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.
What comes to mind when you think of the color red? A shiny, red sports convertible perhaps? Maybe the flashing red police lights that usually follow? Yes, the color red is not one to shy away from an opportunity to draw attention to itself. Physiologically, this powerful color has been shown to increase heart rate and raise blood pressure. This stimulating attribute of the color red not only energies the body, but wets our appetite, making it a very desirable color for restaurants and any food-related product or service.
Is the color red appropriate for your brand? It very well could be a great strategic color or one of the worst possible options depending on your industry, product/service offering, brand messaging and the attributes communicated by your competitive landscape. Only an extensive brand audit will reveal what might be the best strategic positioning for your brand.
The following infographic takes a glance at the warm and energizing nature of red branding, from its positive and negative meanings and use around the globe to its effect on brand storytelling.
Within this infographic on the psychology of red branding, the following topics were covered:
Positive Meanings of the Color Red in Business
Powerful, Energetic, Fast, Passionate, Desirable, Lustful, Strong, Courageous, Attention-Getting, Motivating, Stimulating, Driven and Determined, Exciting, Warm, Spontaneous, Assertive and Confident
Negative Meanings of the Color Red in Business
Aggressive and Angry, Domineering, Over-Bearing and Tiring, Quick-Tempered, Ruthless, Fearful and Intolerant, Rebellious and Obstinate, Resentful, Violent and Brutal
Variations of the Color Red
Dark Red: Professional, Luxurious, Commanding
Bright Red: Exciting, Energetic, Economical
Burgundy: Subtle, Serious, Sophisticated
Crimson: Determined, Sensual, Powerful
Scarlett: Enthusiastic, Loving, Fun
Maroon: Controlled, Strong, Courageous
Global Use of the Color Red
North America: Associated with Valentine’s Day
The Cherokee: Symbolizes success, triumph and sacred fire
Latin America: Associated with religion when used with white
South America: The color of mourning
Nigeria: Worn by chiefs and reserved for ceremonies
Russia: Means beautiful and often used in ceremonies associated with communism
China: Represents good luck, celebration, vitality, happiness and long life. Worn by wedding brides.
Thailand: The color of Sunday.
Red Branding Used by Food-Related Companies
Stimulating and energizing the body, the color red triggers the appetite and is therefore an excellent color to be associated with food products and restaurants.
Food-related logos using the color red: Coca-Cola, Jack-in-the-Box, Red Lobster
Red Branding Used for Sexy Products
The color red loves to draw attention to itself. Often used to convey love and associated with hearts, kisses and Valentine’s Day, this passionate color tends to be used to communicate lust and sensuality.
Sexy product logos using the color red: Virgin, Essie, Ferrari
Red Branding Used for Masculine Products
Typically associated with our most primal, physical needs combined with our survival instincts, the color red can exude a bold and powerful masculine energy.
Masculine companies branding with the color red: Diesel, Canon, Nintendo
Opposite of the Color Red
The opposite of the color red is green. They are exact opposites on the color wheel, and when combined together, they become black. One of the least used complimentary color schemes due to their strong association with the Christmas holiday.
Why Didn’t ImagiBrand Choose The Color Red?
ImagiBrand decided not to choose red as our corporate colors because we didn’t want to be perceived as overly aggressive with our current clientele, or intimidating to prospective clients. Although there are some great attributes associated with the color red, we felt none of them would have been beneficial to what we were trying to communicate.
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
Latest posts by Richie Kawamoto (see all)
- Content Marketing Decisions for Social Media - March 16, 2016
- Is Your Social Content Strategy Respecting Its Audience? - October 8, 2015
- What If Your Business Story Became a Movie? - July 8, 2015
- Business Storytelling on Social: Show, Don’t Tell - May 28, 2015
- The Psychology of Green Branding [infographic] - May 7, 2015