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An Ode to the Authentic Brand

Public relations is a nebulous thing in terms of where it lives within an organization. Sometimes it sits within its own communications department, other times it’s a part of digital marketing (smart!), and rarely it falls under a brand strategy function — the last of which is most surprising since PR plays such an important […]


The Power of the Good Deed

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the power of “the Good Deed”, especially since the world seems a bit nutty right now; and yet, we are supposed to be entering a season of gratefulness, holiday cheer, and resolutions (boy, oh, boy could we use some of those!). While we (the PR movers and shakers) […]


This is How to Build a Brand With Soul

Branding

Even though there’s more data to work with than ever, it’s still terribly important to stick to the soul of your brand. For example, if you’re a PR professional representing a home décor site known for its eclectic items, and the data shows that customers are purchasing your least on-brand pieces during a certain time […]


5 Reasons To Embrace Video Content Now

In the past decade, perhaps the biggest shift in Internet technology has been the rise of video content. From commercially produced material to the explosion of self-directed content via smartphones, video is everywhere. “People spend more time on digital video (one hour 55 minutes) than social media (one hour 44 minutes) per day, and 68 […]


You named your startup what? 5 tips for getting it right.

Naming your company is like naming a kid; except instead of the kid taking the heat for a “bad” name (think Francis Bean, Tu Morrow, Zuma Nesta Rock, or <insert baby name of any really famous person>) YOU will actually take the heat.

In terms of PR, the name of your startup can either be a huge asset or, on the flipside, a rather sizable roadblock.

Love JuiceAs a general rule of thumb, the worst brand names usually fall into one of three categories:

1)    Sound and/or read like a sexual act of some sort.

2)    Sound and/or read like a derivative of a racial slur.

3)    Sound and/or read like toilet humor.

Just for fun, and for sake of example, you can go here to see what I’m talking about. A small sampling of this type of nonsense: Jussipussi, Asse, Gookie, and Zephyrhills.

But what’s in a name?

Well, according to branding and design expert Fabian Geyrhalter, founder of Finien, a whole helluva lot.

I first met Fabian roughly five years ago when we both worked on the launch of music tech company, Audiolife. Since then, his design firm has literally exploded; he’s worked with a slew of both consumer and business brands and won about 234238 awards. The proof is here:

Fabian Awards
Fabian’s Awards

To make Fabian extremely uncomfortable – which is not hard to do since he’s a (self-admitted) somewhat uptight, snobby Austrian – I asked him to provide a gut reaction to the name “AirPR” just to prove how objective we are and not to seem preachy when we publish a blog about naming.
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