A Strategic Approach To Memorable Name Development.

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Assuming that “a name is just a name” is a giant mistake, no matter what types of products you produce. Your product name often creates the first impression consumers have with your company, becoming the linchpin of the brand or product’s identity.

Whether talking big or small businesses, product creators eyeing top-shelf space must incorporate name development as a pivotal part of the overall brand strategy. Understanding the art and science of name development is how you go from a good name to a great one that establishes a lasting connection with your target audience.

This article delves into both, helping you understand the strategic steps your brand must take for name development. We also discuss the pitfalls of choosing the “wrong name,” helping you understand what brands must consider as a part of a long-term multi-product international naming strategy. Ready to uncover the secrets behind a good name?

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Brand Name Development

Company branding is an integral part of the success of every product, and the brand name is the cornerstone of all branding efforts. Crafting the right business name means more than being catchy; it creates a lasting emotional response with customers, where experiences and feelings become associated with your name. When done right, a company name becomes more than a word; it’s a powerful narrative that impacts your brand identity.

Product Name Development

When you have a successful product, it becomes the star of the show, but a successful product doesn’t happen by quality or taste alone; the branding and positioning of the product are significant contributors to how much market share the product owns, hence why big brands invest so much into product naming to understand market insights, identifying competitive gaps, and performing name testing; all to know how to reach their target audience best.

When They Intersect 

Based on the initial strategy, there is the possibility that the brand name is the product name to simplify the branding effort. There is also the possibility that some products become so successful that they become iconic brands in their own right. Understanding your future business structure plans is vital to create a harmonious identity that consumers recognize and trust. 

The naming intersection is a testament to the power of these words and their ability to shape, redefine, and elevate a brand’s presence in the market landscape. Because of this complexity, working with a brand-naming company creates the opportunity for a tailored, strategic approach that captures the essence of the brand and the product, ensuring maximum resonance and recall among consumers.

The Complete Name Development Process

Whether for a brand or product, navigating the intricacies of creating the perfect name is complex. It requires digging deep to find insights, cultivating creative concepts, and validating each idea’s impact on consumers. Let’s unpack each stage involved to ensure a name doesn’t just “sound” good but hits home with the target audience.


Market research is the foundation of every excellent naming strategy. Understanding the product category, including the target audience, competitors, and environments where selling occurs, all play a role in choosing distinct and memorable potential names for your product.


Behind every successful name is a sound strategy that includes sorting through the data and leveraging a team of experts who provide valuable insights based on their experience. Through a data-driven approach, naming experts will churn out ideas that understand the nuances of the target market, find a way to penetrate through the noise of competitors, and find a home in the consumer’s mind.  


Insight: Brainstorming sessions become the crucible for refining raw concepts, paving the way for names that stand out and make sense.


The magic happens through the creative phase, where copywriters and branding experts collaborate to turn strategies into naming concepts. More than creating a list of potential names, it’s about turning one or two words into a story that becomes a conversation people have about the product. 


Insight: Research and strategy continue through this phase as brands must consider the legal implications of a name, cultural sensitivities, and domain name availability. 

Trademark ScreeningCheck trademarks to ensure your chosen name doesn’t infringe on existing rights, preventing potential legal complications and safeguarding your brand’s identity.
Cultural SensitivitiesEnsure the chosen name resonates positively across diverse populations and is globally acceptable without unintended connotations.
Domain AvailabilityEnsure the chosen name can be effectively utilized online, paving the way for seamless marketing and brand presence in the digital space.


How do we make sure a name will resonate with consumers? The answer is through rigorous name testing. To gauge the market’s reception of a name, we must put it in front of consumers to see what it makes them think, feel, and do. Like packaging design, name testing occurs through a group of concept names where we identify the ones most aligned with the audience’s perceptions, preferences, and expectations. 


A test that determines a winner among the naming concepts doesn’t mean we’ve finished our work. A great name is often a slight tweak from the original idea. Iterations are a necessary part of the naming process for any product competing in established categories with strong competitors. 

Brand And Product Name Development Agency

SmashBrand is the only brand development and naming agency to guarantee a performance lift. We work with consumer brands, helping them build a standout product that competes in the most demanding retail environments. Our naming services are a part of our Path To Peformance™ process, where we create a brand strategy and packaging design that puts your best foot forward. 

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