Name Audit & Professional Opinion

Audits

If you are developing and introducing new company or product names, you can do customer and market research and testing. But what if you already have a name and are not sure if it is right or working for you? Sure, many researchers would be happy to take your money and run off and do some customer research and see what customers think.

Except it takes a lot of time and money, and still does not tell you about its legal status, its phonetic and linguistic implied roots, or its position with regard to competitors and current naming trends. More importantly, you are getting answers from users, not from professional positioning and naming experts. People who know how to think about what could be, as opposed to thinking about names they already know – which almost by definition are not legally available.

We study names every day. We create and track names. After all, Brighter Naming is the home of the Name Critic and the original creator of the Name of the Week feature for many years – as well as the very current Name Awards Blog. But even we wouldn’t dare to venture an off-the-cuff opinion. There are too many dimensions to a good name. That is why we have a formal process and set of deliverables to put your name under the spotlight and see how it stacks up.

And, as usual, at a fixed price – only $300 (Sole proprietor or Small Startup), $500 (Corporate including international checks)! So you will know where you stand before getting into any new branding change or campaign.

Process

A typical audit involves these components as a minimum:

 

  • An updated legal trademark report
  • A comprehensive common law report and analysis
  • Other similar and close names
  • A full phonetics and linguistics analysis
  • A study based on positioning vis a vis competitor names
  • An opinion on its longevity (or lack there of) based on current trends
  • A name style discussion in a worldwide context
  • A ranking on a scale of 1 to 10 – by itself and in certain contexts
  • A recommendation on how to proceed

 

Timeframe: One week or less.

 

Recommendations

Does an audit mean we will recommend you change your name? Not necessarily. If you ask your barber if you need a haircut, the answer is probably yes. But we have been pleasantly surprised ourselves how often an audit shows the name is not the problem, something else was (e.g. graphics/positioning/logo, etc). Or in few great cases, the name was perfect….we just had to help them sell it to upper management and advise them on dealings with their own legal counsel.

And in other cases, we find some problems or issues with the name – but they were not show stoppers. So now the client knows what to avoid, how to use the name, and what to emphasize.

Don’t change your name or brand unless you have to. An enormous amount of market momentum can be lost!

Do change your name before it becomes a major expense and headache down stream. Only so many problems can be covered up.

Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb

Naming Articles

New brand insider articles from an experienced marketing team. Learn all the basics of naming, branding and trademark registration from these free reports:

Jan 2014: Predictions for 2014 and Free Offers.

Dec 2013: Regional, National & International Name Styles.

Oct 2013: Planning for All the New Domain Names.

Jul 2012: The right names go down in history.

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