Champions Named Among Superyachts:
Virgin Gorda, BVI (March 13, 2017) – Nilaya, the dominating Reichel/Pugh design, was presented the Loro Piana Prize: Boat International Media Trophy for overall victory at the seventh annual Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous.
It is the second consecutive year, and third time in the past four years, that the 111-footer has won the trophy. Built by Baltic Yachts, Nilaya won all three races in Class A by an average of more than 6 minutes.
“It comes down to good management and, of course, a great owner,” said tactician Bouwe Bekking. “Without a great owner you can’t put a good team together and he puts a lot of emphasis on goo…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Champions Named Among Superyachts, Editor
Cabo Race: Good Times have Returned:
The biennial Newport to Cabo International Yacht Race has seen all but 6 of the 22 starters retire due to light winds. Still in the race, however is Peter Isler on the Santa Cruze 70 Holua who files this report on March 13 at 19:00, located 541 nm northwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
What a difference a few hours of nice downwind sailing can do to erase the memories of nearly 48 hours of random extremely light air sailing in fog. This afternoon, the air aloft finally started mixing down to the surface to validate what the weather models have been announcing for the last few days. Unfortunately, this follows the big story of the race which has been attrition.
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Cabo Race: Good Times have Returned, Editor
A few years back, the firm MarketingExperiments ran tests of product names and domain names using Google Adwords, with results that could very well impress company and product namers to employ this method. By changing just the name in identical ads, the research team was able to show significant differences in click-through rates from otherwise identical text ads.
You “no longer have to rely on guesswork or personal favorites to try to predict which domain name will perform the best,” the research report concluded. In one test, they extrapolated from a 9 percent increase in click-throughs to a possible $ 1.3 million increase in revenues over the course of one year from using the name that tested better on Google.
Wow! Should we all abandon our non-empirical naming methods and select names according to such tests?
No. While suggestive, these experiments have limited applicability. Indeed, MarketingExperiments themselves noted that their projections assumed that the differential click-through rates would not affect the rate at which click-throughs led to sales. In real life, however, it’s quite likely that different names attract different kinds of people who have varying propensities to buy.
Consider these additional factors limiting the relevance of this testing method.
1) Do almost all of your customers use search engines to shop for what you sell?
Company names and product names that excel in search engine ads can tank in print ads or on billboards. They can be easily confused with competitors, sabotaging word of mouth sales. They can look terrible on signage or be tongue twisters to pronounce. They can have negative appeal to those who don’t shop online.
2) Do your customers tend to buy on their first visit to your web site?
The longer your typical customer takes to buy, the less relevant the gain in initial click-through becomes, and the more important it is to have a memorable name that makes a positive, relevant impression away from the computer screen.
3) Are repeat sales important in your business?
MarketingExperiments recommends starting your testing with highly descriptive names, such as PowerScreener Pro or StockScreener Plus, which have had a terribly hard time carving out a firm place in people’s memories. People who buy once from a search engine and then go back to the search engine when it’s time to reorder, because they can’t recall who they bought from previously, quite likely buy from a competitor of yours the next time.
4) What about other drawbacks of names?
Nowhere does MarketingExperiments remind people to make sure names that test well are free of legal risks, including trademark infringement or over-promising in the name. There’s also the risk of attracting people who buy but differ greatly from your ideal customer.
In short, I would recommend testing names with Google Adwords ads only if you sell something exclusively online that people tend to buy on their first visit from a search engine. Even then, you need to be mindful of the considerations I noted above.
For most of the clients who come to Named At Last for help, this testing method would be quite irrelevant. Broader strategic concerns are as important or more important than click-throughs from search engines.