How can your business use events like the Super bowl, the Golden Globes, and the MET Gala to promote your brand Hint: You don’t need a 30 second TV spot or millions of dollars in your marketing budget. It’s easy to take trending topics and make them relevant to your industry or more importantly make your brand relevant in your industry. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to amplify your content or brand message for the next trending event.
When you’re building the brand behind your company, it’s important to establish a set of rules and guidelines to promote consistency throughout your marketing materials. Brand Guidelines serve as a resource for how to present your company to the world. From logos to fonts and brand voice to the color palette, this style guide will ensure that your company is properly represented across all platforms.
When we onboard a new partner at Imagine Media, one of our first steps is to take a deep dive into their brand guidelines. This information is vital to our team because it helps us understand the company at a very personal and detailed level. Whether it’s our copywriter trying to assume the brand voice, or our graphics team making content for their social channels, all of the information included in the brand guidelines helps us build and represent their brand.
You might be wondering what should be included in your brand guidelines. As with any creative process, a great place to start is by building a mood board. This will help set the tone and overall feel of your brand.
Another important element to include in your brand guidelines is all versions of logos and signature graphics that you would like to be utilized. Specifying color and logo size is important for people working with these elements. You can also make clear what would be an example of unacceptable logo usage in this section.
Next, you’ll want to incorporate typography and messaging. Determining the fonts that represent your brand is an important step in creating the personality of your company. Messaging and brand voice are how your brand communicates with their audience. This subject can be relatively tricky, but if you provide your creative team with a clear brand voice, it will make the copywriting process much more effective.
Finally, defining your company’s color palette is an essential part of your brand guidelines. Keeping color consistent throughout your marketing materials will support your presence online, on social media channels and throughout your marketing campaign. When you consider colors like Tiffany turquoise or Coca-Cola red, you get a true appreciation for how much color influences your brand.
Now that you are equipped with the knowledge of brand guidelines, take note of how other companies establish their timeless brands through these elements. If you’re interested in learning more about branding, we highly recommend our friends at Wildcat Echo, who have branding down to an art form!
Story By: Sophie Duncan
It’s pretty obvious that color and branding come hand in hand. Color can not only influence buying habits, but it also helps consumers create a relationship with the brand. When you think of companies like Tiffany and Co’s blue or the bold red of Coca-Cola, you have an immediate association with that brand. From that initial reaction, you could probably imagine an advertisement you’ve seen or that company’s website. Color helps create a personality around the brand and stretches across all associated platforms.
When we onboard our partners, one of the first things we ask for is their brand guide, which would ideally include the brand color scheme. We take this color scheme and use it in all elements of their social strategy, from graphics to photoshoots. Our goal is to develop consistency across our partners’ social platforms, and the color scheme is essential to establishing this across the board.
Some of the most important places to incorporate your brand colors into your social media platforms are in your logos and graphic images. Our partners at DO GOOD X set a great example of how color can be used in branding throughout their Instagram feed. This approach can also be applied to your Instagram Stories if you are incorporating graphics into that strategy.
We love to incorporate our partners’ brand colors during our photoshoots and creative strategy too. Jewelry partners like James Allen and Brown and Co have impressive Instagram feeds where their brand colors are intentionally displayed throughout their feeds. We buy paper in the partners' brand colors and use it as a background for our flatlays, or select props based on these color schemes too. 2ULaundry's Instagram feed is a great example of how colorful props can be used to establish the brand colors within the creative strategy.
Choosing your brand colors is an important decision. Color has a psychological effect that will influence consumer behavior, and different colors evoke different emotions among the audience. Think about your brand values and voice, and use color to reinforce these themes throughout your branding.
To learn more about branding beyond just the color scheme, check out our branding blog.
Story By: Sophie Duncan
Here at Imagine Media, we love all things creative and as Imagineers, we’re constantly learning. That’s why we sit down every month or so with a fellow creative or expert outside of the social space. This month, we caught up with Elizabeth Hague from Wildcat Echo to discuss why branding is more than just a logo and why every company needs to invest in developing its brand.
When people hear “brand” their first thought is “logo”. And while a logo is one part, a brand is so much more. Words and images, fonts and style, perceptions and values all contribute to a brand. You want your brand to tell a story by using more than a picture.
5 qualities of a great brand include:
Find your voice, stick to it, and create cohesive stories on all platforms.
2. Value Articulation
Articulate your brand promise through what you say, show, write and offer.
Know your audience and how to appeal to and address your customers thoughts and feelings.
4. Compelling Idea
Whether you stand out as the dependable one, innovative one, or practical one make sure you know which ‘one’ you are.
Stay relevant and memorable to make your business the go-to brand.
Developing a good brand will increase loyalty and marketability. It also results in a more coherent and focused social strategy. If you think you need some brand work, Elizabeth’s got you covered. You can learn more about Wildcat Echo here.
Story by: Olivia Ball
Mindlessly posting content can raise brand awareness, but it is important to go one step further to decipher what story you are trying to tell. A simple (and fun) way to ensure that you are posting purposeful content is to create a content calendar.