Every year, FORTUNE and BusinessWeek publish influential research on high performing companies. All of these companies have demonstrated superior business performance and have established powerful brands in the market.They’re strong, relevant brands. These are brands that resonate deeply with consumers, drive insight to impact and are admired for quality products, services and leaders. Marketing excellence is the norm at these companies. Marketing is a respected function, with leaders that drive the marketing agenda. Their teams maintain strong business acumen, and they have a deep understanding of market forces and strategic knowledge. Most importantly, their leadership teams get it. True cross-functional collaboration and integration exists throughout the corporation, and the management teams are de-siloed. These leaders are customer experience zealots: They demand consistency of experience across all touchpoints, they understand moments of truth, and they ensure that their employees understand their roles in bringing their brand promise to life. Read through for 5 Principles for Creating a Strong Brand.