What We Do Builds Shareholder Value

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John Gerzema, Chief Insights Officer for Young & Rubicam, and author of The Brand Bubble: The Looming Crisis in Brand Value and How to Avoid It, appeared live on Bloomberg to argue for brands.
He said, “brand value actually represents one third of the market value of the S&P 500 (up 80% in three decades), so brand value is essentially shareholder value.” He also said the best brands–Nike, Apple, Nordstrom–have achieved “energized differentiation” which allows them to “escape their categories.”

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. Jonathan Mzinja says:

    So much about brands…why have I got this feeling…and I’ve had it since I ever got to learn a bit about the stock Market..why do I get this feeling that the whole Securities Trading adventure is one giant Ponzi scheme. Forget Mardoff’s billions…I mean the whole damn system. NySE,Nasdaq,LSE,Tokyo. Somebody convince me otherwise.