For instance, the brand logo, tagline, color palette, all the marketing, and promotional materials, letterheads, signage, messaging and communication, and so on are all tangible representations of the brand that make up its sensory identity in the market and in the minds of the customers.
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We often hear the word logo mentioned when the brand question arises and that’s because the logo is the standard bearer for the entire brand experience and all the Brand Elements.
Yet there are so many more ways to experience a brand than just a logo or a tagline with it.
Different Types of Brand Elements :
1) BRAND NAME
On the facade, naming a brand may seem quite easy and simple. But coming up with an iconic and innovative brand name is very difficult. Ponder about the brands such as Chevy, Coca-Cola, Häagen-Dazs, and Target. Today, these words are monikers that are now an understood part of our everyday normal language. And because consumers are willing to pay more for products marked with these legendary brand names, those simple words are worth millions now.
To simply explain, a logo is a visual trademark that identifies the brand with its design elements.
The Nike swoosh has become so well known that the word “Nike” no longer need to appear with it for recognition as a brand name. The Morton Salt girl has been recognized since the year 1914 even though she has been restyled almost six times. When you see a computer with lit up apple on the back of its screen, you know the brand without even a brand name written with it.
As mentioned earlier, a logo is the standard bearer for the entire brand experience and a Brand Element that lives everywhere.
3) THEME LINE
A catchphrase or a tagline, such as Bounty’s “The Quicker Picker Upper” or Verizon’s “Can you hear me now?” are quite very famous.
Essentially, theme lines such as “Just do it.” for Nike or “Don’t leave home without it.” for American Express help to quickly state the brand position memorably in the minds of the customers. Great theme or taglines have a long run rather than being changed every year.
Physical shape is like the distinctive shape of the Coca-Cola bottle or the Volkswagen Beetle that is both trademarked elements of those specific brands and can also be used as a brand identity element.
Dyson’s vacuum cleaners feature a unique ball on which they can maneuver quite easily. The one-of-a-kind chunky Ugg boot has become a classic fashion item in the market. And Airstream’s silver bullet trailers stand out quite aptly from their competitors’ products in the market because of their rounded edges.
Graphics are those Brand Elements that can also bring a brand to our attention in a fraction of a second. The dynamic ribbon is a trademarked part of Coca-Cola’s brand and Coach’s unique pattern of “C’s” emboldens the look of most of their products in the market. Louis Vuitton’s stylized flower pattern makes their luggage uniquely identifiable amongst other products in the market. The red and tan plaid lining makes Burberry coats stand out from plainer competition and are the favorite amongst the fashion lovers.
While they aren’t logos, graphics are the visual elements that serve to quickly identify a brand without any need for words.
Owens-Corning is the only brand of fiberglass insulation that can be pink in color. UPS’s unique brown trucks and uniforms have become its trademarks and are quite easily identified. Sephora cashiers wear one black glove with which they handle products before giving them to customers making it the brand’s crucial Brand Element.
When used to its full potential, consumers instantly recognize a brand by color quite specifically. It’s the reason Tiffany & Co. trademarked their robin egg blue in the year of 1998.
Sound or a unique set of notes or tones can also assist in forming a brand’s identity as the crucial Brand Elements.
When a brand is mentioned, a jingle may come to the mind of the customers. For instance, any sports fan would be able to recognize ESPN’s Sports Center introduction from the first two notes of the jingle. A few other famous examples include “Um um good” for the Campbells brand or the Intel Inside music tone.
Another Brand Element is the movement or how the product shifts, expands or condenses in its nature and functionality.
Lamborghini, the automobile brand has trademarked the upward motion of its car doors. Apple launched quite a revolution of screen interactions namely, the motion of two fingers moving apart, which allows its users to enlarge images on their iPhones and iPods very easily. The revolving motion within its suction chamber sets the brand Dyson’s bagless vacuums apart from the other bagged vacuum brands.
While movement can feel like one of the more abstract brand elements, it shouldn’t be overlooked at all.
The smell of a brand also adds to the overall elements of the brand identity. For instance, scents, such as the rose-jasmine-musk of Chanel No. 5 is trademarked or the fresh handmade aroma of Lush Cosmetics.
Last but not least, taste is another one of the crucial Brand Element that you can use to differentiate yourself in the market from the competition.
KFC has trademarked its special recipe of 11 herbs and spices for fried chicken since its inception. McDonald’s is quite famous for their French fries. Soda fanatics swear they can tell the difference between a Coke and a Pepsi quite easily.
In THE END, BRAND IDENTITY IS ABOUT MORE THAN A SINGLE BRAND ELEMENT.
As the above list shows, brands can be represented in many ways that go beyond just a name, tagline or a logo. Whether it is through the smell or movement, strive to involve all the senses to create a richer and more memorable brand experience for all your customers. It is the only way to build a truly disruptive and distinctive brand identity.