Let’s begin with the site’s prediction list of brands that will disappear in 2015. It’s a strange mix, since many of the brands themselves wouldn’t go anywhere even if these predictions are correct. DirecTV, for example, would still sell satellite TV service if it became part of AT&T.
3. Hillshire Brands (The company’s brands aren’t going anywhere, but the company itself will become part of Tyson Foods.)
5. Alaska Air (24/7 Wall Street thinks it would be a fine acquisition for one of the larger carriers.)
6. Russell Stover (this list was published before Lindt and Sprüngli made an offer to buy the company)
8. Time Warner Cable
That’s a pretty good list, mixing companies that are doomed (Blackberry) with likely acquisition targets (Hillshire Brands and Time Warner Cable.)
Let’s look at the list that they released at this time last year of companies doomed in 2014. Granted, the year isn’t over yet, but we still have a good idea now of which companies will survive until December.
1. JCPenney – Okay, so the top CEO candidate didn’t want the job of running this place, but JCP isn’t dead yet.
2. Nook – The e-reader from Barnes & Noble will be spun off into its own company so it will stop dragging down the bookstore chain’s earnings, but continues to exist.
3. Martha Stewart Living Magazine – still going, and even available for iPad.
4. LivingSocial – still kicking, one of the few survivors of the coupon bubble of the Great Recession.
5. Volvo – still in business, making offensive social media posts in China.
6. Olympus – shut down its biotech division recently, but still selling cameras.
7. WNBA – the league got media attention in recent months for starting to openly market to its LGBT fans, and remains in business.
8. Leap Wireless – this one they got right, but were completely wrong about the “brand” part. Leap Wireless is better known as Cricket, and AT&T completed its acquisition of the company earlier this year. However, Cricket was the better-known prepaid wireless brand, and AT&T’s new and little-known Aio prepaid service disappeared into Cricket.
9. Mitsubishi Motors – still in business and marketing tiny electric cars.
10. Road & Track magazine – the Hearst publication is still here, still putting out a print edition.