In naming our company “Oneicity,” we ignored one of the tenets of classic, old-school branding–“the never choose a name that could be mispronounced or misunderstood” rule. Actually, we didn’t just ignore that rule, we ignored it with reckless abandon. Oneicity certainly can be mispronounced but so can Nike (does it rhyme with Mike?) and don’t get me started on Versace.
I saw this Hyundai TV spot the other night and it made me smile. I guess those Hyundai guys have had some trouble with people getting their name right, too. I have to confess, I can pronounce their name but it takes me at least 2 tries to spell it right. They didn’t go for phonetic either.
Anyway, enjoy the spot. And listen for the ending… When we do our national TV spot I think we’ll get Jeff Bridges to say at the end, “Revolutionize the world of fundraising and suddenly everyone can get your name right: it’s Oneicity, like electricity.”