Early this week, we published a fascinating story behind Warby Parker’s brand name. After months of generating names (2000+) and gathering feedback, the four Founders – Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa, and Jeffrey Raider – finally agreed on Warby Parker, primarily because no one could associate anything with it, allowing them to control and build their own reputation from day one. [Read more…]
I’ll just come out and say it, there are a lot of unknowns when starting a company. Early stage founders are forced to enter unfamiliar territories, make gut instincts and wear multiple hats in order to keep this ship sailing in the right direction. One of these early obstacles is coming up with memorable brand name. And while choosing a business name may come easy for some, for most, it can be a lingering headache.
There’s no magic formula for choosing a brand name. To make matters worse, even when you discover what you think is the perfect name, you’ll continuously second guess yourself. Most understand the basics of forming a memorable brand name: keep it simple, short, unique, flexible and easy to pronounce. But then it starts to get a little grey. Should it be suggestive or descriptive? Empty vessel or compound? Acronym or misspelled? Or perhaps a real word like Apple or Amazon?
It’s been a long time coming, for too long people have lived in fear for who they are, it’s heartbreaking to say the least. All people should be treated equally regardless of who they are, or who they love. LOVE is LOVE. Yesterday the Supreme Court weighed in to affirm a constitutional right to marriage equality here in the U.S. Many tears of joy, hugs of relief and cheers were exchanged across the country. Together, real change is possible. “We made our union a little more perfect” – President, Barack Obama
Brand mascots can be an effective marketing tool if they are built into the story of your brand. Slapping a whale, bunny or robot onto your brand won’t increase your marketshare or awareness overnight. Mascots naturally create brand triggers in the marketplace. For example, every time I see a white duck, I think Aflac (often I catch myself saying A…FLAC).