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 Manufacturer