Category: naming tips

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 [...]

Smooth Sailing: Is it possible to rebrand and rename painlessly? »

Many companies underestimate the time required to integrate brands from a merger. The United and Continental airlines deal is a good example. Close to three years after the merger that was announced in May 2010, WSJ, United has only recently finished rebranding its former “Continental” airplanes as “United”, and is still working to completely combine [...]

Nutrilite: Small Product, Big Name »

Like any triathlete with moderate knowledge of the sport, I take note when I see the IronMan logo on something or supporting a product. Not too long ago, I happened upon a page on the IronMan website supporting a new supplement by Amway. What struck me about the page was not the write-up but 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, [...]

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 [...]

Pure Balance Tips the Scale »

 Hats off to Walmart who in an uncanny, or should we say uncanine twist, recently introduced a new ultrapremium dog food at a much lower price than comparable brands found in boutique pet stores or many veterinarian offices. We also like the more contemporary and with-it name, Pure Balance, than its predecessor, Ol’ Roy. Ol’ [...]

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, [...]

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