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D. Diggler
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · When you re-brand ...

When re-branding, would the company name normally be changed? Or not usually?

Any thoughts on this?

Sep 04, 2012 at 03:43 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · When you re-brand ...

What is the purpose of the rebranding?

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Sep 04, 2012 at 03:46 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · When you re-brand ...

Are you talking for legal purposes...?
I changed the name of my "company" but only in the sense of how people see it...
Technically I am still operating under my original name for taxes and stuff.

Sep 04, 2012 at 05:02 AM
D. Diggler
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · When you re-brand ...

hardlyboring wrote:
Are you talking for legal purposes?

Nooo, not that.

Sep 04, 2012 at 06:08 AM

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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · When you re-brand ...

Look at the big companies out there. Coke, Pepsi, Nike, Disney..............

When they have all changed looks, re-branded say, they kept their names. With the exception of a few companies that changed names but for a different reason.

Whats your purpose of rebranding?

We are in the process of re-branding (kind of). We are opening up our brand to more than just photos. So our name Photos by Nick is not going to cut it anymore in the future. We are becoming a multimedia house and providing photo, video, audio, design, and more. So our current brand would transition in to a sub brand that would cover our weddings section.

Are you thinking of something along those lines? if so, then yes your name would change. but if you are servicing the same industry and type of client then you would keep the name.

Sep 04, 2012 at 06:40 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · When you re-brand ...

There is no "normal" rebranding. Companies rebrand -- individual products, product lines, divisions, or the whole business -- because they have identified specific changes they believe they should make and which justify the costs associated with rebranding.

You might change the name of the company if, for example, you believe it is a weak trademark, or you conclude your current name or branding collateral are not suitable for your target market, or your brand has been damaged in some way and you believe a fresh start is the only way to rebuild goodwill.

A trademark might be weak if it is merely descriptive of the goods or services, or is otherwise not strongly distinctive. Companies that change the entire company name sometimes do so to increase distinctiveness. Small businesses often start off with heavily descriptive wording as the brand in order to communicate to potential clients what the brand stands for, and later decide distinctiveness is more important.

Take me, for example. "Ian Ivey Photography" is partly descriptive. The word "photography" is a generic term for what I do. "Ian Ivey," my name, is distinctive in its combination -- there aren't that many people with my first and last name combination in the world -- but the use of the primary photographer's first and last name, plus the word "photography," is about as common as lies at a political convention.

Consequently, my business name is really only as distinctive as my name is memorable. At some point, probably soon, I'll remove the word "photography" from my branding, because including it actually diminishes the distinctiveness of my brand.

So, that's one reason to rebrand: to increase a mark's distinctiveness.

I'm also in the process of rebranding because my original logo is lame. It looks cheesy and fails to convey the sophistication I wish to communicate based on my current approach. I don't need to change my name to achieve that goal. However, I do believe removing the descriptive matter from my mark is likely to improve my brand image marginally: I believe it looks stronger, or more confident, to leave off descriptive matter.

So, as others have asked, what are your goals? What about your current brand are you dissatisfied with?

Sep 05, 2012 at 03:49 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · When you re-brand ...

As a marketing and entrepreneur person, I used to do a lot more work in the branding and brand building arena. Here's my 2 pennies:

Rebranding is changing the image of your business. This cannot be achieved with just a name change. A name change however can be part of the rebranding. The brand is a symbol that distinctly identifies your products/services. Companies normally re-brand their products and services to either appeal more to the target market, combat negative perception of the existing brand, or communicating a new, positive message.

I recently moved from NYC to Atlanta and changed my business name, DBA, FEIN, and logo to rebrand to my current brand. The reasons I did it were to appeal more to the target market and I wanted to communicate a new, positive message. My old business in NYC was technology based so I had a lot of sharp angles, and a more art deco type look to things. The new brand is simple, rounded, easy to understand, and I think appeals to more of my target audience which is the bride and groom with great simple tastes that are on a budget.

Sep 10, 2012 at 03:23 PM

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