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  • Do I need to change my name??

    Hi all,

    After being told quite plainly that it was poo I'm seriously thinking about changing my business name.

    I worry that mymiyel is not memorable enough and people aren't able to spell or pronounce it and of course, that's not good. What are your opinions of the name and how it looks? Were you able to pronounce it or spell it after taking a quick glance at it? You think I should change to a more "normal" name with regular words?

    The only thing now is that I have already got a website, etsy shop, dawanda shop, folksy shop, email and have registered with HMRC with this name. I know it's not impossible to change but it's just a big hassle to go through everything again. I've also got lots of giftboxes, banners, leaflets, etc that would need changing.

    Please give an honest opinion - I'd really appreciate any help/tips.

    Thanks in advance!
    Yvonne
    x


    My website: www.mymiyel.com
    My blog: www.mymiyel.blogspot.com


  • #2
    I have noticed your name on the forum before and I find it is quite memorable. I am not sure if I pronounce it correctly as I don't know how you would want it pronounced! How did you arrive at this name for yourself? The problem i think is that it doesn't give any clue to what you do. Have you got any ideas for a new name?
    www.littlebead.blogspot.com
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    • #3
      Well, I qite like it and it is distinctive although, like Janet, I'm not sure if how I pronounce it is right! I guess the easier a name is to say, and spell, is important but it's also important that it stands out, and isn't just another name that melts into the background.
      Perhaps Janet is right and it just needs a bit of an added extra, explaining what you do?
      http://www.folksy.com/shops/silvermoss

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      • #4
        I agree, its so unusual it sticks in the mind. Don't worry about anyone spelling it - most of us can't spell anyway, as long as they remember it.
        Carol
        God helps them that help themselves.

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        • #5
          Thanks for your replies guys. It's pronounced my-mi-el

          I make quite a range of stuff - jewellery, accessories, stationery, gifts and I'm hoping to start making bags too so I didn't want to add a definitive word in case it restricted me. I did play around with mymiyel's studio but that doesn't really explain what I do neither.

          It's quite a corny name really but means a lot to me. Miel is my bf's pet name for me (it's honey in spanish - bleurgh). I just played around with the word a bit, adding the y for (what I thought would help) pronunciation and also to make it look more even.

          I do like it and it obviously means something to me. But looking from a more practical side I'm wondering whether it's not right.
          Yvonne
          x


          My website: www.mymiyel.com
          My blog: www.mymiyel.blogspot.com

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          • #6
            You should keep your name but maybe think up a catchy slogan or motto something like that, to make it easier to remember.
            I know i'll remember it after reading this thread though! Mymiyel! see!
            MISI - http://www.misi.me.uk/store_info.php?user_id=741

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            • #7
              have got to ask, who told you it was a poo name?

              (ps, i quite like the name)
              lucykate crafts... blog

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              • #8
                Yes, it is an unusual name - but that is what we strive for, to be memorable.
                and yes, I did have trouble working out how to pronounce it but if you are selling on the internet there is no need to pronounce anything, just read.
                As you already have everything in place with that name I would not change it, and if you do you may even loose previous customers who know who you are and how it is spelt.
                I would just make sure that your name is plastered over everything you sell and have plenty of business cards so there is always something for your customers to check the spelling against.

                Melanie

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                • #9
                  Your name!

                  My name doesn't mean anything to anyone either but it does to me. It's probably obvious how to say it though!. I like your name and I do think people come to remember you - especially if they love your stuff. I like the idea of perhaps adding a slogan - sentence - few words underneath such as crafts or ..... creative inspriation for a beautiful life....... you know the kind of thing. Otherwise, I think if you're happy with it, other folk will learn to be. Focus your atttention on building your customer base - that's hard enough without re-doing your stationery.

                  Best wishes
                  Julia

                  Website: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JuliaYo...=hdr_shop_menu
                  Facebook:
                  https://www.facebook.com/JuliaYorkDesigns?ref=hl
                  Blog:https://juliayorkdesigns.wordpress.com

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                  • #10
                    I love it and like the fact that it is distinctive. Maybe on larger things you can elaborate by putting 'Mymiel Crafts' or something. You could even add a little note under it on your website explaining that miel is spanish for honey and how to pronounce it, then it becomes a play on words - my honey. It doesn't need to be on everything, Mymiel becomes self explanatory then when seen on it's own. Definitely stick with it!
                    Cathy xx
                    http://folksy.com/shops/Cathy
                    http://www.recycledbaglady.co.uk/
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                    • #11
                      I like it and i think it is memorable! I know that you make lovely jewellery and remember a couple of your first posts showing what you make. Often the more unusual names are more memorable. I cringe whenever someone uses my business name cos I think it sounds twee (so twee I dont put it on here!!) - but it seems to be memorable! I wish I had something prettier - like yours.

                      Claire x

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                      • #12
                        I like it too - and as people have pointed out it's not so important to pronounce when you're mostly selling online. I think it's cute that you've taken it from the name your boyfy calls you awww!!

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                        http://peggycrafts.blogspot.com/

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                        www.peggycrafts.co.uk

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                        www.peggycrafts.etsy.com

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                        • #13
                          Well, I like it too ! Also, had in my mind to say it as you have said it so no problems there. Its cute & unusual so sticks in the mind IMHO.
                          Mel

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                          • #14
                            I like it, its simple and memorable
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by lucykate crafts... View Post
                              have got to ask, who told you it was a poo name?

                              (ps, i quite like the name)
                              Thanks Lucykate. it was actually the boyfy's mother. Who also thought it would be helpful to tell me that a few of my bracelets were boring.

                              I get the impression she doesn't like me much...
                              Yvonne
                              x


                              My website: www.mymiyel.com
                              My blog: www.mymiyel.blogspot.com

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