30 min

Square, Block, and the Impact of Your Product Name Better Product

    • Marketing

Changing a company or product name in a rebrand is a big decision. That’s because renames are usually seen as a way to cement a changed identity. But what if we told you that names are only as valuable as what we build around them? We’re exploring the concept through the recent Square-to-Block rename, and what to consider when putting a name to your own product. 
Want to add your own take? Write a note or record a voice memo, and send it to erica.irish@innovatemap.com to join the conversation. 
Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to see the latest in Better Product, a show part of the Better Product Community powered by Innovatemap. The community is the connection point for product leaders & practitioners to learn and share what it takes to design, build, market, and sell better products. Learn more at betterproduct.community. 
Takeaways: 
Names are significant, but what you build around them matters more.  It’s the burden of brand & positioning to make a name mean something.  Big Tech names are trending towards generic words—but does that actually limit creativity for others?  Things To Listen For:
[1:00] How Meghan & Christian got their own names 
[2:30] A name change isn’t just about a word; it’s about an evolved identity
[2:50] What really matters to a name is the strength of your brand & positioning 
[3:00] Good names don’t have to make sense, but they should be memorable...
[4:00] …and what you do with your name usually matters more than the meaning
[5:20] Introducing the Square story through a book, The Innovation Stack 
[6:20] Why Square chose the new name Block
[9:30] An established name should influence how you think about brand & product 
[10:20] Why there’s no “one way” to name your company 
[11:00] It’s the burden of brand & positioning to make names mean something 
[11:15] Revisiting the Mailchimp & Surveymonkey rebrand 
[14:00] Names don’t always reflect the product—and that’s OK 
[15:00] Names tend to evolve with how they’ll be used 
[15:45] When it might be time for a company to consider a rename 
[17:00] Understanding how names and renames can influence growth 
[19:00] Are current trends in Big Tech names “land grabs”? 

Changing a company or product name in a rebrand is a big decision. That’s because renames are usually seen as a way to cement a changed identity. But what if we told you that names are only as valuable as what we build around them? We’re exploring the concept through the recent Square-to-Block rename, and what to consider when putting a name to your own product. 
Want to add your own take? Write a note or record a voice memo, and send it to erica.irish@innovatemap.com to join the conversation. 
Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to see the latest in Better Product, a show part of the Better Product Community powered by Innovatemap. The community is the connection point for product leaders & practitioners to learn and share what it takes to design, build, market, and sell better products. Learn more at betterproduct.community. 
Takeaways: 
Names are significant, but what you build around them matters more.  It’s the burden of brand & positioning to make a name mean something.  Big Tech names are trending towards generic words—but does that actually limit creativity for others?  Things To Listen For:
[1:00] How Meghan & Christian got their own names 
[2:30] A name change isn’t just about a word; it’s about an evolved identity
[2:50] What really matters to a name is the strength of your brand & positioning 
[3:00] Good names don’t have to make sense, but they should be memorable...
[4:00] …and what you do with your name usually matters more than the meaning
[5:20] Introducing the Square story through a book, The Innovation Stack 
[6:20] Why Square chose the new name Block
[9:30] An established name should influence how you think about brand & product 
[10:20] Why there’s no “one way” to name your company 
[11:00] It’s the burden of brand & positioning to make names mean something 
[11:15] Revisiting the Mailchimp & Surveymonkey rebrand 
[14:00] Names don’t always reflect the product—and that’s OK 
[15:00] Names tend to evolve with how they’ll be used 
[15:45] When it might be time for a company to consider a rename 
[17:00] Understanding how names and renames can influence growth 
[19:00] Are current trends in Big Tech names “land grabs”? 

30 min