While we understand that color is a powerful branding and advertising tool, what is less clear however is exactly how to use color to get the desired results. So here are a few tips for using color to effectively communicate your brand.
Keep Your Choices Simple
First of all, when choosing a color palette for your company logo or marketing materials, stick to a maximum of three. Keep in mind the fewer colors in your branding, the easier it is for consumers to associate your brand identity with your organization.
Remember, white and black count. For instance, the Target logo isn’t just a red target. It’s a red target on a white background. Even though the white is in the background and is neutral, it still counts in your branding palette.
Stand Apart From the Competition
Another key ingredient to effective branding is to use a different palette than your biggest competitors. You don’t want your image to get muddied with theirs. If your competitor uses yellow and blue, using the same colors will not help set you apart.
Branding that is Appropriate for Your Category
Studies show that the colors you choose matter. Is your color pallete “appropriate” for your business? Furthermore, does it communicate what you want them to understand about your company?
Therefore, it is important to anticipate your target consumer’s perception. Does your pallete choice match your business?
Emotion and Branding
While the emotion that a color evokes is different for each person and different across cultures, and life experiences, there are some broad generalizations that help communicate certain emotions.
Remember, some of the best advertising campaigns break the rules, so these are suggestions, not rigid rules.
- Blue – Trust, Honesty, Conservative as well as Peaceful and Serious
- Red – Passionate, Exciting, and Powerful
- Green – Relaxing, Eco-Friendly, in addition to Calm
- Yellow – Playful, Creative, as well as Happy
- Orange – Sociable and Affordable
- Pink – Caring, Compassionate, but also Imaginative
- Purple – Luxurious as well as High-Quality
- Black – Elegant, Sophisticated in addition to Corporate
- White – Clean, Safe, and Orderly
In conclusion, color helps communicate your company’s brand story. The marketing and design professionals at TotalCom understand creating new brand identities, re-branding an existing one or just selecting a color palette for an ad campaign. Need a second opinion on a color palette choice? Give TotalCom a call.