PROJECT: Name a new entertainment and social action television network that will air feature documentaries, reality TV, drama series, variety shows and an open source talk show.
PIVOT: Beyond just turning and rotating, Pivot is the one central thing that something — maybe everything — depends upon. It can be a structured course correction or a re-alignment of priorities. Pivot is all about thinking on your feet, adaptation and informed change. Also connotes pivotal, as in being of critical, essential importance.
BRAND POSITION: The Pivot brand is empathetic, and connotes the dance of collaborators — auteurs and audience — learning to work together, to understand and inspire each other. The Pivot network doesn’t strong-arm or browbeat you, it uses compelling, entertaining stories to get the audience to gently pivot in their thinking, and to inspire them to action.
Explaining the thinking behind the new network’s name and brand position, Pivot president Evan Shapiro says that “the world is on a path right now, but there are many different paths that we can choose. We’re not necessarily saying which one’s the right one, but we know where we’re headed right now is not working. So it’s time to shift, and it’s time to pivot.”
Here is a promo video that introduces the network and it’s new shows and content features:
The world is changing, and Pivot will be right there in the middle of that change. And with its innovative digital distribution strategy, Pivot may just turn the television industry upside down as well. The name Pivot is perfect for this ambitious network that is both television and post-television. The old ways of thinking, acting and relating to each other and the world are not working anymore. It’s time to Pivot.
Pivot. It’s your turn.
PROJECT: Name a new financial company that provides small business loans and capital financing to entrepreneurs.
AQUARIA: A beautiful word that is the plural of aquarium, which can either describe a small tank or an entire building housing fish and other aquatic life.
BRAND POSITION: Aquaria maps to a primary brand positioning concept we developed for this project, which we called “The Source”: metaphorically the source of life, and literally as a positive source of energy to help nourish your small business and, by extension, a source for new jobs in the community. Aquaria is fresh, natural, and refreshing, evoking a colorful, active, life-sustaining and nurturing organic ecosystem, just the kind of lending environment that the company has created for small businesses as an alternative to the cold, impersonal world of the big banks. Aquaria will help put your company on the map and on display for all the world to see and marvel at, so your business and your dream can flourish. An elegant and beautiful name that perfectly reflects the aspirations and brand narrative of this vibrant company.
PROJECT: A revolutionary new wi-fi service for commercial aircraft.
GOGO: From “go-go” — full of energy, vitality, or daring; stylish, modern, or up-to-date.
BRAND POSITION: The name had to be memorable, fun, short, universally known, be available for trademark and easy to pronounce globally, and map to both the travel experience and the Internet connectivity experience.
PROJECT: Name a new MBA-level online training product for business from eCornell drawing from a library of on-demand content from Cornell University.
REDSHIFT: In astronomy, a shift in the spectra of very distant galaxies toward longer wavelengths (to the red end of the spectrum); generally interpreted as evidence that the universe is expanding.
BRAND POSITION: Evidence that the universe is expanding, Redshift is the perfect metaphor for a system that enables and empowers the next-generation of business leaders to create expansive, sustained growth for their companies. The color red is an essential element of the Cornell University and eCornell brand identity; in fact, “Big Red” is the informal name of the sports teams, and other competitive teams, at Cornell University. So the client very much liked the dynamic reference to Cornell University, in the sense of “shifting” away from the ivory tower of academia (“Big Red”) to the “real world” of corporate learning, while still retaining its roots and academic bona fides. Expanding the universe of education beyond the university. “Shift” also suggests a new paradigm in online learning, as well as shifting the balance sheet “out of the red and into the black,” implying that this is good for a company’s bottom line. Authoritative, proven, credible and dynamic, a forward-thinking name for a progressive leader in online education.
PROJECT: Re-name a hyperlocal event listings mobile app to create an evocative brand that will become synonymous with finding great things to do near you, wherever you live or plan to visit.
GRAVY: Gravy is the good stuff, the “secret sauce,” a source for discovering all the juicy things going on around you. Like the gravy you eat, the event listings in the Gravy app flow smoothly to your mobile device, and the feeds are customizable in a variety of ways.
BRAND POSITION: C’mon admit it, you want another scoop of Gravy. The brand positioning for this app, which we helped our client develop, began with “Get Engaged” – have an active lifestyle, be out and about, take part in life by discovering great events and experiences right in your own backyard. It is all about serendipitous discovery, finding your fun, getting the scoop with “insider information” about cool happenings near you. Think of it as your very own hipster tipster!
Finding and having fun, memorable experiences shouldn’t be hard, shouldn’t be a time-consuming chore, shouldn’t be work; it should be natural and easy. Like Gravy. The brand embodies — and the new name demonstrates — a rich and flavorful experience; it brings out the best and makes everything taste better. Gravy shows you the way, but doesn’t get in the way.
Have you ever kicked yourself for missing an event near you that you would have attended if only you had known about it in advance? Do you ever suffer from FOMO — Fear Of Missing Out? Then get Gravy, and you’ll always be in the know.
More Gravy please.
PROJECT: Naming CamelBak’s first water bottle product with a built-in filter.
GROOVE: A literal and metaphorical groove.
BRAND POSITION: The name Groove captures the spirit of life in motion, of being “in the groove,” “getting your groove on” and “feeling groovy.” It also maps nicely to the physical attributes of the product, with the filter slipping into a “groove” within the straw chamber and the patented CamelBak “bite valve” mouthpiece playing off the phrase “tongue and groove.”
PROJECT: A new upscale online window treatments brand.
JUPITER WELLS: Derived from a very small and remote Australian Aboriginal settlement called Jupiter Well.
BRAND POSITION: Evocative, memorable and differentiated from the crowd of boring, mostly descriptive names in the window treatment space. This name elevates the brand above the goods being sold; is charming and disarming; emphasizes style; has some familiarity/meaning; and sounds vaguely like it could be both a designer’s name and/or evoke a non-specific sense of place. Jupiter Wells demonstrates, rather than explains, a unique, entirely new perspective, creating emotional engagement with its audience.
VISIT: Jupiter Wells
PROJECT: Name Shaw’s next generation telecommunications network, offering high-definition television, on-demand programming, high-speed Internet and advanced telephone capabilities.
EVO: Derived from the prefix “exo-,” meaning “outside of” (exoskeleton, exosystem). Shaw Exo is short, sweet, cool, futuristic, and works great as a graphic “bug” on TV, computer and mobile device screens.
BRAND POSITION: Shaw Communications, the leading cable television and Internet provider in Canada, wanted a name for its next generation television and communications network that was short, powerful, and different from the competition. Exo deftly delivers, positioning the product as beyond the usual, beyond expectations, beyond what has been done before in this space, and “outside the box,” both figuratively and literally (the TV cable box). The name is aspirational and future-forward:
“Shaw Exo is a promise that we will continue to innovate, lead, and provide the latest in technology and entertainment offerings to customers,” said Peter Bissonnette, president of Shaw Communications. “With Shaw Exo, the power of our network allows us to continue delivering the products and services that our customers are looking for.”
“Above and beyond” the parameters of the competition and most definitely outside the box, Exo is the perfect name for Shaw’s network of the future. Available now.
VISIT: Shaw Exo | Shaw Exo 2012 Super Bowl commercial
PROJECT: New name for Court TV.
truTV: Television vérité.
BRAND POSITION: The new name reflects the network’s popular line-up of series that offer first-person access to exciting, real-life stories, and is no longer restricted to court-themed shows.
PROJECT: Name a new upscale urban business hotel in downtown Chicago.
theWIT: Keen perception, sagacity, intelligence and humor.
BRAND POSITION: “TheWit” captures the essence of a remarkable hotel experience infused with intelligence, creativity and joie de vivre, in a business hotel that refuses to take itself too seriously.
PROJECT: New name for Nokia’s top-of-the-line 8800 mobile phone.
ARTE: State of the art, a work of art.
BRAND POSITION: The new Arte and Sapphire Arte, mobile phones that are truly works of art, among the most beautiful consumer objects available.
PROJECT: New solid state drive (SSD) product and product family name.
PULSAR: A evocative astronomical term meaning “one of several hundred known celestial objects, generally believed to be rapidly rotating neutron stars, that emit pulses of radiation, esp. radio waves, with a high degree of regularity.”
BRAND POSITION: Seagate needed a name for a new product family that captured its futuristic essence and conveyed key concepts of speed, small footprint, power, capacity, durability and reliability. Pulsar is the perfect metaphorical name for this product family.
PROJECT: Name a startup company and mobile app that keeps track of all your perks and reward program memberships in one place. The name had to be free of any app competition in the iOS and Android app stores and have an exact-match .com domain name available for purchase at a sub-exorbitant rate.
LARKY: Larky is a quirky play off “lark,” a carefree or spirited adventure, harmless prank, or family of birds who communicate with sustained, melodious songs. The “-ark” of Larky is very similar to the “-erk” of perk, so Larky naturally alludes to “perk,” but in an associative, non-literal way.
BRAND POSITION: Larky is fun, playful, joyous, melodiously singsong, and also conjures up a “lucky” feeling. In other words, it is the perfect name for an app that is ever-vigilant about alerting you to special deals sure to surprise and delight you with all the perks and discounts you deserve from your memberships. If you belong to AAA, AARP, USAA, an alumni association, professional association, museum, or any one of thousands of member organizations covered by Larky, you’re entitled to valuable discounts on stuff you buy every day. It’s fun, free, and really easy — no membership numbers, no account passwords, no cost, no pain.
Get Larky and get what you deserve.
PROJECT: Name a new, web-based media company marketing network portal.
TANDEM: Working together.
BRAND POSITION: The new, web-based media marketing network portal serves as a central hub for the purchasing and distribution of advertising and classifieds across multiple newspaper and media properties in Northern Ohio. The client wanted a name for it that would emphasize the concepts of consolidating all their media in one place and the synergy of having it all work together seamlessly. The name also had to avoid any local geographical references, as the network might expand in the future to other localities. Tandem is the perfect name, mapping to the concept of all the various parts of the network working together. Across northern Ohio, businesses looking for the best media advertising opportunities are working in Tandem.
PROJECT: Name a new sales/CRM software platform. So successful was the chosen name it ultimately became the new company name too.
LANDSLIDE: Overwhelming success (a landslide victory); great energy; a force of nature; powerful and unstoppable.
BRAND POSITION: Maps to software and service that prepares you for a shifting sales landscape, setting you up for overwhelming success, a Landslide victory over your sales quota. The name has great depth and multiple meanings; the negative meaning adds friction, which helps make the name even more engaging and memorable.
UPDATE (2/6/2012): j2 Global Acquires Cloud-Based CRM Provider Landslide Technologies, Inc.
PROJECT: Name a selective brush control herbicide product.
STREAMLINE: Ease, precision, reliability.
BRAND POSITION: The name Streamline underscores the precision with which this product attacks only invasive brush, not native plants.