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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...

Tips for Using Abstract Adjective + Noun Naming Techniques for your Business

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When naming your business, there are a variety of name types you can use. Classic, abstract, emotional, and clever names are also styles you can work with. Creative, engaging, and brief, abstract names provide almost limitless potential in our world of shrinking name availability. If you want a unique and memorable name that will serve as a strong foundation for your brand, you may consider this...

How To Use Abstract Names For Your Business

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Xerox, Vivo, Hulu. These names would just sound like a random jumble of sounds to many people if they were unfamiliar with the brands associated with them. These are abstract brand names, meaning they have no obvious connotations or roots and no direct association with the service or product the business is selling. Abstract brand names are rich with potential due to their originality...

How To Come Up With A Terrific Name For An App

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  You had a great idea and completed–or are in process of– the research and development phase to transform it into an app. Kudos & congratulations! That is an accomplishment to be proud of. You may just be at a sticking point trying to determine what to call it and how to brand it. We are here to help. How To Get Started We recommend writing a short brief about your product...

TRADEMARK VALIDATION IN NAMING

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So you’ve just picked out a new name for your start-up company. Or you’ve decided on a brand name for a new product. The next step is to start using the name, right? Wrong. Before you start using the name, you need to run a trademark search. Why Search? Your ability to use the name will depend on whether there is a likelihood of confusion between your name and pre-existing trademarks...

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