The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Brendan Byrnes and consumer goods editor/analyst Austin Smith discuss topics across the investing world.

In this series, Brendan and Austin take a look at the world's most valuable brands in 2011 according to Interbrand. Today, we look at the some of the top 10 picks. Which companies on this list surprised us, and what does it mean for investors?

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