Thursday, December 17, 2015

A 'Holiday Wish' for You and Your Brand

“Happy Holidays!”

Two simple words, but they pack a lot of meaning. At the end of the year, when our nerves are perhaps a little frayed and we might be wondering what is going on in this topsy-turvy world of ours, just the sound of that cheerful phrase can make us feel better.

canton-ohio-sign-companyAs much as we enjoy hearing those words, we also enjoy saying them to someone else. And, unlike other seasons of the year, we get to wish one another happy holidays for two or three weeks or more. When else during the calendar year do we get to experience so much friendliness and good cheer? And between total strangers, no less?

Branding isn’t quite that simple, but the idea is the same. What is it you’re trying to communicate to people? Can your message be conveyed with as much clarity and simplicity, while making people feel good about your product or service? Consider these can’t-miss slogans:

·         Just do it.
·         Have it your way.
·         Better ingredients, better pizza.
·         It’s finger-lickin’ good.
·         Melts in your mouth, not in your hands.

Those are just a few famous slogans we all recognize and can instantly associate with their respective brands. While your business may not lend itself to summarizing your brand in so few words, the lesson is clear: sometimes, less is more.

In our business at Creative Source, we regularly remind our clients that signs and banners are no place for long messages and lots of unnecessary words. It’s crucial to keep your message short and to the point. The shorter and more to the point, the better.

As a new year approaches, it’s a good time to think ahead to how you’ll spread the word about your company. What can you say to fill your customers and prospects with good cheer about your brand?

Whatever you come up with, keep it short, simple, and on point. Strive to make it memorable.

So...Happy Holidays. Happy New Year. And Happy Branding!

MIKE BOYD is president of Creative Source, a Canton, Ohio sign company.

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