Naming your new product, service or company is tough enough. It’s even tougher to find a name that’s protectable, memorable and supports your value proposition.
So once you’ve narrowed your list down to a handful of names, how do you choose? Everyone wants feedback on a name, and it’s tempting to start quizzing family & friends: “Do you like this name? What about this one…”
I’m not saying you shouldn’t ask your spouse or running buddy for feedback. Just don’t rely on that data to make your decision.
First, memorable names that stand out are risky. A computer named Apple? An accounting firm called Vanilla? It’s a lot easier to choose a name that’s safe, so your friends & family will likely try to steer you away from what could be your best choice.
It’s more important to evaluate a name in context. Instead of asking “Do we like this name?”, ask these questions:
Pose these questions to colleagues you trust to provide thoughtful answers. You can ask them one-on-one or put together a formal survey (Zoomerang offers online survey templates with recommended questions for a variety of subjects including names).
Still stuck? Go with your gut. Just remember: If a name makes you slightly uncomfortable, it’s probably the most risky and memorable — potentially the best one in the bunch.
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