The Four Most Important Elements Of Your Brand’s Image
Get out all of your company's printed materials – your business cards, letterhead, brochures, fliers, ads, newsletters, etc., as well as a printout of your website's home page – and spread them out on your desk. Take a good look at what you see and ask yourself: Is it visually obvious that all of these items are from the same company?
If not, why not?
A big part of branding is recognition. Having a "look" that you use across all of your marketing materials makes it easy for your customers and potential customers to recognize that a message is from your company. So what are the elements of this "look"?
The Four Important Elements of Your Brand's Visual Image
- Your logo symbolizes your company. Make sure it is easily recognizable and works well in a wide range of advertising media. Overly creative logos can sometimes harm you rather than help you — make sure you pick something that can be remembered for it’s elegance and simplicity, not forgotten because it’s too complex.
- Your color scheme should be uniform throughout all of your materials, and appropriate for your goals. Some color combinations are relaxing and soothing, others suggest excitement and enthusiasm, while others project a very "corporate" image.
- Your overall "look" (including colors, fonts, pictures, layout, etc.) needs to visually reinforce the feeling that you want your product or service to convey. For example, a company marketing "mom's apple pie" to senior citizens will have a much different look than one selling the latest electronic gadgets to teenage boys.
- Your printed materials need to reflect important elements of the "look and feel" of your website (or vice versa). There’s nothing worse than having printed materials that don’t look like the website — your prospective clients will usually refer to printed materials first on their desk.
Remember, it often takes multiple exposures to an advertising/marketing message before a consumer will decide to make a purchase or inquiry. If your materials are a mismatched hodge-podge of colors, designs and messages, it will be very difficult for you to build a recognizable presence in the market place.
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