds,” said Mastercard Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Raja Rajamannar. “Especially during these unprecedented times, when consumer behaviors have shifted and trust is more important than ever, these rankings are a way for us to better understand how we can best serve our communities.”
The overall value of the table has increased to US$2,336,491m (up 9% from 2019). Driving growth of the table is big tech. Average brand value growth among all growing brands was 14%. Average growth of technology and tech platform brands was 20%. Technology and tech platform brands now represent 48% of total table value versus only 17% in 2010. The top 3 brands in the table (all tech) represent 30% of the value of the entire table versus only 16% in 2010.