Recently, our team has put a focus on brand-building and brand-enhancing. Today, we want to share our knowledge on why it’s important to invest in a strong brand upfront. Continue reading to learn fun facts about branding, why it’s important, and how you can leverage it to achieve your business goals.
What defines Branding?
Branding is an important part of any business, large or small. Think of it as the outward expression of a company’s values, goals, and personality. It’s what can set a business apart from competitors and oftentimes, it is the first impression that customers have.
The elements of a brand can be the deciding factor in whether or not someone chooses to do business with a company. For a simple example, think about the last time you walked down the ice cream aisle at the grocery store. There are obviously a variety of ice cream brands to choose from, so how do you make the decision? Oftentimes, it comes down to branding. Maybe a certain pop of color or attention-grabbing logo causes you to reach for that particular pint over the next one. This is the magic of branding. It helps us differentiate between our choices as consumers, and when done right, can have a positive impact on sales for a business.
It is important to note that a strong brand should be consistent across all platforms and channels. This includes using the same color scheme, logo, and messaging across every communication medium.
Consistency helps to build a strong brand identity that customers can easily recognize and remember, creating a memorable impression among customers. When customers recognize a company’s logo or name, they often feel more comfortable doing business with it. This sense of familiarity helps to create loyalty and trust, which are important factors in creating a successful business.
Branding and Campaigns
Branding can play a large role in successful marketing campaigns.
Marketing campaigns should always be rooted in your company’s brand identity and refer back to a comprehensive style guide or brand brief–an outline of the visuals, tone of voice, and key messaging–to ensure consistency across campaign assets.
Over time, this consistency across campaigns leads to brand recognition and builds your brand. The best part about creative marketing campaigns is that although they may use the same key messaging, types of imagery, and other elements, they can still be totally different, sending a new message to your audience. But, although different in nature, maintaining the core aspects of the brand within these campaigns is what builds brand recognition and credibility over time.
Think of Geico Insurance, for example. This particular company has put out hundreds of successful commercials over time. Each one is very different, however, they follow the same underlying theme of the Geico brand, resulting in viewers’ acknowledgment. This has built the company’s credibility and customer loyalty over time.
Creating a distinctive visual identity for an organization or product is the essence of brand design. Logos, hues, typefaces, and other elements which aid in distinguishing one brand from another are all components of creating a unique visual identity. Brand design helps to create an emotional connection with customers by conveying values and ideas in a visually appealing way. It can also provide consistency across all customer touchpoints such as websites, packaging, and advertising materials. Ultimately, it’s about telling your story in an engaging way that will capture people’s attention and build trust with them over time.
Did you know that color psychology plays an important role when crafting a specific brand image? Different hues can evoke certain emotions from viewers which may impact how they perceive a message or product offerings. For example, blue often symbolizes trustworthiness while yellow implies optimism; understanding these nuances allows companies to select colors that match the desired outcome of the brand or campaign while also appealing visually to potential customers or clients.
Why is design so important to successful brands?
A well-thought-out design is an essential part of any brand’s identity. It is used to create a visual representation of the company’s values, mission, and personality that will be remembered by customers. Good design is what helps brands stand out in a crowded marketplace while conveying professionalism, credibility, and expertise to their target audience. Ultimately, effective design has the power to drive conversions and boost sales for businesses that invest in it wisely.
Branding is a Big Deal
At the end of the day, we aren’t shying away from putting an emphasis on the importance of branding. Good branding is the backbone of every successful marketing initiative, which is why we recommend all of our new clients start with the creation of a brand brief. There is power in your brand–and never forget, with great branding comes great results!