Kleenex, Q-Tip, Xerox, Band-aid, Jeep are just a few iconic brands that we broadly use to identify all products in their specific market.
The official term is Proprietary Eponym. It’s brand recognition at its finest. And it’s something we should strive for.
Here’s a brief description:
A generic trademark, also known as a genericized trademark or proprietary eponym, is a trademark or brand name that, because of its popularity or significance, has become the generic name for, or synonymous with, a general class of product or service, usually against the intentions of the trademark’s holder. (Wikipedia)
Realistically there’s a very low percentage of us achieving this feat. But that doesn’t stop us from trying to make it happen.
It’s all about the mindset we need to have when building our personal or business brands.
Our brands need to be strongly connected to a value proposition (A promise of value to be delivered, communicated, and acknowledged) to be effective but more importantly memorable.
Proprietary Eponyms have strong value propositions. We know what they can offer us just by their name alone.
Again we may not become generic trademarks but our brand strategy should be designed and established around this idea.