Category: controversial names

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 [...]

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 [...]

How To Revitalize An Old Favorite »

So, when was the last time you had apple cider?  Can’t remember?  Well, maybe the answer is an evocative name that cuts through the clutter and really gets noticed? That is, instead of names like Thornbury, Magners or Thatchters, what about something like Frosty Jack, Woodchuck or Sir Isaac’s. Names with personality. One new entry [...]

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, [...]

When will New Dogs Learn the Old Tricks? »

Another car brand makes a linguistic faux pas? It seems too extraordinary to be true, and yet Audi has just released its newest electric car called “e-tron.” Inconveniently, étron means “excrement” in French. Whether or not Chevy’s car name “No Va” was really what led to its abysmal sales in both Mexico and Spain, it’s [...]

Why Most New Brand Names Are Doomed From The Start »

(A NameStormers’ Viewpoint – August, 2010) Popular commercial brands generate a “positive emotional reaction from the human brain,” according to a study by the Radiological Society of North America. Does that mean consumers are inclined to just purchase those brands that we have all heard of before, for better or for worse? This study links [...]

Why are so many scared of creativity? »

Society celebrates, envies, and covets creative people. So many individuals wish they were more creative – but then shy away from risky ideas. How can we both desire to be more creative and then run from the creative process? In the case of naming, sometimes creativity can cause you to fall flat on your face. [...]

Edgy Brand Names Deliver »

MBIA Asset Management manages about $45 billion. They provide fixed-income asset management along with a broad range of services to help state and local governments, academic institutions, pensions, endowments & insurance companies meet their investment objectives. They changed their name recently to something much more differentiating and memorable. While not a “safe” name, their new [...]

Brand Names That Work On Multiple Levels »

American National Bank was prosperous and growing. As it expanded by building new branches in adjacent communities, it started bumping into banks with confusingly similar names. It contacted us to develop a new name brand name that was: More distinctive and protectable than its current name Short and punchy and that would “pop” off of [...]

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