OK, so lets start at the beginning…
What is a logo?
Wikipedia summarises it quite well – ‘A logo is a graphic mark or emblem commonly used by commercial enterprises, organisations and even individuals to aid and promote instant public recognition. Logos are either purely graphic (symbols/icons) or are composed of the name of the organization (a logotype or wordmark).’
Do you need a logo?
We often hear people asking, ‘Do I really need a logo, will it really help my business’ – the quick answer is ‘Yes’.
When a business does not have a strong logo, which easily identifies them, it can make it more difficult to connect with their target audience and grow. A logo is a form of advertising and it can carry a message as well as communicating a brand to the public.
A logo is very specific to an individual company; it can be serious or playful, traditional or modern, depending on how you wish the public and potential customers to view your company. As a logo supports a company’s overall marketing, it is important to get it right. It is often said that viewing a website or brand is much like a house viewing. Remember, first impressions count and your potential customers will make a decision within a few seconds on whether you’re the right business, or not. Therefore, those organisations which spend time and energy over their logo, branding and marketing strategy, will communicate better and have a much higher chance of success then those that don’t.
It is important not to think of a logo simply as a pretty graphic, which you can put on your letterhead. When used correctly it can be a powerful tool to enable you to convey your company in the best possible way.
Some pointers on creating a great logo:
- Relevance: Make sure it represents the company, its services and values
- Versatility: Make it versatile so that it works on a multitude of mediums e.g. on a dark background, light background and mono, as well as very small
- Avatar: if you are wanting to utilise the array of social media tools available, such as Facebook and Twitter, think about how the logo will work as an avatar
- Timeless: try and make the logo timeless, so that it is still effective and powerful in ten, twenty or thirty years time.
- Message: Make sure it is communicating the correct message to your target audience.
A logo doesn’t need to be highly complex with a bundle of effects. Sometimes a simple logo can be more successful, as brands like Facebook, Coca Cola, Google and Twitter have shown.
Does it stop with a logo?
Once the logo has been created it’s important to ensure this filters through to all stationery and marketing material, building a consistent brand image. Consistency throughout all materials, ensures that they are easily associated with the company at a glance. It also sends a message to your customers, as a consistent professional presentation implies that your customers can expect the same service from your business, and who wouldn’t want that?
Fraktul has been involved in designing many logos for an array of businesses so if you need any help or advice we’d love to speak to you.
- Strategic Marketing – Marketing Plan and research
- Website – Design, upgrading and content development
- Bid Support – Bid management and support
- Social media – Management, support and training for LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter
- Events – Planning and sales support for exhibitions and shows
- Branding - Logo design and development & stationery design
- Promotional material – Brochures, leaflets and flyers, design and printing
We’ve also helped clients win both local and national awards and, most importantly, to win more business. If you’d like to win more work, get in touch with Stephen for an initial chat.
New Years Resolution down the pan? Maybe we can help…
OK, so most of us start the New Year with great intentions. This year, however, it’s probably more important than ever to have a clear marketing plan, with defined business goals and achievable tactics, which you can actually deliver. Here are a few thoughts about getting your marketing strategy in place and delivered.
Obviously making any objectives SMART, will mean that you’re more likely to deliver on them. Just as a reminder, making them SMART means:
- Specific – Make your goals defined and clear, not just woolly ambition. How many visits, or calls do you need to make, to find the customers you need, to make the turnover you’re planning?
- Measurable – Try and get some metrics set, so that you can see clearly how you are progressing and when you’ve achieved them.
- Attainable – Goals should be stretching, but they do need to be achievable; otherwise you’ll just end up frustrated
- Relevant – If they’re marketing and business focused, then you’re on the right track.
- Time bound – When are these going to be delivered? Don’t try to list hundreds, you’ll only end up feeling disappointed that you’re making no progress. It’s far better to set half-a-dozen key activities and deliver these in a sensible time frame.
My favourite focus for marketing activity is customer led. Andy Bounds approach, thinking about the “Afters”; what a customer is left with after you’ve provided your service is a key focus for our business. The Jelly Effect: How to Make Your Communication Stick – Great book, by-the-way, readable and practical. Now, we provide great branding, websites and promotional material, but we’re just helping our clients achieve their goals, whether those are more customers, or perhaps more sales. Construction customers aren’t just building a new house, or an office block, they’re looking to sell a home, or the right commercial space in the right location.
So why plan? Confucius, the Chinese Philosopher, got it right over two and a half thousand years ago, when he considered that
A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
Now, we’re not suggesting taking weeks over this but, for sure, spending enough time and involving the right people will help you to prepare. Using the ASP structure, shown below, will help you to frame your planning:
- Analysis – Consideration of your position, competitors and wider environmental issues
- Strategy – Development of a clear strategy, focussed on the strengths of your business
- Practice – Clear, practical and achievable actions and targets
Critically, you need to cover whether, from your customer’s perspective, they can answer positively:
- Can I TRUST you?
- Can I BELIEVE what you tell me?
- Will you HELP me when I need you?
- Do you really CARE about me?
- Have you got the essential BASICS right?
- Does it FEEL good to use your business?
SWOT and PEEST analysis are fundamentals for considering your organisation in the wider context and Mindmeister is a great tool for brainstorming your thoughts about these aspects.
Focusing on your business, the Marketing 7P’s cover the critical aspects of your service:
- Price – How is your pricing compared to other alternatives, direct competitors and other solutions that your customer might choose?
- Promotion – How are you promoting your service, on and off line, and how successful is this?
- Place / distribution – What are your premises like, or how effectively is your service delivered?
- Process – Do your customers feel special, or processed like sheep?
- Physical evidence, or ambience – The product quality and packaging or, for a service, how it is delivered.
- People – Who is delivering the service? How do they behave and relate to your customers?
- Product – Easily defined for producers, but much more difficult when you sell a service.
Considering your business, against alternative options for your customers, from each of the seven perspectives, provides real insight. It shows where you’re positioned and more importantly, what you can do about it.
Finally then, back to the SMART objectives. What have you decided? Is it do-able? What are you going to do, and how will this be measured? Most importantly, who’s going to do it and by when?
Now, if you’re still struggling to see how you’re going to get from A to B, that’s OK. We can help with your strategic planning, or support you by rolling our sleeves up and getting stuck into some of the things you either don’t have time to, or just don’t want to. Call us on 01738 237850.
Happy New Year!
We’d like to wish all our Clients, Suppliers and Partners – Best Wishes for 2013. We’d especially like to thank all our Clients for their support and their business, which we appreciate.
2012 was a colossal 12 months here at Fraktul, our first full year in our new office. A few highlights, which we’re very proud of, include:
- our client, The Bathroom Company, winning UK Bathroom Retailer, for the second year running (and double Finalist again for 2013)
- helping to launch LiveGlutenFree, a major new online resource
- our client, Ian Bonthrone of BSS, winning Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Young Business Person of the Year
- participating in the Perth UHI Inspiring Enterprise videos
- speaking at the NewBiz12 Conference
- Diversity Award Silver Winner in Tayside Business Diversity Awards
- supporting a range of organisations to develop their business
Now – we’ve got bundles of ideas for how we can help your business stand out from the crowd in 2013, for all the right reasons.
If you’re serious about developing your businesses and you’d like the proven marketing skills and experience to help make that happen, make that resolution a reality and get in touch.
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The website features rotating banners, online booking functionality, Google map integration along with an online contact form.
Fraktul are delighted to have designed the new brand for The Townhouse Perth. The Townhouse Perth is a boutique bed and breakfast overlooking the South Inch park, only a short walk from the town centre.
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This website, which was a bespoke build, has many features including comprehensive social media links, an online contact form, an online Blog and Google map integration.
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