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9 Building Blocks for Creating a Powerful Brand

Submitted by on December 5, 2012 – 12:36 amNo Comment

There are 9 essential elements that contribute to the building of your company or product brand. Each carry weight. Each add to the nuance and depth to your image as a whole. Consider each when building your brand. They should all support and add to your identity as a whole. They are:

  1. Product or Service: At the core of your business brand is the product or service you offer,
  2. Name: A powerful brand has a memorable name. The best are typically short in length, have an interesting illiteration, are fun to say and/or inspire confidence in the company as a whole.
  3. Logo: When people think about brands they typically think about the company or product’s logo. A strong, memorable logo is important, and is usually the foundation for a brand, but it is just one element.
  4. Tagline: While the logo says who you are, the tagline says what you do, what sets you apart.
  5. Color Palette: Most brand palettes are built off the brand’s logo colors, but not always. Perhaps the logo merely inspires a palette of bright colors, or pastels, or jewel tones, utilizing the logo colors as the base. Alternatively, the palette might be a single color.
  6. Fonts: Limiting your fonts to 2-3 font families that are used consistently across all your media supports and strengthen your brand.
  7. Voice: Your voice is the tone set in your copy across all media. It can be friendly and casual, profes- sional and direct, clever or funny, even raunchy or sarcastic. Whatever your brand, it’s voice should match in tone.
  8. Imagery: This can include graphic elements, photography, video, illustration, animation and icons. Imagery adds depth to your brand. Whatever your brand, the imagery that supports it should be consistent across all media.
  9. Brand or Identity Vehicles: Where you promote your brand can be as important as the brand itself. Print, web, social media, radio, television – these are the vehicles that carry your brand.
Written by Melissa Shimmin
Melissa Shim­min is an award-winning designer who has been help­ing com­pa­nies both big and small cre­ate, evolve and strengthen their iden­ti­ties, brand­ing and mar­ket­ing col­lat­eral for more than 15 years. And yet, Melissa is more than just a designer: she takes a big pic­ture per­spec­tive, com­bin­ing marketing strat­egy and copy­writ­ing with design to cre­ate stronger, more impact­ful brand­ing and iden­tity for the com­pa­nies she part­ners with. Check out her work at Shimmin Design.

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