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Global 100 brands ranking released – and just three are insurers

Global 100 brands ranking released – and just three are insurers | Insurance Business

Global 100 brands ranking released – and just three are insurers
A global brand ranking has made for poor reading for the insurance industry with just three insurers making the top 100 and insurance brands declining by 1% in value overall.

Asian firms dominated in the global list, but an insurance-specific top ten revealed the leading players from around the world. Chinese firm Ping An was rated the most valuable insurance brand in the world, coming in at 61 on the list with an estimated brand value of US$17.2bn, according to the 2017 BrandZ Top Global Brands report. China Life came in at 78, followed by AIA at 97.

In the insurance-specific top 10, State Farm and Allianz rounded out the top five, while global firms AXA and Zurich were also listed.

Challenges and opportunities for insurance brands remain on the horizon as demographic changes, societal trends and geopolitical uncertainty continue to impact the industry, the report published by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown, said.

Overall, insurance brands declined by 1% in value, as “the connection between customer and brand remained relatively weak”, due to digitisation and the commoditisation of the insurance sector. The value of the Asian brands increased 676 percent over 10 years, while the US and European brand value declined 27 percent and 38 percent, respectively.

“Businesses and individuals face many new threats, life events, and disruptions that are creating new opportunities for insurance brands to consider,” Victoria Sakal, senior consultant at Kantar Vermeer, said. Cyber remains a key area of growth, as do changes to the sharing economy which have seen more small businesses require innovative cover, Sakal continued.

“Insurance brands should also consider peer-to-peer insurance and on-demand options – rather than buying an annual policy, consumers are looking for ways to buy insurance on an as-needed basis or for a specific occasion.”

Brokers and insurers alike should look to provide more than risk transfer options, according to the report. As insurance firms position themselves into the lives of their customers as more than just a grudge purchase, brand value and trust will rise.

The report also noted that millennials starting families “presented the greatest opportunity” for insurance firms. Insurers and brokers should consider how their current value proposition can best be communicated with these younger generations, the report advises, as well as becoming more positive in their outreach.

Google were named as the most valuable brand in the world at US$245bn, followed by Apple  (US$234bn) and Microsoft (US$143bn).