Brand Naming Strategy

A good name is like a one word poem that everyone understands.

The most successful brand names express an original and compelling thought. We have a distinguished track record of developing meaningful, memorable and lasting names for our clients through our strategic approach and creative brand naming process.

A name, whether for a product, service or company, bears a heavy burden. It must convey a uniqueness about you or your offering. It must be memorable, and easy to say and spell. Those are the easy parts. It also has to connect emotionally with you, your employees and your customers, all of whom may have a different perspective on what makes a “good” brand name. Finally, you have to be able to own it, in your category or industry, maybe even internationally.

Our approach to brand naming strategy is designed to maximize your ability to agree on the right name. We do this by starting with what we want to say, and setting clear objective criteria that the name must satisfy – the story the name needs to tell, the tone you wish to set, and the functional conditions it needs to satisfy.

With clear naming objectives in place, we can develop ideas that respond in different ways. This process makes the process of creating, and choosing a name, more manageable, and with better results. As part of our brand naming strategy process, we explore multiple descriptive and evocative naming options, screening the most promising names, and presenting the best solutions.

A key to naming success is helping decision makers envision their brand name as it will exist in the real world. We bring names to life in ways that inspire buy in, and communication potential.

Read about how our new brand name for an educational program helped secure funding and inspired a successful launch.

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Developing Brand Naming Systems

Most organizations, large or small, will have multiple products, in their brand portfolio, the result of organic growth, or acquisition.

For clients with complex brand portfolios – whether products, divisions and acquisitions, we create organizing concepts that result in effective naming systems. These naming systems reduce friction, save time and cost, and present a coherent brand portfolio to employees, customers and investors.

The result is a clear, extendable brand naming strategy that guides policy development, saves time and cost in naming new or acquired brands, and presents a coherent brand portfolio to customers and investors.

See how our naming strategy for Coalesse from Steelcase, accomplished two core business objectives.

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AbilityLab

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Adobe Acrobat

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Buffalo Bill Center of the West

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CooperVision

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Highmark/Allegheny Health Network

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Luum Textiles

Luum Textiles

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Revel Architecture & Design

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Santa Lucia Preserve

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Steelcase’s Coalesse

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The Getty

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The Mix @ SFPL

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Unison

Unison

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University at Buffalo

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ViaSat’s Exede

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