CatchThis Blog / company renaming

Erin Milnes

March 6, 2018

Congratulations to Cofense (formerly PhishMe) on a successful acquisition and rebrand! Founded in 2011 as PhishMe, this rising star in cybersecurity was acquired jointly by BlackRock and Pamplona Capital Management in a deal that valued the firm at $400m. In anticipation of the move, and to better communicate its current brand, PhishMe worked with Catchword […]

Alex Kelley

May 18, 2017

In the tech world, if you don’t evolve, you fall behind. And when you fall too far behind, even the most up to date Mapquest directions won’t necesarily get you caught back up. (Just ask Jeeves. Or Yahoo.) About.com, founded at the peak of the .com boom, is re-routing to stave off a slow ride into the […]

Alex Kelley

April 13, 2017

A lot of shuffling has taken place with Yahoo recently. In February of this year, the terms were finalized in a deal by which Yahoo would be bought over by Verizon. A lot of Yahoo’s value comes from the fact that it owns a 15% stake in the Chinese e-commerce/tech giant and world’s largest retailer, Alibaba. After […]

Jed Rendleman

September 24, 2014

“The day the radio’s in trouble is the day you don’t want a friend. As long as you want a friend, you’re gonna love it.” This was Bob Pittman, CEO of iHeartMedia and former CEO of MTV Networks, AOL, and Six Flags Theme Parks. You may know iHeartMedia better by its recently defunct name, Clear […]

Mark Skoultchi

August 6, 2013

We often talk about how our naming consultancy deliberately chose not to brand ourselves using a name that incorporated the word “name.” We knew that our industry was awash with those kinds of names, which tend to be flat and one-dimensional. Not only would we fail to distinguish ourselves, but we’d also be making it […]

Beth Gerber

April 25, 2013

Quick: What do Gucci, Yves St. Laurent, Balenciaga, Puma and Bottega Venetta have in common? If you’ve been following the marketing news, you’ll know that they’re all subsidiaries of the French holding company formerly known as PPR (an initialism for Pinault-Printemps-Redoute), which was recently renamed Kering (pronounced “caring”). The rename was triggered when the company […]

Laurel Sutton

February 1, 2013

This week’s big branding news was that Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry cell phone, is changing their name to BlackBerry. No doubt this is a smart move for the company, as BlackBerry is a far more recognized name than RIM. But it also raises a lot of interesting strategic questions about the interplay […]

Laurel Sutton

October 4, 2012

This blog originally appeared at MarketingProfs. Naming or renaming your business or product can be one of the toughest challenges you face. Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire help, you need to know some basics before launching out into the wide, sometimes-weird world of naming.   1. Know what you’re (re)naming You’d be […]

Mark Skoultchi

May 24, 2012

At Catchword, we talk a lot about name creation, but you might also be curious about what happens after you end up with “The One.” Considering all the work that went into coming up with your names, you probably hope that the tough stuff is over. The answer is yes: the roughest part is over, […]