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With a brand value of $947.1 billion, Apple is the world’s most valuable brand: Kantar

As per Kantar’s BrandZ Most Valuable Global Brands 2022 ranking, Google moves up to second place and is one of the fastest risers in the ranking, increasing its brand value by 79% to $819.6 billion

Apple is ahead of all other brands and is on track to becoming the first trillion-dollar brands, as per the Kantar BrandZ Most Valuable Global Brands 2022 ranking.

With a brand value of $947.1 billion, Apple stands out for its high degree of differentiation and continued diversification across its hardware, software and services portfolio, Kantar stated.

As per the ranking, Google moves up to second place and is one of the fastest risers in the ranking, increasing its brand value by 79% to $819.6 billion. Google’s suite of work and productivity apps have made it an essential part of consumers’ lives worldwide, Kantar said.

As per Kantar, the combined value of the world’s Top 100 most valuable brands has increased by 23% to $8.7 trillion over the past year, highlighting the importance of brand strength in navigating an unsettled global economy. 

Thirty-seven brands improved their ranking this year. In 2022, over three quarters of brand value originated from US companies. Media & entertainment, Business solutions & technology providers, and retail categories account for over half of the total value of the Top 100 ranking.

Here’s the list of Kantar BrandZ’s Top 10 Most Valuable Global Brands 2022

Rank 2022

Rank change

Brand

Country of Origin

Brand Value 2022 ($ million)

Brand Value 2021 ($ million)

% Brand Value Change 2022 vs 2021

1

1

Apple

US

947,062

611,997

55%

2

1

Google

US

819,573

457,998

79%

3

-2

Amazon

US

705,646

683,852

3%

4

0

Microsoft

US

611,460

410,271

49%

5

0

Tencent

China

214,023

240,931

-11%

6

3

McDonald's

US

196,526

154,921

27%

7

1

Visa

US

191,032

191,285

0%

8

-2

Facebook

US

186,421

226,744

-18%

9

-2

Alibaba

China

169,966

196,912

-14%

10

11

Louis Vuitton

France

124,273

75,730

64%

 
The key trends highlighted in Kantar BrandZ’s global study are:
  • Microsoft, Zara, and IBM lead the way in the new Kantar Sustainability BrandZ Index, which shows sustainability already accounts for 3% of brand equity and is expected to rise.
  • Tesla is one of this year’s biggest success stories shifting to number 29 from number 47 mirroring the world-wide sales trend of electric vehicles more than doubling in 2021. 
  • Louis Vuitton is the first luxury brand to reach the global Top 10 reflecting the growth of the luxury market worldwide and in China in particular. Louis Vuitton experienced 64% growth in brand value this year and is the first European brand to reach the global Top 10 since 2010.
  • Newcomers in 2022’s ranking emerge from a range of categories. Aramco, one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemicals companies debuted highest at number 16. India’s IT services and consultancy Infosys arrived at number 64. Latin America’s online commerce and payments ecosystem, Mercado Libre entered at number 71. 
  • Chinese brands hold strong, despite facing unique pandemic challenges, placing twice in the global Top 10 with Tencent at number 5 and Alibaba at number 9. China is also the only market rivalling the USA’s dominance in the Media & Entertainment category with WeChat at number 5 and TikTok at number 9.

Sector leaders come from a mix of industry sectors

As per Kantar, technology and luxury brands grew the fastest; 46% for consumer technology and 45% for luxury. Bank and automotive brands also demonstrated impressive growth; automotive by 34% and banks by +30%.

This compares to growth across sectors such as apparel (20%) and personal care (17%). At a category level, Wells Fargo was the only new number 1 brand, moving from second to first place in the Banking category and replacing China’s ICBC.

The category leaders as per Kantar BrandZ Most Valuable Global Brands 2022 are:

Rank 2022

Category

Brand

Country of Origin

Brand Value 2022 ($ million)

Brand Value 2021 ($ million)

Brand Value Change

1

Alcohol

Moutai

China

103,380

109,330

-5%

1

Apparel

Nike

US

109,601

83,709

31%

1

Banks

Wells Fargo

US

43,052

27,995

54%

1

Business Solutions and Technology Providers

Microsoft

US

611,460

410,271

49%

1

Cars

Tesla

US

75,933

42,606

78%

1

Consumer Technology

Apple

US

947,062

611,997

55%

1

Fast Food

McDonald's

US

196,526

154,921

27%

1

Food and Beverages

Coca-Cola

US

89,985

80,484

12%

1

Luxury

Louis Vuitton

France

124,273

75,730

64%

1

Media and Entertainment

Google

US

766,779

N/A

N/A

1

Personal Care

L'Oréal Paris

France

47,480

38,309

24%

1

Retail

Amazon

US

281,695

N/A

N/A

1

Telecom Providers

Verizon

US

101,962

101,943

0%

 
*In Retail, the value of Amazon includes its retail businesses only; For Media & Entertainment, Google includes Google branded services and products, excluding Google Cloud.

“Strong brand affinity underpins a customer’s willingness to pay and has never been more important for organisations looking to offset spiking inflation,” said Martin Guerrieria, Head of Kantar BrandZ. “This year’s results show us the value of continued investment in brand and marketing capabilities, as a means of maximising business returns, irrespective of market conditions.”

The research suggests that companies should focus on brand-building, product and market diversification maximises business returns.

  • The pandemic has further accelerated growth of e-commerce in the retail category, hence brands with stronger connections to consumers were able to sustain their growth online and beyond. 
  • Portfolio brands that continue to innovate and diversify their offer continue to grow, especially evident with Apple, Google and Amazon, amongst others, as their services cross technology, entertainment and payment services. Brands reliant on one category or market have the greatest risk profile, whereas brands that have diversified into multiple categories and markets showed faster brand value growth in 2022 and have a better chance of above-average growth.
  • To navigate a disruptive market, brands must lock down trust as a means of driving stability and safety. More than in the past, brands today must build trust on the basis of societal performance, not just product performance. Sometimes, this means a social purpose that is integrated into the entire organisation. Nike is a good example with its ongoing commitment to inspire and innovate for everyone, not just high-performance athletes, particularly girls and minority communities.

“Kantar BrandZ’s 2022 global report, the 17th edition, uncovers the importance of brand-building to help survive market disruption,” Guerrieria added. “Brands are typically the biggest assets businesses have, adding massive value to the balance sheet. In uncertain times, management decisions on marketing investment can be supported by proven metrics. Kantar BrandZ’s brand valuations clearly show how great marketing connects to brand value in both the short and long-term.”

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