Ferrari has nabbed the honor of becoming the world's most powerful brand from Apple. According to Brand Finance, the Italian automaker earned the highest rating among all brands on the Global 500 list despite being worth considerably less than its competition. But the ranking takes into account more than just a company's bottom line. Brand Finance also looks at margins, average revenue per customer and less tangible notions like brand affection and loyalty.

There's no disputing those latter two categories, and this year saw Ferrari enjoy the best financial results in the automaker's history. In 2012, the company's revenue jumped by eight percent to 2.43 billion euro thanks in part to a 4.5 percent increase in deliveries worldwide.

Meanwhile, Apple squeaked out ahead of Samsung to earn the top spot as the most valuable brand at $400 billion. You can check out the Brand Finance press release below for more information.
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APPLE PIPS SAMSUNG BUT FERRARI WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL BRAND

Apple (US$87 billion) pips Samsung (US$58 billion) as the world's most valuable brand but Ferrari is the world's most powerful brand, according to leading brand valuation and marketing experts Brand Finance.

The BrandFinance® Global 500 analyses the performance of leading brands across all major business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) sectors, to produce a list of the world's top 500 most valuable brands, making it the most extensive brand valuation study of its kind in the world.

Apple pips Samsung

Electronics giant Apple had a roller coaster year in 2012 – its enterprise value rocketed from US$350 billion to US$600 billion only to dip to US$400 billion in the space of 12 months. Despite a raft of new product launches such as the new iPhone and iPad the company continued to lose ground to Samsung and it was only its sheer size that helped Apple maintain its lead position over its smaller but more nimble South Korean rival.

The net result for Apple's brand value was a rise from $70 billion to $87 billion but a slight weakening of its brand rating from AAA+ to AAA.

The mighty Apple brand is supporting the company as it arguably loses its competitive edge to Samsung in the wake of the launch of Galaxy S3, the most pre-ordered smart phone of all time. Samsung's brand value leaped by a staggering 54 per cent (US$20.6 billion) and more new digital consumer products are expected to be launched during 2013.

Commenting on the findings, Brand Finance CEO David Haigh said: "Brand is one of many intangible assets which drive profitable growth. Technology, contractual, human capital and customer intangibles as well as general goodwill all drive overall corporate value. With revenues in the tens of billions, Apple and Samsung are slugging it out for global brand supremacy and are vying with each other to create strong 'customer love' for their brands. However, there are other brands in the Global 500 that though they may never challenge the brand value giants, are nonetheless extremely powerful and well-loved."

Italian Beauty

A case in point is Ferrari, owned by Italian car giant Fiat, that achieved the highest brand rating in the Global 500 despite being a niche sports car manufacturer with a much smaller enterprise value than many of the other global brands in the Top 500.

"I often think that the Italian genius for car design is based in the language of craft," comments world renowned design critic Stephen Bayley. "Theirs is a workshop vocabulary with words for a car's features and contours many of which simply don't exist in English. If you have a word for it you can draw it. That word is beauty," he says.

A key driver of brand value is revenue. Clearly Ferrari cannot compete in terms of the size of the multi-national brands. However its brand rating takes into account other financial metrics such as net margins, average revenue per customer, marketing and advertising spend as well as qualitative measures such as brand affection and loyalty.

Taken together, Ferrari outperforms not only rival auto manufacturers BMW, VW, Mercedes Benz, Lexus and Audi but all brands worldwide.

Ferrari today announced record results for the first nine months of 2012, recording an increase in net profits by 7.6 per cent to €244m on a turnover of €2.43 billion.

"It is always a pleasure to top any list and still more so when the competition includes some of the world's most famous companies. This achievement proves that even in very tough economic times, Italy can still offer the world businesses of excellence," commented Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo. "Behind this acknowledgement are exceptional products made by equally exceptional men and women. They made it possible and for that I thank them."

David Haigh concludes: "As the Global 500 powerfully demonstrates, customer expectations of brands are much higher than ever as trust becomes a critical business issue in a time of increased economic uncertainty. To fulfil such expectations, brand owners must continue to innovate whilst at the same time deliver quality with value, choice with social responsibility and sustainability with growth."


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      mikeymac
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dont agree with this. Only because I feel like anyone can own an apple product where only the worlds elite can own a Ferrari.
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ferrari, thank you
      EUniqe
      • 1 Year Ago
      funny how your products have to be erring on the side of illogical for them suceed... hardly a surprise tho. marketing > sense
      Car Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course Ferrari doesn't make the money Apple does. They don't build their products in China using slave wages. But yet, Apple always seems to get a free pass on that fact when people line up to buy the latest iWhatever at over inflated prices.
      CS Boy
      • 1 Year Ago
      apple sucks though. dumb consumers raised apple's stakes apple is always behind. its that simple. for every new apple product comes out. there are much better more advanced
        canuckcharlie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CS Boy
        I disagree...i\'ve had various apple products. they are intuitive to use and hardware is dead solid/reliable. yes there is a slight market premium but they are still very affordable to most ppl. ferrari, while known by most...are hardly attainable at average income.
        ravenosa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CS Boy
        Depends on what you do... If you work at a recording studio, editing suite or design house, there are plenty of Macs doing great things. If you want to do it right, spending a little extra money is worth it. iOS is still the only choice if you want a low-latency, dockable tablet/smartphone to do anything creative with. If the consumers enjoy using their products, exactly who's the dummy?
          Bernard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ravenosa
          This really depends on your IT talent. If you have good IT talent you can do so much more for so much less by not using Apple. Apple products are really restrictive which is why most people jail break their iPhone's. Their portfolio is very incomplete, both the enterprise market and the hardcore gaming market are largely ignored by Apple. On the other hand, for doing the few things they were designed for they work really well. Also, the Macbook Air is still the best ultraportable even for the price.
          Vien Huynh
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ravenosa
          I do own both PC, and Mac. While PC specs r good and much cheaper than Mac, the hardware... sux bad. My other windows laptop parts fell apart after a while.... at least the Mac, though specs inferior, still look good after 2 years. Working on a linux like environment aint bad.
      Cody
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Ferrari was anything like Apple, they'd be selling basically $500,000 Honda Civic equivalents with that Ferrari badge on them.
        Patrick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cody
        If Ferrari was anything like Apple, then you would see a Ferrari commercial that is flashy and makes the car seem greater than it actually is (which is hard to imagine) and the CEO would be a pretentious and overrated figure and they would have to make a new version of a Ferrari every six months because they didn't make the last one correctly in certain aspects in the first place.
      vedi123
      • 1 Year Ago
      ferrari is so overrated these days. hardly any race wins and there are lots of cars that are faster, while being as desirable and much more reliable.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      cluser2008
      • 1 Year Ago
      If someone said they would give me a Ferrari for my Chrysler 300, I would turn them down.
        torqued
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cluser2008
        I'll make you a deal. You go buy a Ferrari and I'll buy a new Chrysler 300 (loaded!) and we'll trade straight up.
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cluser2008
        If someone said they would give me a Chrylser 300 for my Fiat 500, I would turn them down.
      chirowolf
      • 1 Year Ago
      obviously the results are very biased. I'm not saying Ferrari makes crap or anything, but "the most powerful brand" As companies go Ferrari is very small and carries very little weight (even inside the car industry) I'm pretty sure companies all over the world do not strategize and say "wait, lets see what Ferrari is going to do" Other companies will wait and see what Apple is going to do. In the end Ferrari is a small exotic car niche company that is owned mostly by the larger company Fiat. If it were all about brand then we would be calling all cars "Ferrari" like many call all tissues "Kleenex"
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chirowolf
        Many comments here are about company profitability but what the story is about here is about the 'name' or label, a logo or identity. That prancing horse and yellow shield is a famous symbol recognized almost in every country around the world, rich or poor.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      I rather have a Lamborghini Aventador and not buy Apple products that are made by Chinese child slave labor (Google Foxxcomm).
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