- It must be meaningful. It should communicate something important about the essence of your brand.
- It must be memorable. A name that is not memorable may hinder your marketing efforts. It could even drive your customers to your competition.
- It must be shareable. As well as memorability, it should also be easy to share in emails or social media. It should be easy to spell. Shorter names are almost always better for this purpose.
- It must lend itself to a strong visual design. It should manifest as a professionally wrought, simple logo, that can be easily applied to social media, signage, web, stationery; all of your brand’s touchpoints. It should also look great on business cards, and in written communications. Ideally, it should be something that a third-grader can draw from memory.
- It must have “legs”. It must be modular, with natural extensions. A good example of this is Twitter. Extensions include “Tweet”, “Retweet”, and “Twittersphere”.
- It must be legally available. This is often the toughest part. You may be able to devise a name that answers all the above requirements only to find out that it’s not legally available. And even it is legally available, the accompanying web domain may not be.
Corporate Naming Misconceptions:
- We can do it ourselves.After all, it’s just like naming a child. Corporate brand naming is a much more rigorous and exhaustive process. Sometimes hundreds of names are brought into play before finding the one that’s just right, that answers all the criteria for a good brand name.
- I’ll know it when I see it. Everyone has a filter for processing information, and everyone’s filter is different. A good name is the result of a well-rendered strategy, and must be thought through, tested, and proven solid. The best name may not be apparent at first.
- We can’t afford to have the name vetted. Your name needs to last a long time. An intellectual property lawyer has to conduct extensive research to make sure your name is not only available but isn’t too close to another name in your category of goods and services. To adopt a name without the proper vetting is too great a risk.
It’s been said that you can throw any number of random letters on a table and someone somewhere is either trying to trademark it, or register it as a domain name.
There is a lot that can be done to legally vet a name even before taking it to a trademark attorney, thereby reducing your outlay with trademark searches. We can help you do that.
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This is nothing new. From Burma Shave signs to the Mad Men heydays to the current digital diversification, agencies have always had to evolve to remain relevant and cost-effective. What remains a constant is the power of creative ideas and innovative means of communicating easily understood and persuasive brand stories—two disciplines Broderick Advertising can deliver, no matter the medium.