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The Color Theory of Marketing

The Color Theory of Marketing

For years, the study of color in regards to marketing has presented businesses with unclear data and inconclusive direction. Yet the psychology of color is crucial to branding and marketing successful businesses. Credible research is required to maximize the effectiveness of colors in branding. This article offers an exploration of color theory and persuasion to enhance your strategies for marketing and advertising.

In an appropriately titled study called Impact of Color in Marketing, researchers found that up to 90% of snap judgments made about products can be based on color alone (depending on the product).

And in regards to the role that color plays in branding, results from studies such as The Interactive Effects of Colors show that the relationship between brands and color hinges on the perceived appropriateness of the color being used for the particular brand (in other words, does the color “fit” what is being sold).

The study Exciting Red and Competent Blue also confirms that purchasing intent is greatly affected by colors due to the impact they have on how a brand is perceived. This means that colors influence how consumers view the “personality” of the brand in question (after all, who would want to buy a Harley Davidson motorcycle if they didn’t get the feeling that Harleys were rugged and cool?).