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Breakthrough 
Branding 
Brand Naming Tips & Trade Secrets 
www.ideasbig.com 
Neil M. Brown
>>Breakthrough Branding: 
Brand Naming Tips & Trade Secrets 
www.ideasbig.com 
Contents: 
PREFACE............................
8. More Brand Naming Case Studies.........................................................................53 
Naming a Tec...
Preface 
>> 
www.ideasbig.com 
Naming a company, start-up, product or service is hard work, complex 
and often rife with m...
Breakthrough Branding: Brand Naming Tips & Trade Secrets will, 
hopefully, give you an understanding and appreciation for ...
About the Author 
Author Neil M. Brown is founder and chief branding officer of IDeas 
BIG (brand identity group), a full-...
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Naming a company, start-up, product or service is hard work, complex and often rife with mistakes. Billion dollar companies screw this up every year, while under-funded start-ups launch into the stratosphere with a name that seems brilliant and full of meaning, with little or no advertising.
Intuitively, your brand name is the foundation of all that is marketing. A great name is an advertisement in itself. A name can do more for achieving desired positioning than a budget the size of Australia’s GDP (exaggeration intended). The best names tell a story, and make marketing easier. A breakthrough name can garner free publicity, just because of the name.
What if Google launched with its original name BackRub? Would it be as successful? We know the product is great, but is the brand name Google more memorable and interesting? Of course.
As we will share in the first chapter, naming is very important, yet so often botched up. Despite the extreme amount of strategy and creativity required to develop an effective brand name, often everyone in the company feels compelled, and capable of contributing to name development.
This book is a naming tell all. Lay it all out there. Set the record straight.
Breakthrough Branding: Brand Naming Tips & Trade Secrets will, hopefully, give you an understanding and appreciation for this art and science of naming

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Breakthrough Branding: Brand Naming Tips and Trade Secrets [Preview]

  1. 1. Breakthrough Branding Brand Naming Tips & Trade Secrets www.ideasbig.com Neil M. Brown
  2. 2. >>Breakthrough Branding: Brand Naming Tips & Trade Secrets www.ideasbig.com Contents: PREFACE..........................................................................................................................................6 Chapters: 1. Naming: The Most Important Marketing Decision.......................................9 2. What’s Your Name Type? ...........................................................................................13 3. Secret Sauce: The Naming Process......................................................................17 Case Study: Naming a Beer ................................................................................22 4. Do-It-Yourself Names ...................................................................................................29 Case Study: Naming Contests............................................................................32 5. Tips on Taglines ...............................................................................................................37 Case Study: Cookie Taglines.................................................................................40 6. Trademark Registration ...............................................................................................43 Generic Trademarks.................................................................................................47 7. The Domain Name Game...........................................................................................49
  3. 3. 8. More Brand Naming Case Studies.........................................................................53 Naming a Tech Start-Up........................................................................................54 Naming a Non-Profit...............................................................................................58 Naming an Online Retailer...................................................................................61 Naming a Pharmaceutical Company............................................................64 Naming a Hand Tool...............................................................................................67 9. Best and Worst Brands and Names........................................................................71 The Interbrand Best Global Brands...................................................................72 Great Brand Names.............................................................................................. 74 Bad Brand Names.....................................................................................................76 10. Branding Beyond Naming........................................................................................83 Survey..............................................................................................................................86 Visual Branding..........................................................................................................88 11. Confessions of a Namer..............................................................................................95 Show Me the Money................................................................................................97 12. Naming Resources..................................................................................................... 101 About: The Author............................................................................................................................... 107 IDeas BIG™................................................................................................................................ 107 Breakthrough Branding ›› Brand Naming Tips & Trade Secrets 5
  4. 4. Preface >> www.ideasbig.com Naming a company, start-up, product or service is hard work, complex and often rife with mistakes. Billion dollar companies screw this up every year, while under-funded start-ups launch into the stratosphere with a name that seems brilliant and full of meaning, with little or no advertising. Intuitively, your brand name is the foundation of all that is marketing. A great name is an advertisement in itself. A name can do more for achieving desired positioning than a budget the size of Australia’s GDP (exaggeration intended). The best names tell a story, and make marketing easier. A breakthrough name can garner free publicity, just because of the name. What if Google launched with its original name BackRub? Would it be as successful? We know the product is great, but is the brand name Google more memorable and interesting? Of course. As we will share in the first chapter, naming is very important, yet so often botched up. Despite the extreme amount of strategy and creativity required to develop an effective brand name, often everyone in the company feels compelled, and capable of contributing to name development. This book is a naming tell all. Lay it all out there. Set the record straight.
  5. 5. Breakthrough Branding: Brand Naming Tips & Trade Secrets will, hopefully, give you an understanding and appreciation for this art and science of naming. There are types of names that will help you understand the most effective naming for your scenario. A disciplined naming process will be shared that entails category and customer insight, competitive positioning and more. Tips on taglines, trademarks, and domains will be detailed. Case studies will demonstrate how to develop great names. Names of the most successful brands in the world will be evaluated— along with some of the greatest names in history—and some of the worst names. Visual branding will be considered. Finally, the naming resources used by the author will be divulged, including websites and books. Breakthrough Branding: Brand Naming Tips & Trade Secrets is brought to you by IDeas BIG (brand identity group), and written by chief branding officer, Neil M. Brown. Breakthrough Branding ›› Brand Naming Tips & Trade Secrets 7
  6. 6. About the Author Author Neil M. Brown is founder and chief branding officer of IDeas BIG (brand identity group), a full-service branding agency, including name development, and visual identity creation. Prior to IDeas BIG, Brown was a brand manager, and chief marketing officer (CMO) for major manufacturers in multiple industries. Neil earned an MBA from Northern Illinois University, and has published in Advertising Age, BtoB magazine, Marketing News, and more. Breakthrough Branding ›› Brand Naming Tips & Trade Secrets 107 >>About IDeas BIG IDeas BIG™ (brand identity group) is a branding and name development consultancy that assists organizations with creating business, product and service names, taglines, domain names, trademark registration and more. Founded by Neil Brown, IDeas BIG provides full-service brand development and naming services, using such proprietary processes as Name Optimization™, competitive mapping and name scoring. The same tools and techniques used in name development projects for billion dollar clients. “With the saturation of brand names, and high failure rate of new products, effective naming is more critical than ever,” says Neil Brown, company founder and “chief naming officer.” He adds, “IDeas BIG fills a need for smaller companies, and even national companies needing breakthrough names, but cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars with a boutique branding consultancy, or millions with a branding division of an advertising holding company.”

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