We need ideas for a tagline for our nonprofit animal rescue group, Rescued Hearts Northwest. We are not online yet. I’m trying to stay away from predictable taglines that are over-used, but we want to convey that there is hope for at-risk shelter dogs scheduled for euthanasia.
- Every Dog Matters
- The Dog (Rescue) Advocate
Starting a home-based PR/Comm practice with a network of 10 or so PR professionals, who will be hired on contract when needed. I will offer a more face-to-face service in my own community, but will also offer virtual services across the county (and eventually beyond). I’m looking for three words or a simple tagline that will resonate with the clients I want to attract. What’s unique about my offerings is that I can cater to the busy exec who needs a powerpoint in two days or a small firm who needs a press release written by tomorrow or the startup who needs a complete integrated comm plan to launch or the large company who needs a strategic approach to corporate citizenship. We offer a lot because I have the resources with experience in more than 20 industries. The company name is CAROB COMMUNICATIONS. Although carob in itself is a substitution for cocoa or chocolate, its name was imagined by combining the first three letters of my first name and first three letters of my last name.
- Go Beyond Vanilla PR
- PR Without The Stress
- PR In-A-Pinch
My husband and I currently run a business each. He is a leatherworker and makes and repairs leather goods as well as horse tack (his current business name is ‘Belt-up leather’). I am a mobile saddle fitter (horses) and sell and fit (as well as repair) used/secondhand saddles (my current business name is ‘Saddle Sense’).
We now have the opportunity to take over a shop so we can have a base to sell our goods (used saddles and handmade leather goods, for example, dog collars, belts, horse tack etc) and provide on-site repair to saddles and other leather goods/horse tack. We are incredibly short of tack shops/saddlerys in this are so I thought we could also sell secondhand horse tack and rider wear in the shop.
The thing is now, I think we need a name specifically for the shop but that will encompass the other two businesses as well. It doesn’t have to make use of our current business names as they can still be separate businesses within the shop (if that makes sense) but the name of the shop really needs to be relevant to all that we do. The businesses are all related but I am really not very creative when it comes to this sort of thing and i can’t seem to find anything that encompasses them all. I was thinking maybe _________Saddlery, but I am extremely open to all ideas! I can’t think of a short-ish tagline either! Not sure if it’s relevant but we are in the UK. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
- Saddle Up (To Leather)
- Leather N’ Tack
I am setting up an online showcase aimed at small businesses and groups, individuals, entrepreneurs and professionals. The categories are creativity, fashion, services, specialty and wellness. I need copy for the ‘about’ page which refers to the convenience to the user of online browsing, exposure to new business etc without stating the obvious like saving time and money and the one stop shop concept.
Jay’s Answer: What is the true benefit of what you’re offering to your audience? Why would they stay on your website for a while, investigating what you are showcasing? What makes your list of professionals better than other lists? How can the website visitor know that these people are perfect for their needs?
Don’t worry too much about the “About” page. Focus your efforts on the landing page. If that page doesn’t grab the reader, then they’re not going to read your About page.
We want to branch out and include upholstery services for our clients. My partner is looking for a Cute & Catchy” name for her part of the business; Upholstery. She thinks upholstery by blank, is so over done. She wants it to be unique yet marketable. Any ideas??
Jay’s Answer: “Cute & Catchy” is only a good plan if your target audience is in love with “cute & catchy” names. Most aren’t. Imagine that someone needs their furniture repaired, or their sofa re-upholstered. Is the name going to suddenly get the business? Unlikely. But it’s the dream for many business owners that the “catchy” name will be enough to attract customers.
Pick a name that clearly states what you uniquely offer. If your services aren’t unique, and you can’t specialize in a specific niche, then consider building on your existing name (if you’re already successful) – such as “The Furniture Hospital”.
“Upholstery by ______” isn’t a good choice either, unless the name in the blank is recognized. Otherwise, who really cares?
New company name is Red Button Organizing. Specializing in residential organizing and photo organizing. Tagline can either refer to Button Up like a button or hit the red button for emergency help(not my favorite). I’ve thought of the obvious taglines: Your Life…Buttoned Up but need something more…
Jay’s Answer: I wouldn’t try to make the tagline “clever”, since your name is unclear. For example: “Specializing in residential and photo organizing” or “Simplify Your Home. Simplify Your Life.”
Deciding to consult again after many years of being in corporate America. My specialty is Business Development;sales & marketing with a Focus on Facilities Solutions (everything to run a building- janitorial, energy, waste & recycling, etc). The name of my business is ‘Divine Design’ because I am divinely guided in all I do. I used the business name years ago when I was doing life coaching and mediation services. I need a TAG line. May you assist?
Jay’s Answer: While you didn’t ask, my first impression of your business name is that it’s not a good fit for your (new) target audience. You selected a name that’s about you and your process, which ultimately your client don’t care about. They care about themselves and their problem. “Divine Design” may have been a name that worked for you as life coach, but for a corporate name, it’s likely not to get you the reaction you’re hoping.
But you asked about a tagline, and a tagline needs to both fit your business name and your target audience’s needs. Given “Divine Design” as a name, you need a descriptive tagline – that makes it clear what you offer. For example:
- Facilities Solutions Consulting
- Specializing In Business Development
I am taking my jewellery overseas to Papua New Guinea. I want to sell via Internet and expats. I need a name. I did name it Kiki designs, but I don’t make the jewellery myself. Any ideas of keeping the Kiki in it but not the design. Please help
Jay’s Answer: The Kiki Collection (or Kollection)
Decisions based on data models are woefully incomplete – no matter how carefully we collect and analyze the data. What’s missing from the decision is our customers’ experiences. And the authors of this book (Christian Madsbjerg / Mikkel Rasmussen) claim that human sciences has the answer through the study of phenomena.
Data models excel at solving problems that we’ve seen before and have a tested system to address them. But what about those problems that we’ve not seen before and don’t really have a clue how to tackle? The wrong decision can bankrupt your business because of these blind assumptions:
- People are rational and fully informed.
- Tomorrow will look like today.
- Hypotheses are objective and unbiased.
- Numbers are the only truth.
- Language needs to be dehumanizing.
In 2000, LEGO was the 5th largest toymaker in the world. By 2004, it was losing $1,000,000/day! It achieved clarity on its tough problems, using sensemaking:
- Frame the problem as a phenomenon (instead of “what toys do kids want”, LEGO asked “what is the role of play?”)
- Collect the data (instead of analyzing sales, LEGO watched the family experience)
- Look for patterns (instead of depending upon assumptions, LEGO pored over the data to identify common childhood patterns)
- Create the key insights (LEGO built on the patterns to create appropriate new products)
- Build the business impact (LEGO rejects products that aren’t a match for company’s aesthetics and ethics)
In your business strategy, make sure you balance the quantitative with the qualitative. Numbers without appropriate context won’t serve you long-term, especially in disruptive times.
(Photo by Dave Shafer)
Most of the time, we look for the “sure thing”. A “sure thing” tends to be middle-of-the-road. It’s safe. It’s reliable. It’s expected. And it’s mostly forgettable. So what is a business owner to do?
Look to the edges for your next opportunity, client, or learning. Something (or someone) that’s not safe – something that’ll make you have to reconsider some of your assumptions and learning. You’ll likely to have more objections working on the edge. People around you will be worried that you’ll fail. You’ll think of yourself as insane for giving up the safety for the excitement of something new. The edge is definitely not safe. You might even lose a sale or opportunity. But the opposite of growth is stagnation, and stagnation is equivalent to a “sure thing” – a slow business death.
Is looking to extreme edges right for every business? Definitely not. You need to take into account your target audience. If they are middle-of-the-road people, then they’re likely not to be as interested in true “edges” (it’ll make them edgy). For them, something on the “edge” is likely to be an evolution in your offering – not a revolution. So instead of pushing for an extreme edge for your prospective customers, push for a smaller edge. Something they could adjust to, and even (grow to) appreciate.
Consider the perspective of a new business competitor. Would they likely launch a “me-too” offering (copying your safe/sure-thing)? Or, would they attempt to leapfrog your offering with something re-imagined, something far-reaching, and something harder to copy?
Ultimately if you’re not growing beyond your edges, you’re slowly losing your own edge.