Imagine you are in the middle of a stressful day. Your blood is boiling as you deal with unpaid bills, your leaky faucet and your neighbor’s dog incessantly barking at nothing! But wait, you step outside and see the most beautiful sunset filled with hues of blue, pink and purple. Suddenly, your blood pressure lowers and you smile.
Colors have a powerful way of evoking our emotions. Take advantage of the rainbow. Utilize color and color palettes in business to influence your audience’s behavior and thought process.
Red: The bright and fiery color evokes passion, anger and importance – red is a warm color and can also be used to stimulate appetite. Take McDonald’s as an example. Since emergency, life and blood are also associated with red, relief organizations, blood donors and hospitals also use the color red to attract an audience.
Blue: As part of the cooler hues, blue evokes calmness, serenity and trustworthiness. Many major organizations and businesses utilize a version of blue including General Electric, AT&T, Oral-B, Pay-Pal & Facebook. Both Citibank and American Express use blue in their advertising hoping to convince the audience they are banks you can trust.
Yellow: The third primary color is said to make people happy! Yellow provides feelings of caution, reminds us of the summer season and encourages us to be optimistic. Post-It is a great example of advertising that uses hues of yellow to spread messages of happiness like this ad featuring the announcement of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement.
Green: Suggesting nature, money and envy, green is another calm color that usually produces feelings of tranquility. Green Giant is an example that uses the color green to promote health and natural ingredients. It’s difficult enough to get children to eat veggies but with a mascot like The Big Green Giant they put a fun spin on food!
Pink: Bright and spritely, pink evokes love, gentleness and femininity. With Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaching, one of the best examples of advertising using hues of pink is the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. The pink ribbon is one of the most easily-recognizable fashion statements due to the branding and marketing tactics employed to raise Breast Cancer awareness.