Optus and BHP rocket in value, Amazon beats Google

Rosie Baker
By Rosie Baker | 1 February 2018
The cast of the Think Big brand campaign is largely BHP employees

Amazon has overtaken Apple and Google as the most valuable global brand, according to the 2018 Brand Finance ranking.

Telstra maintained its spot as the most valuable Australian brand, but fell to 120 on the global list despite increasing its brand value 14% to A$12.4 billion.

The report says the telco's lift in brand value contrasts an overall decline in Telstra’s market value of 21%. This "highlights the ever increasing role of the brand in the organisation’s business strategy”, adding the telco was benefiting from customer-focused investments.

Ten Aussie brands appear on the global list: four banks, two telcos, two retailers and two mining enterprises. Of those, Optus and BHP showed the biggest boost in brand value (see the chart of the Australian top 10 below).

How Aussie brand fared

Woolies, Coles and Rio Tinto moved up the Aussie ranking list, NAB slid and the others retained their spots.

BHP moved up from 423 to 345 after a 29% increase in brand value to A$5.1 billion, with a recent rebrand and business restructure helping to drive progress.

The other telco on the global list, Optus, was ranked 457 after a 19% increase in brand value to A$3.9 billion.

Westpac fell from 279 to 300 and is valued at AUS$5.8 billion, NAB fell from 239 to 260, despite a 1% increase in value to A$6.5 billion, CBA fell from 176 to 193 but grew its brand value 1% to A$8.3 billion, and ANZ slipped from 180 to 194, with a 2% increase in value to A$8.2billion.

Coles climbed from 262 to 256, increasing its brand value 8% to A$6.5 billion, while Woolies saw an 11% increase in value to A$7.1 billion and climbed from 241 to 234 on the global list.

The Australian list

Twenty brands in the Australian top 100 moved up the ranking over the past 12 months, and twenty dropped down the list. Winners include Woolies, Coles, Rio Tinto and QBE, St George Bank, Bunnings and Origin Energy.

Brands that slipped include IGA, Australia Post and Flight Centre.

Source: Brand Finance

The Global Top 100

The global top 10 is dominated by tech firms. Google was knocked off the top spot to third, with a brand valuation of $120.9 billion, a 10% rise over the year. Apple retained second spot, delivering a 37% rise in brand value to $146.3 billion.

Samsung and Facebook both moved up the list, increasing their brand valuations by 39% and 45% respectively (see the chart below).

All brands in the top 10 bar Samsung (Korea Republic) and Chinese bank ICBC are companies from the US.

Source: Brand Finance. A number of the 2016 rankings were adjusted during the course of the year due to brand value restatements.

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