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Secrets of the 10 Most-Trusted Brands

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This story appears in the April 2012 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Branding's Big GunsThere's no better way to dissect the how-tos of branding than to dig deep into the companies everybody knows and trusts. To accomplish this, Entrepreneur teamed with The Values Institute at DGWB, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based think tank that focuses on relationships, on a consumer survey that explored the reasons some manage to stay on top.

What became clear: Though they may not have the biggest sales or market share in their categories, today's most trustworthy brands have created relationships with consumers through experiences that trigger a visceral response.

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