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River+Wolf reviews

Review: Five Star Fragrance Names

In tribute to Valentine’s Day, February’s gallery highlights women’s, men’s, and unisex fragrance names as fragrance is often the gift of choice for February 14th celebration of love and friendship. Like cosmetic naming, fragrance naming is often considered a holy grail for naming experts because it provides so much latitude in terms of name construction, personality, and messaging.

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My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel–it is, before all, to make you see.

– Joseph Conrad
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Review: Five Star Shade Names

Cosmetic naming is a holy grail for naming experts, as the beauty industry is generally open to every style of name, from the descriptive to the allusive. This means there is ample room for creative play, and we namers love to play. That said, the mind-boggling number of marks already registered or in use makes finding a name immensely challenging, at least from the trademark perspective…

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Top Naming Agency – Featured in Clutch

At River + Wolf, we believe in the power of words. The right wording can make or break a branding strategy. That’s why, since being featured on Clutch, we are so proud of the work we’ve accomplished so far for our clients and the extremely kind words they’ve given us in exchange.

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And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen turns them to shape and give to airy nothing a local habitation and a name.

– William Shakespeare

The secret of being boring is to say everything.

– Voltaire
Blog posts about brand storytelling

Brand Storytelling: Behind the Buzz

If you’ve visited any branding blog or website in the past few years, you will have read claims touting the importance of so-called “brand storytelling.” Like any useful buzzword, “brand storytelling” simply restates a truth that smart marketers have known forever—your brand is nothing without a good story.

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The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.

– Mark Twain
River+Wolf articles about writing

5 Keys to Compelling Copy

Though literary and brand writing serve different purposes — the first to make sense of the elusive human experience, and the second, to drive goods and services into the hands of elusive customers — they have much in common when it comes to craft.

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Blog posts about language

Five Star Brand Renaming

There are several reasons for renaming your company or product. Among them, a merger between two companies, legal troubles, a public relations nightmare, or negative political or cultural associations. But a name change can have serious consequences – from lost equity and consumer recognition, to a precipitous drop down Google’s SERP. These companies’ name changes were fully five star.

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I only achieve simplicity with enormous effort.

– Clarice Lispector
Blog posts about language

Moonshot: A Wondrous Word

One of the highly enjoyable tasks of brand name development is researching multiple disciplines in search of words and concepts. On one such exploration, I encountered the word “moonshot”, a term that originated during the Apollo 11 space launch to describe the act or procedure of launching a spacecraft to the moon.

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Review: Five Star Story Names

Through effective storytelling you can create authentic connections with your customers and transform your company into a bona fide brand. Campaigns like Apple’s The Song, Airbnb’s Wall and Chain, and Under Armour’s “I Will What I Want”, are just a few examples of wonderful tales that help spring brands to life and bring customers closer.

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I like good strong words that mean something.

– Louisa May Alcott
Blog posts about language

Names Get Political

The 2016 presidential race has been lacking in many things, but name-calling is not one of them. Beyond the tried-and-true–demagogue, jerk, idiot, racist, sexist, and xenophobe–less common monikers have been hurled during this toxic election season.

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Words can be like x-rays if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.

– Aldous Huxley
Articles about medical product and company naming

How to Name a Medical Device

Medical device names are tricky. Not only is the medical field a crowded one when it comes to trademarks, but marks must accomplish multiple things in a somewhat restricted playing field. To assist marketers and others confronted with this task, here are some basic tips.

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Software product naming articles

Microsoft’s Suite Spot

For many, the principal programs of the Microsoft Office suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook – are such a part of our daily lives that it’s hard to think they were once products in search of a name.

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Articles about domain naming

Pros & Cons of gTLDs

With the Internet hovering around 1 billion registered domains, it is, to put it mildly, a very crowded place. Given that staggering number and the comparative pittance of top-level domain extensions (TLDs), especially dot.coms, it’s easy to see why registering a new domain is so challenging.

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It is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.

– Robert Southey

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, now that’s creativity.

– Charles Mingus

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.

– Jack Kerouac
Coworking naming articles

Coworking Naming Trends

While many forces helped shaped the coworking phenomena, it largely arose to meet the needs of independent workers for flexible and affordable space. Today, coworking has matured beyond desks and free coffee; the best spaces include extensive opportunities for networking, personal, and professional development. In fact, coworking has become so popular it even boasts its own industry journal — DeskMag.

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Articles about business naming and branding

3 Tips for Business Naming

Like product names, great company names should capture key attributes, roll off the tongue, and trigger terrific stories. Company names are no different, but have some extra lifting to do. Like product names, great company names should capture key attributes, roll off the tongue, and trigger terrific stories.

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Articles about literature in written branding

How Brands Are Using Books As Messaging

If you’ve walked into a J.Crew store in the past couple of years, you might have stumbled upon a few literary classics or large-scale art books nestled into a display of Oxfords or cashmere crews. Books are part of the Warby Parker brand as well. The socially conscious eyewear company has teamed up with publishers to offer a selection of titles on sale in their library-inspired flagship. These references honor an otherwise marginalized world of literature and work to hook (knowingly or not) a population ever saturated in the digital age.

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She always wanted words, she loved them: grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.

Michael Ondaatje
Blog posts about language

The Music of Words

Depending on the strategy, we often produce names that are explicitly linked to brand attributes through syntax and semantics. Another approach is to create names that are not so obviously connected to product features, but rely on phonetic finesse, or, sound symbolism – the linguistic process in which the very sound of a word suggests meaning.

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Wine naming blog posts

Wine Names Get Wild

The Millennial Generation has come of age and stepped up as one of the most dominant consumer groups in the US, and the wine industry has taken note. Not only are young people, women in particular, driving sales, but they are influencing trends in naming and design as well.

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Articles about app naming

5 Principles of App Naming

With a proliferation of mobile apps on the market, a good name can make a difference. And while a weak name won’t necessarily spell disaster for a well-conceived product, a great name makes the all-important first impression. A few solid principles can help.

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River + Wolf made a tremendous effort to ensure they met expectations and developed not only a fitting new name, but also rationale behind the name for effortless messaging. They go above and beyond to make sure they conform to our expectations. They worked so hard--even over the holidays--to ensure they found the perfect name for our company.

Marlea Clark, EVP, Marketing and Insights at Women’s Marketing Inc.

I really enjoyed working with Margaret and her team. Margaret was very thorough, thoughtful, and she put a comprehensively creative touch on their process. River + Wolf’s name ideas dominated the top-20 list that was later generated by focus groups and consumer research. River + Wolf was easy to reach, thoughtful, and very helpful.

Ashley Davidson, Senior Marketing Manager, Big Fish Games

Their level of creativity and passion for what they do set them apart from similar vendors. Their collaborative approach yielded outstanding results. Executive-level involvement ensures an enjoyable process. They consistently create exceptional deliverables.

Perry Abbenante, President, Abbenante Consulting Madécasse Chocolate

Internal and external feedback to the name has been overwhelmingly positive. Expertise, creativity, and responsiveness are hallmarks of River + Wolf’s work. Too, they very supportive. Margaret has been a real champion for my company. Compared to River + Wolf, the communication I had with other agencies felt really impersonal.

Michel DuPres, CEO, Tandem Goods

The team at River + Wolf don’t just deliver—they exceed all expectations. They are unbelievably creative, enjoyable to work with, and thoroughly professional. We cannot recommend them highly enough.

Abe Tatar, Director, The Hysek Group, New York, NY

River + Wolf are great listeners and delivered a name that meets all requirements. Their responsiveness and flawless project management contributed to the positive experience. The internal team and the leadership are very impressed with the results.

Lydia Brantingham Payne, Marketing Communications Manager, PlasticsOne

I trusted River + Wolf to deliver perfectly. And they did. We’ve gotten a lot of praise from colleagues for the logo and brand name. River + Wolf was helpful throughout the entire process, which was very detailed. In addition to the naming suggestions, they were able to offer ways for us to develop our overall branding.

Linda Yin, Marketing Director, Foxx Development, Inc.

The project started slowly for us because we were going in different directions, but Margaret Wolfson is phenomenal and made it a really smooth, effortless process. The professionalism, psychological viewpoints, and knowledge of the business made River + Wolf an excellent partner for us.

Maria Roberti, Marketing Director, Ringmaster Technologies

We are fully satisfied with the name, and we are excited for our company to launch. We believe the name is creative and different without being too elusive. River + Wolf was efficient, creative, dedicated, and thoughtful. The moniker is representative of company goals and stands decidedly apart from others in the industry.

Joie Jager Hyman, Co-Founder, Hugo

Through the use of masterful language and crystal-clear strategic thinking, River + Wolf helped us better organize and more clearly articulate the brand, mission, and vision of our PARTNERS® program. We could not have been happier with the results.

Yolande N. Spears, Vice-President, Education and Community Affairs, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

River + Wolf developed an amazing presentation of widely varying names. The name we ended up selecting is a perfect fit with our interest in buying and selling quality homes, and the all-important concept of location.They exceeded expectations in both project management and creative development.

Troy Palmquist, Founder, The Address

All the names were such high-quality it was difficult to just pick one. We’ve only been using the new name for about three months, but there’s already a noticeable difference in how people perceive us.

Joseph Bramante, TriArc Properties

River + Wolf’s responsiveness was phenomenal, and I liked that the company principal was involved at all touch points. They were completely attentiveness to our specific goals. They did everything they promised and more.

Kevin Opps, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Encorus Group

River + Wolf is phenomenal. I've dealt with many vendors, and Margaret and her team are so pleasant to work with and so quick to respond, even on the weekends. Since we’re an international, multi-national company their flexibility was key. It was a great process for us. In fact, we were so happy that we used them for two company naming projects. 75 of our top distributors loved the name as well.

Jimmy Ezzell, Managing Partner, Wonder 7 Global

Thank you for your passion and amazing skills. The process was absolutely fabulous. You went above and beyond and all of us at Unilever appreciate it. Feel free to use me as reference for future clients. I would be honored.

Gail B. Tifford, VP Media and Digital Engagement, Unilever North America

Thank you for helping us achieve some great names that will drive the overall success of our color cosmetic line. It’s been a pleasure working with you!

William Melendez, Associate Marketing Manager, Burt’s Bees

Thanks for all the great names and for such a clear and well-defined process. I will definitely keep River + Wolf in mind for future naming projects!

Bryce Goodwin, Director of Innovation, Belvedere Vodka

Margaret is wonderfully creative, using the deep insights, knowledge and inspiration of a long and entrepreneurial career in the arts to deliver compelling branding solutions.

Lohren Green, Head of Brand and Market Insights at Dolby Laboratories, San Francisco, CA

Margaret [Wolfson, Chief Creative at River + Wolf] was all around a pleasure to work with. She is a true wordsmith and a genius at her profession. She did an amazing deep dive and came up with excellent company name options that my partner and I both loved.

Matt Maroone, Co-Founder, Silver Mirror

River + Wolf’s Margaret Wolfson intuitively understood the message I was trying to convey. Her suggestions were so creative and fresh, and yet so true to my brand's character and story. And her commitment to my business was absolutely stalwart. I feel completely confident saying: River & Wolf is the best of the best.

Elizabeth Lane, Founder, Quarterlane Books

There are very few sure things in life. River + Wolf is one of them. They bring calm, order, and laser-like focus to the complicated process of branding. This results in unparalleled excellence, delivered on time and on budget.

Steven Cayre, Principal, BlueFinch Investments

Margaret is a wonderfully creative wordsmith, editor and naming expert. She adds value and insight into every project and consistently over-delivers. She has an easy, collaborative approach to her work that makes her a joy to work with.

Elainne Roberton, Director of Client Services, CB'a BrandEngine