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Innovation fuels growth for retail and telecom sectors in BrandZ™ Top 75 Most Valuable Indian Brands despite challenging times

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MUMBAI, India, Sept. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Retail and telecom brands have outperformed most other categories and seen their brand value increase in the 2020 BrandZ™ Top 75 Most Valuable Indian Brands ranking, released today by WPP and Kantar. In challenging economic and social conditions created by the global pandemic and a pre-COVID-19 slowdown in the Indian economy, brands have to adapt quickly, with innovation and agility helping to fuel growth.

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This year's ranking was worth $216 billion in brand value, a decline of 6% over last year, driven largely by a slowdown in the brand value of companies in the banking and automotive sectors. Despite the overall decline in brand value of the Top 75, 26 brands increased in value and five were new entrants. India's top brands also performed well against other countries where declines in total brand value were much greater.

The retail sector in particular has adjusted to the needs of shoppers restricted by lockdown measures. Reliance Retail (+102%, no. 25, $2.3 billion) was the fastest riser this year, up 30 places, with telecom brand Jio (no. 7, $6.9 billion) contributing to the overall success of the parent company. The largest retailer in India, Reliance Retail has invested in its digital commerce capabilities, comprising JioMart's online B2C business and the kirana digitisation programme, with plans to digitise five million kirana stores by 2023.

Online retail brands, Flipkart (no. 8, +40%, $6.5 billion) and D-Mart (no. 16, +38%, $3.3 billion) also saw their brand value increase significantly, while instant food brand Maggi (no. 23, $2.5 billion) had one of the highest brand value growth figures (46%) this year.

For millions of Indians who stayed at home during the crisis, telecom providers have supplied a much-needed lifeline and fulfilled a growing demand for data-driven services like online gaming and media streaming. Airtel (no.4, +36%, $13.9 billion) was the top telecom brand, while Jio saw its value increase 26%. One of five new entrants, BSNL (no. 75, $583 million) also benefitted from the overall uplift in the telecom category, which contributed $25.5 billion to the ranking this year. As the sector continues to consolidate, local players will become more important and will need to continue to innovate for future growth.

HDFC Bank was India's top brand worth $20.3 billion, claiming the no.1 spot for the seventh consecutive year, and contributing to banking being the leading category in this year's ranking worth a total of $42.1 billion in brand value. Consistent in its financial performance and customer experience, the bank was also ranked no. 59 in the 2020 BrandZTM Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report.

David Roth, CEO of The Store WPP, EMEA and Asia and Chairman of BrandZ, said: "Brands globally are being tested by the pandemic, especially in countries such as India where the economy was slowing down prior to COVID-19. Many Indian brands have risen to the challenge and demonstrated their ability to innovate and adapt in ways that are world class. Our analysis proves convulsively once again that companies who invest in brand building are better placed to survive such challenges and come out stronger."

BrandZ Top 10 Most Valuable Indian Brands 2020

Rank 2020

Brand

Category

Brand Value 2020 ($M USD)

Brand Value Change

1

HDFC Bank

Banks

20,262

-11%

2

LIC

Insurance

18,294

-9%

3

Tata Consultancy Services

Technology

14,582

-20%

4

Airtel

Telecom providers

13,942

36%

5

Asian Paints

Paints

7,972

14%

6

Kotak Mahindra Bank

Banks

7,215

-6%

7

Jio

Telecom providers

6,876

26%

8

Flipkart

Retail

6,529

40%

9

Paytm

Payments

6,272

50%

10

State Bank of India

Banks

5,387

-36%

Preeti Reddy, CEO - South Asia, Insights Division, Kantar, said: "The performance of retail, telecom and FMCG brands has shown that being agile in times of crisis is critical for growth. Brands need to constantly innovate in order to survive and re-purpose themselves for the future, or risk being left behind. Those brands who continue to drive transformation, not just digitally, but in the total experience they deliver to meet consumer needs, will create opportunities to increase their value in the future."

BrandZ's strong brand portfolio continues to out-perform the market, where recovery during the pandemic is faster for strong brands. Globally, the BrandZ strong brands portfolios have consistently outperformed the market, including the S&P 500 and MSCI World Index. This validates the role of marketing and brand-building investment to support business recovery.

Other key trends in the BrandZ™ Top 75 Most Valuable Indian Brands Ranking, include:

  • The 'lipstick effect': Newcomers included personal care brands, Dove (no. 61, $847 million) and Close Up (no. 69, $663 million), which benefitted as consumers, unable to spend on luxury items, such as holidays during an economic downturn, treated themselves to small luxury personal care items
  • Trusted brands have weathered the crisis better than brands with a low trust index. In a category where it is difficult to gain consumer trust, Airtel bet on its brand strategy of being open and transparent. It is now one of India's most trusted brands and grew 36% in its brand value over the past year
  • Innovation keeps it fresh: Despite the paints industry struggling in India, top 5 brand Asian Paints (no. 5, $8.0 billion), grew its brand value by 14%, by focusing on meaningful difference, communications and innovation. The market leader, it has successfully brought out new products, while building a strong distribution network and raising its profile among key influencers like architects and professional painters
  • Brands with a strong purpose drive growth, particularly during challenging times. BrandZ analysis shows that consumer expectations of brands to act more responsibly have tripled in the last 10 years and this year's ranking demonstrates that Indian companies are striving to deliver better products and services, which contribute positively to people's lives, the environment and wider communities.  

The BrandZ™ Top 75 Most Valuable Indian Brands report and ranking and extensive analysis are available online here and via BrandZ.com. The reports, rankings, charts, articles and more can also be accessed through the BrandZ app, which is free to download for Apple IOS and all Android devices from http://www.brandz.com/mobile or by searching for BrandZ in the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About the BrandZ™ Top 75 Most Valuable Indian Brands Ranking

Commissioned by WPP, the valuation behind the BrandZ™ Top 75 Most Valuable Indian Brands was conducted by brand equity research experts Kantar. The methodology mirrors that used to calculate the annual BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking, which is now in its 15th year.

The ranking combines rigorously analysed market data from Bloomberg with extensive consumer insights from over 3.8 million consumers around the world, covering more than 17,801 different brands in over 51 markets – including opinions from over 121,500 Indian consumers on over 1140 brands in over 89 categories.

Grounded in consumer opinion, BrandZTM analysis enables businesses to identify their brand's strength in the market and provides clear strategic guidance on how to boost value for the long-term.

The BrandZ™ Top 75 Most Valuable Indian Brands is the most definitive and robust ranking of the country's brands available, and the brands ranked must meet at least one of these eligibility criteria:

  • The corporate parent is listed on a stock exchange in India.
  • The brand originated in India and its corporate parent is listed on a recognized stock exchange.
  • The brand is privately owned, but its complete financial statements are publicly available.
  • Indian unicorns make their most recent valuations available in the public domain.

The suite of BrandZTM brand valuation rankings and reports currently includes Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru), The Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the US; reports for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are scheduled to be launched later in 2020. Access a suite of customised reports and data packages from BrandZ via https://www.kantar.com/marketplace/solutions/brand-insights

About Kantar

Kantar is the world's leading evidence-based insights and consulting company. We have a complete, unique and rounded understanding of how people think, feel and act; globally and locally in over 90 markets. By combining the deep expertise of our people, our data resources and benchmarks, our innovative analytics and technology, we help our clients understand people and inspire growth. For more information, visit www.kantar.com 

About WPP

WPP is a creative transformation company. We use the power of creativity to build better futures for our people, clients and communities. For more information, visit www.wpp.com

Media contacts:
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Amanjit.singh@kantar.com 

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