In business, making the right visual brand goes a long way. Proper visual branding helps a business to attract more and more customers, which ultimately makes a business more profitable.
Visual branding incorporates the use of fonts, logo designs, photos and other visual elements that a business or a brand can use to communicate about itself to the customers at large.
Following are a few important tips that can be used to make your visual brand identity stand-out
1. Embrace Your Brand Identity
Before you can create begin to make your visual brand identity pop you first have to understand what your identity is and when you do you should wear it like a pair of your favorite jeans.
That identity should be part of the fabric of your company, you have lived it. The value, personality, and ethos of your company should shine through in everything you do, it should not be some vague concept.
Once you truly know who you are, what you stand for and how you want others to perceive you, only then can you translate that to a visual identity
2. Create a Professional Logo
Your logo is one of the first visual elements that people will associate with your brand so it’s important that your logo is well designed and looks professional.
Your logo is more than icons and words and it should express not just what your company is about but also its values and personality.
A good logo design is relevant, simple, memorable, scalable and timeless and although these different characteristics might not make sense to you as a business owner, they will to a graphic designer.
Many brands in their early stages overlook logo design but it’s worth investing in, and with that in mind you should be prepared to pay for a professional designer to make your logo and bring your brand to life through it.
If you can’t afford to splash the cash you can opt for a logo generator, which although not ideal will still create something that is professional, it plugs the gap until you can afford a professional design.
3. Create a Professional (on brand) Website
Your website is the front door of your business, this is especially true for online brands. Yet, many businesses have outdated, poorly designed and non-esthetically pleasing websites.
You might get away with a crappy looking logo but if your website looks like it belongs in a museum then it will detract from your business and brand – you might have the best service and product in the world but it won’t count for much if your website is not up to par.
Today, you don’t even need a developer, thanks to website builders software and applications like WordPress with all its themes there is no excuse for not having a nice looking website.
And once you do have a nice website it’s important that its color, look and feel also reflect the image that you want your brand to portray.
4. Invest in Professional Images
Visual content is king, the most shared content online nearly always has strong imagery.
For both your website and the content you post online on your social media channels, the images you use should be high quality and also in-line with your brand.
If you don’t have an in-house visual creative team then you can use stock image platforms to get professional quality images for your content.
In addition to using professional imagery, you should also watermark the images you publish so people always make the connection to your brand.
5. Bring Your Brand to Life Through Video
In addition to photographs and static imagery, you should also invest in video content. In 2018 video content is super hot and this is a trend that is only going to get bigger in the coming years.
You don’t need a professional studio to create videos, you can use your phone to capture videos and there is a ton of affordable video editing and movie making platforms.
To use video in branding to bring your business to life, you can take behind the scene videos of how your product is made, or to capture life inside your company there are no limits to the real-life moments and connection that video can bring to your brand.
Make it pop….
We live in a more visual world, people gravitate toward imagery that is why social platforms like Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat are so popular.
If your business is not already investing in its brand’s visual identity then there has never been a better time to start.
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