LS Creative - The art of communicating your brand

“What we have here is a failure to communicate…”

So, you’re a local business owner or freelancer, hustling your way to success. You’ve got the goods, the services, the hustle—but your customers are still playing hide-and-seek. The culprit you wonder? Your graphic design might be stuck in the “tragic” rather than the “strategic” and buried in a bland world of beige? Ads with boring clip-art, flyers laden with (God forbid!) Google images, and your social media posts that could lull even the most energetic sloth into a coma. Can you blame your customers for scrolling passed on their phones. They’re bombarded with ads, memes, and pictures of their friend’s cat in a box. How do you make them stop, mid-scroll, and actually pay attention to your business?

Fear not, fellow freelancer! Enter some eye-catching visuals. Think of them as the neon sign screaming, “Hey you! Shiny object over here!”

Ditch the overused Stock Photos:

Unless your business is “selling generic stock photos,” avoid them like the plague. Nobody wants to see the same businessman shaking hands with another businessman for the hundredth time.

Get creative!

Use high-quality, unique photos that reflect your brand and resonate with your audience.

Embrace Bold Colours:

Don’t be afraid to break free from the beige and embrace a vibrant colour palette. Think about the emotions you want to evoke. Red for excitement? Blue for trust? Green for eco-friendliness? Pick colours that pop and make your visuals sing.

Play with Fonts:

Fonts aren’t just letters on a page, they’re personality on display! Choose fonts that complement your brand and message. Want to appear playful and approachable? Use a fun, bouncy font. Want to convey sophistication? Opt for a classic serif font. Just avoid Comic Sans at all costs. Please. For the love of all that is holy.

Communicating Your Brand Message: From Mumble to Megaphone

So, you’ve grabbed their attention with your stunning visuals. Now what?
Keep it Clear and Concise: People are busy. They don’t have time to decipher cryptic messages. Get to the point quickly and clearly. What do you do? What makes you unique? What problem do you solve?

Show, Don’t Tell:

Don’t just tell people you’re the best. Show them. Use your visuals to reinforce your message. For example, a bakery could showcase mouthwatering pictures of their pastries instead of simply stating they have “delicious treats.”

Inject Some Personality:

Don’t be afraid to let your brand’s unique voice shine through. Use humour, storytelling, or even a touch of quirkiness to make your message memorable.

Creating Materials that Resonate: From One-Size-Fits-All to Tailored Threads

Now we come to the final frontier:

Creating marketing materials that resonate with your target audience. Remember, a one-size-fits-all approach won’t cut it. You wouldn’t wear the same outfit to a job interview and a heavy metal concert, right?

Know Your Audience:

Before you start designing, take some time to understand your ideal customer. Who are they? What are their needs and wants? What kind of language do they respond to?

Tailor Your Message:

Once you know your audience, tailor your message and visuals accordingly. For example, if you’re targeting young families, you might use playful colours and relateable imagery.

Use Different Formats:

Don’t limit yourself to just one type of marketing material. Experiment with flyers, social media posts, email newsletters, and even videos to reach your audience where they are.

By following these tips, you can transform your graphic design from bland to BAM! Remember, good design is about connecting with your audience and telling your brand story in a way that resonates and attracts new customers. So, unleash your inner creative, grab your paintbrush, and start colouring your way to success!

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