5 Vital Things to Consider When Choosing your Brand Name

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“What’s in a name?,” Shakespeare once asked.

Tons, actually. Recognition, recall, identity, and reputation are on top of the list.

Your brand name is an extension of your brand. Think of it as a tattoo - lasting and pervasive and whose influence affects brand perception for life. It doesn't wash off. 

It's more than just a name, it’s a personality, an answer, a promise. In fact, a 2008 consumer survey by Ad-ology tells that 80 percent of online consumers base their purchasing decisions on brand name alone.

As a company that eats client branding conundrums for breakfast, we deal with countless brand name suggestions from clients every day: from utterly brilliant to downright naughty or unimaginable.

To get you started, we round up five crucial considerations for naming your brand.

1.     Does it stick?

When you think of huge brands like Apple, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, and Nike, you’ll notice a trend: the names stick.

There’s a secret to making brand names catchy and memorable, and they’re a combination of an elaborate name-picking process to ensure names are:

Easily spelled

You want a name that your target market can easily key in on search pages. Complex and confusing names are prone to spelling errors and make it difficult for people to find your business on the web. Worse, they land on your competitor’s page.

Easily pronounced

Pretend you’re a sales rep answering a call for your company. Read your name list out loud. Do the names sound great during a call? If you’re getting tongue-tied pronouncing one, scrap it out of the list. Mispronunciations defeat the very purpose of naming.

Short enough to remember

Fact: people remember shorter names than long ones. Don’t turn your brand name into a struggle for your audience. If it’s long, make sure an abbreviation is available (e.g. P&G for Procter & Gamble, AA for American Airlines, Mitsubishi for Mitsubishi Motors Corporation). Spread the word. Don’t leave the decision to truncate to consumers.

2.     How does it translate to visuals?

Research shows that consumers can better identify brands with unique visual logos and images. In fact, one marketing study reveals that as much as 62 to 90 percent of people judge brands based on the product color alone.

Visuals create emotional triggers. As a brand, your task is to come up with a logo that stands out while fostering a pleasant emotional connection.

Consider these key points about your consumers when drafting a logo.

Gender preferences: Blue is most preferred by consumers of both sexes, with 57% of males and 35% of females considering it their favorite color, followed by green (14%) and purple (35%) respectively.

The power of red: In many A/B tests, marketers find a 50 to 60 percent increase in conversions for hyperlinks or click buttons in red compared to other colors like green.

General effect of colors on emotions: Based on numerous studies, the following color-emotion associations are true for most consumers:


Red: boldness, youth, vitality, vigor

Gray: neutrality, balance

Yellow: Optimism, warmth

Green: Vitality, peace, growth

Blue: Trustworthiness, strength, reliability

Orange: Friendliness, optimism, esteem

Purple: Imagination, wisdom

3.     Is it something you can claim and protect?

Imagine building your name for years only to receive lawsuits later on by a company who has the same name then starting again from scratch.

Taking steps to protect your brand name prevents legal issues in the long term. Choose one that’s unique and isn’t trademarked or used by another brand. That way, you not only declare it as proprietary, but that you are not infringing on another’s intellectual property. It also prevents other businesses from gaining ownership of the name in the future, and that alone could save you heaps of money and headache.

4.     Can you get an exclusive URL under it?

Consider how your brand name will affect your digital marketing efforts. If you are going to build a website for it (and you should), make sure that the domain name doesn’t exist yet. Acquiring a domain name that matches your business name is critical for keeping your branding strategy uniform across all platforms. Use free sites like NameChk to determine the availability of a URL.

Additionally, studies show that users remember domain names that are only seven syllables or less, so make sure to incorporate that in your strategy too.

5.     Does it accomplish your objectives as a brand?

What do you intend to accomplish? Is the name aligned with the company’s core values, mission-vision statement, and goals? Brand names should stand for what your product or service is and should clearly define what you want to convey.

You want people to identify with the name in a positive light regardless of what region, culture, or language they belong to, especially if global expansion is on the table.

Often, brand names represent the following:

  • Company founder e.g. Walt Disney

  • Company activity or industry e.g. British Airlines

  • A concrete experience e.g. Greenpeace

  • Word association e.g. Google

When choosing a name that will forever represent your brand, choose one that will bring you close to your target audience; one that they can find, remember, and share with others easily and without errors. Greater success happens when you do.

Posted to Head in the Clouds - thoughts, ideas, and trends from the team at Cloud Media – a front-end marketing and media production company with offices in Minneapolis, Doha, and Dubai.

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Advertising Market Stays Strong, But Constantly Changing

Advertising will never go away; it will die in some markets, change in others, but it will always have a place in a world filled with active consumers. The world of media has been trending away from some of the staple forms of advertising in recent decades, like newspaper, magazine and even television advertising. Even despite this, American media spending on advertising dollars rose 6% in September 2015 compared to September 2014, according to Standard Media Index (which tracks 80% of all the U.S. media spending through billing systems tied to national media agencies). 

As you might expect to see, digital media reported a major gain, up 29% from the same month last year. This comes as no surprise because advertising will always shift to where people are looking. As more and more people use the Internet every day in their busy lives, advertising online will need to be more and more creative to break through all the noise

Surprisingly, advertisement in newspapers was up 18% compared to the same month last year, which goes to show that even this dying medium still has a pulse in our culture. While younger generations read news on their devices, newspapers still have a place in our world. But within the same world, magazine advertisements were down 11% this month compared to last year. With magazine subscriptions plummeting faster than newspaper readership, it's predictable that advertising dollars would follow suit. 

Radio advertising dollars were also down 3% compared to last September. 

Even with the start of the television season, where many networks try out new shows and debut fan favorites, which brings a large spike in viewership, TV advertising dollars were also down 4% this September. Cable, broadcast TV and spot TV all showed declining numbers compared to last year. With advancing technology, viewers are watching their favorite shows in a myriad of different ways.

Many consumers have DVR systems, which allows them to record shows and skip the commercials altogether. This means ads are completely being missed by target audiences, which means the ad industry has had to figure out new ways to reach those audience members. 

Overall, the SMI reports a 9% improvement in the total ad market. While the digital ad market continues to grow and innovate, other, more dated advertising streams are in decline. But as the numbers prove, having a digital footprint for your business or product is more important than ever.

Most think of digital advertising simply being ads before a YouTube video; but that is not always the case, as digital advertising can be a variety of videos posted on a business website. It's crucial that your target audiences have a profile video or mission statement to view when visiting your site. These types of videos are the ones that are breaking through the clutter, because your audience is actively seeking more information about your company. It's important to have a professional style video to not only showcase your business or product, but to give the audience the impression that your business is a respectable establishment. 

Posted to Head in the Clouds - thoughts, ideas, and trends from the team at Cloud Media – a front-end marketing and media production company with offices in Minneapolis, Doha, and Dubai.

You can learn more about the creative work we do or feel free to reach out directly on our contact page



3 Success-Driving Factors in Advertising



When it comes to raising brand awareness, one of the biggest challenges for businesses is breaking through. In this age of information oversupply, traditional self-extoling ads are not just considered passe’; they’re also ignored.

We’ve discovered three factors audiences worldwide are searching for; things that when employed, can catapult any brand or campaign to guaranteed results.

1.    Powerful, emotion-stirring imagery

Statistics show that promo materials elicit better engagement when integrated with visuals like videos and photos. In fact, a 2010 survey by Internet Retailer reveals that consumers who view promotional videos are 85 percent more likely to take action than consumers who don’t.

The best ones though are those that don’t just use rich visuals, but also possess a strong emotional theme. Be it happiness, anger, sadness, or glory, one thing’s for sure: beautiful images that evoke emotions bear a larger impact than the average marketing ad.

2.     Human experience

People respond more positively to brand campaigns that reflect day-to-day life: candid moments, real people. Authenticity tremendously effect emotions. To portray real-life experience, try starting with a story built around a single character or single message.

3.    Relevance

Whether you’re in the exotic east or in the ultra-modern western society, you’ll find it easier to influence perception if you’re culturally relatable. Diversity and social relevance are sensitive issues, and consumers tend to form a deeper connection with brands that understand those sensibilities.

Posted to Head in the Clouds - thoughts, ideas, and trends from the team at Cloud Media – a front-end marketing and media production company with offices in Minneapolis, Doha, and Dubai.

You can learn more about the creative work we do or feel free to reach out directly on our contact page

Disrupting Your Audience Is A Good Thing

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In today’s ever-evolving, virtually driven media landscape, audiences are growing wiser about the media they consume. Now, more than ever, they have the power and control to choose only the messages that they want to see and hear. 

Gone are the days when all businesses have to do is to simply broadcast their message and the audience will listen. The traditional “tell and praise” formula just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Your audience is being pulled into all directions. Look at me. Click me. Watch me. Pick me. Buy me.

The question is, are you disrupting enough for them to choose your message amid the digital noise?  

We believe that business is personal, and that to communicate well we have to remember that every message is being seen, heard, or felt by another person. Messages must always aim for the heart, but with an understanding that we must go through many layers to get there.

Our mantra: create, disrupt, engage.

Start with the brand

Quality content starts at the brand and the brand promise first. You should not promise what you cannot deliver. Customers will learn and customers will tell. If the story customers are telling is different from yours, remember the marketplace always wins. 

Build the story

Once the brand speaks the truth you want to tell, the next step is to create the content prepped for various marketing channels. A proper strategy engages the modern consumer on several levels, with several interwoven key messages. Businesses must keep in mind it's not all about the sale. It's about value. The basic proposition of the marketplace is after all - if you build something of value, the sales will come. 

Execute the strategy

A strong brand and quality content lead to a foundation of a proper strategy. In fact the three items are completely intertwined. However a perfect brand and outstanding content are nothing without one final key ingredient. Action. With a focus on revenue and ROI, ongoing communications, continuous iterations, and regular tweaking are necessary to continue the converting those not ready to buy to true believers and evangelists of your brand. 

Posted to Head in the Clouds - thoughts, ideas, and trends from the team at Cloud Media – a front-end marketing and media production company with offices in Minneapolis, Doha, and Dubai.

You can learn more about the creative work we do or feel free to reach out directly on our contact page