I am considering promoting under the name Marketing Messiah, is there a negative religious connotation to this?
Please comment in two ways:
1. Any negative religious connotations?
2. To what extent do you like the name?
By association the name infers superiority and no one buys into that willingly. it's implicity arrogant and with the sublimination of evangelising in the IT industry, this is a marketing killer with no halo handouts afterwards.
Negatives aplenty: The name can suggest to some that you may personally suffer from a Messiah complex, God complex, grandiose delusions, megalomania or plain vanila narcissism. I hope not.
It's interesting that you asked "To what extent do you LIKE the name?" and not "like or dislike". Were you expecting everyone to agree?
Looking at everyone else's responses, I think the name is right up there with naming the next ocean-going cruise ship "Titanic 2". Who'd buy tickets for that one?
Perhaps there is another question to ask: What name will best attract people to you and immediately tell people what you do?
If I were in your shoes, I'd start with Google and do a search for names. Do you like what else appears when you plug in the name you are thinking about? Does including "Messiah" bring up good, supportive names or does it just cloud the issue.
I suggest: Forget what WE think, find out what MANY people think by checking in with Google.
Charlie Seymour Jr
The Video Marketing Guys (dot) com
1. Depends on if you're okay with alienating a certain demographic of potential would-be clients right off the bat.
2. It's catchy but too pompous to be taken seriously in a business context, unless you already have a bestseller book on the shelves.
1. Yes. It does. Stay away from Messiah.
2. I don't. Sounds stuffy and has meaning that the service provider is lacks real credibility.
All religion aside, I'd go with a different name. Guru, Ninja, Rockstar and other buzzy words have a negative tone to them. Messiah has a buzzy ring too it too. Try something simple, something that your audience can relate too.
Always use the K.I.S.S method. (Keep It Simple, Stupid)
I personally like the name. But I agree with others that it could turn off people -- whether or not they're religious. And I know someone else suggested Marketing Maven, but I have seen that in many places, too. Best of luck with it all...
1. Definitely has negative connotations. It will show hubris and disrespect to religious Christians and Jews as well.
2. I don't like the name because it shows a lack of marketing foresight and understanding, a bad characteristic for an alleged marketing guru.