What makes a great business name? A great company or product brand name is one that makes people stop in their tracks, even for just a few seconds, and think, "What's that?" Because at that point you have interrupted a person's natural attention … [Read More...] about Naming Advice For New Businesses
Zinzin is a naming agency. We create company, product, and service names for established firms, next new things, and breakout brands.
At Zinzin, we believe in the power of real, human language, in names that have rich meaning and depth. Names that are born from a rigorous, logical, and battle-tested naming process, yet aspire to poetry and art. When you have a great name, people will remember it, talk about it, and develop an emotional connection to your brand. We want to help you dream big.
Theory & Practice
A powerful name elevates a brand above and beyond the particular goods or services being sold and creates a memorable and lasting impression out in the world. Such names tell rich stories by drawing from a deep pool of meaning, history, myth, culture, and language. With a powerful name, you don't have to spend as much precious marketing capital trying to convince the world of your uniqueness — you are unique. Here are a few recent examples from our Portfolio:
NAME: Mojo, an "invisible computing" AR platform and company name.
BRAND POSITION: Mojo is a magic charm, talisman, or spell, the perfect name for the "magical" wearable technology products this company is developing. Mojo maps to the superpowers this new technology will enable, allowing users to do amazing things! Mojo – when you have it, anything is possible.
MORE: Read the Mojo case study.
NAME: Everdene, the rooftop restaurant and bar at Virgin Hotels San Francisco.
BRAND POSITION: Bathsheba Everdene, the heroine of Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel Far From The Madding Crowd, is the avatar for this rooftop restaurant and bar. The name Everdene has a great look and sound, and is inclusive, inspiring, evocative, exotic, and simultaneously both classic and contemporary.
MORE: Read the Everdene case study.
NAME: Yonder, an eco-friendly home cleaning products brand.
BRAND POSITION: Yonder implies going "beyond" the traditional home cleaning and maintenance solutions of yesterday. It asks us to expand our horizons, to rethink how we clean and what it means to have a clean home, a clean "home planet," and a clean "wild blue yonder" that we all share.
MORE: Read the Yonder case study.
3M, ABC Television, Alcatel, Alloy, AMC Television, Anthology, Clutch, CMT (TV), Commune Hotels, Compass Learning, Constellation Brands, Criterion, Daybreak Games, E.&J. Gallo, Éclair Naturals, eCornell, Elements Behavioral Health, Ember Technologies, Exos, F5 Networks, FiftyOne, Fluent, FUJIFILM SonoSite GameChanger Media, GE Healthcare, General Dynamics Mission Systems, IFG, Georgia-Pacific, Google, GP PRO, Gravy, GSN Games, Honeywell Aerospace, Insight Pharmaceuticals, Intel, Interstate Batteries, Jabra, Larky, Lore, Mojo Vision, Move Inc, Moxie Software, NCM, Nielsen, Obo, Parkwood Entertainment, Participant Media, PepsiCo, Raytheon, Rubicon, Target, TCF Bank, Universum, Virgin Hotels, and ZS Associates.
Whether you are a startup developing your first brand or an established company that’s been around the block before, our naming guide, The Art of Naming, will help clarify the naming process.
Hue & Cry
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Stories are how we connect with each other, and how we become emotionally engaged with brands. Names that tell stories are much more powerful than names that do not. Storytelling is how you turn a name that might belong to any company or product into a powerful brand that can only belong to you. (See our Manifesto for more about our naming philosophy.)
Great names have the potential to generate smiles, word-of-mouth buzz, and press interest. Visit our Press page to see our coverage.
Let's talk. In conversation we can go into greater detail about your unique project and our process and philosophy. We specialize in brand name development, tagline development, brand positioning, brand architecture, trademark prescreening, global linguistic screening, and domain name and social media naming issues. We look forward to continuing the conversation — fill our our handy Contact form or give us a call at 415-857-5775.