I have written before about the importance of color in branding, and it came back to the forefront when the color gurus at Pantone named a special color in honor of Prince. You may not be a fan of his or able to name one song, but I suspect that the majority of readers could tell the color was purple. Prince “owned” purple and used it to his advantage in marketing and branding.

My city underwent a branding exercise a few years ago and should have taken a lesson from Prince’s songbook on how to effectively use color. While their primary logo is in orange, I don’t think I have seen anything else that is. The street signs are blue. The recycling bins are red. The councilmen’s shirts are royal. The bills are in blue. The police car is silver with red lettering. There is not a square of orange to be found in the new building.

It is a lost opportunity to choose a distinctive color and then opt to ignore it. Crayons come in boxes of eight colors or more, but effective brands rely on one or two.

Pantone Love Symbol #2



About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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