Way upstream–near the original inspiration for any company, product, or project–founders quickly realize that they need a name. Otherwise, how do you tell your friends what you’re working on? Naming takes more than a creative mind, a fluent voice, and a critical eye. Success requires the right perspective from the outset and proper procedures throughout.
When companies approach branding firms like Siegel+Gale for guidance on merging two corporate or product brands, the request is typically for us to develop a name, logo, endorsement strategy and story for the new merged entity. In many cases, however, it’s not the right move to simply create and launch a new brand identity overnight. Merging brands is a process. It’s about transitioning equity, shifting perceptions and migrating customers.
SMPL Q&A is a blog feature in which we interview experts on all things relevant to branding, design and simplicity. In this Q&A we speak with Aaron Hall, director of naming, about our naming engagement with nonprofit agency Russ Reid & Grizzard.
Mergers and acquisitions are big business. With a record 3.2 trillion in M&A expected in 2018*, it’s not surprising that companies devote most of their attention and resources to the financial, operational and logistical components of a merger or acquisition. Focusing on the implications of how the merger or acquisition will affect the brand is less tangible, and therefore often put on the back burner or just plain neglected. Ultimately, that can be a costly mistake.
BRAND BUILDING is a blog feature in which our experts present an in-depth POV on topics ranging from branding to design to experience, all through the lens of simplicity. Here naming director Aaron Hall provides a simpler way to develop naming guidelines.
SMPL Q&A is a blog feature in which we interview experts on all things relevant to branding, design and simplicity. In this Q&A we speak with global director of naming Christian Turner about the trends he’s observed in the top 100 most popular baby names in the U.K in 2016, and the role gender neutrality plays in the names of the future.
BRAND BUILDING is a blog feature in which our experts present an in-depth POV on topics ranging from branding to design to experience, all through the lens of simplicity. In this post, creative naming lead Jason Hall shares five steps for keeping names alive after the final presentation.
From July Fourth in the U.S. to Bastille Day in France, national holidays are a chance for the whole country to enjoy a little downtime and focus on the things that bring us closer. But in the UK, we seem to be in a bit of a muddle when it comes to naming our bank holidays. The Siegel+Gale naming team rolled up their sleeves and weighed in with some light-hearted suggestions.
Behind every brand delivering simpler experiences for customers is a leader who recognizes the inherent value in keeping things simple. In this Simplifiers interview, I speak with Nick Ragone, SVP – Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Ascension.
When the cyclical oil and gas industry experiences a global downturn, there’s a lot of uncertainty. How do we manage production? Where can we cut costs? When will prices return? Analysts predict, but nobody knows. In all of the complexity, there’s one thing we can count on—consolidation is inevitable.
SMPL Q&A is a blog feature in which we interview experts on all things relevant to branding, design and simplicity. In this Q&A we speak with Jeff Lapatine, strategy director, about brand naming strategies one might take after a merger, acquisition or spin-off.