Colours elicit emotions and evoke strong feelings, whether we are aware of it or not. It’s no different when it comes to choosing colours for your business. Choosing the appropriate colours for your marketing efforts could mean the difference between your brand standing out from or fading into the crowd. By strategically employing colour in your marketing, you may influence your audience’s perception of you and help them see your brand the way you want them to see it.
A few months ago, we shared a series of branding colour choices and the meaning behind each colour when it comes to your logo. Here is what we found:
Red is said to stimulate senses – including appetite! When designing with red, keep in mind the meanings behind it: energy, power & danger, passion, and love.
Orange is a friendly colour that offers youth, vibrancy, fun, energy, and enthusiasm. It combines the warmth of red with the playfulness and joy of yellow. As 99Designs notes, it is not typically associated with luxury.
Yellow is happy, fun, and youthful but it can also indicate low prices. Different shades of yellow can indicate different things: bright yellow is attention-grabbing and functions as a great brand accent (think McDonald’s, or Best Buy!) whereas a pale yellow may imply health or nature.
Green can take on many meanings. When it comes to eco-based branding, it’s a natural choice; it is the colour of leaves on the trees, healthy grass, and Spring gardens. Green is also associated with money offering an instant feeling of prosperity and stability. Many businesses will choose green because it incites action – green means go! We love green for all these reasons and chose it for our branding.
There are many different shades of blue which can offer different meanings. For example, light blue may invoke feelings of peace and relaxation (spas for example!) whereas dark blue often invokes depth and power. Many tech companies will use blue for their colours, as well as a number of social media networks! (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook…) Blue is one of the most popular and versatile colours when it comes to branding.
Purple is a unique colour when it comes to branding. It combines the energy of red with the calm of blue. This is one of the factors that contributes to it provoking mystery. Historically, purple is associated with royalty. Purple dyes were expensive and thus only royalty could afford them. Purple is also a colour associated with spirituality and holds special meaning in many religions.
In today’s marketing, pink is automatically thought of as girly, feminine and in many cases has become an indicator that “this is for women.” Pink also has a place in conveying fun, sweet, romantic, and sensitive messaging. Some companies that come to mind with pink branding are traditionally girly companies like Barbie, Victoria’s Secret, and sweet and delicious companies like Baskin Robbins and Dunkin Donuts!
Additionally, research demonstrates how important colours are and how they play a significant role in all our visual experiences. Here are some interesting facts:
- Colour increases brand recognition by up to 80 percent.
- 76% Believe that the use of colour makes their business appear larger to clients.
- 90% Feel colour can assist in attracting new customers.
Over to you
As you can see (no pun intended!), colour choice plays a crucial role in branding and design. The colours you choose for your brand can create certain impressions that might help or hurt your business. Just remember that colours influence customers’ perceptions and behaviours, so be mindful of how you use them in all your marketing!
Written by: Jennifer Hanford, MYOB Blogger