Event Summary: Measuring Brand Equity

Alex Reidegeld

Senior Events Executive

The Financial Services Forum

Key points from the “Measuring Brand Equity” seminar on 6 November 2018

Measuring Brand Equity
Tuesday 6 November 2018
Hosted by: Mintel

Speakers: Richard High (Brand Finance), Jane Bloomfield (Kantar), Martin Bellingham (AXA UK)

Is it possible to proof the financial value of “Brand”? Marketers would like to find a Holy Grail that allows them to proof to the board the value of brand. With many different brand valuation rankings available, what should marketers look out for and is there any real value in these rankings? Alex Reidegeld from The Financial Services Forum finds out.


Brand Valuation: What it is and how it (should be) done

  • First brand valuations were undertaken in 1984 and aim to understand the value of intangible assets to stakeholders
  • The current ISO standard requires three steps for a valuation to be compliant:
    1. Legal check: Does anyone own brand trademarks?
    2. Behavioural check: Is the brand adding value to the company and how?
    3. Financial check: How well are individual brands within a company doing?
  • Current standard is currently being reviewed to update it
  • Strict financial reporting and IP disclosure on balance sheets means assets can not be hidden through accounting policies


Benefits of Brand Valuation

  • Brand valuation allows marketers to confidently discuss marketing ROI in the boardroom
  • Data shows that strong brands not only generate better shareholder return in the long term, they also recover far quicker from financial crises
  • Brands in the FS sector tend to have below average brand equity when compared to other sectors
  • In 2006, the Top 100 FS brands with the most brand value was dominated by Global Banks, making up 61%
  • The last 12 years have seen a major shift towards Payments and Regional Banks. With Payments now taking 39% and Regional Banks 44% of the total.
  • Global Banks now only make up 9% of Top 100 valued brands in FS.
  • The globally top performing FS brand (an Indian bank) focuses heavily on creating a meaningful consumer experience


A real value for marketers?

  • Marketers can frequently face skepticism and resistance internally to brand value being viewed as a financial asset and can struggle to get passed the focus on numbers
  • If necessary, marketers can provide finance with detailed information about formulas, weightings etc used in the brand valuation so they can run sensitivity tests
  • With all the different choices of how brands can be values, marketers need to decide which valuation best suits their organisation and aligns with its vision and purpose
  • Valuation rankings, ultimately, mean little to consumers in the FS sector, so companies need a stronger differentiation than brand value ranking


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