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Top Compound Business Names – Branding Expert Picks

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Compound names are a popular choice when it comes to business and have proven to be very effective. Essentially, a compound name is the combination of two words, squished together to create one new, catchy brand name. A great example of this is SnapChat. The brand name brings together two ideas that are at the core of the company’s operation – images (snap) and socializing (chat). We get the gist...

Top Real Word Business Names – Branding Expert Picks

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Business owners rack their brains for months trying to come up with a catchy and effective business name. They brainstorm industry keywords, search for emotionally resonant phrases, and labor over various combinations of these words to create something modern-sounding and competitive.  But what about something much simpler?  Naming your company with a real word is a bold move that...

The Oedipal Complexes in Brand Naming

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When you’re trying to generate business names, you may feel like all the names that you consider “good names” are taken.   This is because the most obvious names have already been taken!  Over 50 million new businesses start up each year. Coming up with a name that will help your business stand out is a challenge. One mistake you should not make is coveting the names of your...

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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