You’ve got a brilliant business idea!

You're excited to start a new company but wait…what do you call it?

What’s in a name, you say?

It's the core of your identity, so get it right the first time. First impressions last and change can be costly.

Picking a company name can feel overwhelming, but careful thinking can help you select the perfect name.

Consider Your Brand Essence

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Who are you and what do you do? What makes you stand out?

Your name should reflect this by being:

  • descriptive give people an idea of what your brand offers

  • positive — make people have good associations with it

  • memorable uniquebut not too obscure

Tip: combine more than one word to make a new one. Some examples:

  • Instagram (instant camera + telegram)

  • Accenture (accent + future)

K.I.S.S.

Keep It Simple, Stupid is sound advice. Clear and easy names make it more effortless for clients to find you.

Avoid: Unusual spellings or long words that can create confusion and errors.

Think Future

Brainstorm broadly. You may expand your offering as your company grows.

Avoid: narrow or limiting names.

Use a thesaurus or online word generation website to get your thoughts going.

Amazon started with books, and now sells everything under the sun. Imagine if they'd been named OnlineBooks...

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Research!

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  • Do online searches for possible existing companies with the names you pick

  • Search possible domain names and if they can be bought

  • Find out about the possibility of company registration and copyrighting

Testing, 1-2.

Get feedback from various sources (friends, family, colleagues) after narrowing down your choices for a balanced view.

Say it out loud. Does it sound right? Think about how you could represent it visually.

Quiz

You have a new company delivering flowers to new mothers. What would be the best name option?

Flowers4Moms

FlwrMa

Blossom Bearer

FlowerPower

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Khethiwe Gumede

Multimedia Lecturer