For media salespeople who struggle with the challenge of proving the dollar value of a branding campaign this study is a blessing. Millward Brown Optimor, the study creator, does the hard work for us as it examines the "brand value" of the worlds top 100 brands and ranks them.
According to this study, "Brand Value" is the financial value of a brand, "defined as the sum of all earnings that a brand is expected to generate." By isolating revenues only associated with a company brand, true brand value is laid bare. The study is also fun. These are companies we all know and it turns the potentially dull business of ranking brand equity into a horse race. Over previous the year brand equity at Home Depot is down 16%, Pepsi is up 15%, Starbucks down 25%, and BlackBerry up 390%. Goooo Blackberry!!
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You can use this study to make a hard connection between brand building and revenue generation. You do not need to go into every detail of the study, use the study to sell the idea that brand value is revenue value. Find a page or two from the study where the well known companies are known to your client. Now turn that same line of thought to your clients business.
Ask: How much is your brand worth? What if it were worth more? How much more revenue would come in if it were? How could this happen? The answers to these questions could help you selling a branding program.
Download the FREE 2008 30 page report: http://www.brandz.com/upload/BrandZ-2008-RankingReport.pdf
If one of your clients is actually in the report, you can have fun on the call by comparing 2008 results to 2007 report.
Download the FREE 2007 28 page report: http://www.millwardbrown.com/Sites/Optimor/Media/Pdfs/en/BrandZ/BrandZ-2007-RankingReport.pdf