green branding

The Psychology of Green Branding [infographic]

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the color green? Initially, imagery might be directed towards nature such as a lush open field full of tall, green grass or a forest full of tall evergreen trees and acres of green brush. Eventually, your associations to green might lead you to think of the financial industry and piles of green money or maybe towards animals in the wild including a slithering green snake, a skittish green lizard or a leaping green frog. Psychologically, green branding promotes clarity of the mind and the balancing of our emotions. Green is highly associated with nature and health, encouraging a sense of compassion, kindness and nurturing. The lighter side of the color indicates freshness and growth while the darker shades of the color green relate to prestige and wealth. 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 green branding, from its positive and negative meanings and use around the globe to its effect on brand storytelling.


The Psychology of Green Branding [infographic]


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


Positive Meanings for Green Branding in Business


Growth and vitality, renewal and restoration, self-reliance, reliability and dependability, being tactful, emotionally balanced and calm, nature-loving and family oriented, practical and down-to-earth, sympathetic, compassionate and nurturing, kind and loyal with a high moral purpose, adaptable and flexible, encourages the joining of social clubs and other groups, a need to belong.


Negative Meanings Green Branding in Business


Possessive and materialistic, indifferent and over-cautious, envious, selfish, greedy and miserly, devious with money, inconsiderate, a hypochondriac and a do-gooder.


Variations of the Color Green


  • Pale Green: Immaturity, Youth, Inexperience
  • Emerald: Uplifting, Wealth, Abundance
  • Jade: Trusting, Tactful, Generous
  • Lime Green: Naivety, Playfulness, Anticipation
  • Dark Green: Ambitious, Greedy, Richness
  • Aqua: Calming, Healing, Protecting
  • Olive: Peaceful, Deceitful, Strong
  • Yellow Green: Cowardice, Conflict, Fear
  • Grass Green: Self-confident, Healthy, Natural


Global Use of the Color Green


Western: Lucky color in most western cultures, spring, new birth, regeneration, natural and environmental awareness, color for “go” at traffic lights, St. Patrick’s Day, jealousy, greed, Christmas when combined with red.


China: New life, regeneration, hope, fertility. Disgrace – giving a Chinese man a green hat indicates his wife is cheating on him. Studies show it is generally not good for packaging.


Japan: Freshness, eternal life, and youthfulness.
Indonesia: A forbidden color.


Green Branding Used to Express Fresh


Green branding evokes the feelings of something being clean, new and fresh. These positive attributes make it a great choice for food-related brands and restaurants. Companies using green in their branding efforts: Subway, Tic Tac, Heineken.


Green Branding Used to Convey Prestige and Wealth


Highly associated with growth and vitality as well as motivates people to join social groups and please a need to belong. As a result, green branding is popular with premium lifestyle brands and financial firms. Companies using green in their branding efforts: H&R Block, Land Rover, Lacoste.


Green Branding Used to Communicate Trust


Inspiring trust, clear thinking and the assistance in one’s search for worldly wisdom and understanding, green branding is ideal for technology companies and large global brands. Companies branding with the color green: Acer, Starbucks, Android.


Green Branding Used to Express All-Natural


There is no shortage of green out in Mother Nature which makes this color the perfect choice for a brand associated with organic products or its interaction with the great outdoors and its many inhabitants. Companies using green branding: Whole Foods, John Deere, Animal Planet.


Opposite of the Color Green


The opposite of the color green is red. 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 ImagiBrand Didn’t Choose Green


The color green has many attributes that would have worked well for ImagiBrand such as communicating trust, generosity, and growth. We ultimately decided not to go in that direction so as to avoid the potential association with being an agency which is slow and calm (rather than upbeat and infused with energy).


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.