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...
Our round-up of Rajar Q1 2018

Our round-up of Rajar Q1 2018

Our round-up of Rajar Q1 2018 The first Rajar results of 2018 have been released, and it is a mixed news for stations across North & South Wales experiencing ups and downs. The crucial take-away from this quarter’s figures is that commercial radio has recorded its highest ever reach; 90% of the UK population now tune in to radio every week. Smooth Radio South Wales suffered the biggest drop in listeners with a decline of -20.34%. Capital North West and Wales wasn’t far behind with a decline of -17.09%. Although Heart South Wales suffered a drop in reach, down –4.09% from 416,000 to 399,000 listeners, it still maintains the top spot for listeners across Wales. Stations to see an increase in listener numbers included 102.5 Radio Pembrokeshire whose reach increased 10%, from 38,000 to 42,000 and 106.3 Bridge FM who saw an increase of 12% from 33,000 to 37,000. Across the board, generally average listening hours per person saw little change. This was an exception for Smooth Radio South Wales who saw a staggering decrease in their average listening hours by over half, falling from 10.1 hours per listener to just 4.2 hours. UK Wide Great news for commercial radio which saw the Heart network overtake the BBC in terms of weekly reach for the first time ever, the first commercial station to overtake the BBC. The expansion of DAB coverage has allowed digital-only stations such as BBC 6 and Kisstory to achieve record-breaking audiences in the first quarter of 2018. The crucial take-away from this quarter’s figures is that commercial radio has recorded its highest ever reach; 90%...
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...
Integrating TV Advertising with DOOH

Integrating TV Advertising with DOOH

When TV advertising and DOOH advertising are combined, the impact on the viewer is significantly increased rather than with one medium alone. TV advertising creates prestige for a brand whilst developing an element of trust with the viewer. 77% of adults claim that TV adverts are most likely to trigger an emotional response leaving a memorable impression on the viewers mind. DOOH is more likely to engage people who are active, such as commuters, shoppers, and socialisers. Their engagement with the ad in this active state will thus make it more likely that the brand becomes inescapable; it’s marketing message engrained. From a planning point of view the integration of DOOH and TV is flexible in deadline cut off allowing changes to marketing messages and reaction to the current market place. DOOH advertising is fast and responsive, with campaign amendments often made hourly. This affords brands the agility to optimise their advertising activity, boost campaign efficiency, and obtain last-minute deals. What’s more, campaign efficiency can be increased by integrating the targeting capabilities of TV and DOOH advertising. TV ads allow for demographic targeting, as they can be placed on niche interest channels or programming watched by a brand’s target audience. DOOH ads can be targeted in terms of location (for example, advertising outside a retail outlet to attract more customers) and time (for example, advertising by lunchtime to target commuters). Indeed, DOOH ads will serve as a perfect supplement to TV ads because they are not as easily avoided as TV ads, and will reach a wider audience. Finally, integration heightens online response. Indeed, 74% of UK adults claim...
Global ad growth driven by digital formats

Global ad growth driven by digital formats

According to the latest adspend forecasts from Zenith, a host of digital formats including social media, in-feed ads, paid content, online video and native advertising are helping to fuel the growth in global advertising. Between 2016 and 2019 Zenith said the ‘innovative’ digital ad formats will drive 14% annual growth in total display advertising, a category that still also includes traditional banner ads. Total display expenditure will rise from US$84bn to US$126bn over this period, accounting for 64% of all the growth in global ad expenditure. By 2019 total display will account for 50.4% of internet advertising expenditure, exceeding 50% for the first time. For the UK, Zenith forecasts total display to grow by 5% a year to 2019, when it will account for 37% of internet advertising expenditure. Zenith said most of the growth is coming from social media (which will grow at 20% a year) and online video (which will grow at 21% a year). “Internet display is coming into its own as a brand-building media, powered by social media and online video,” said Jonathan Barnard, head of forecasting and director of global intelligence at Zenith. “But the distinctions between online video and traditional television are being eroded, and the two work together much better than they do separately.” Zenith forecasts that global advertising expenditure will grow 4% to US$558bn by the end of 2017. This is down fractionally from the forecast of 4.2% that it made in June. The UK was the stand-out growth market in Western Europe from 2011 to 2016, growing at an average of 7.3% a year. However, a slowing economy, gathering inflation,...