Revealed: The world’s most valuable brands

Revealed: The world’s most valuable brands

Amazon bumps Microsoft from third place while Google and Amazon keep their positions at the top. According to the latest BrandZ report of the world’s top 100 brands, those using technology to make people’s lives easier are winning in 2018. Technology and tech-related companies accounted for a staggering 92% of the overall ranking. Tech giants Google and Apple lead the way, with both breaking the $300bn brand value threshold for the first time. Google took first place with a brand value of $302bn, following their 23% rise while Apple is just behind with a value of $301bn after their 28% rise. However, close behind them is Amazon on one of the fastest growths the report has ever seen. After increasing their value by 49% to $208bn this year, they bump Microsoft (which grew 40% to $201bn) into fourth place.                   Peter Walshe, global strategy director for BrandZ, ““Brands are increasingly concentrating on being able to meet consumer needs in interesting ways that gives them a superior advantage over their competitors – particularly when it comes to making people’s lives better and easier with technology.” But some of the fastest-rising brands this year have come from China. Tencent, for example grew by 65% to $179bn, securing a place in the top five for the first time. In context, the speed at which brands need to grow to reach the top 20 has doubled to 40% over the last year. Over the past 12 years, China’s overall brand value has grown by a huge 1,444%. In comparison, the UK has grown by just...
UK’s Top 20 Strongest Brands Revealed

UK’s Top 20 Strongest Brands Revealed

The Top 20 strongest brands in the UK has been voted for and Lego has come out at the top! The Centre for Brand Analysis asked 2,500 consumers to rank each brand for quality, reliability and distinction. Previous winner British Airways fell out of the Top 20 all together as did Google and Amazon. Rising brand names in the top 20 are Gillette in second place, and Apple in third. Marks and Spencer has overtaken John Lewis who is now in 15th place with M&S in seventh. BP, Shell, Disney and Heathrow all re entered the top 20 this year, whilst household brands, Andrex, Coca Cola and Heinz retained a position in the top 10. Top 20 1. Lego 2. Gillette 3 Apple 4. Andrex 5. Coca-cola 6. Disney 7. M & S 8. Boots 9.Heinz 10. BMW 11. Cadbury 12. Rolex 13. BP 14. Shell 15. John Lewis 16. Heathrow 17. Jaguar 18. Kleenex 19. Visa 20. Haagen – Dazs If you need help ensuring your own brand appears amongst the right media platforms so you STAND OUT and get results, contact our award winning team for impartial media planning and buying expertise on standout@themediaangel.co.uk or call us on 02921 320 200 #lovemarketing  ...
Rajar Q4 2017.  Who are the winners and losers?

Rajar Q4 2017. Who are the winners and losers?

The last quarter of 2017 Rajar results are out, illustrating a North V South success story in Wales. North Wales has had a great performance with Heart North Wales up in reach and listening hours, Smooth North West and Wales has seen it’s reach increase by 13%. Heart South Wales is down in reach and listening hours, although still holds the top spot with a 416,000 reach compared to Capital the next with a reach of 171,000. Unfortunately Smooth South Wales didn’t have a good book, losing 38% of it’s audience and 33% of it’s hours! Dragon Radio Wales has had it’s sixth successful Rajar results with a steady increase in reach up 50% this quarter and 80% up from the last quarter of 2016, with 27,000 listeners. The independent station forerunner this quarter is Swansea Sound. On average its listeners now tune in for 10.7 hours per week, which has helped grow its hours by a whopping 50%. UK Wide Nationally, the Capital network is the second highest reaching network popular with a young and engaged audience. Overall, heart has had a good quarter in total listening hours, with Heart South West increasing it’s weekly audience figure to 391,000, up 6% Digital radio share of listening is up by 1.1% to 49.9%. Commercially, digital share has risen to 51.6% compared to BBC’s 48.3%. This could be down to on-line and app listening as 26% of adults listen to radio via a mobile phone or tablet at least once a month. In summary, Commercial radio continues to fulfil advertisers requirements for consistent performance and ROI. 90% of the population...
Marketers report increased adspend despite falling confidence amid Brexit

Marketers report increased adspend despite falling confidence amid Brexit

According to the IPA’s Bellwether Report, UK marketers have “held their nerve” in the face of an uncertain business climate following the UK’s Brexit vote. In Q3 of 2016 13.4% out of 300 marketers surveyed increased their ad spend. An increase of 10.7% from Q2. However, the advertising market remains uncertain since Brexit having an impact on financial prospects over Q3. 12.1% of marketers were pessimistic about their industry’s financial prospects down from -8.1% in Q2 and the lowest recorded figure by the survey since Q4 in 2012. However, they seemed more confident in their own businesses during Q3 with 31% expressing optimism and a net balance of 10.6% but down on Q2 which posted 13.7%. The report forecast ad spend up  1.9%, from the expectation of 0.2% decline, but it expects a 0.7% drop in 2017. A growth of adspend is projected for 2018  up  +0.2% , 2019 +2.4%, 2020 +2.7% Events budgets grew in Q3 by +9.9% Internet budgets grew in Q3 +4.9%. Main media advertising fell by 3.8%, in Q3 compared to a rise in Q2 of 9.3%. PR was down -1.1% in Q3 whilst market research fell by -2.3% and sales promotions by -4.0% The report further shows that a positive forecast is now predicted for ad spend growth in 2016 and that with the negotiations in Brexit beginning, a tougher 2017 seems inevitable. The Media Angel team keep updated on market trends to get the best outcomes for our clients. Get in touch today on 02921 320 200 or email us at Standout@themediaangel.co.uk to discuss the best mix channels for your marketing...
Help your business STAND OUT from the crowd

Help your business STAND OUT from the crowd

Everyday it is estimated that we are exposed to nearly 400 marketing messages, of which only 150 are actually noticed and a lot less are recalled or make enough impact to prompt action. So how can you ensure you make yourself easily found? 1. Have a marketing strategy and review it. Have a clear idea of what you want to achieve and a focused strategy to help drive your business forward. Is retaining and winning new customers key or is increasing sales your goal? Don’t forget to review and tweak that strategy. 2. Know your customer. Who are they? Where are they? How can you target them? Knowing your customer helps target them at the right place at the right time and at the right cots; ultimately leading to a return in investment. 3. Know your competitors. What are your competitor’s strengths and weaknesses? How and where are they advertising? what can you do differently? 4. USP’s. Be clear of your unique selling point(s); make these part of your marketing strategy. Why should somebody choose you over your competitors? Let people know why you are the best company to come to. 5. Be consistent. Be consistent with your messages, reiteration is key. You want your clients to recognise you instantly. Less is more. 6.Be clear. What do you want your clients to do? Buy a ticket or product? Log on to your website? Find out more information? Call you? Tell them what to do and how to do it. Make it easy to be found. 7.Be social. No business can afford to ignore social media; it’s good for developing...