Effective branding is achieved when a consumer can identify the brand immediately, understands what the company is offering and has some sort of emotional connection to the product or service. A company’s logo is often the centerpiece to their brand by representing them in a symbolic way that captures their values. Colour, however, is what an audience responds to first. Colour communicates mood and represents emotions on an unconscious level and the True Colours infographic teaches us that we innately associate qualities with colour. A company must consider how they want their consumer to feel about their brand and choose their colours accordingly.
I’d like to share with you a quick assessment of the top 3 wealthiest brands in the world according to Top5Hub (http://bit.ly/I2IfM5) to see if they follow the colour guidelines in the infographic.
IBM: Blue. Representing trust, dependability, security and responsibility, blue puts people at ease and is easily the most popular choice for a brand colour.
Does IBM follow the guideline? Yes. This description fits IBM extremely well as a long-standing company, reliable company foundational in the computer and technology industry.
Google: Blue, Red, Yellow, Green. As the gateway to virtually all information on the internet, Google’s colours must understandably represent their diversity. Blue, trustworthy, dependable, responsible. Red: aggressive, energetic, attention-grabbing. Yellow: Positive, warm, creative, motivational. Green: wealth, prestige, serenity.
Does Google follow the guideline? Yes. Encompassing several moods in one instant, people have come to recognize Google as somewhere they can go for to find everything.
Apple: Black: Prestige, timelessness, value, sophistication. White: purity, clean, noble. Apple embodies quality and classicality, both in appearance and in innovation – they are currently the world’s best at what they do.
Does Apple follow the guideline? Yes. These colours represent both luxury and simplicity, communicating their ability to simplify technology and make it accessible to users in a top of the line product.
Amazingly, the top wealthiest brands in the world do follow the colour guidelines in the infographic. Although it may be subliminal we are “aware” of how a brand and its colours connect and we “learn” to associate values with certain colours.
How do you want your target audience to feel when they encounter your brand? Does your colour choice reinforce the values that make you unique? How does your existing brand colour reflect your values? I look forward to hearing from you in the comments below.