Retail Trends: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Retail Trends: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Colors can impact our mood and how we feel about a certain product, display, packaging collection, you name it. Retailers who identify and tap into that frame of mind will have a distinct advantage over their competition. Pantone Color Institute forecasts color trends and works with companies to maximize their marketing strategies through the use of color. As Pantone suggests, “When 80% of human experience is filtered through the eyes… the choice of color is critical”.

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Why Color Psychology in Your Branding + Packaging Matters

Why Color Psychology in Your Branding + Packaging Matters

Recent scientific research of the impacts on colors in marketing activities reveals that 60 to 90 percent of the consumer’s decision about a product is based on colors.  When it comes to communicating a brand’s function and a package’s appeal, color is one of the most significant variables. Bear in mind that the psychological reaction to a color, and associated logo or brand, ultimately depends on the consumer’s personal experiences and preferences.

Color Psychology Matters in Marketing

A consumer’s purchasing intent is impacted by colors because the aesthetics influence the perception of the brand.  That is, the colors define how consumers interpret the company’s logo, brand and personality. It is no secret that certain brain functions, such as cognitive heuristics, biologically condition the individual to focus on familiar and safe things. When creating a brand identity, color is the best way for a small- to medium-sized business to differentiate themselves from competition. Brands and logos that present a dominate trait, such as sincerity, excitement, competence, sophistication and ruggedness, can create a bond with the customer and continue to grow a customer relationship with them. Continue reading

Connect with Shoppers through Innovative Experiences

Connect with Shoppers through Innovative Experiences

One of the most popular trends of the past year has been how brick-and-mortar retailers are revamping the experiences they provide for customers. Anyone can sell an item, but the companies that last are the ones that invest in crafting a unique story that connects them with their customers. Studies show that customers love experiences and companies are going the extra mile to create new ways to give them the best. The newest innovation on that front comes from a start-up in Denver called Spruce-Bot (Check out the bot in action). While mobile POS devices and store apps (Think Amazon Go.) have been moving steadily into the storefront, Spruce Bot is going in a different direction. Continue reading

Three Retail Trends Impacting Businesses This Year

Three Retail Trends Impacting Businesses This Year

We are well into 2017 at this point, and a number of retail trends have emerged that impact small and large businesses alike. In an increasingly changing and unpredictable US retail landscape, staying on top of the trends and adjusting your business strategy is essential for your business’ success.

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Hand Lettering on Your Product Packaging

Hand Lettering on Your Product Packaging

As a greater number of companies work to make their product packaging sophisticated and unique, it’s important for your company to continue to develop strategies that helps it stand apart from the competition. One recent trend that is making a comeback is hand lettering and calligraphy. This beautiful typography form will help make your packaging special.

Recently, DW posted a video about this carefully done art’s recent resurgence. A greater number of people are learning this art in workshops, and one popular use for it is on product packaging. Here are some ways attractive calligraphy will help your product packaging stand apart: Continue reading