You may be familiar with the rose gold Apple iPhone that debuted last fall. The color wasn’t just picked because it was pretty or different, it was carefully chosen after months of color trend forecasting.
So who decides the trends? Who does the forecasting? One excellent source for color trends is The Pantone Color Institute. They provide color trend forecasting, brand color development supported by brand color stories, and product palette development. They help companies make the most informed decisions about color for their brands or products to gain a competitive edge. Trend colors are forecasted years prior to the public seeing them in market. Businesses rely on their expertise so their products can be manufactured to enter the market at just the right time.
For the first time this year, The Pantone Color Institute unveiled not just one color of the year, but two!
PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity & PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz
The Pantone Color Institute says that the colors are “a harmonious pairing of inviting shades that embody a mindset of tranquility and inner peace.” You can see this translated into products ranging from food and beverage to cosmetics and accessories that are in the market today.
“When 80 percent of human experience is filtered through the eyes, we understand that the choice of color is critical.” —Pantone Color Institute
As you can see, the color selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. LMG undergoes this kind of rigor as well when we position or reposition a new client brand or company.
Take, for instance, our own rebrand back in 2012. We compiled research on competitors nationwide and created a color analysis grid to determine what colors were being under-utilized in the market. We landed on a vibrant orange. It is the color of joy and creativity—what better color to represent the LMG brand? We love what we do and we do it creatively and intelligently.
Brands and color are harmoniously linked because color offers an instantaneous method for conveying meaning and message without words. Therefore, color is critical in representing your brand.
How do your colors represent you and the work you do? Watch the world around you and see what color trends you find. They may just be the perfect inspiration for your next big idea.
Did you know there’s a smarter and simpler way to nurture leads who visit your website, receive your emails, and see your ads? What a potential customer is looking for varies depending on where they are in the buyer’s journey. A website visitor could be looking for information to help solve a problem they just started researching, or they could want specific details and prices for products or services you offer.
Spring—it’s a time to start fresh and nurture growth. And speaking of growth, how is your social media performing? Research shows that 52% of social media marketers believe social media positively influences their company’s revenue and sales, so the health of these platforms is certainly important. In fact, key players in the industry are rolling out data dashboards that prioritize the health and quality of your digital marketing efforts. HubSpot’s Email Health Tool and Facebook’s Quality Check help users identify and address underperforming emails or social media ads. If these issues are left unaddressed, companies could be blacklisted—ending up in the eternal email spam folder or banned from the Facebook platform entirely.