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Increased handset competition takes a bite out of one of last year's top brands, Apple
NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Longstanding household brand names Quilted Northern, Jockey and Dawn, employing a mix of traditional and digital marketing strategies, beat out trendsetting technology brands in Landor's 2013 Breakaway Brands® Study (http://lndr.co/1dj1ScP). The only brand born in the digital era to make the top ten is Amazon, along with its Kindle subbrand, and Apple fell off the list entirely.
Landor Associates, the global strategic brand consulting and design firm, released the results of its annual study today, the only report ranking U.S. brands based on successfully sustaining growth in brand strength over a three-year period (2009-2012). The study analyzes data from Young & Rubicam Group's proprietary BrandAsset® Valuator (BAV), the world's largest database of consumer brand perception.
"Venerable household brands topped this year's list through excellence in classic marketing strategies that have powered winning brands for decades," said Mich Bergesen, global director of financial services at Landor, who led the research study. "They certainly included twenty-first–century tactics like digital and social in the execution, but it was smart, fundamental market strategy built on these brands' core strengths that made the difference."
Key elements that were responsible for helping brands sustain long-term growth include:
Hayes Roth, chief marketing officer of Landor, commented, "Landor's annual Breakaway Brands Study continues to provide a unique perspective into sustainable brand strength by analyzing brand health over a three-year period. Customer interaction and personal involvement with a brand and its products remains the most compelling determinant of real brand power. Brands that truly understand their customers' needs and satisfy them in distinctive and engaging ways win big and win consistently, as this year's study again bears out."
Two of 2012's top Breakaway Brands Apple and Keurig demoted to 2013's "Watch List"
In addition to the ten breakaway brands, Landor chose five brands for its 2013 "Watch List." Included are last year's ranked Breakaway Brands Apple and Keurig, in addition to Reynolds Wrap, Microsoft Windows, and Ford Sync. The "Watch List" brands have shown exceptional brand strength in the past years, but now face uncertainty in the long-term.
The Apple iPhone remains the most desired smartphone in the market. However, as new Android handsets continue to hit the market, it is unclear whether or not Apple's consumers will remain loyal. With the announcement of iOS 7 and the new iPhones, there is a chance Apple can correct its slowing iPhone ownership and global market share slide.
With the expiration of K-Cup patents, Keurig's leadership in the market is uncertain despite its strong partnerships with Green Mountain, Starbucks, and Dunkin' Donuts. Its ability to survive amid a sea of me-too competitors will dictate the brand's long-term potential.
About Landor's Breakaway Brands study
First published in 2004, Landor's annual Breakaway Brands® study provides a unique look at brands that have exhibited a sustained, quantifiable increase in brand strength over a three-year period.
Brand strength is determined using three years of consumer survey data from the BrandAsset® Valuator (BAV) U.S. database. Landor analyzed data for approximately 2,500 brands across industries, based on interviews with more than 15,000 consumers annually, evaluating against 48 different measures of brand health. By comparing brand performance on key measures that drive consumer preference and choice-specifically, the brand's differentiation (including its distinctiveness, innovation, and dynamism)-and the brand's relevance (how appropriate it is to a consumer's life), Landor identifies those brands that increased their scores most dramatically. When a brand grew significantly on both measures (an indication of true brand strength) and these numbers were sustained over the three-year period, they became candidates for the Breakaway Brands list.
Later, Landor partnered with students from Wake Forest University's School of Business to conduct secondary research on key actions undertaken by brand owners to enhance performance and identify the strategies and initiatives employed to sustain brand growth over three years. The selected finalists are therefore not necessarily the biggest brands, but brands that proactively built brand strength most consistently over time.
With more than 20 years of consumer data, BAV is the world's largest and most enduring study of brands. Polling consumers in the United States on a quarterly basis for their perceptions of brands, it identifies and analyzes brand strength and trends based on four pillars of brand building: differentiation, relevance, esteem, and knowledge.
To date, BAV tracks brands in more than 51 countries, covers some 50,000 brands, has conducted interviews with more than 750,000 consumers, and includes dozens of brand metrics and attitudinal questions. BAV is part of Young & Rubicam Group, a partnership of companies that includes Landor.
Landor Associates, www.landor.com, is one of the world's leading strategic brand consulting and design firms. Founded by Walter Landor in 1941, Landor pioneered many of the research, design, and consulting methods that are now standard in the branding industry. Partnering with clients, Landor drives business transformation and performance by creating brands that are more innovative, progressive, and dynamic than their competitors.
Landor's holistic approach to branding is a balance of rigorous, business-driven thinking and exceptional creativity. Its work spans the full breadth of branding services, including brand research and valuation, brand positioning and architecture, naming and writing, corporate identity and consumer packaging design, branded experience, brand equity management, brand engagement, and digital branding.
With 25 offices in 19 countries, Landor's current and past clients include some of the world's most powerful brands, including Barclays, the Council on Foreign Relations, Diageo, FedEx Hilton Hotels, Jet Airways, Microsoft, MillerCoors, Procter & Gamble, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, and Verizon.
Landor is a member of the Young & Rubicam Group network within WPP, one of the world's largest marketing and communications firm.
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