Category: master brands

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, [...]

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 [...]

The Coals that Started CorFire »

We recently helped develop the CorFire™ name and a corresponding naming architecture for SK C&C. Here is a little background: The CorFire solution suite lets retailers, phone companies and others deliver mobile commerce to their customers, today. The CorFire team has over eight years of real world experience providing systems that seamlessly serve half a [...]

Managing Expectations »

  The Harvard Business Review published an article this month discussing two possible approaches when naming next generation products: 1. Brand-Name Continuation (or) 2. Brand Name Change. Callaway Company launched its first Big Bertha driver in 1995 and then chose the brand-name continuation strategy: following with Great Big Bertha and then Biggest Big Bertha. This [...]

The Naming Hot Pot »

One of the biggest naming challenges can be in transnational markets, where a myriad of languages are spoken and customs are practiced. Besides being sure that you don’t recommend something in English that will offend somebody speaking Cantonese, there are fascinating linguistic nuances that both reveal a lot about what goes into a name and [...]

Narrowing The Focus Of A Brand »

Some branding pundits argue that “masterbranding” is where it is at today.  That is, instead of developing new names for your major new offerings, just extend your existing brand name and leverage all of those brand building dollars that you have invested over the years. While the masterbrand strategy has increased in popularity, it is [...]

How To Do A Brand Name Audit »

As companies grow, especially internationally or through M&A (Merger & Acquisition) activity, they often find their portfolio of brand names becoming ever larger. At some point, it is usually prudent to do a Brand Name Audit.  The first step  is to identify the key issues the audit should address. Here are ten you may want to consider:

Is a Masterbrand Naming Strategy Right for You? »

A masterbrand strategy often involves building one strong brand across many products, allowing you to focus all of your brand building dollars on just one brand name and identity.  This has the potential of greatly simplifying the brand management process and adding clarity to your messaging and communications.  Unfortunately, a masterbrand strategy sometimes ends up milking brand equity [...]

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