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The PCologist
02-28-2010, 05:08 PM
One of the first things I began thinking about when I decided to start a repair business was what to name my company. In my mind I had three options for the type of name I could choose.

1. Personal brand - Using my own name in the business name. "Stokes Computer Services" (just an example). I like the idea of building my personal brand but I feel that this type of business name is, well, kind of boring and lacks creativity. I wonder if it would make my business appear "small" or too much like a one man operation (which it is) and limit my ability to grow in the future.

2. Location specific - Using a name that identifies my business with the local area. "Mobile Bay Computer Services" for example. I think it might be a plus in that potential clients will identify my company as being local instead of some far off operation that outsources work. But, what happens if at some point I want to provide services outside of my local area? Maybe I decide to provide nationwide remote support or website design (just examples). That local name starts to look a little restrictive when thinking "big".

3. Unique, industry descriptive brand (for lack of a better term) - "Geek Squad" is a prime example. I think that brand name is fun, creative, memorable, and easily identifiable as a technology company.


I did come up with a name for my company but I'm just starting out and haven't marketed it so I'm not married to it yet. While I have registered the domain that's the only investment I have in it.

The PCologist
- "specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of your personal computer"

Obviously, I chose #3 in creating this name. Playing off of the medical field (Cardiologist, Dermatologist, etc) I thought it was catchy and unique. My primary focus is residential but as I fine tune my business I hope to market to small biz as well down the line. But, second guessing myself as I always do I wonder how it would be received by prospective clients. Will people "get it"? Does it just plain sound dumb? Will I spend a lot of time just trying to explain its meaning to folks? I like the name because there are so many different things I can do with it from a marketing standpoint if I play off the medical field. Think Geek Squad and Spies. Robert Stephens (founder of Geek Squad) came up with a most brilliant idea!

What are your thoughts on effective naming/branding for a computer repair business? Why did you choose the name you did? Is it working? I would be interested on any thoughts, ideas, or observations you all might have on the topic.

Also, if you are so inclined, feel free to critique my chosen name and slogan...good, or bad. You will NOT hurt my feelings. :) I'm serious about this new business venture and would rather get this worked out to my satisfaction now rather than later when it might be too late.

Thanks for reading!
-Craig

MobileTechie
02-28-2010, 05:21 PM
A major factor in the Geek Squad's success is linked to the fact that they are in Best Buy stores. That sort of branding works when you have national exposure and deep pockets. It's not so relevant to the neighbourhood firm I think.

The PCologist
02-28-2010, 05:38 PM
A major factor in the Geek Squad's success is linked to the fact that they are in Best Buy stores. That sort of branding works when you have national exposure and deep pockets. It's not so relevant to the neighbourhood firm I think.

I heard Robert Stephens speak at a customer service convention a few years ago. He started out as a local, one man shop just like most of the folks here. Looking to differentiate himself from the competition, he created the Geek Squad brand. IIRC, he started out with an old 1950's car and painted it with the now familiar black & white color scheme with the shield. This, along with the attire (white shirt, tie, black pants) and the police badge created a buzz about his company and contributed to its growth. He grew Geek Squad into a sizable company before Best Buy took notice and offered to purchase it.

OhioTech
02-28-2010, 09:03 PM
The PCologist
- "specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of your personal computer"

No offense intended (you did ask) but the name puts me in mind of a colon doctor. You have many good ideas. I am sure you will come up with one you like.

xxsilk109xx
02-28-2010, 09:37 PM
I am naming mine WiseGuysPC, when you have a computer problem, dont call a geek, call a wise guy (insert pre copywright info here lol)

PCS
02-28-2010, 11:43 PM
I was thinking of asking the same kind of question.

I have gone under the name of PCSolve previously but I'm now thinking of relaunching and rebranding. Picking a name these days and getting an available .com is growing more and more difficult.

I've come up with a new name but I'm not sure if I'll use it now. I've been asking around to see what peoples thoughts are, some like it and others arn't sure.

So here goes. I've been thinking of using FOOKINPC. When it's going wrong, what do you shout? "why won't you work you f@@king PC"

FOOKINPC is more likely to stick in your mind than PCSolve don't you think?

Larry Sabo
03-01-2010, 01:01 AM
feel free to critique my chosen name and slogan...good, or bad.Okay, but I see that OhioTech gets the same impression I do, that PCologist is too close to Proctologist. Maybe if you add a hyphen, like PC-ologist, that association can be avoided. In either version, I'm afraid it does nothing for me. Sorry I don't have anything to suggest as an alternative. PC-Medic and PC-Doctor have been overdone, IMO.

The PCologist
03-01-2010, 01:05 AM
The PCologist
- "specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of your personal computer"

No offense intended (you did ask) but the name puts me in mind of a colon doctor. You have many good ideas. I am sure you will come up with one you like.

No offence taken. I appreciate this sort of honest feedback. If prospective clients feel the same as you then obviously "The PCologist" would be a poor choice. Personally, I like it for reasons I stated in my original post but I'm determined to explore all possibilities before making a final decision.

Thanks!

The PCologist
03-01-2010, 01:14 AM
@Larry Sabo Thank you for your input. You guys are giving me something to think about. I see that you are using your last name in your business. Are you happy with your choice? Does it seem to affect your marketing effectiveness for good or bad?

numnutz
03-01-2010, 12:06 PM
I actually love the name and think you will get noticed and reconized favorably especially locally. Market yourself locally make sure many local businesses know who you are personally. I get a lot of negative press from other techs for my name but I am doing well. I have not picked a slogan though but thinking about something like, Dont let your computer drive you Nutz. Good luck
Eric

The PCologist
03-01-2010, 12:33 PM
Thanks numnutz!

You know....I just had a thought. Some of you guys feel that "The PCologist" reminds you of a colon Dr. (Gastroenterologist, btw) and imply that this might be a negative for my biz. Ok, I get that...BUT, let's look at it a different way...

When your colon is messed up who do you call? A Gastroenterologist of course! It doesn't matter what the word "Gastroenterologist" brings to mind, he's the guy that can best help you so that's who you are going to call, right?

So maybe PCologist isn't the sexiest name out there (we just passed 192 million registered top level domains. Are there ANY cool names left? :)) but if it sticks in people's minds that you call a PCologist when your PC craps out, then there IS value in the name. Of course, It would by MY job to make sure Joe and Jane Public make this connection prior to needing my services.

Hmmm...lots to think about.

-Craig

OhioTech
03-01-2010, 12:38 PM
Sometimes, I think I limit my self slightly by my business name. Being a female my last name could change. LOL! Seriously, I am in a small town and have lived here for 35 years so everyone knows everyone- so for me it works. PC Doctor and Custom PC have been so done here. I decided to go with a rocking color scheme and professional tech image. People comment "OMG, the National Guard is here to fix my computer!" RE: Hummer. I am very busy - 5 computers dropped off on Friday. And fully booked on Saturday. Plus I have 6 4x8 signs strategically located in the surrounding areas. Ad 5 days a week in the newspaper..ect..

Honestly any name can work if you keep it consistent. I just don't think many people would want you touching their keyboard with that doctor image in mind.

Larry Sabo
03-01-2010, 12:51 PM
@Larry Sabo .... I see that you are using your last name in your business. Are you happy with your choice? Does it seem to affect your marketing effectiveness for good or bad?I'm not sure if it's better than a non-personal name, but it sets me apart from the cute/catchy/generic names, and is more personable, which suits my personality and business style. I've been using it for 13 years in business, first as Sabo Monitor Repairs, and now as Sabo Computer Repairs. Good luck in your search for a winning business name.

NWPhotog
03-01-2010, 12:54 PM
The PCologist
- "specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of your personal computer"

No offense intended (you did ask) but the name puts me in mind of a colon doctor. You have many good ideas. I am sure you will come up with one you like.

It may be a great name. I am not sure but that is how I read it too ie PC Oncologist.

P.S. Oops my post would have made more sense if I had read more of the thread. Good of you to take the typical reaction in a positive way. Cheers!

numnutz
03-01-2010, 01:10 PM
Its a great name and people will remember it, its catchy and it will get ppl talking. will you get many mulitmillion dollar white collar, dress code, stuffy atmosphere corp accounts with that name? hmmmm probably not but if your not after that it doesnt matter. Like I said get involved in your local area if you live near your businness or work out of your home join orginizations, Elks club, join a gym, if you have kids in school get involved there. volunteer, donate get your name out. People will try you and IF your good it will just grow...good luck

The PCologist
03-01-2010, 01:50 PM
@OhioTech @Larry Sabo - I certainly recognize the value in leveraging your personal brand in a business name. Both of you have an impressive resume of experience listed on your site. I would imagine that your credentials play an important role in building confidence in the minds of prospective clients. Well done!

@Larry, I like that you mentioned how your biz name "suits my personality and business style". I think that is key.



2 points...

1. In my professional career I have been successful (and feel most comfortable) injecting a little humor into my interactions with customers. I don't mean over-the-top "Night at the Apollo" stand up comedy, but I've found that sprinkling in a bit of humor at appropriate moments can disarm a "hot" situation, form a more personable connection with the client, and take the edge off of a customer's stressful situation. It's not suitable for every situation but through years of working in tech support I learned when to employ this technique and it seems to work well for me.

2. I am currently focusing on residential customers but after I work out the kinks of starting a new business I will market to small business. I have experience providing service and support to the healthcare industry. Specifically, dentists, orthodontists, various small to medium sized medical practices...so I have to wonder how "The PCologist" would resonate with this crowd. Maybe it would be a plus in my marketing efforts?

The PCologist
03-01-2010, 01:56 PM
Like I said get involved in your local area if you live near your businness or work out of your home join orginizations, Elks club, join a gym, if you have kids in school get involved there. volunteer, donate get your name out.

That is GREAT advice! I have looked into joining my local Chamber of Commerce. Great networking opportunities there. Hmm...my daughter is in a sorority at a local college. They do multiple fundraisers during the school year. With a little thought I bet I could come up with a way to help a great cause while building brand equity with the public. Thanks for getting my creative juices flowing!

numnutz
03-01-2010, 03:57 PM
now thats what i'm talking about!! good luck

OhioTech
03-01-2010, 07:16 PM
Great way to look at it! I love different names so go with it!

Numnutz..I think your name is fantastic! I always get it when I see it!

OhioTech
03-01-2010, 07:51 PM
[QUOTE=The PCologist;109497]@OhioTech @Larry Sabo - I certainly recognize the value in leveraging your personal brand in a business name. Both of you have an impressive resume of experience listed on your site. I would imagine that your credentials play an important role in building confidence in the minds of prospective clients. Well done!

Thank you for your kind words and I hope I haven't offended you in any way. ;-)

The PCologist
03-01-2010, 08:39 PM
Thank you for your kind words and I hope I haven't offended you in any way. ;-)

If I was scared of being offended, I wouldn't have opened this up for discussion.

Maybe I could create a memorable experience for the client by donning latex gloves before I conduct "surgery" on the PC. J/K, of course. :D

Awesome Hummer, btw!

OhioTech
03-01-2010, 08:50 PM
I have had to touch some nasty computers- gloves would have been wonderful and appropriate!

andrewrost3241981
03-01-2010, 08:51 PM
My last name is Rost so I just decided to name my business "Rost Computer Services". I did this because:

1. I am not that creative when it comes to thinking up names.

2. I thought that customers might think "this person must be confident in his skills if he is willing to put his name behind his product/service".

3. My last name isn't really common and I thought that there would be little conflict when I went to register my business name (there was no conflict).

I don't know if my reasoning for the second point is really true or not. I don't really regret my name choice. As long as the name you choose isn't too strange or bizarre, I don't really think it should matter in the end.

MobileTechie
03-02-2010, 10:16 AM
I heard Robert Stephens speak at a customer service convention a few years ago. He started out as a local, one man shop just like most of the folks here. Looking to differentiate himself from the competition, he created the Geek Squad brand. IIRC, he started out with an old 1950's car and painted it with the now familiar black & white color scheme with the shield. This, along with the attire (white shirt, tie, black pants) and the police badge created a buzz about his company and contributed to its growth. He grew Geek Squad into a sizable company before Best Buy took notice and offered to purchase it.

Oh right. I stand corrected.

That's much more impressive then.

lassenpc
03-02-2010, 01:04 PM
I think PCologist is a nice distinct catchy name.

From a business person's point of view, when I read your tag line

- "specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of your personal computer"

It clicks in my head that "ok, he just does home pcs" which is fine if that's all that you ever wanted to do.

I read that you're starting out on doing just residential for now which is great, but some / most of these home users have jobs and are your future word of mouth referral points to their places of business.

Just something to think about.

hardtoremember
03-02-2010, 03:17 PM
I like PCologist although I would grab that hyphen. It was easy to remember and I went and checked out your site.

I would like to get an idea of how people feel about ours while we're at it. I'm not tied to it except the domain either.
Ours is Geeks in Sneaks. What do you all think?

MobileTechie
03-02-2010, 03:23 PM
I'm with the guys that think it sounds medical bordering on gynocogical. There is an unpleasant connotation with it in my mind.

Computerologist is much better but I'm guessing those domains are taken.

The PCologist
03-03-2010, 12:50 AM
I like PCologist although I would grab that hyphen. It was easy to remember and I went and checked out your site.

I would like to get an idea of how people feel about ours while we're at it. I'm not tied to it except the domain either.
Ours is Geeks in Sneaks. What do you all think?

I thought about the hyphen after it was suggested earlier in this thread. My site! Ha! Don't you love what I've done with it? :D After loading Wordpress and a theme I gave up on doing anything with it till I finalize the name.

Geeks in Sneaks.....I love the way it sounds. It is memorable. A lot you could do with it with marketing and such. But, I hope folks wouldn't make a mental connection with you and that other geek company.

The PCologist
03-03-2010, 01:10 AM
What I've learned from this thread:

The PCologist is possibly memorable. Good.

Some people make a negative medical association with it. Not so good.

I might alienate prospective business clients with the name/slogan. BAD.

Purchasing a domain before you are 100% committed to a name isn't a great idea.

It's funny....I'll probably struggle with the name more than any other aspect of my business. Just about everything else I can find answers for using Google. :)

I've set myself a deadline of the end of this weekend. A final decision will be made by then. A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone that's posted in this thread. You all are awesome!

-Craig

emsbronco
03-03-2010, 02:26 AM
I think you summed it up well. However, purchasing a domain name if you are thinking of a name that matches is not a bad idea. If anything it protects your ideas for a year. And, for under $10, it's not expensive. Also, if you have some good name ideas, you may be able to "flip" the domains at cost or even a slight profit down the road.

I own a couple of other tech related domain names for some ideas I have down the road. Even though I can't implement them now, I bought the names when they came available so that when I have the time and ability to implement my ideas, I have already secured the internet name. For the time being, I have those 2 names pointing to my primary domain name.

hardtoremember
03-03-2010, 03:24 AM
Thanks PCologist! I have been needing some outside input on that. My wife loves it though so that would be that but with the name of what I want to name my business I'm tending to overthink it.

We also own quite a few tech related domains as well as some others. I can't see it as a waste of money because one day I may use it or sell it.

BigFrog_Computing
03-03-2010, 07:07 AM
What I've learned from this thread:

It's funny....I'll probably struggle with the name more than any other aspect of my business. Just about everything else I can find answers for using Google. :)


Yes but remember that Google is an important tool when helping you choose a name.

I struggled with a business name too. I kept a list of business name ideas in an excel spreadsheet for 3 years. When it came time to incorporate I found that I had too many names to decide on since it had grown to a list of 198 names.

I think you are wise to be putting so much time and effort into choosing a name. Naming things properly is well worth it in the long run.

Eventually I had to come up with a strategy to choose a name. So I assigned each name a score. The score was a weighted average of my "1-5 rating" of each prospective name in several categories I defined. Then I printed out a top 20 list and got input from my family and friends. Almost all of them chose BigFrog Computing, especially the ladies so that's what I ended up going with. :) It was #6 on my list.

I rated names as 1 - excellent, 2 - great, 3 - good, 4 - fair, 5 - poor.
And here are my categories I rated each in. This is just what I used. You could create and weight your own set.

weight - category

15 - Easy to say
12 - How much do you like the name?
10 - Prospective website names are available
10 - Google keyword competition
10 - Yellowpages keyword competition
10 - Generic enough to cover changing target markets
8 - Instills customer confidence
8 - Logo and motto potential
8 - Name is approachable
5 - Original and unique
2 - Catchy, has a ring to it
2 - Branding potential
---
100

It's a pretty crude, subjective approach, and I probably screwed up the math somewhere, but it really helped by forcing me to evaluate many different aspects of each name.

The PCologist
03-04-2010, 12:18 AM
Wow, BigFrog, thank you for your excellent post! I am going to borrow your rating system. Great idea!

Luudee
03-06-2010, 03:16 PM
in a semi-competitive market and for means of being able to brand and promote your business i believe the name is one of the most important things about a pc repair business and for that matter any company.

My Repair Company is also a marketing//consulting//graphic design shop. We are a one stop for any and all small businesses in our area and we heavily dominate our area for our expertise and services.

That being said we need a commercial name, yet one that caters to more casual, residential areas.

TechKnowVision: Is our design side of things, implying our know how of technology and Vision for the marketing, consulting, and design.

TechKnowButler: Defines our repair side, Your TechKNOWButler, allows for multi branding, and were youre personal butler for all "tech" stuff.

Our business supports so many solutions, and we believe in selling customer support, so our name is a crucial part of our infrastructure we use it everywhere applicable.

Peaceful
03-25-2010, 08:32 PM
Being a hippie child of the 60's coupled with most laypeoples' adversarial relationship with their pc's I decided on Peaceful PC and the slogan "we bring peace to you and your pc" Corny yes, but I wanted to be different from the typical techie thing. :)

hardtoremember
03-25-2010, 08:58 PM
Being a hippie child of the 60's coupled with most laypeoples' adversarial relationship with their pc's I decided on Peaceful PC and the slogan "we bring peace to you and your pc" Corny yes, but I wanted to be different from the typical techie thing. :)

I like it! I like the logo too.

krutoi
03-26-2010, 04:07 PM
Another brainstorming tool is looking at what other folks have come up with - try searching the Sec. of State corporation listings for words like PC or Computer... here's a search in WA state for "computer" -->

http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_results.aspx?search_type=simple&criteria=all&name_type=contains&name=computer&ubi=

jasonace750
03-28-2010, 04:52 PM
I decided to go with DangIT Computer Solutions - Restoring that new computer feeling.

I appreciate you taking the time to review and offer feedback.

hardtoremember
03-28-2010, 05:26 PM
I decided to go with DangIT Computer Solutions - Restoring that new computer feeling.

I appreciate you taking the time to review and offer feedback.

Okay that is just awesome!

jasonace750
03-28-2010, 08:16 PM
I like PCologist although I would grab that hyphen. It was easy to remember and I went and checked out your site.

I would like to get an idea of how people feel about ours while we're at it. I'm not tied to it except the domain either.
Ours is Geeks in Sneaks. What do you all think?

I like Geeks in Sneaks but why not sneakers? Geeks in Sneakers! I saw another site called Geeks in Khakis or something like that.

jasonace750
03-28-2010, 08:17 PM
Okay that is just awesome!

Thanks hardtoremember.

I wonder if I should add TM or SM symbol to the name and slogan.

hardtoremember
03-29-2010, 03:29 AM
I like Geeks in Sneaks but why not sneakers? Geeks in Sneakers! I saw another site called Geeks in Khakis or something like that.

There's already a Geeks in Sneaks. We changed the name.

mindbug
04-09-2010, 11:23 AM
Hey People,

What do you guys think of: computer whisperer or pc whisperer?

:)

Greetz,

Bug

hardtoremember
04-09-2010, 01:59 PM
Hey People,

What do you guys think of: computer whisperer or pc whisperer?

:)

Greetz,

Bug

It makes me think of Voodoo! LOL