All posts tagged: Branding

Digital Authenticity: Building the Ideal Brand Voice Through Web Design

Brand culture embodies the core value of what a company offers and what they stand behind – so it’s critical that the digital persona reflect this accurately. One of the most powerful branding tools to express this point of view is through web design. It’s these channels that drive us to connect with a brand – if we choose to engage, and ultimately make a conversion. Trust reigns supreme in the digital environment – and at the end of the day, it all depends on the users view of the brand. For web designers, content strategists and marketers, this presents a true challenge: How can we ensure an authentic user experience unless we are completely immersed in the brand being represented? What truly makes an organization stand out is when their brand is relatable. Once that style permeates into a company’s design process, it connects the brand to a unique…

3 months, 9 days ago

Brand Centered Marketing: How The Right Imagery Affects Strategy

In marketing and advertising, whether print or digital, no element is arguably more essential than imagery. With roughly 80 percent of consumers more likely to read a piece of content that contains colorful, relevant visuals – an integrated and aligning image strategy is a highly effective method for increasing market share. If a brand is not effectively using imagery as a part of an overall marketing strategy – they are missing out on revenues and valuable conversion opportunities. Marketing strategy encompasses a wide range of activities, but they all work together to produce brand image. The presence of a positive brand image is critical to the longevity of a business, and imagery is a powerful tool in forging this connection with the consumer and overall industry performance. Brand-centric and customized imagery – including illustrations, custom photography and carefully curated stock photography can boost a brand’s position and recognition in the…

10 months, 28 days ago

Brand Experience is All-Inclusive

It’s easy to get immersed in the digital aspect of a brand experience with measurable ROI and supporting interactive elements, but creating a total brand experience goes far beyond virtual. Successful brand strategy and campaign development encompass touchpoints that expand to all aspects of a user’s relationship with a company or brand. From the first point of contact to conversion all the way to customer retention strategies – brands must leverage all platforms possible to guide the experience to sustain a lasting relationship. Since attending PRINT 17 earlier this month, the ArtVersion team has been reflecting on the strength of graphic communications when paired with great design. Discussing industry-ranging innovation, education, and methodologies – the team was given an up-close look at the latest technologies and trends for pathway implementation. With the power to forge connections and change the face of business, marketers, and designers must utilize these tools to…

11 months, 24 days ago

Right Now: Five Packaging Trends Driving Brand Growth

Packaging design trends provide us with direct insight into what consumers feel, what problems they need to solve and what is coming next. Today, it’s all about connection, understanding and engagement. Designers are tasked with uncovering, realizing and articulating what is important to a consumer and to direct that experience. Through story, shape and structure, designers and brands can deliver the experience to make invaluable connections that last a lifetime. Brand Basic Gone are the days of generic or in house brands being a bad thing. House labels from brands like Amazon, Whole Foods, Target and Trader Joes – even luxury brands are emerging to focus on simplicity and clarity. A departure from the often headache inducing ‘world of choice’ that permeates store shelves, basic brands are the ‘unchoice’ making purchasing a straightforward affair. Heritage Nothing quite strikes a chord with consumers than a brand who has been around the block a time…

1 year, 27 days ago

Merging Marketing, Design and Sales Efforts Into An Aligning Digital Strategy

Today, standard business operations increasingly exist primarily on digital platforms, challenging users’ relationships and interactions with an organization. Vital to a successful business, these channels must be recognized, developed and thoughtfully implemented. Acting as the fundamental delivery method of determining this engagement, the use of a digital strategy is essential for any organization. With the goal of brand awareness, increased outreach and market share gain, business owners make investments in these critical pursuits without having core strategies in place and even more worrisome – jumping into resource draining marketing plans that simply don’t align with their business goals or brand messaging. Often marketing, design and sales departments operate in linear motion with only a few essential cross functional touch-points along the way. This results in duplicate activities, watered down results and a disjointed overall experience. So how can these efforts merge – allowing a digital strategy to align with business…

1 year, 1 month ago

A Plan To Innovate: How Companies Can Benefit From Visual Branding

Breaking into any given market is a bit like being blindfolded. You know you have a great product or service, but unless the positioning is right, the strategy has a fifty percent chance of failure. The right positioning consists of a series of elements including design, which arguably has the power to make or break the whole implementation. Design is much more than just a visual representation of a product, brand or service. Brand design or visual branding, when done right, approaches all aspects of a business – from its digital persona, user set, goals, packaging, and the list goes on. This is where the difference between ‘designing for a brand’ and just ‘designing’ comes into focus. Simply designing something creates a distance from the design to the brand, ‘designing for a brand’ engages the designer and involves collaboration with founders, marketing teams, and brand or project stakeholders. There are…

1 year, 2 months ago

Elements to Look For When Deciding On an Outside Team for Marketing Collaboration

From startup to enterprise, there are a myriad of challenges in hiring the right creative team for any given project. Finding the right group of individuals to handle a product launch, event campaign or website design can be a daunting task, even holding the health of the business in the balance, so choosing the right agency to partner with is vital to a positive outcome. Even if conducted solely in-house with internal teams who have an intimate understanding of the brand at hand, each branding initiative is a coordinated effort of stakeholders, accountability, idea generation and – let’s face it, ultimately –  a juggling act. Even with the right internal resources, it can be a benefit for companies and brands to obtain an outside perspective from both creative and logistical standpoints. Individuals who can objectively look at assets and then engage with the material are able to design pathways and…

1 year, 3 months ago

Marketing Strategy: Do You Need a Sub-Brand?

Whether in the early stages of brand building, or a well-known household brand – it’s possible that the use of a sub-brand could increase sales and market awareness for a product or series of products that may be under the radar, or waiting to be launched. While there are numerous strategies to implement successful corporate branding, the use of sub-brands is the chosen path for many – from manufacturing to higher education. Sub-branding, sometimes referred to as a subsidiary or extension brand – is tied to a parent company or brand, but carries it’s own name, visual communication and market strategy. Characteristics of the brand usually tie back to the parent brand, however remain distinct and with their own set of brand standards. Benefits of Sub-Branding The core benefit of launching a sub-brand is that allows for expansion into specific markets. Often, in a varied line-up under one brand, a…

2 years, 1 month ago

5 Reasons to Consider a Microsite for Your Business

The use and benefits of a microsite can many times go under the radar when strategizing for marketing initiatives. In reality, they are a valuable tool in promoting an event, campaign or product launch. In its most basic form, a microsite is a website that features affiliated or branded content from specific company or organization – but that is located away from the actual homepage of the business itself. The site has its own URL, however some companies choose to create a similar extension that references the business home page URL. To understand whether a microsite is a good fit, a team must determine if it meets the needs and goals of their marketing program. SEO Because of the fact that a microsite is housed by its own URL, an entirely new Search Engine Optimization system can be built. Since users will be driven to the site because of one…

2 years, 2 months ago