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How to choose a username
Hey, I’m Ashley (Branding Expert) and I’m going to guide you through our four steps to creating a username. Below you’ll find twenty example names I created in this process and next, I’ll show you how you can create your own. To get started try our username generator above and then scroll below to find the first step in the naming process.
#1) Brainstorm your name ideas
Start by brainstorming what words could fit into your username. In my name ideas, I used combinations of words that will be appealing to the eye, interesting to others as well as yourself, and easy to remember. Your goal here is to create a list of words or names that come to mind when thinking about your desired username.
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Here are my name ideas after brainstorming:
#2) Shortlist your ideas
Once you’ve developed a list of possible names, do an analysis of your ideas. Remove any names that could be hard to remember, spell or speak aloud. Keep names that are brandable, sound great, are memorable and communicate your brand values, product or service to your target audience.
Here’s a quick checklist you can run your ideas through to help shorten your list of name:
- Is the name simple and easy to remember?
- Is the name easy to read and say aloud?
- Is the name different from competitors?
- Does the name convey a relevant meaning?
- Does the name avoid overused words or cliches?
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#3) Get some feedback
You’ll now have a list of 3-6 great usernames and you can start to ask potential customers or people working in the industry for feedback (your target audience). Avoid feedback from family and friends, are more likely to praise all your ideas and they aren’t your customer.
Be sure to ask questions like:
- What first comes to mind when you first hear the name?
- How would you spell it?
With you’re customer feedback you can now ask yourself is the name still relevant? and did it represent you?
My customer feedback:
This name conveys a magical touch combined with a bit of sassiness.
This name creates a great logo opportunity alongside an easy-to-remember name.
This name conveys the cute imagery of a unique animal.
This name conveys an edge with some ghostly imagery.
#4) Check It’s available
At this point, it’s good to have at least three great usernames on your list, in case your any of your names are already taken. Be sure to check all the social media platforms you intend to join as well such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Medium, or Discord.
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Competitor Name Analysis
To help you brainstorm potential usernames, let’s take a look at three successful individuals on the internet with well-known usernames and break down why and how they’ve chosen their username and why it works for them.
Egoraptor is easy to remember, it provides an opportunity for interesting imagery, and it uses assonance to create a result that people can easily look up. That makes it a great name if you want to gain popularity wherever you’re using the username.
CaptainSparklez is a name that stands out. It’s family-friendly and works well in situations where you want to appeal to people of all ages. They also have a catchy name through a rhythmic pronunciation in the name: Captain Sparklez.
Markiplier is a username that combines an actual name with a bit of flair to make the name more memorable. The addition of part of a real name can also help anyone following you to see the humanity that lies behind the username.
1. Do a Competitor Analysis
Doing a competitor analysis as your first step will save you a lot of time in the future, knowing what names to avoid and understanding why and how your competitors Username words for them will help you in forming your own Usernames. When analyzing competitors think about:
- What values are they conveying in their Username? How does that work for them?
- Is there a trend in how these Users are naming themselves?
- Who does it best? Why does it work and how can I produce a better name?
2. Focus on Naming Rather Than Describing
A typical pitfall most people run into is being too literal with their username. They may try to use their own name, last name, or birthday. A more effective username should convey interests or simply create a persona that you want to use for gaming, social media, or other mediums where you may need a username..
Let’s take for example the real username “CaptainSparklez”.
This isn’t a name that describes the individual at all. Instead, it’s a name that aids in developing a persona for the individual to use on a gaming channel intended to be family-friendly. Think about the person you want to be online, and create a username from there.
3. How to make a more memorable name
Creating a memorable username is the first step in getting into a viewers/followers minds and is also a task that’s easier said than done. Your Username should aim to stop a person in their tracks and give an extra thought on what you have to offer. Some tips to create a memorable name would be:
- Use rhythmic pronunciation or alliteration (Hedge Hound, Blabber Crab
- Try using a word that wouldn’t be relevant when out of context (Afishionado – A great username for someone who wants to share their love of fish or fishing.)
- Keep it short and simple.
4. Try selecting a Brandable username
Brandable usernames are names that are non-sensical but read and are pronounced well. They often use letter patterns of Vowel/Consonant/Vowel as these word structures are typically short, catchy and easy to say and remember. For example, some brandable usernames could be:
You can find a full list of Brandable business names at Domainify.com
5. Avoid combining words just to create a unique name.
Another mistake people typically make is creating bad word combinations when they find out that their username idea is already taken. For example, John chooses the username CoolBoy and finds out it’s already taken. Because he’s already decided this is the name he wants he tries to opt for similar sounding names like coollboy, CoolBoi or Ccoolboy.
You can see how these ideas are a step backward as they are not catchy, easily pronounceable or memorable. In these situations, we suggest starting from scratch and trying the tips we mentioned previously.