The Science of Naming Your Brand
Written by: Carly Fink
Every year, Provoke Insights conducts Naming Research for several products and product lines. A good brand name sparks an emotion with the consumer. The larger the name connection the higher likelihood that the name will remain top of mind among your target audience. It is the cement that unifies the brand across all advertising and promotional materials.
Often a company comes up with a list of potential names that they would like to name the brand. A company may be internally passionate about a certain name but does that name really work? Which name ranks highest? Do the names resonate among your target audience?
A sure way to know is to test names utilizing Provoke Insights’ naming exercise. This survey includes:
- Open-ended name association
- Ranking of names
- Testing the top names over 9 dimensions such as likeability and high quality.
The research can be tested across various segments to determine a name that works well with all prospects. We also have found names that could be potential offensive to the consumer or a specific demographic. So looking at the name across various groups of people can be very beneficial.
Testing names through survey research allows a brand to know which names are winners or losers. It tells you what attributes consumers associate with the name. Is the potential brand name perceived as high quality? Likeable? Memorable? Offensive?
We have save companies from disastrous launches. A name that might sound fun and catchy to a company may not resonate with the consumer. The consumer may have difficulty relating that name back to the product – simply put it could be a great name but just not right for the product.
Testing a name prior to launch is a sure way for your brand to be loved by your consumers. It also diminishes the risk of a launch going wrong.
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