The (Financial) Value of a Brand

How to make the case for investments in brand identity

Erwin Lima

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Coca cola bottle — Krisztian Matyas via Unsplash.

Brands create financial value for their owners, and well-managed and consistently used brands more so than others.

If you work in marketing and understand anything about branding, you know from a bunch of research as well as case studies that this is true. you know it in your gut. But in case you have to convince a decision-maker in your work to invest in something brand-related: how do you explain why and how this works, and how do you make the case?

Here are some basic primers you might want to use, and even a link to a list of branding ROI calculators that might help.

What is the financial value of Branding?

According to Millward Brown Optimor’s analysis, in 1980 almost the entire value of an average S&P 500 company was comprised of tangible assets (chairs, factories, inventory, et cetera).

In 2010, tangible assets accounted for only 30 to 40 percent of a company’s value. The rest is intangible value, and about half of that intangible portion, close to 30 percent of total business value, is attributed to brands.

In 2015 Millward Brown showed us that in the 10 years before that, the strongest brands in the BrandZ Top…

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Erwin Lima

Exploring and maximising human potential. I write about tech, marketing, writing, love, money, society; life. Find my newest book here: https://lifebeyond.one/