US Brands of the Year Unveiled

Lots of folks these days are loyal to certain brands. I mean, if not,  would we really still be seeing so many iPhones in people’s hands? But  which brands have the strongest consumer response?

Well, The Harris Poll just released their 29th annual  EquiTrend Study, which rates brands in such industries as media, travel,  financial, entertainment, restaurants and more. The report looks at  three main factors when judging a brand’s equity, Familiarity, Quality  and Purchase Consideration, and those with the highest levels were  dubbed “Brands of the Yea.r”

Overall, 18 companies have earned “Brand of the Year” honors for the  very first time, including Starbucks for Coffee & Quick Service  Restaurant, American Airlines for Full Service Airline, FX Television  Network for General Entertainment and Ben & Jerry’s for Ice Cream  & Frozen Yogurt. 

As for some of the other top brands:

HBO – Pay Cable TV NetworkPBS- TV NetworkNPR – News ServiceThe Weather Channel – TV NewsYouTube – Social Networking SiteNetflix – Streaming Service SubscriptionFive Guys - Burger RestaurantKohl’s – Department StoreBest Buy – Electronics StoreNordstrom – Luxury Department StoreSouthwest - Value AirlineHilton Hotels & Marriott – Premium HotelTrip Adivisor – Online Travel ServiceRoyal Carribean – Cruise LineiPhone – SmartphoneVerizon – Wireless CarrierMicrosoft Computers – Computer ManufacturerClick here to find out what other brands made the grade.

Source: The Harris Poll