You have a small business, right?
You have a logo? You might be thinking about one?
I spend a large chunk of my time designing logos and just recently I’ve been getting lots of feedback from my customers – more business cards are being picked up, it’s easier to do their marketing, the actual design process helped changed the focus of their business.
If your business already has a logo, have a read and remind yourself of what your logo actually does for your business and then try find some new ways to make more of it – your email signature, a freebie download or a social media post.
If you’re debating about investing in a logo then definitely have a read to see how a logo can help grow your business and how it can help make your marketing so much easier.
Continue reading “10 reasons your brilliant business deserves a logo”
You’re only a small business, you’re self employed, your desk is the kitchen table. So why on earth would you bother with brand guidelines? That’s just for big, corporate companies, isn’t it? Little old you doesn’t need fancy brand style guide.
Well, for a start, don’t knock your small business (Steve Jobs started in his parents garage). But more importantly, you have a brand whether you know it or not.
Your logo is the visual identity of your business, it’s how your customer recognises you. Your brand is how your customer feels about your business, and this encompasses every thing you do in print and online. So whether you’re bothered about branding or not, your customer is out there seeing and reading everything you put out there and forming an opinion.
Now, it’s starting to look more important. Good, because I’m going to help you put together some simple guidelines which you can refer to regularly (and update if you need to) and these will be the foundation of every contact you have with your customers, and your potential customers. They will help you create consistency making you more recognisable to your customers and help you stand out from your competitors. Continue reading “Why does my small business need a brand style guide?”
How often do you think about your logo? Is it something you put together yourself when you first started up? Or have you been in business a while and don’t think about it any more? Perhaps you’re thinking about it all the time. Is a logo really that important?
Well, the job of your logo is twofold. Firstly it has to make your business recognisable to your customers. And secondly, your logo has to make your business stand out from your competitors. Whether you think it or not, it does a really, really important job.
Lots of elements have to come together to make up a logo – colours, font, graphic, style, layout. And each of these go towards creating an overall impression of your business. Are you fun, quirky, serious, modern, traditional?
When I mention Apple, Nike, McDonalds, you can immediately imagine their logo and feelings about their company spring to mind. Now we’re looking at things on a much smaller scale but how do your clients and competitors feel about you when they see your logo?
Be honest and take a good look at your current logo. Or ask your clients what they think (friends and family are usually too polite to give an honest answer!)
Then see if you answer Yes to any of the following questions: Continue reading “4 reasons it’s time to update your logo”