Brand value is a brand’s financial worth.
When it comes to the brand naming process, we usually only see the final result: the new name. At that point, it’s easy to pick out flaws. The name might be hard to pronounce, offensive, or too similar to a competitor’s brand. But what about mistakes along the way? The “bad” brand names we encounter […]
Taking a look at the analytics and stats for 2019, I’ve compiled some lists of “top content”—i.e., most viewed or listened to—from 2019. In other words, this list excludes any blog posts or podcast episodes from 2018, even if they received more clicks or plays than their 2019 counterparts. Using raw page views and downloads […]
A quick internet search will tell you there are five “most common” types of brand names, six “name categories,” seven “popular” types of brand names, 10 “types of brand names to consider,” three “categories” of brand names that include over 13 types of names, and 18 types of product names. In case your head isn’t […]
Part one of this two-part series examined the origin of David Aaker’s Brand Vision Modeli and three of its components—the brand essence, core vision elements, and extended vision elements—represented by concentric circles (or ellipses) in the center of the model. Below the concentric circles sit a second, key piece of the model: four brand […]
In his 1995 book, Building Strong Brands, David Aaker introduced his now-famous Brand Vision Model. Originally dubbed the “Brand Identity Model” it’s now commonly referred to as the “Aaker Model.i” All three of these names—Brand Vision Model, Brand Identity Model, and Aaker Model—refer to the same framework, which is explained in this two-post series. In […]
Earlier this year, I shared a free ebook about how to write a naming brief, including an interactive naming brief template. As a follow up, I’ve written an ebook full of tips for generating name ideas: How to Generate Names. Just like the previous ebook, this one is based on my own experience as a professional […]
Marty Neumeier is known for writing branding classics like The Brand Gap and Zag. In his 2016 book, The Brand Flip, Neumeier introduced his Brand Commitment Matrix, which he describes as a “basic contract” brand owners can create between their company or brand and its customers.
Every month or two, I publish a newsletter with branding news, updates on the podcast, featured blog posts, and branding tips and tools. If you’re not already getting the newsletter, sign up here. The most recent newsletter featured the six stories below. Target has launched a new private label brand named “Everspring” for “clean and natural,” sustainable […]
We’re just weeks away from the official beginning of Atlantic storm season. Along with tropical storms and hurricanes, we can expect a handful of the perennial articles about how storms are named. You probably already know the basics: Hurricanes are named with alternating male and female names, organized alphabetically and starting over each calendar year. […]
I worked on my first naming assignment about 15 years ago at Interbrand San Francisco. I liked it so much that after leaving Interbrand, I decided to start moonlighting as a freelance namer for agencies all over the world. I’ve since lived and worked in Asia, eventually returning to Interbrand San Francisco as director of […]
For the last year, I’ve been teaching a Brand Strategy Workshop at General Assembly. The three-hour class covers basic definitions and a range of brand-related topics like market research, brand positioning, and naming. Given the time constraint, I can only dedicate about five slides to brand architecture—barely enough to cover the basics of what’s arguably the most complex […]