Publication: Inc.

Choosing the Right Business Name

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August 25, 2015

Choosing the right name is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs make when starting up a new business. Here are some fresh insights into naming your business well.

Choosing the right name is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs make when starting up a new business. Ryan Lockhart, co-founder of boutique advertising agency group46, says the name can make or break a first impression of a new business’s brand. “I believe that the name comes from the future. The name is only a word, or a cluster of words, before the company puts a connotation behind it,” he says. “An apple was a fruit until the company revolutionized it.”

Choosing a brand name is as much a strategic decision as a creative decision, argues Rachel Bernard, vice president of branding agency CBX. “Start by identifying the role the name should play for the business,” she counsels. “For example, if the business will be entering a crowded category with lots of competitors, a disruptive name that really stands out or a name that highlights a differentiating feature of the brand will be a big competitive advantage.”

When you choose the right name for your brand, you allow all of […]

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