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With close to two decades of experience creating names—for over 500 clients—Catchword is a recognized leader in the field. Our value proposition is, simply put: the best names, delivered by the most experienced and responsive professionals.

What Sets Catchword Apart?

A Process That Works, Consistently
Naming isn’t for the faint of heart. Start with the fact that it’s personal and subjective. Throw in a ludicrous trademark and domain-name landscape. Add in a few linguistic hurdles. Oh and while we’re at it, sprinkle in multiple decision-makers. What you have is a set-up for disaster or, more likely, least-common-denominator creativity. Enter Catchword’s naming process, which we’ve been honing for almost two decades. How do we elicit the best naming feedback from clients? Who should be involved and when? How do we optimize a client budget for preliminary searches? Which countries are truly essential for linguistics screening? Whatever your issue, we’ve seen it before (probably a few hundred times) and have got you covered with a proven process.

Our Passion for Naming
We’re not the dabbling kind. We believe our success is the result of a singular focus on brand name development. Dedicate yourself to something and you can be the best at it, right? And lucky for us, we love what we do. From briefing to final name selection, we’re fascinated and inspired by the process of naming things. Our backgrounds in brand management, advertising, marketing, linguistics, law, and media are diverse (and pretty darned interesting) but have led us to the same passion for naming.

Quantitative Creativity
The challenge isn’t creating a few good names; it’s creating so many that there are still great options standing after legal, linguistics, and domain screening get in the way (and they will). Our secret weapon is Quantitative Creativity—developing a staggering array of memorable, on-message candidates. In a typical project, we create more than 2000 names and screen hundreds for preliminary availability. Call it overkill or OCD, but we think of it as standard operating procedure.

Breadth of Portfolio and Clientele
Our clients include titans like Intel, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Allstate, Johnson & Johnson, and Wells Fargo as well as startups, mid-sized companies, and nonprofits. Like our clients, our name styles and tonalities span the spectrum—from descriptive to abstract, playful to professional. We’d never be so diva as to say we only use real words for our names, or that we’d never deign to use the letter H. We are creatively agnostic—which actually means we’re more creative, not less. Our work is finely tuned to suit your business objectives, company culture, personal preferences, and legal and global realities. Take a look at our portfolio and clients and see for yourself.

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Latest Name Review

The wheels of time turn and turn. We grow older. Our phones keep telling us we need to upgrade or update our operating systems. Such is the way of life.

For those who have neither a sweet tooth nor bluetooth, let me catch you up: Android uses alphabetically sequenced candy names for their major operating system updates and upgrades. They started with Cupcake (1.5) and have hit every letter until most recently Nougat (7.0 and 7.1). Now, Android 8.0 is inbound, and they’re calling it Oreo.

from www.Android.com

 

Brand collaborations like this do provide some fun co-marketing opportunities. Beyond that … it’s America’s favorite cookie. Need I say more?

I’ll admit it. I’m having trouble coming up with interesting stuff to talk about. The name is neither surprising nor edgy. It does what it needs to do: continue Android’s OS naming architecture and be cute … that’s about it.

It may be a lifetime till we reach Android … Zagnut? We’re barely over halfway through the alphabet! (Get it, Google? Alphabet?) And though this naming architecture is starting to grow stale on me, personally, there isn’t really a reason not to MILK it for all it’s got.

At the end of the day, a cookie’s a cookie. I’ll still eat it.

And though this naming architecture is starting to grow stale on me, personally, there isn’t really a reason not to MILK it for all it’s got.

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