Avoid This Branding Mistake
The biggest mistake I've seen time and time again by small business owners who DIY their logos is this...
They only make ONE logo and use it for everything.
This, my friends, is a big no-no. It’s important to have a primary logo and secondary logo as well as a sub-mark to represent your brand. Why?
𝐵𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑏𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑓𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑛 𝑎 𝑣𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑓 “𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠” 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 “𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑜 𝑓𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑙𝑙.“
For example, for our client, 4 Paws 4 Rescue, we created different versions of their logo so they had a bunch to choose from depending on their need. It is extremely important your logo is legible and visible and oftentimes, one version just isn't going to cut it.
When it comes to branding design, I leave it up to the experts. In my career, I've been a part of some amazing design projects, but I am not too proud to admit that I am not a designer myself. I know what looks good from a consumer standpoint and my brain is overflowing with ideas, but don't put me in front of Photoshop. For this reason, I LOVE collaborating with our team of graphic designers to create logos and branding designs, patterns, assets, and more.
For the non-designers like me out there, here's an easy-to-understand list of definitions that explain WHY it is crucial to have a variety of logo versions in your toolkit.
𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗟𝗼𝗴𝗼: Pretend your logo suite is a boy band. Your primary logo is Justin Timberlake.#itsgonnabeme This is your main logo and will be THE ONE that is representative of your brand, the star of the show... of course, there’s a caveat. You have to make sure it fits within the space you’re given and every element is legible and stands out. If not, then you should use your...
𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗟𝗼𝗴𝗼: Your secondary logo is JC Chasez. This logo is equally as awesome but used when the primary logo just doesn’t fit the space provided, or if your main logo “just doesn’t look right.” It’s not your go-to logo and is used sparingly but remember, it should also fit your overall brand look & feel.
𝗦𝘂𝗯-𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸: AKA brand symbol or icon (think Nike swoosh, Apple’s 🍎 or McDonald’s golden arch). Consider your sub-mark Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick or Lance Bass - very important to your logo suite, but not the headliner. Sometimes, you’ll find the sub-mark in the primary or secondary logo or it can be a standalone symbol. Either way, the sub-mark will also be representative of your brand and fits your overall look and feel.
Use it on:
Social media profiles
Or, any other places where your other logos are too big. If you can’t read it, then your audience can’t either so use a different logo.
Tip: Make sure the name of your business or one of your other logos appear on the branded piece if you plan on using just the sub-mark. For example, on your Instagram profile you probably already have the name of your business as the username or in the bio, so it's A-OK to use your sub-mark as your profile photo.
Still don't believe me that you need to have a comprehensive logo suite? Check out these insane statistics, which display the importance of kick-butt branding.
It only takes consumers 10 seconds to form an impression of your brand. If they can't read your logo or it screams DIY, what do you think their first impression will be?
Brands with consistent branding expect to earn 23% more annual revenue than the brands that are inconsistent. (Lucidpress)
HOMEWORK TIME: Look at every piece of marketing you have from your business cards to your website. Are you representing yourself in the best light possible with the logo you're using? If not, it may be time for a re-brand!