Do a quick Google search of “color marketing” (or similar terms), and you’ll be flooded with results—scholarly and not-so-scholarly—about the psychology of color choice in branding and marketing campaigns. Many pieces make it sound simple—you pick one color to create specific emotional response from your audience. But if were that simple, we would already know what color encourages people to buy…and every brand’s logo would use it.
But with the plethora of logos and color schemes out there, obviously, color in marketing isn’t so cut-and-dried. Yet, it is an important consideration for your website to do what it’s designed to do—increase conversions. The key to boosting performance of your website is to select a color scheme consistent with your offerings and to use color to boost visibility of calls to action.
The research behind infographics that pair a handful of adjectives to one hue on the ROYGBIV spectrum (e.g. Red is POWERFUL, Yellow is CONFIDENT) is sketchy at best. What research more solidly confirms is that what matters to consumers is not so much the actual color but the color’s appropriateness to the brand/product. Rather than try to guess what particular shade or tint prospective consumers will like, you should select branding colors that are consistent with the personality or attitude you want consumers to associate with your brand/product.
Here’s an example: Harley-Davidson’s logo inspires the feeling of boldness, confidence and adventurousness. But Harley-Davidson’s logo isn’t effective because they chose orange, per se; it’s because they used a bold color—a color consistent with the pathos they need to inspire in their buyers.
Colored for Action
Colors for a logo and/or branding color scheme will influence the look of your website, but it shouldn’t dictate it. On the page, color should be used to draw your viewers’ eyes quickly to what really matters—your calls to action. Research shows that bold and/or contrasting colors are one of the most effective ways to do this. And with a skilled graphic designer behind the dashboard, it can be done without turning your website into an eyesore. Two pointers for selecting color “pops”:
- Accent colors should be used sparingly—no more than 10% of the entire visual layout.
- A contrasting color to one of your primary branding shades typically makes an effective accent color.
Conversions can increase simply by making it clearer to the viewer where to click.
Show Your Colors
SonicSEO.com applies color psychology to help make your website an effective marketing tool. We never dictate what colors you should use, but we employ your chosen branding colors (and their complements) to highlight the elements that direct users where you want them to go.
If you are considering redesigning your logo or rebranding, contact us for a website redesign to be consistent with the updated personality and color scheme.
Remember when you could trust the news stories you found on the Internet or at least know at a glance which ones were hoaxes? The proliferation of credible-looking news stories making false (yet feasible) claims is wearing on readers who are tired of hunting for real news. Internet viewers may once again be able to trust the news they read as real news with the help of Google’s Fact Check.
What Fact Check Is
Fact Check is a new Google tool that integrates fact-checking reviews from reliable research organizations like PolitiFact and Snopes into search results. Fact Check will appear below the search result snippet with an overall rating of the content’s “truthiness” and links to the reviews about all individual claims made in the content.
How to Get Fact Check
For Fact Check to be present, the content’s publisher has to add a Claim Review tag from schema.org. This enables Google’s algorithm to consider reviews from the two preferred fact-checking agencies about the claim to which the tag is applied.
Claim Review tags can be added for each individual claim a site makes and for differing analyses from multiple reviewers. Users can also provide fact-checking feedback (and this would be the only time a human gets involved in the fact-checking process…everything else happens via algorithm).
Who Can Use Fact Check
Fact Check is intended for use by reputable news sources (as defined by Google’s algorithm). So, basement bloggers and grassroots news organizations may have difficulty getting Fact Check results to show up next their content in search results, even when the Claim Review tag is applied.
So far, Fact Check is only a news fact-checking tool. It does not verify marketing claims or prices posted on business-to-consumer websites.
Fact Check and You
Fact Check is a tool for publishers to demonstrate the reliability of their news. Users can’t hit CTRL+[some button] or a Function key to bring up Google Fact Check to scan a site for “truthiness.” However, Fact Check does make it easy for you to see at a glance if a news story is blatantly fake, mostly true or 100% fact. Fact Check reviews are also clickable, so you can navigate to PolitiFact, Snopes or user feedback to read the complete write up about a claim.
Fact Check’s integration into news results is just a first step to fight fake news, but it is one that eases the burden of research on news readers who want to stay reliably informed without having to go on a fact-checking crusade every day.
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