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What are the characteristics of a good brand name?
Solid branding is the gateway to success. It is all about building a connection with your audience. Thereby, your name is the first aspect of a company or brand that consumers can judge. In addition, a brand name has several functions.
A good name:
- is recognisable
creates a psychological connection for the (potential) customer
can give your company, product or service a stronger brand positioning.
The rules of thumb we use for this at MOQO are simple. Only the names that meet the following criteria will survive the selection:
fitting with the brand story
easy to remember, pronounce and spell
easy to understand in different languages
resistant to the evolution and growth of the company
How do you come up with a good brand name?
Even when you observe the above rules, a brand name can still go in many directions. There is no ideal recipe for finding a good name. A surprising and short name works for one company or product, while in other cases a more explanatory and longer name is the better choice.
Some starting points to get the brainstorm going:
The purpose of the company or product or service: e.g. for SHFT and Sapience, we took inspiration from the company's activity.
What sector are you in? This can be immediately explanatory.
Creative puns: contractions, combinations...
All possible associations: e.g. for Castor, we took inspiration from the location of the restaurant.
Target group-oriented: e.g. for BekaertDeslee's product Camille, we mainly target women, so a girl's name was obvious.
No name without a tagline
Does your name not really explain what you do? Then a tagline can bring clarity. For instance, the Camille brand goes through life with the baseline "The interchangeable cover". But again, that rule does not always apply. For Wild, we work with the baseline "Live the design", and what would McDonald's be without "I'm lovin' it"?