BRAND MARKETING RESEARCH: Google Is BrandZ’s Most Valuable Global Brand

Check out our new roundup for brand marketers, where you'll find the most relevant new insights and research published over the last week.  If you're trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook took the top 5 places in the '2017 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands' ranking released by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown.

Toyota came in first on the list of the world’s most valuable automakers by overall brand value. BMW took second place.

Marketing Week has released its 100 Disruptive Brands 2017 list.

Twitter and IPG Media Lab conducted a study on the success of paid video ads appearing in users’ feeds. “The Art of the Takeover: Optimizing What Consumers See First” and found that First View -- promoted videos that run at the top of users’ time lines -- are more effective than “standard view” ads that appear throughout the same feeds.

According to One Click Retail's research, Amazon's consumer product sales in the health and personal care, baby and grocery segments saw double-digit growth in the first quarter 2017, while the overall global health and personal care markets declined 1% and the grocery market declined 10%.Research from Cambridge Analytica, looked at brand preferences by Americans across a wide array of categories, finding that Ford (

Research from Cambridge Analytica, looked at brand preferences by Americans across a wide array of categories, finding that Ford was the most popular auto brand, followed by GM. Men prefer BMW, followed by Ford. Ford is the most desired brand for couples without children and Millennials.

A survey by Ipsos found that 25% of Americans said they had stopped using a brand's goods or services in the previous three months because of protests, boycotts or the brand's perceived political leanings.

In the study “Trade Marketing in Transition” from Criteo and Kantar Millward Brown, 50% of respondents rated online sales as "disruptive to hugely disruptive" to their industry. Other worries were Amazon setting prices (29%), conflicts between brand and retail sites (28%), and the complexity of process (27%).

Kantar Media also found the $117.9 million spent on marketing in the U.S. last year by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat and Pinterest. 

By 2021, business-to-business ecommerce will reach $1.2 trillion in the U.S., or 13 percent of the space according to Forrester Research said.

Create & Cultivate and marketing research agency Buzz MG surveyed more than 400 millennial females about their jobs, finances and social habits, and found that 51 percent believed that LinkedIn had been the most beneficial social platform for their careers.


Gretchen Gardner @gardnergretchen

Gretchen is a communications specialist and owner of GMG Strategic Communications. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she works with Argentine and international ventures on shaping their content, branding and marketing strategies to position them for success in global markets. She is also a lover of all things information and has worked consistently in journalism since college, most recently as a writer at Portada and as the deputy editor of The Bubble, the first informal, English-language news portal in Buenos Aires. She hails from Washington, D.C. and has a bachelor's degree in history and Hispanic studies from Hamilton College as well as a master's in international relations from the Argentine university Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
Gretchen is a communications specialist and owner of GMG Strategic Communications. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she works with Argentine and international ventures on shaping their content, branding and marketing strategies to position them for success in global markets. She is also a lover of all things information and has worked consistently in journalism since college, most recently as a writer at Portada and as the deputy editor of The Bubble, the first informal, English-language news portal in Buenos Aires. She hails from Washington, D.C. and has a bachelor's degree in history and Hispanic studies from Hamilton College as well as a master's in international relations from the Argentine university Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

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