Catchword: A Modern New Design and Updated Positioning

Catchword is responsible for some of the biggest household brand, product and service names today, partnering with brands including Home Depot, Asana, and FitBit. With their new website design and development, they desired to grow out of a specified shell, repositioning themselves to become a bigger branding powerhouse.
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Catchword is responsible for some of the biggest household brand, product and service names today, partnering with brands including Home Depot, Asana, and FitBit. With their new website design and development, they desired to grow out of a specified shell, repositioning themselves to become a bigger branding powerhouse.

What’s In A Name?

North American naming agency Catchword needed a partner to redesign and redevelop their website and assist in repositioning their brand. They had already expanded their offerings to include branding services, and their website needed to reflect their evolved capabilities and show off Catchword as bigger-than-boutique—rather, a larger high-end agency. On top of everything, it was vital to have a website that required little (or no) outside assistance when it came to updates. Having been in the brand naming niche since the 90s, they wanted to expand to do more branding work so they could attract and help more clientele or land bigger deal packages. Catchword came to Solid Digital with a variety of goals in mind:
  • help with brand repositioning
  • update branding on site and keep SEO going strong
  • showcase their best work

Broadened Horizons

Brand naming had been Catchword’s bread and butter; but with their expansion into branding work, they needed to convey their story on their website. Thoroughly recognized on Clutch for their naming prowess (#1 for Naming Agency Worldwide for 6 years and counting) as well as ranking for branding, their website wasn’t inclusive of their capabilities around full brand strategy and visual identity. Up next: They needed to find the right keywords for their target market, and determine whether the “branding” or the “naming” part needed to come first in their messaging, website, and overall strategy. Solid’s team started the approach with specific goals:

  • guide users through a clear journey showing new positioning and evolved capabilities
  • keep SEO intact while streamlining the site—particularly the homepage
  • showcase branding/identity work in the best way possible
  • identify Catchword as a larger high-end agency
  • Create a path for easy site updates (without the help of a developer)

Aspiration is Inspiration

Keyword research, market research, and competitive research helped both teams understand the landscape better. A brand sprint helped identify the best way to communicate Catchword’s offerings and new positioning, and led to keeping naming as a focus. With few branding companies touting naming expertise at the forefront, Catchword had a unique opportunity to stand out in the larger branding field. Solid Digital helped Catchword with research and the formulation of their positioning and positioning statement to fully encapsulate where they wanted to go—and that aspiration extended to the website, too.

They kept naming at the heart to lead the website, with a clear pathway to additional services as they grew or expanded, via new overview pages that indicated how Catchword’s branding services fit together. The previous site dropped the user in the middle of the journey at once, but a holistic understanding of all Catchword capabilities is much clearer with the new structure.

To further underscore their expansion, the new site showcases their body of work in a more intentional way; Solid Digital’s team helped create a hierarchy to the portfolio, allowing a few notable projects to stand out, with the ability to dive further into a specific service or offering and see additional examples—that were now indexed for SEO. Much of the work and resources were retagged to align with the better-defined suite of offerings to show off more than just naming.

The visual identity became a better indicator of these expanded offerings, as well. To better show the high-end, large agency, big deal that Catchword is, Solid Digital brought sleek energy through animations and video to tell more of the story through motion. The brand personality had to show how established Catchword is—giving insight through how many names have been formulated by Catchword. And the website also added in some creative touches with 10 Reasons to Choose Catchword—a movie review-style page that engages and invites users to skim through why Catchword is the right choice.

Working together was fun for both sides—Catchword’s creative team took ownership of the project, and were highly involved and invested in ensuring the site was where they wanted it to be, with Solid Digital’s lead. They also took extra time to look at the overall approach, particularly around the repositioning. Problems were solved in real time and the design was updated and pushed to be the best.


Much To Say

Though the process was a creative “group project” with exceptional results, there were a few difficulties. With the old website, Catchword had compiled a lot of content over the years, and that needed to be cleaned up and reorganized. Because Catchword is composed of wordsmiths and linguists, Solid Digital was able to work with them to condense the copy and create a presentation of the site that was more easily scanned. Now users can get a better sense of who they are, even if they have limited time on the site.

The old navigation had a lot of information up front, without letting the story (that Catchword wanted to tell) unfold naturally for the user journey. So, the portfolio was laid out to prioritize specific content, while making it easy to find more information on each kind of project or service.


Happy Before and After

With better UX and pages for each of their services, visitors to the new Catchword site are guided down particular pathways and can get a birdseye view of all offerings. Each portfolio brand has now has an attached case study tag that can expand for more information when users click on it. 

After plenty of work, time, and effort, positive feedback keeps rolling in for the new Catchword site. Both teams were happy to complete the project and come out with a site that captures the new vision of Catchword.

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