Press Release

August 29, 2019

Trust, innovation and experiences are powering growth 2019. BrandZ™ Top 40 Most Valuable Australian Brands revealed

Innovation and brand experience have proven to be critical factors driving performance according to the latest BrandZ™ Top 40 Most Valuable Australian Brands report released today by WPP and Kantar. Those perceived as highly innovative are growing on average 10 per cent faster than brands with a medium-to-low score, while high brand experience performers are seeing a nine per cent improvement in value.

Brands involved in the new digital retail economy are clear leaders in mastering two of the key indicators – innovation and experience. Joining the Top 40 for the first time are Australia Post (No. 21, US$1.1 billion) indexing 125 for innovation and 138 for brand experience, and Afterpay (No. 20, US$1.2 billion) with 124 for innovation. 

“BrandZ research highlights the importance of a strong brand as one of the key building blocks of resilient businesses,” says Ryan France, Kantar Australia Executive Director Brand. 

“Overall, Australia’s biggest brands have dropped 5% to US$96.8 billion led by the telco sector witnessing an 18 per cent fall as major players struggled with reduced margins; however, there are eight new entrants to the ranking in 2019. This demonstrates that no-one can be complacent. Companies that don’t invest in developing a strong brand can easily be replaced by those that are more effective in meeting consumer needs.” 

Despite the challenging year the banking sector faced that prompted a fall 13 per cent in total category brand value, it still maintained a powerful presence within the Top 40. CommBank retains the top spot with a value of US$15.9 billion, followed by ANZ at US$10.9 billion and Westpac at number 4 (US$7.6 billion). 

The dividing line between many of the best performers and those that struggled was their level of perceived consumer trust – another key indicator of recommendation and increasingly important in the social media age. One sector demonstrating the power of trust is retail. Bunnings (No. 9, US$2.7 billion) is Australia’s most trusted brand with a score of 144, achieving a standout growth of 46 percent. 

“Bunnings is a brilliant example of the power of combining consumer trust with being highly meaningful and different to the competition, says James Brown, Kantar Australia Executive Director Retail and Shopper. 

“Those that achieved this compelling mix performed six times better in this year’s ranking; and while bricks and mortar retail is facing some challenges, the sector still boasts some of our most trusted brands and this is a strong asset to have as they navigate the tough economic climate. Aussie consumers do trust those brands that are highly meaningful and different to their competitors.” 

“The 2019 ranking not only highlights the importance of trust, but the dire consequences of losing it,” says David Roth, CEO of The Store WPP EMEA and Asia and Chairman of BrandZ. 

“Brands that have seen their value drop this year need to look to those that are getting it right and determine the long-term strategies they need to adopt to win back the consumer confidence that will act as a lever for growth.”

The report can be downloaded here.

The BrandZ Top 10 Most Valuable Australian Brands 2019

 

Rank 2019

Brand

Category

Brand Value 2019 ($M USD)

Brand Value Change

1

CommBank

Banking

15,933

-3%

2

ANZ

Banking

10,946

-8%

3

Telstra

Telco

8,740

-19%

4

Westpac

Banking

7,631

-18%

5

Woolworths

Retail

7,045

-1%

6

NAB

Banking

6,740

-23%

7

Coles

Retail

4,694

-10%

8

Optus

Telco

3,058

-13%

9

Bunnings

Retail

2,740

+46%

10

St. George

Banking

2,212

-17%

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About the BrandZ™ Top 40 Most Valuable Australian Brands 2019
Commissioned by WPP, the valuation was conducted by brand equity research experts Kantar. It is the most definitive and robust ranking of Australian brands available. It analyses brands originally created in Australia and either owned by a publicly traded enterprise or has financials published in the public domain. The ability of any brand to power business growth relies on how it is perceived by customers. As the only brand valuation ranking grounded in consumer opinion, BrandZ™ analysis enables Australian brands to identify their strength in the market and provides clear strategic guidance on how to boost value for the long-term.

The ranking combines rigorously analysed market data from Bloomberg with extensive consumer insights from over 3.7 million consumers around the world, covering more than 166,000 different brands in over 50 markets – including opinions from over 52,000 Australian consumers on over 700 brands in 55 categories. The methodology mirrors the annual BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking, now in its 14th year. The suite of BrandZ™ brand valuations and reports also includes China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, The Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, UK, US.

About Kantar
Kantar is the world’s leading marketing data, insight and consultancy company. We know more about how people live, feel, shop, vote, watch and post worldwide than any other company. Working across the entire sales and marketing lifecycle, we help brands uncover growth in an extraordinary world. Kantar is part of WPP and its services are employed by over half of the Fortune 500 companies in 100 countries. For further information, please visit us at www.kantar.com. Kantar Australia is part of WPP AUNZ, Australasia’s leading creative transformation company. 

About WPP
WPP is a creative transformation company. We build better futures for our clients through an integrated offer of communications, experience, commerce and technology. For more information, visit www.wpp.com.

Media Contacts:

Jeannie Duhigg – jeannie.duhigg@kantar.com – 0439 470 128

 


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