The 8 Dos and Don'ts of Branding
Your brand is often the key to growing and keeping your customer base.
A recognizable, identifiable brand with a cohesive look and feel helps you get the attention of a potential customer and keeps the would-be one-time customer coming back for more. You want your brand to be instantly memorable, especially when it comes to print-based marketing. This is why it is essential to make sure your brand is in tip-top shape!
How do you know if your brand is on point or missing the mark? You follow these dos and don'ts of branding.
The Dos of Branding
1. Take the Time to Update Your Brand Logo
Even iconic brands like Coca-Cola revamp their logo on occasion.
The longer you have been in business, the more likely you need to update your brand logo. You want your brand to appear fresh and relevant. You don’t have to redesign your brand logo completely; just give it a revamp.
2. Pay Particular Attention to Detail
Designing for print leaves little to no room for error.
You want to get it right the first time and avoid costly fixes down the road. Therefore, it is usually best to start with a digital design before printing the final product.
3. Take Advantage of Print Textures
Because print-based marketing gives the consumer something they can hold, don’t forget about using print texture to enhance your brand.
Techniques like folding, embossing, or even well-placed foiling can create a unique print experience.
4. Respect White Space
With print, sometimes less if more.
Try to leave space between the icon and the text. Try your design in black and white before adding color. You’ll see just how impactful it is or realize you need to go back to the drawing board for tweaks and adjustments.
The Don’ts of Branding
1. Forget to Edit
Editing is often the best friend of printing and branding.
Come up with several options before settling on something final. Brands will inevitably evolve, but spending the initial investment of time on the front end will allow you to come up with a solid brand.
2. Add Too Many Fine Details for Printing
There is a time and place for intricacy when it comes to branding.
Intricate designs with multiple colors and gradients may be amazing for digital marketing platforms but will most likely get lost in translation in print. So instead, think simple but unique for print purposes by scaling back fine details.
3. Use a Wide Variety of Colors
One of the goals of print marketing is to get the customer’s attention.
While you can do this with color, too many colors may have the opposite effect. Think about the size of your print materials and use that to guide your choices of colors.
4. Use the Wrong Font
Think about your brand. Is it bold? Demure? Classic?
Choose a font that represents the overall feel of your brand. For example, a construction company would likely never utilize a swirly font with loopy letters. Put your font choice to the test before making a final decision. Look at it in various sizes. If it doesn’t translate well to several settings, choose another font.
Creating a brand for your business doesn’t have to be an impossible task. When you keep these dos and don’ts of branding in mind, your business can be well on its way to iconic status in no time.
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