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Starts:26-Jul-13 4:57 p.m. GMT

Ends:9-Aug-13 11:59 p.m. GMT


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Creative brief

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Business Name

new clipper co

What do you do?

Men can cut their own hair with electric clippers... In fact, there's a clipper/trimmer/epilator/laser for every type of hair on a man's or woman's body, except woman's hair (on their head). We are developing a handheld electric beauty tool to enable women to cut hair at home. The product looks like a typical beauty tool, a flattening iron (see attached photos of the product). It incorporates a clipper, so the words "clip, crop, cut, style" are acceptable to incorporate into the product name, but are not required. Branding is professional - we enable women to get a good quality haircut at home. They can cut their own hair, recruit a friend / family member to help, do minor trims between salon cuts, or cut their daughter's hair. The product offers users convenience, cost savings (although we don't want that reflected in the branding), and confidence / empowerment that they can take haircutting into their own hands. It's NOT a joke to cut your own hair - this product if fun to use but must have a name that implies you can get a good quality / professional cut. The tool is aimed at women 12-65 years of age with longer hair (chin length or longer) - but we are focusing on the younger end of this age range. Men with long hair could also use it.

Check out videos of our product at the following link:

Do you require that a .COM or other URL be available for the new name?

yes but doesn't have to be www.name.com - can be www.nameplussomethingelse.com

What is your industry?


Describe your audience

Women 12-65, with emphasis on the lower end of the range (12-30). Our customers are varied: cost-sensitive women, women with no time who need to fit the haircut into their busy schedule, moms of daughters, teenagers who want a trim but don't want to cut off length (a typical fear when going to the salon is they will get too much hair cut off), and perfectionists. We serve the "low maintenance" (just need a haircut) and the "high maintenance" (want their ends to look fresh all the time). The values our product provides to these women are: #1: convenience, no appointments necessary, #2 Cost - once you buy it haircuts are free, #3 frequency / touch-ups - have beautiful hair all the time because you can freshen up your ends whenever you want, #4: control over length. After that come the ability to be creative with your haircut, social, fun, etc...

Hairstyling is no joke, so the brand/name needs to sound professional, high quality, and able to help them achieve a good result.

Secondarily after women, we want our product to be acceptable for men with longer styles, and professional sytlists. Any name should not alienate these groups. The name could someday have a modifier, like ZipClip Woman, ZipClip Pro, ZipClip Guy, for example, to indicate who it is made for.

What 3 things do you want your product name to communicate to your audience?

Professional - enables you to get a beautiful haircut at home. Convenience - anytime, anywhere, fits YOUR schedule. Confidence - our tool makes haircutting easy so you won't make a mistake (a major fear with haircutting). OTHER: Empowerment and self-sufficiency - our product is an enabler - it helps you do something you didn't have the confidence to do before. It is technically easy to use. It cuts a perfectly straight line. By manipulating it, though, you can sculpt the cut. Gives users freedom from the salon, and to create their own style.

List the names of your top three competitor products

CreaClip and Bango help women cut hair - they are simple and cheap, not as serious as our product is. The InStyler is different but I don't want our name to be confused with the name InStyler

What character, tenor or spirit do you wish to convey?

The product is professional and cool, it enables women to do something they couldn't do before / or didn't have the confidence to do before. The user is young and clever, or at least thinks that way. Spunky and self-sufficient. Achieves impressive results without you knowing how they did it.

Are there any words or phrases you like or hate?

no - go for it!

Do you want to include additional info?

The name should be one or two words, or two words connected together. It can be a made-up name like "Sephora", or it can be a combination of two words like "StyleAccomplice", for example.
I like alliteration but don't feel limited by this (ZipClip, FitBit)

Brief updates

By rachelequip on 26-Jul-13 11:53 p.m. GMT
A comment on phonetics (sp?): the company is in the USA and USA will be our first market, so our first customers will pronounce like Americans. The name should be OK in other countries as well - ideally easy to pronounce everywhere (I know that's a big request).
By rachelequip on 29-Jul-13 5:27 p.m. GMT
Thanks everyone for all the entries!
My favorites are the made up words that sound beautiful / interesting / professional when spoken / written. Thanks for these - I'd like to see more of them.

By rachelequip on 1-Aug-13 9 p.m. GMT
Hello all - Thanks for all the entries!
Sorry for a mis-step a few days ago. I posted an update but apparently violated the rules. I thought you all could see each other's entries but now I realize you can't. Let me tell you a bit about the entries I really like:
They are short when spoken
They are generally made-up words
They sound cool, or beautiful, or useful
I don't like words that are too cute, or sound childish
I generally don't like "snip", "trim" "eaze"
Please avoid punctuation (apostrophes, accents) - these are hard to keep when limited to plain text

Thanks! I look forward to more great entries!
By rachelequip on 5-Aug-13 5:22 p.m. GMT
Hi all. I'm extending the deadline for our contest until Friday the 9th. I really appreciate all the entries but there is still a chance for a new entry to win this one. I have one name I like but I'd really love to see some more. Unfortunately there are some good entries we can't use because there are other products on the market with similar names. This product name needs to strike a balance between professional / fun / not offensive to stylists, so it's a tough task. You might take a look at the videos (see the link in the design brief) to get ideas.

To help you focus in on the types of names that can win:
they are generally short
they are made up words or misspellings of words (otherwise they are hard to trademark)
they sound good when spoken
Feminine sounding words are preferred over masculine words
Keep thinking it needs to sound good when you say "Can I borrow your ____?"