It’s easy to spot a poorly branded business, but it’s tough to remember one off the top of your head. That’s because a company without a powerful brand message is one we tend to forget without even realizing why. But once you learn the steadfast components a great brand message, it’s easy to see where other companies have gone awry and where your own brand could use some work. Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to do a brand image overhaul, keep these key branding components in mind.
Identify Your Identity
A powerful brand doesn’t have to be a mogul like Coke or Nike. It doesn’t have to be designed by marketing executives in a room filled with hand-selected test subjects and carefully written questionnaires. A good brand message is simple: It is an artful combination of mechanics and personal passion that not only inspires customers and employees alike, but also can be written down and described succinctly.
It’s your elevator pitch. Imagine you’ve just gotten into an elevator with Mark Cuban. He asks you what you do for a living. Before the bell dings and you both have to get off of the elevator, how would you describe your business to him?
Write It Down
You need to be able to communicate your message efficiently through copy. Simplicity is key here, especially as the attention spans of consumers continues to shrink.
Forbes has a great list of 10 questions to help you develop a brand identity that is rich and complex and still accessible to your customers. Don’t be surprised if you learn a lot about your business and your passion for it while completing these questions. Pay special attention to the "why" questions on this list.
Also, watch the amazing Ted Talk from leadership legend Simon Sinek. He uses the Wright Brothers and Apple to demonstrate why the question of “why” is so important, as well as how to use it to truly inspire others.
Learn from the Best
One of the best ways to better understand your brand is to study other successful brands. From Microsoft to McDonald's, they all have one thing in common: consistency. We are creatures of habit, and developing a relationship requires trust.
To build the best relationship with your customers, they need to see consistency in everything that your brand does, from social media to clearance sales. Cabela’s isn’t having a regular old Black Friday sale like everyone else on the planet; they're having a “hunt for bucks” holiday cash giveaway. McDonald’s doesn’t have prizes or gifts with purchase; they have a Monopoly game with collectible game pieces and ongoing opportunities to win everything from french fries to a million bucks.
Look for brands that take classic marketing techniques and make them their own. Even if these companies aren’t the most powerful brands on the planet, they are invaluable resources to learn from.
There's quite a few rules to stick to when designing a logo. A few examples here is to not mix real images with the design, try to limit the amount of fonts used, if you use more than one, make sure they compliment each other (and try to limit the amounts of fonts to two), and don't outline one word and not the other!
Here is the logo when received by the client, and the result from after we fixed it up:
All the elements in the logo clash and don't work well together. As requested by the client, I kept the overall look of the logo the same, but fixed all the mishaps to make it a successful design for the store to proudly display.
Think your logo needs an update or could be better? Contact us for a quote, be sure to send us your logo so we could take a look at it.
Besides designing logos, we also offer other services. For example, do you have a logo on file but it's not large enough to print clearly? We could recreate your logo into a high resolution/vector format so you'll have no issues when going to print.
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Here is our latest work in logo design:
The Prodigy Competition is the ultimate virtual talent contest for gifted young singers.
KrissArt will be working on the online competition website in the upcoming months, if you'd like to learn a bit more about this exciting project, visit their splash page at: www.theprodigycompetition.com
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Direct Mail is a powerful tool for bringing in business.
But many businesses don't use it because they lack the time and resources to develop a campaign.
KrissArt Marketing Design could help develop a successful direct mail campaign for your business.
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Every Door Direct Mail service is an easy, cost-effective way to reach potential customers near your business. KrissArt will help design & print your mailpieces, then you can select postal routes and pay for postage online. Next, bring your mailing to your local Post Office™ for delivery to every household on your chosen routes. Target either residential addresses, commercial addresses or both along with other demographics that will help you reach your ideal recipients.
There's no need to purchase mailing lists, and with Every Door Direct Mail service, you reach potential customers and get them mailed for as low as 17.5¢ per mailpiece.
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When designing a logo for your business, it's important to take into account the way people interpret color. It's the right time to ask, what kind of emotion do I want my brand to convey?
Below is an infographic that helps clearly illustrate what emotions are invoked by certain colors using the logos from top brands as an example. Psychologists have studied how people are affected by colors for years and found a strong correlation between colors and emotional responses, further driving home the point that choosing the right color is crucial in determining how your brand is viewed.
When it comes to designing a logo for your business, let this be a guide for the direction of your color palette. What four emotions do you wish to convey when someone thinks of your brand or sees your logo? Write these down and see where they fall in this color chart of emotions.
Remember, this is only one of many aspects of the logo design process to take into account.
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Are you in need of a logo or need your existing logo redesigned? KrissArt Marketing Design helps businesses in Staten Island and all across America develop their brand, establishing credibility, and helping them gain more clients. Contact us.
Brand consistency doesn't seem too important to Wayne Enterprises.
According to this infographic, the CEO of Wayne Enterprises has overhauled the visual identity of his other venture some 30 times since he founded it in 1940.
Printing presses, desktop printers and monitors produce colors in different ways. Screens and presses are NOT made to match each other, even if they sometimes do. Monitors use the RGB (red, green, blue) color model, which usually supports a wider spectrum of colors. Printers use the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color model, which can reproduce most—but not all—of the colors in the RGB color model. Depending on the equipment used, CMYK generally matches 85–90% of the colors in the RGB model. When a color is selected from the RGB model that is out of the range of the CMYK model, the application chooses what it thinks is the closest color that will match. Programs like Adobe Photoshop will allow you to choose which color will be replaced. Others may not.
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KrissArt Marketing Design has had the pleasure of redesigning Project Hospitality's website. The new site provides visually pleasing graphics and easy to navigate pages. Find many ways you could help and how to receive help if needed.
It is the mission of Project Hospitality, Inc. to reach out to community members who are hungry, homeless or otherwise in need in order to work with them to achieve their self-sufficiency — thereby enhancing the quality of life for our community. Project Hospitality seeks to realize its mission both by advocating for those in need and by establishing a comprehensive continuum of care that begins with the provision of food, clothing and shelter and extends to other services which include health care, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse treatment, HIV care, education, vocational training, legal assistance, and transitional and permanent housing.
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