Category: basic naming questions

What Must Your New Name Do? »

A simple enough question that we’ve asked for over 20 years. The answers range from the deceptively simple: “Sell itself” to the overly ambitious: “Telegraph our brand positioning, differentiate from the competition, improve customer loyalty, catch the attention of prospects and grow our revenues while increasing our market share.”  But what if we change the [...]

When Naming, Simple Is Better »

When it comes to naming, simple is usually better. We believe this is true regardless of your budget. You are always battling for attention and today, in almost any venue, there seems to be more clutter and noise than ever before. Take the upheaval currently going on in the healthcare space with the Affordable Care [...]

Name Selection – Get the Right People on the Bus »

In Jim Collins’ book, Good to Great, an entire chapter is devoted to describing the importance of getting the right people on the bus (working for the company), the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats. One of Jim’s governing principles is, even in the direst of circumstances, to [...]

Acronyms – the Dark Side »

If you are in research, government, or some scientific or medical industry, acronyms likely dominate many product and company names. In our previous post, we talked about how “acronaming” can actually be useful and beneficial. However, there are a number of pitfalls that can quickly steer you from the safe and productive path of acronaming, [...]

Acronaming: A New Trend? »

Acronyms have a notoriously bad rap when it comes to naming and after spending some time working in Washington, D.C., I understand why. Whether it’s think tanks like AEI (American Enterprise Institute) or BI (Brookings Institution) or “acronymed” legislation like PROTECT-IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property) or [...]

The Dot-Com Reign of Terror »

It’s the year 2012, you have a limited marketing budget so you need your new name to be inherently engaging, catchy and memorable – doing the bulk of the heavy lifting for you. While this may be achievable, you also need the corresponding dot-com. And now the situation morphs from the modern-era of doable into [...]

New Yorker’s Naming and Our Review »

It’s always exciting to see a thoughtful article about brand naming in a mainstream, American staple like the New Yorker. The article, “Famous Names: does it matter what a product is called?” written by John Colapinto in the October 3rd, 2011 edition was certainly a fascinating read from beginning to end. Tools like Mind Maps [...]

Naming philosophies from the Naru, continued. »

The Naru (Naming Guru) has emerged from the naming reflecting pool to finish sharing his/her branding perspectives from earlier this month. 5b.) Literal / descriptive names are better than emotional names when developing specific product names underneath a family brand. While emotional, short & snappy brand names should establish strong connections with consumers (e.g., Northface, [...]

Naming philosophies from the Naru (Naming Guru): »

One of the special educational services NameStormers offers is access to the sage naming philosophies of the revered Naru (Naming Guru). (The identity of the Naru is protected so he/she can go about day-to-day life without being chased down the street by marketers and branding strategists demanding one-on-one audiences.) 1) Think like a customer, not [...]

The Rise of Private Labels & The Role of Strong Brand Names »

“Consumers are buying private label food and drink products in greater numbers, typically because these products represent better value” (Mintel, The Private Label Food and Drink Consumer, Dec. 2010). But, is this causation or correlation? Are consumers knowingly buying private labels in larger quantities because of their perceived value, or is something else driving the [...]

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