Apple, Google, IBM, McDonald’s & Coco-Cola are the top 5 brands as per the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report. Apple has grown by +1% & Google by +5% to occupy 1st & 2nd positions. Samsung which is competing with Apple in the global smartphone race is at 30th spot with +51% growth. Commissioned by WPP and conducted by Millward Brown Optimor, the BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands study,is now in its 8th year now. Ranking is done based on current & potential buyer views of the brand along with the financial data. More info about the ranking can be had at the Press release link on 21st May, 2013. Youtube link for the rankings.
Technology & telecom brands constitute a chink of the top 100 global brands. Some of the other entries include AT&T, Microsoft, Marlboro, Visa & China Telecom. There are also regional & category branding ranking is available & can be downloaded from WPP website. Digital revolution, technology,recession, social media, changing consumer preferences & other factors have an effect on the brands. The rankings & more on brand insight are also available as an app for Apple, Android & iPad magazine.
The increase in the mobile browsing has resulted in companies going for apps to connect with the customers easily. App stores of Apple, Google, Microsoft & BlackBerry are important for brands to go for apps. Companies should also measure how apps are performing & need to take corrective action to increase the revenue & engagement from the apps. The following metrics would help companies to know how the apps are performing.
Installs, upgrades, Daily users, monthly users, crashes, OS versions, app stores, sales revenue, devices & others.
Days since the last log in, average session time, uninstalls & others are some other data which can be tracked.
With the increase in the use of social media, Facebook, twitter, you tube & other profiles can also be linked to the apps. This would help users to share the info about the apps. Apple’s app store, Google’s Google play, Microsoft’s windows app store & Blackberry app stores are the important app stores.
Microsoft will acquire Skype for $8.5 billion. This will help microsoft move into both consumer & enterprise video and voice communications. Both google & facebook were also in the race to acquire Skype. Skype has 170 million connected users. Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect & many windows devices. This has become a top topic in the blogosphere. This will help microsoft to move into new market areas & also to fight competation against facebook, apple, google & others. This is the largest MS deal.