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Fortune Favors The Brave: What Can We Learn From These 4 Successful Brand Trademarks

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This post first appeared on Smart Insights on Nov. 20, 2018. If you don’t believe that having a good name will impact your business, maybe you should; catchy names outperform long and complicated names on the stock market by 33%. Sometimes, being bold when naming a business pays off. These can be the names that stick in people’s heads and set up your business for success. A name is an outgrowth...

Brand Names Matter: Nike

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If you ask almost anyone on the street where they know the name “Nike” from, they’re likely to tell you about the sportswear brand, not the Greek goddess of victory from whom the company takes its name. In circles outside of the cult of classicists, the brand name Nike has eclipsed the original meaning. NIke did not always have such a catchy, impactful business name, however. When the company was...

No Brand Name is Perfect, Not Even Apple’s

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When coming up with a brand name, it is easy to fall into a rabbit hole of overthinking. When you’re looking at so many ideas at once, it can become difficult to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of a name, even a name you like. Of course, as you continue your quest for the right name, you may find a name that resonates with you and fits most of the criteria. As you overthink the name, you...

Brand Names Matter – Google’s Unsettling Past

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Few people know that Google is not simply an abstract brand name–it takes its name from an augmentation of googol, a term for 10 raised to the 100th power. But what if we told you that Google was not always known by their iconic, memorable brand name? If you aren’t convinced that brand names matter, Google’s history might change your mind. Back in 1996 when Google first launched, they went...

Brand Names Matter – Amazon.com

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Amazon is a widely-recognized brand that has grown to immense success over the years. However, the retailer might not be what they are today if its founder Jeff Bezos had not made a strategic business change early in its lifespan. Originally, Bezos started an online book retailer, Cadabra. He wanted to market it as “Earth’s Largest Bookstore.” The term Cadabra came from the magic word...

How Poetry Can Help You Name Your Business

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Why read Yates? Why did they teach Shakespeare in school? It’s not like you’ll ever have to apply poetry to your life when you grow up, right? Maybe not quite. Poetic techniques are a fantastic tool when it comes to  choosing a name for your business. Poetic devices bring two strengths to your business name. They aid in memorability, making it easier for people to pass your brand name along for...

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