The Psychology of Orange Branding [infographic]

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the color orange? If you’re like most of us, it’s difficult not to think of that refreshing fruit known for its daily dose of good ol’ Vitamin C to ward off the common cold. How about when you’re skimming through your social media stream? Does a flash of orange make you stop and take notice? Although more gentle than the attention-grabbing nature of red and yellow, the color orange inspires and creates enthusiasm – suggesting a feeling of fun, optimism and adventure! Being that the color orange stimulates conversation and imparts a message of affordability, this color is beneficial for restaurants, hotels and other brands trying to reach that millennial market, especially when marketing through social media.

 

How we perceive and interact with our world is largely impacted by the colors that surround us. While going largely unnoticed as we go about our daily lives, the psychology of color and social media branding is continually affecting consumers on a deep level, especially when it comes to a daily content marketing strategy The colors that a company chooses to represent their brand can affect the mood, feelings and behavior of their target consumer and influence whether or not a brand will become part of their selection set.

 

The following infographic takes a glance at the many variations of orange branding, from its positive and negative meanings and use around the globe to its effect on brand storytelling.

 

The Psychology of Orange Branding [infographic]

Within this infographic on orange branding, the following topics were covered:

 

Positive Meanings of the Color Orange in Business
Adventurous, risk-taking, vibrant, flamboyant, stimulating to the senses, affordable, warm, sociable, optimistic, enthusiastic, cheerful, self-confident, independent, extroverted and uninhibited, exhibits creative flair, warm-hearted, agreeable and informal

 

Negative Meanings of the Color Orange in Business

 

Superficial and insincere, dependent, over-bearing, self-indulgent, the exhibitionist, pessimistic, cheap, unsociable, and overly proud

 

Variations of the Color Orange

Peach: Conversational, Etiquette, Easy-Going
Golden Orange: Vitality, Self-Control, Encouraging
Amber: Confidence, Arrogance, Self-Esteem
Burnt Orange: Pride, Tension, Self-Assertion
Dark Orange: Opportunistic, Overly Ambitious, Self-Serving

 

Global Use of the Color Orange

Western: Associated with being affordable or inexpensive. Halloween when combined with black.
Ireland: A religious color for Protestants.
Netherlands: Color of the Dutch Royal Family.
Thailand: The color of Friday.

 

The Color Orange Used to Express Affordable

The color orange communicates something is affordable yet of reasonable quality. Being that it also reflects sociability and being warm-hearted, this color suits brands wanting to express stellar customer service on a budget. Companies using orange in their branding efforts: Amazon, Home Depot, Hooters.

 

The Color Orange Used in Branding Adventurous
Orange is an appealing color which facilitates the extrovert and risk-taker in all of us. Vitalizing the senses, this color encourages adventure and discovery. These attributes makes the color orange a popular choice for sporty outdoor brands. Companies branding with the color orange: Timberland, Harley-Davidson, Cincinnati Bengals.

 

The Color Orange Used to Communicate Fun & Enthusiastic
The flamboyance and vibrancy of orange makes this color a natural choice for brands wanting to express their self-confidence and optimistic energy. Companies using the color orange in their branding: Nickelodeon, Fanta, Firefox.

 

Opposite of the Color Orange
The opposite of orange is the color blue. They are exact opposites on the color wheel, and when combined together, they become a dark, brownish-green. One of the most commonly used complementary color schemes due to its subtlety.

 

Why ImagiBrand Didn’t Choose Orange
ImagiBrand decided not to choose orange as our corporate colors because we wanted to avoid the danger of being misperceived as overbearing, cheap or even arrogant. Although the color orange has many exciting and creative attributes that would have worked well for our company, we felt the risks inherent with using orange far outweighed the benefits.

 

Why We Love Our Colors

We chose to use the colors magenta, black and white as our corporate colors to reflect our fun and imaginative approach to branding while remaining professional and sophisticated.

 

The ImagiBrand Psychology of Branding with Color Series

 

ImagiBrand has created a full series of infographics on the impact various colors can have on consumer perception of a brand. The entire series includes the following:

 

The Psychology of Red Branding
The Psychology of Blue Branding
The Psychology of Yellow Branding
The Psychology of Orange Branding
The Psychology of Green Branding
• The Psychology of Violet Branding
• The Psychology of Brown Branding
• The Psychology of Pink Branding
• The Psychology of Black and White Branding

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Richie Kawamoto

Richie Kawamoto

Creative Marketing Director at ImagiBrand
Richie is the Co-Founder and Creative Marketing Director at ImagiBrand, a creative social media agency specializing in brand storytelling through a full array of social media management services. They work closely with brands to help focus their brand identity on social, develop a unique online personality and find creative ways to use social media to tell their brand story. Prior to becoming a brand marketer, Richie managed large creative teams in the development, production and/or delivery of well over 20 high-profile Hollywood feature film projects and collaborated with some of entertainment's most influential figures from Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis to Tom Hanks and Adam Sandler. Recognized for being a passionate, creative storyteller, Richie has demonstrated marketing savvy through creative product placement branding and the development of strong partnerships throughout entertainment and social media. Richie is a life-long fan of the Seattle Seahawks, thick cuts of Hamachi sushi, gourmet mac n' cheese and his cute but extremely demanding Boston Terrier named Chuck Norris.


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