BrandZ just published its annual brand valuation report weeks after Forbes released its best brand list.  The dramatic differences between the lists caused some head scratching among businesspeople.  When Interbrand‘s report comes out later this year and inevitably reports more different numbers, confusion is likely to grow.  Unfortunately if you want to know which best […]

Brands continue to grow in value, according to the analyses in Millward Brown‘s most recent BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report. Although I maintain my previously-expressed concerns with all brand valuation methodology — whether it is Interbrand’s Best Global Brands, BrandFinance Global 500, or Millward Brown’s BrandZ — the dollar values they report are […]

For over 20 years CoreBrand has highlighted the most powerful brands in its Top 100 BrandPower Rankings.  The New York-based consulting firm recently released its 2012 report so I asked CEO and Founder, Jim Gregory, to join me to discuss the results.  Our discussion focused on technology brands including Google, Yahoo, Apple, and Samsung since I thought it […]

Brand value is all the buzz these days, thanks to the recent release of Interbrand’s Best Global Brands report.  I preempted the action with a post a few weeks ago called “The Problem with Brand Valuation.”  In it I took issue with a specific aspect of most valuation methodologies — a factor to account for […]

Consensus Advisors just released their 2009-2010 Retailer Health Ratings (RHRs) report.  The RHRs measure and compare retailers over a five-year period on: healthy growth asset utilization pricing power balance sheet strength The report and webinar were really interesting and so I thought I’d share some of the insights and my reactions. […]

Last week I had the pleasure of serving as a panelist on the marketing track for the 26th Annual Southern California Business Growth Conference.  Co-hosted by the Harvard Business School Association of Orange County and USC Marshall Alumni Association, the conference attracted over 1,000 of the region’s elite business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. […]

Recently several manufacturers have announced that they are initiating an e-commerce business.   I’m not sure of the motivations behind these moves but it seems to be a growing trend. Although many manufacturers have been offering direct sales for many years through their own e-commerce sites, it seems we’re seeing a new surge of interest in […]