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Sometimes a Logo Redesign isn’t a Complete Overhaul

Sometimes the logos we redesign aren’t an entirely new concept, but simply a refresh. This one is for a company that had the same text-based logo for 45 years. The little blue part is a water drop heading upwards, as though from a sprinkler.

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7 Clever and Memorable Logo Designs

I have this thing: an uncontrollable need to scan my surroundings, assessing the logos I see on signage, menus, storefronts, POS displays. I mean truly, it’s a problem. I’d seek help, but I’m sure I’d even assess the doctor’s clinic logo.

The beauty of this problem, however, is that I see so many amazing logos that jump out at me and stick in my brain. Now THIS is the true purpose of a logo, a part of what makes a customer remember you.

What makes these logos memorable?
Parts of a memorable logo are color, unique icons, and sometimes the lettering depending on how unique. But the most important aspect is cleverness. Some of these clever logos are just really cool.

Here are a few examples of what I mean by cleverness. I’ve seen these throughout the internet and around the real world:

1. Yoga Australia

Look closely. It’s a woman doing yoga, yes, but check out the space inside her arm and bent leg. It forms the shape of Australia.
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2. Elefont

Is it an “e”? Is it an elephant’s trunk? It’s both! Negative space is prime real estate in the logo design business.
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3. Food Writers

More negative space: a spoon forming the inkwell within a fountain pen.
Food Writers - Clever Logo Design

4. London Symphony Orchestra

This is one of my favorites. A graceful swoosh is a combination of the initials of this organization, formed seemingly by the fluid movements of a conductor.
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5. Handydog

Now this one looks like it was fun to create. A classic use of hand shadows.
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6. Alberta Land Trust Alliance

An organization dedicated to environmental conservation, this bird icon was formed out of water, land and trees. Can you see it? (Designed by Jenn Garman for Urban Creative Co.)
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7. Australian Pork

Another from Australia. The pig snout forms the shape of the continent.
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Conclusion
A logo doesn’t need to be simply an icon and good lettering, or even the right set of colors. Finding some clever twist that makes your logo as unique as your company can be incredibly fun, and also make people remember it well after they’ve seen it.

Do you have a clever logo, or have you seen one that you found particularly memorable? Tell us about it; make a comment below!

The Value of Bold Marketing

The Internet has become such a floodgate of information that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out in the world of marketing. Information overload has given both businesses a bit of attention disorder in that there is so much to read and learn that we don’t always know where to start. To add to this mess, buying patterns are ever changing, and just when we think we’ve learned how to connect with consumers, it all changes.

Only the brave survive in a cut-throat world. There are cautious marketers who hold onto their budgets as though they will bleed and whither, and those that take advantage of the opportunity to really shine. To survive, you want to be one of the shiny ones.

Watch trends carefully for golden opportunities

In a down market, the lack of competition opens your roadway. The media does a really good job of injecting fear into the marketplace, both for businesses and consumers. When that dreaded ‘R’ word comes out, business and consumer alike hoard their budgets like they are about to whither and die. Consumers only make those decisions because the businesses they buy from are afraid. Fear leads fear. Optimism leads optimism. Be optimistic and swim upstream. Your customers WILL follow.

A great example of optimism that led to success was when the American auto industry was crashing and needed a bail out from the US government. Ford CEO Alan Mulally understood about the importance of optimism in a time of crisis. “What I have learned is the power of a compelling vision,” he had said. At a time the auto industry was at its tipping point, he made painful decisions to overhaul Ford’s operations, relationships, and ultimately its image in the industry. The automaker adjusted its persona to reconnect with its buyers, listening to the market, and regaining buyer trust. Ford didn’t take any bailout money, but made some smart choices at just the right time.

Take a tangent

In a sea of competition, it can be overwhelming to determine how to stand out. While much of your competition may stick to traditional tactics, magic happens when you step outside of your comfort zone. If your competition is slashing prices, don’t follow suit. Following someone else’s shadow is never a place you want to be as a business. Watch what they are doing, and then send a different message.

As an example, price-slashing is an indicator of desperation, an emotion consumers react to with fear rather than drive to buy. Rather, listen to your consumers. Why are they not moving forward on a purchase? Find a positive solution to help them take that step forward. Ironically, fear of loss can be an enormous driver to buy. If you advertise your prices are dramatically reduced, buyers understand this to be an abundance of product available to them (that no one else wants, either), and there is no rush to buy. However, if you advertise there are only 5 widgets left at this price, the buyer’s fear of loss (of the deal) will drive a rush purchase.

Be Unyieldingly Creative

Consumers love to be entertained. By tapping into their emotions, you are able to show them exactly why you are a great company with whom to do business. When planning your next marketing strategy, consider the problems your buyers face. How do you solve those problems in the most unexpected way?

I use Skittles a lot in my marketing examples because I think they have a very intimate relationship with their buyers. Candy-lovers were looking for something different: not potato chips, not chocolate, but something out of the norm. Skittles uses exactly this as their identity; they are severely out of the norm. Their advertisements are very unexpected, but they are memorable. Their website even knocked our socks off by inventing the first infinitely-scrolling main page in Internet history. And it’s madly engaging. If you ever want to waste 4 hours, visit Skittles.com.

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Another wonderful example of creative advertising is Lulu Lemon’s YouTube video, “Sh*t Yogis Say.” Hilariously in touch with their more extreme clientele, the video is an amateurish clip collection of the yogi stereotype. This project would not have required a massive marketing budget to achieve; however, with nearly 3 million views it certainly has found its way around the yoga community and beyond.

I’ve forever loved the European campaign Mini Cooper launched a few years ago, where they took advantage of guerilla marketing to place a number of Christmas gifts throughout city streets. These gifts were fashioned with ripped wrapping paper and ribbon, indicating the Mini Cooper was small enough to fit under any Christmas tree. Genius!

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Conclusion

There are many ways to reach your demographic, but the more unique your approach the more likely your campaign will create movement in the marketplace. Don’t be afraid of bad publicity as a result; it just means you’ve made an impact, and awareness is golden.

Have you seen a campaign that blew your mind? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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What Makes Content Go Viral?

It’s the million dollar (or ‘like’) question. How do we develop content that is certain to go viral? We all want this kind of exposure, and it takes some planning and thought, although sometimes you just get lucky. But what steps can you take to get the maximum shares and interactions possible? Here are a few key components:

Emotion

Take a look at your personal Facebook feed. Especially in the wake of the Paris attacks, the content making waves around the Internet right now is highly emotional. Whether it’s sadness, anger, frustration, or even hope, emotion is the common denominator in posts, memes, and videos.

Depending on the type of product or service you offer, buying trends are more emotional than ever. Consumers are looking for transparency, and to not be “sold” to. Consider creating content that is relevant but not directly ‘selling’ your product/service. A great example is Apple’s television commercial from Christmas 2013, seen below.

Entertainment

We all know baby animals are killer on the Internet. Cats are working to take over the world, one video at a time. What is it about those furballs that we love so much? They’re entertaining. This isn’t to say you should go out and film your cat missing a long jump from the kitchen island to the top of the refrigerator, but consider what viewers get out of watching such a video. Laughter, tears of joy, and perhaps the aching desire to place a cucumber behind your cat to see just how high it will jump.

Evian launched a hugely successful campaign whose commercial went viral with nearly 71 million views. Highly entertaining, this commercial showed adults in their “pure” baby form, dancing up a storm. The results are hilarious.

Unexpected

Probably the most important component to viral content is its shock value. This doesn’t necessarily mean a scary kind of shock, although it could depending on your final intent. This could mean graphics that show something out of the ordinary, or content created to lead the viewer in one direction while presenting a twist at the end. Unexpected means memorable, and if you’ve created the right content, your ad will be the latest buzz at the water cooler.

In the below examples, Lego sparks your imagination, Italian boys teach us an important value, and Skittles is just so weird they tend to shock us into saying “was that a real commercial?” But you remember them…

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Timing

Consider the timing when deciding on a launch date for your content. If your content is emotional, timing your campaign around more emotional times of year, such as Christmas, can be highly impactful. Avoid publishing something that may be the opposite emotion to what is trending on the web at the time. And don’t forget to hashtag your content. By attaching a hashtag, you will be able to track shares and interactions for more in-depth analysis of your campaign.

Conclusion

There are many aspects to viral content; these ideas noted above are just a few. Let your imagination run, and don’t be afraid to be bold. Consumers are looking for content they can absorb and talk about. Listen to them. Feed them.

Need some ideas? Give me a shout; I’ll be more than happy to help!