Branding Articles

Naming a StartUp Company in 5 Easy Steps

At some point, every new business owner and/or entrepreneur faces the obvious, but not always easy, question of “What do I name my new startup company?” For some, the business name is an afterthought, like putting the wrapping on a present, the final touches on the actual package of goods and services. For others it’s a life and death decision that will determine the success or failure of the endeavor. The truth typically falls in the middle…

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Finding Your Brand’s True Purpose

As an entrepreneur or company owner, distractions abound, sales, cash flow, staffing, HR, marketing, etc. The daily business of conducting business can take over and cloud the very purpose or reason that inspired you to start your company in the first place! Without a guiding light, a central reference point, the company’s direction shifts to chasing opportunities vs. building a powerful, sustainable brand…

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Naming A Medical Company

Naming a medical company is no simple task. With the proliferation of innovation technologies, new businesses are constantly emerging on the scene, each with it’s own brand identity. Every new medical brand compresses the available “white space,” creating even more challenges. To succeed in naming and branding your medical practice or business, keep these five naming tips in mind…

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You have a company name, but do you have a brand story?

In the quest for the “perfect” company name, much of the focus centers on creativity, originality, descriptiveness, cleverness, and even domain availability. In reality, very little of this matters if you cannot get past the initial introduction, the “hello” portion of your brand message. A clever name is great, but if you cannot follow that name with a natural segue into a deeper story, the conversation will falter or completely stop…

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Trademark Basics When Naming a Company

Any word or combination of words that identifies your company’s goods and services is a trademark. Your company’s trademark portfolio might include the name of your company, brand names for your products and services, and even slogans or tag lines. However, not all trademarks are created alike…

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Is your company brand stuck in first gear?

When it comes to renaming or rebranding a company, one of the most common complaints is that the current name is too limiting, confining and restrictive. This is often a result of very literal, descriptive names that succeeded initially, but then couldn’t make the shift…

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Why Company Abbreviations Often Spell Trouble

One of the most common company naming mistakes occurs when an organization attempts to fix a brand identity issue by abbreviating the company name. It’s literally and figuratively a short cut. The reason to take this step seems compelling in light of such well known brand names just as GE and IBM. But those examples involve two key luxuries most companies don’t have… decades of time and boatloads of money…

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The Company Naming Process – Finding Your Key Ingredients

The key to any successful company naming project hinges on having the right objectives in mind, in the right order. That sounds obvious enough, but business naming and branding assignments often lose focus and direction because they lack a clear, prioritized list of brand criteria. I often compare this process to creating a recipe…

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Scoring the Perfect Brand Name

If you are like most entrepreneurs, you’ve come face-to-face with this daunting challenge – finding a brand name that fully captures the essence of your company, product or service. You want it to inform, educate, explain, and position your business, all while engaging the customer and making the name both memorable and “sticky.” In addition, it must also clear all trademark hurdles and have an available and matching .com domain name. You might also want it to start high in the alphabet and be shorter than eight letters. And no longer than two syllables.

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Building the Best Company Branding Strategy

If you were to ask most entrepreneurs, they would admit their success was not linear in fashion. They built their “original” company on a single product, service or idea that then morphed again and again over time. Many of these necessary adaptations  to the business model cause a company brand to become misaligned — the message seems outdated, outmoded and irrelevant. For an example, think Radio Shack… a company now light years from its original intent. To avoid this common pitfall, here are steps to ensure your brand has the right foundation from day one.

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