Setting-up a start-up, especially online, needs attention to a lot of details, branding included. The enthusiasm of a new beginning is indispensable for a new endeavour but can put some important things in the blind spot. There are DO’s and DON’Ts, things to look up for or things to avoid. While there are no definite rules or sometimes is worth breaking some of them, here are some notes you should take in consideration before you “go out” to the real world.
7 To Do’s for Startup Branding
Define yourself and your product
Before you go out to your customers be specific and honest regarding your purpose. What are you going to provide? Clearly define your product/service in detail. Think what are the benefits for the potential customer, what’s the need that you cover. Continue reading
Logos, websites and marketing materials have to work together to create a positive impression – and put money in your pocket.
Trust means your future customers believe you’re likely to be honest and competent, and will deliver a good experience. Sometimes trust comes from friends telling friends they had a great experience. But most of your future customers wont have word-of-mouth to rely on. They have to decide on their own whom to trust. Thats the mission of your logo, website or brochure, to create your business dress and body language–your visual branding.
Here are a few basics to help your business look credible:
- Go for simplicity and lack of clutter. (Think Apple, the master of simplicity in branding.)
- Create or demand a clean, well-balanced graphic design.
- Use one or two basic colors that go well together, not a hodgepodge.
- Choose one font and stick with it. You can express almost anything by using variations within a single font family: size, weight (boldness), italics, etc. If you really must, choose a second font for major headlines. But first try it with one font.
- Coordinate a single look – design, colors, etc. – across everything you do, including your logo, website, brochures, ads and signage.