March 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm #34625
#168 You named your kid (shop) what?
Name or rename your shop very carefully. Your name is who you are. Many businesses have average names. Many have weak or terrible names. Just a few have excellent names. In our town we used to have “Northtown Movie Theater”. Now we have “Celebration! Cinema”. Names that stand out in customer’s minds make your marketing easier, cheaper and more effective. How about Celebration Auto Service? How does that compare to your shop’s name?March 17, 2018 at 8:17 am #34771
Today, the name of the shop should be easily conveyed as a URL, which means as short as possible. For instance, the name “automotivemanagementnetwork.com” is a WAY too long of a URL, IMHO. However, in my industry, the one word “transmissions” is 13 characters and is already too long without any nouns, modifiers, or adjectives.
Another strategy is to look in either Google Trends, or Google Analytics (if you have an Adwords account) and see what are the top keywords/phrases used.
Another consideration is the ego-factor vs. the business-factor. Do you really want the shop owner’s name in the name of the business? Everybody will want to speak to [shop owner’s name] whenever the customer wants customer service. Some even insist the shop owner perform the work themselves.
There are other factors involved in choosing a good shop name, as well. If the name includes some geographical reference, what happens if the shop either moves or expands to a multi-shop operation?
Think carefully and choose wisely.
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