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Kyanon, better known as Canon Inc. is one of the biggest companies in Japan. In 2015 by market capitalization Canon was listed as the 10th largest public Japanese company.

Canon is a Japanese multinational corporation that specializes in the manufacturing of optical and imaging products, which includes electronics like camcorders, cameras, steppers, photocopiers, medical equipment as well as computer printers. The company has its headquarters Ota, Tokyo, Japan and has been primarily listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as well as being secondarily listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The brand price for Canon is worth $7.1 billion in 2016 according to Forbes.

History of Canon

The Canon brand was a brainchild that kicked off in the Japan Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory back in 1937 by pioneers Goro Yoshida, Takeo Maeda, Takeshi Mitarai and Saburo Uchida. During the time, Canon lacked the facilities to produce their optical glass, and they had to incorporate Nippon Kogaku K.K.'s Nikkor lenses (which transitioned into the Nikon Corporation).

In the space of 1933-1936, Canon had produced the “Kwanon” which was a Leica design copy. By 1940 Canon had developed an indirect X-ray camera (a first in Japan). The manufacturing of better and much more modern cameras progressed from there.

Canon's main competitors include Lumia, Olympus, Konica Minolta, Kodak, Epson, Sony, Hewlett-Packard, Pentax, etc.

Despite the numerous competition, Canon has managed to remain one of the best optical and imaging products brand.

Advertising and Interesting Facts

Canon has been known to put out some pretty awesome ads, mostly bespoke product advert campaigns. However, Canon has also launched some pretty enthralling and audience engaging commercials. Canon has video adverts created by “JWT” as well as “VCCP” agencies.

The corporate logo for Canon is designed using its initials is unique and has been recognized all over the world. The red color was used in the logo been attractive and represents passion and energy.

Canon rarely uses a particular slogan but make use of very attractive and creative taglines for their adverts. The most creative slogans employed by Canon includes:

You can
Delighting you always.
Do not let a call interrupt your photo.
Find your own angle.
The Canon brand slogan also varies with locations.
In the United States, it is “Image anyware”;
In Japan, it is “Make it possible with Canon”;
In Europe, it is “You can Canon”;
In Asia, it is “Delighting you always” and
In Oceania, it is “Advanced simplicity”

Generally, Canon makes use of image ads as well as video commercial. There are a lot of really creative and audience engaging Canon commercials which include the Canon “you are my inspiration” commercial, the Canon EOS 1300D TVC – “Wedding” ad, the “Canon in D by Pachelbel” commercial as well as the Canon “Inspired” commercial which won the 2013 Emmy awards.

Canon recorded revenue of $31.4 billion in 2016 from an advertising budget of $669 million.

Canon's creative, compelling, engaging and at times moving commercials has helped the company pull revenue and stay relevant in a very competitive market. The Canon brand remains one of the most known and respected brands in the optical and imaging product industry. Canon organizes its own Awards event where individuals and groups and allowed to send in their entries.