Name Awards Professional Commentary on Company Names, Product Brands and Business Names

Makings of a fab trademark fight. What a waste.

JustFabLogoOver on Tech Crunch Catherine Shu has layed out the full dirty mess of the Fab.com vs JustFab.com trademark lawsuit and countersuits. Wouldn’t you be mad if you were an investor in either of these because they are wasting so much money on lawyers airing their dirty laundry in public?

Who will blink first?  Is that a bomb by the JustFab logo?

Ridiculous. Neither of these sites get a name award from us. Makes me wish they would all be thrown out as being generic names so neither can have a registered trademark. Come on guys, there is not such a worldwide shortage of names. Just a shortage of creativity.

As one simple example, Gilt is apparently cleaning up and selling out on everything they offer. So my advice is don’t get confused by which Fab is billing your credit card unexpectedly, shop at Gilt or some other real brand name site.

 

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Raptr has my Raptor in Raptures

Oh how I do love to see a great name when I visit anywhere, and this is one I found in Silicon Valley earlier this week. Raptr is obviously a fun name for a social gaming site, but also a magic trick with languages when the abbreviation can be form two different words, both positive.

RaptrLogoAnd they didn’t stop there. A cool little logo makes all this so so much better than their old corporate name – the meaningless GXL Inc. And properly registered as a US Federal Trademark too.  I will be sending all my gaming friends over today – I am sure they will be in rapture playing with the little raptor.

 

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GoPro has Great Taglines to go with Great Name and Product

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Example of a great consumer product name and slogan.

Recently the founder of GoPro was quoted in Business Week as knowing he had arrived when a spectator yelled out at him: “GoPro, Be a Hero”. That was after seeing him careening across a bumpy field with his camera strapped to the handle bars of his off-road bicycle. Wow.

When loyal fans or followers know your slogan (as I will call this) you know you are doing a great marketing job. And for those execs who this past week asked me what is the purpose of a tagline or slogan, I give you this example. See how it ties in the product model name and notice how it is used on the website too.

Usually, in the USA, we properly call the company positioning or aspirational phrase the tagline, and an advertising or promotional phrase for company or product the slogan. Here though it might be the other way around, as GoPro also has these taglines on their home page:

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I have written about the GoPro name itself before but this company continues to amaze me. In the face of all that Japanese megabrand technology and competitors they managed to cut into the video market big time. Great product yes. But backed up with great marketing and partners in action like Red Bull.

Visit their homepage at www.GoPro.com and do nothing except watch and listen (best done when the boss is not around). Enjoy one of the greatest four minute action reels of video you will ever see. Now I defy you to not be interested in the product!

 

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Late July is a great fresh packaged food name

I have been meaning to blog here for weeks but kept running into only bad names – and I have been reluctant to put my black hat on too many of them. Then this morning I was served in the bank by a lovely lady named April and was very tempted to ask her if her sisters were called May and June. Thereafter I went to the supermarket and found Late July new organic chips on an end cap shelf and I broke down and bought a bag as my treat of the week.

Whenever naming packaged food products I encourage customers to please think outside the bag. Doesn’t always work because they are so enamored by what they have concocted in the kitchen (or lab) they just want to describe it somehow. Others, like Nicole Dawes here, realize a new brand name, which will subsequently have many products or flavors, is really needed. Since she gets so many questions about the name, she has made up a great feel good story about that being the perfect time in summer for family relaxation. Well maybe, but the cynic in me wants to say, hang on, what about those people in mid winter in Australia? Or the people burning up in a long, hot summer in Phoenix?

LateJuly_Packaged_Food_NamesAnd, of course, the fact that her birthday is on July 31st is purely coincidental :) Anyway she has some great product names and packaging as you can see here.

I wonder if there is no vinegar in her sea salt flavored chips because her kids are a key part of the taste and flavor development process? This is my only disappointment since though her chips are all super healthy and have no sugar, all those carb heavy snacks turn to sugar fast in my diabetic system. And sour ingredients, like vinegar, mitigate the sweetness dramatically. I can even see the difference in my blood sugar readings. But the kick of vinegar is an adult taste unfortunately.  Hmm vinegar and sea salt… fond memories of fish and chips.

 

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Elio is a great name for cool new little US car

EliocarWhen I look up Elio in Wikipedia, I get some Italian rock singer. When I look up Elio in a Google Search, most paths lead to Elio Motors, the exciting new 3 wheeler car company starting production as we speak in Louisiana.

Of course, by now I have learned that Elio is the last name of the founder, and not only some clever linguistic derivation of a three syllable word using only four letters of the alphabet. Paul Elio is taking some big hints from Elon Musk (of Tesla Motors fame), but on the other end of the automobile spectrum.

An impressive new car company deserves a great new name (done) plus a great new logo with witch to “badge” their designs. What do you think of their logo and tagline?

 

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Pretty good job I think, though if I want to be super-critical I could say the color scheme and sharp shapes of the E give it a slight Arabic origin look – but heck, most people won’t analyze it that carefully. Also, lots of what they say imply a “green” car, though they never come out and say that since it is a conventional gas powered car – albeit one that can go 600+miles on a 8 gallon tankful.

Stay tuned to see what model names (hopefully) rather than numbers they assign their first cute little family of three-wheelers.

 

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Having a Cadenza over the name

When one of the kids in my family were getting stirred up, my mother often used to say “Now son, don’t have a cadenza.” So I did a double take when I saw the commercials for the new KIA luxury sedan. Did they really call it Cadenza?

CadenzaLogoWell yes, they did, so I looked up Cadenza in the dictionary and found all the musical usages. Then I read the urban slang dictionary – which looked like they were quoting my mother!

Usually KIA does a great job of giving good, practical, unique names to their various models, but this time something got missed in Korea. Perhaps it doesn’t matter except to a handful of people and the rest will see it as an elegant name to go with a classy, affordable sedan.

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Crazy Casino Names

ChuckchansiLogoWill you go gamble in a local Indian casino if you can’t pronounce the name over the entrance? Of course you will.

In fact a real Indian name might even might add a nice touch of aura or mystique. Where do you feel you will be more lucky or have more fun – in the Table Mountain Casino or Chukchansi? I am still trying to believe that there really is an Indian tribal name Chuckchansi, the locals fondly nickname it Chuck and Nancy’s as they put another 10 coins in the slot machine.

GratonCasinoLogoSo I am forced to conclude the big new casino in Northern California will succeed despite its awkward name that grates on my nerves. I wonder what it’s nickname will be.

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Scanadu is the Great Name of the Day

ScanaduLogoAs a namiac it isn’t often I get to discover a great new name while reading the morning paper. But today is one of those days when I saw the story and instantly knew what a great name they had – one minute after I read that yet another company was making a medical device hooked to your cell phone as the compute engine (what a great development and universally available platform).
Of course, Scanadu is from Scan and Xanadu. But think of the implied Scan and Do as well. Magnificent.

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Zulily is a great new name on an offensive welcome site

zulilyAfter all these years as a professional namer, and many years before that as an obsessed amateur, it is not often I find a new name style out there, but today I was surprised to read about Zulily, which is apparently a very popular site.

Firstly, if you are considering how to pronounce the name, realize that Zoolily.com also leads to Zulily.com. They also own Zululy.com but it does not go anywhere, and Zululi.com is held by some interloper from Canada who tries to catch their traffic. Luckily my faithful Ghostery ad blocking software stop their redirection of my browser.

In addition to their interesting name, the good news is they have a very specific tagline that helps position them to novices, and I am sure they are getting a lot of referral traffic, in addition to good publicity.  The bad news is I can’t tell you much more as they don’t let you view who they are and what they do without you first registering (though you can partially see the home page around their offensive sign in first box). And like anyone with online experience, you have to be nuts to join a site without first knowing what they are about – heck they could be another Romanian site collecting spam and personal data – so be very careful with any such sites.

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AARP has a great new tagline

AarpLogoTaglineAs the big baby boom wave starts to hit retirement age in the USA, it is very appropriate that the biggest retirement organization (unfortunately with just another set of initials name) chooses to update its position and go for a great new tagline: Real Possibilities.

I love it when so much power is contained in so short a tagline, and always wonder how many hundreds of words and taglines they studied before coming up with the final winner. In addition, it is nice to see the writers and editors in their magazine also embracing the tagline and making numerous references to it and using it as a hook for a number of stories.

Some companies and organizations are just stuck with an old name or set of initials. A new logo doesn’t make much of a difference. But anyone can do a new tagline or slogan, and easily get it legally approved. Congratulations to AARP for showing us a great example.

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