February 14, 2010

Branding and Marketing: What’s In A Name?

branding and marketing your company name, make sure you know the
history associated with the name, otherwise you could run into trouble.

A while ago I saw an advert for a parachuting outfit called Icarus. I
thought it was rather an unfortunate name for a company. As you know,
Icarus, the son of Daedalus (if you care — he built the Labyrinth of
the Minotaur at Knossos and seriously upset King Minos), flew too near
the sun with wax-attached wings, fell into the sea and drowned.

Not a great safety record and not a name I'd highlight for a parachute
company. I suppose the lesson is to know your Greek before choosing a

There's a number of companies that use Icarus as their name. Be careful not to choose names that failure can be associated to.

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