What makes up your Brand Identity?

Andy Turner

What makes up your Brand Identity? Blog Article Branding and Digital Agency Belfast

Firstly, when thinking about investing in your brand you should consider that the right visual identity design will provide:

In other words, the right visual identity will help you attract and retain more customers, thereby helping you grow your business.

Quality Design

Consequently, it’s fair to say that the real cost of creating your brand identity may in fact not be the fee you pay to the designer. In fact, you should be measuring the cost of your brand identity in terms of the potential clients you will lose if the visual identity isn’t right.

Investing in a brand identity that matches the aspirations of your business and the level of product or service you deliver is money well spent. Indeed, when combined with the other elements of a brand system, it may just be the best investment you ever make. 

Brand Touchpoints

Take charge of creating the perception you want for your business or accept that you are probably losing business.

Your brand identity expresses itself with every touchpoint your customer experiences. Here are just a few of the ways in which someone can come into contact with your brand:

Any of these can have a negative impact on someone’s experience of your brand and might just be enough to stop them doing business with you. Initially, prioritise those touchpoints that have the highest potential for negative impact and invest in improving the quality of these immediately. Subsequently, you can implement improvements to the other touchpoints as time and budget allow.

Elements of a Brand Identity

Different visual elements make up your brand identity and they all combine to evoke an overall feeling:

Logo

The core of your brand identity, your logo can be made up of logotype (words), a symbol (Nike Swoosh) or a mixture of both.

Importantly, you will need variations that create a consistent experience based on placement and usage. For example, social media icons have become increasingly important so a logo that works in a square or circle format will be important. Will it work effectively on all the brand touchpoints discussed earlier?

Colours

We all respond to colours. Furthermore, we’re programmed to do it. Just think of traffic lights! 

The colour you use in your identity will communicate a subliminal message about your brand. So, be careful not just to pick your favourite colour. You need a colour scheme that will appeal to your customers and match your brand promise. For example, at Fourteen Forty we deliberately chose a neutral colour scheme to allow us to show off our clients’ work. 

Colour emotion guide for using colour in graphic design

Typography

Fonts also play a big role in creating the right perception for your brand. As with colours, it’s important to stay focused on the right font rather than just the one you like. 

Example of serif and san serif font for brand identity.

Imagery

Selecting the right imagery to reflect your brand is crucially important. The right image will demand attention and help deepen the viewer’s connection with your brand.

Indeed, you can use imagery to set yourself apart from your competitors. The fact that royalty-free yet high-quality photography is so readily accessible, a lot of brands have ended up looking very generic. Really, who needs to see another “business meeting” stock image? So, invest in quality imagery that you will be able to use in marketing for years to come.

Tone and voice

Your tone and your voice drive how you communicate in all your brand’s interactions with clients and potential customers. It’s the words you use and how you use them. Are you clear and concise or are you loaded with industry jargon? Are you bold and brash or helpful and caring?

Whatever tone is right for you, own it and be consistent. Your customer should never be confused. Your tone needs to communicate your key messages consistently across all platforms. 

Protect your brand

A lot of time and effort, as well as the financial costs, go into developing a high-quality brand identity. For this reason, it’s essential that you protect it. Ensure that all elements of your identity are always used in a manner that portrays the perception you want people to have of your business.

Bring it all together

In conclusion, the right logo, colour, composition, typography, tone of voice and style can all work together to create a visually appealing brand identity that will help attract and retain more customers.

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