Why Branding Never Stops to Matter

Personna began life as Oneztà five years ago. We named Oneztà after the Italian word “onesta”, for honesty. Core to that name, there are a whole lot of values, like the need for honest conversations and doing honest good work, that make the work we do meaningful for us.

In February, we approached creative shop , Gyro, to revamp our logo and website (which you can check out here). When presenting the pitch to us, Manuel in his soulful Spanish-accented voice, said: “I know you didn’t ask for this…”

We kinda knew it was coming…

“Be calm, relax… Think of Oneztà as a patient, we’re going to put it on the table, and we’re going to operate.”

It was our brand name. We always kinda knew, but ignored the niggling feeling. Some clients who have been working with us since day one were still calling us One-Star. That’s how most people in the English-speaking world see the word. Maybe it’s a Latin language thing. So Manuel tested the name on his mum who only speaks Spanish, and she couldn’t pronounce it too. Turns out the “zt” is not used in Latin languages.

So we decided to review the brand name. Even though Gyro did a lot of the creative legwork for us, it was not an easy process, it was not a “foregone conclusion.” We debated, diverged, concluded, then changed our minds again. But in the end, Personna felt right. We also tested the name with our long-time clients, and they felt it’s memorable, it meant something different to each individual.

On hindsight, I think we were fighting the change, even though the change was the right thing to do. Our discussions were not about the brand name itself, it dug deeper into our core. In the end, we stayed true to our values and behaviors, and we chose a new name that better reflects what we do, focusing on the individual–you.

Although it’s just a name change, Personna feels different, a clearer intent to make work more personal in Asia. But at the beginning, we hesitated to put our real thoughts and feelings out there.

It takes courage to be honest, with ourselves and with others. We love for you to tell your story about making work personal, whether it is a side project, or going the extra mile. 


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About Roger Grant, CEO of PERSONNA

Roger helps people unleash the force for positive change to deliver transformational business growth.

He has more than 20 years of experience leading small highly empowered teams to create innovative customer-centric tech services, including the launch of Nokia’s first enterprise mobile device support service.

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