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Bank First or Customer First? Confusing rebrand messaging.

New look, new name with a contradictory sales pitch. Next month Victorian Teachers Mutual Bank will relaunch as Bank First. The new name and identity gives the bank a much simpler and stronger name to compete with other mutual banks. It also shifts the brand…

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Australian winemakers fight to keep the prosecco name and their brand value.

Trademark and naming battle. Should Aussies fight to keep using prosecco of create their own regional or wine style brand? Following on from France’s successful trademarking of Champagne, Italy is now trying to stop Australian wineries using the prosecco name. The challenge to the use…

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The meaning and origin of famous brand names, part 2

More brands, more stories of how they found their name. Last week we looked at how Apple, Virgin, Nike and 3M, Durex and Kodak got their names. To read part 1 click here. This week we look at the stories behind more big name brands,…

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The meaning and origin of famous brand names

The story behind the names of some of the world’s biggest brands. If you’ve ever tried to create a name for a company or product, you will realise how hard it can be. You need a solid brand strategy and robust naming criteria. You’ll also…

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Freshwater rebrand reflects a vibrant urban city precinct

Truly Deeply repositions commercial tower to create a new place brand in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank. Working together with GPT and Frasers Property, Truly Deeply created a fresh and compelling new brand that stands out and connects with premium tenants in the highly competitive…

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AirBnB finds-out how tough it is to get your branding right in China

The bumpy road for brands launching into China Recently Airbnb Co-Founder Brian Chesky announced via Twitter that his company has a new Chinese name; ‘Aibiying’. Aibiying is a clever localized brand name which sounds like the Western original, but translates in Mandarin to “to welcome…

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New online mattress brand Sooma launches

Truly Deeply recently created a new online mattress brand from scratch. Sooma is well and truly in the market now so we thought we’d share our process of working with them to create a brand from scratch. Sooma is all about simplifying the mattress buying…

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KolesWorth – Revealing the layers of successful SME branding

There’s more to branding than meets the eye Recently a small, independent supermarket opened at our local shopping strip. I was immediately drawn to the name and brand identity which are  naively unethical and amusing in equal measures. It turns out this is the fifth…

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Why public opinion is not the way to name your brand (or anything else)

Popularity Doesn’t Equal Brilliant Brand Naming There’s a fascinating and more than amusing story playing out right now in the world of brand naming. The Natural Environment Research Council NERC) in the UK is launching a new multi-million dollar research vessel and has asked the…

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Kylie Vs Kylie – The power of a personal brand name

If there’s one sure sign you’re a global brand, it’s when you’re recognized by your first name alone; think Madonna, Beyonce, Adele and Kylie. A trademark battle has broken out in the US where Kylie Jenner of Kardashian fame has been seeking to legally own…

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Tata’s Zica brand name to be ditched due to Zika virus

Tata Motors rethinks brand name for new car on launch. Being associated with the horrible Zika virus could potentially kill the Zica brand before it gets going. Tata recognises the brand name Zica is no longer #Fantastico! But are they responding fast enough?

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What’s in a (brand) name (or brand identity)

  (Brand) names have baggage When creating a new name or identity for something there’s always the challenge of seconding guessing due to current associations. But by knowing you’re following a plan, backing yourself and a little patience it can all work out. Names are an…

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