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How DIY branding can inadvertently become a “Pinterest fail”

How DIY branding can inadvertently become a “Pinterest fail”

Pinterest can be a wonderful online tool where people can access ideas to inspire their next creative endeavor. However, most of the products featured on the site are created by industry experts, which look effortless and flawless. This can create a false sense of capability when trying to tackle these projects on your own with no prior field skills. One of the most entertaining trends to sift through is called “Pinterest Fail.” This is when hopeful crafters take a picture of the Pinterest picture shown side by side their attempt to execute the undertaking, which results in a humorous disaster. If you haven’t seen them, we suggest typing in “Pinterest Fail” on your search engine to enjoy a quick laugh!

The same concept can be related to DIY branding. It can be very exciting and stimulating at first to research a method and try to execute it. While this is well-intentioned, experts in the field have spent years of research, education, and experience to learn how to accomplish results the best way possible. In fact, one wrong click on the user end and things may spiral out of hand pretty fast and you end up paying an agency to not only rebrand, but also damage control.

How do you value your time? Is it quantifiable in terms of money?

More likely than not, it’s probably priceless. When using a service like 99designs, you could actually be focusing on other things for your business instead of spending hours on logo designs then figuring out how to put it on a letterhead, etc. In the end, it may very well end up costing you more by trying to pick the cheapest route and doing the rest yourself instead of going with a professional agency from the get-go.

We’ve got 99 problems, but a design ain’t one.

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When it comes to branding, what's in a name, anyway?

When it comes to branding, what's in a name, anyway?

As our famous lovestruck protagonist, Juliet, proclaimed, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” While Shakespeare was a brilliant writer, he was no branding expert. Choosing a name to represent your brand is an important process, and one that should be well thought out.

Questions to think about when choosing a brand name:

  • What are your goals to accomplish?
  • What is the significance of your brand name?
  • How does it correlate with the brand?
  • Will the audience understand or relate to it?
  • Can the audience easily pronounce it?
  • What value does this bring to your brand?
  • How can this name be portrayed through marketing?
  • Is it memorable/easy to remember?

Check out these examples of famous brands that changed their names! Do you recognize any of the original names?


1. Cadabra ⇒ Amazon

The original name of “Amazon” was “Cadabra,” due to the magic of ordering books online and then abracadabra! it’s on your doorstep. After it was misheard as “Cadaver,” the entire brand name was changed in order to avoid any potentially morbid confusion by consumers.


2. Facesmash ⇒ Facebook

“Facesmash” was originally created in order to compare the aesthetics of Harvard students. The name was taken by the private “facebook” inventory the school used in order to identify students. When Harvard killed the “Facesmash” initiative, “” was born shortly after, ultimately shortening it to simply “Facebook.”


3. BackRub ⇒ Google

“BackRub” was replaced by “Google,” which the creators felt more closely aligned with their mission of bringing an infinite (or close to it) amount of information to users.


4. Sound of Music ⇒ Best Buy

After a natural disaster left “Sound of Music’s” most profitable store damaged, they held a “best buy” promotion to get rid of merchandise, which resulted in extremely high sales. The company decided to change its entire name, hoping to entice “best buy” thinking at all of their stores.


5. Brad’s Drin k⇒ Pepsi-Cola

Unfortunate circumstances lead Caleb Bradham back home to open a drug store in North Carolina. During this time, he created a drink and named it after himself, “Brad’s Cola.” This drink became so popular that he decided to rebrand in order to help consumers understand that this “healthy soda” helped with digestion, much like the drug pepsin and thus, “Pepsi-Cola” was born.


6. Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo ⇒ Sony

Due to difficulties for global consumers to pronounce, “Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo” was renamed simply as “Sony.”


7. Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web ⇒ Yahoo

Named after one of the creators, “Jerry’s Guide” would be soon changed to “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle” or as we know it, “Yahoo.”


8. Research in Motion ⇒ Blackberry

In a hopeful attempt to save a dying brand, “Research in Motion” changed their name to “Blackberry.” Unfortunately, the effort was in vain and the brand could not be saved. 


9. AuctionWeb ⇒ eBay

Again, another case of mistaken identity. “eBay” was the name the media gave to “AuctionWeb” and to stick with brand awareness and consistency, the company decided to make the switch official. 


Needless to say, it’s been bit of a tough year for the Belgian chocolate company, Isis, who has since changed their name to Libeert, which was probably for the best. 


Source: CNBC 2015


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