A Unique Product Label Can Spur Brand Recall
People may be subjected to hundreds of marketing messages on a daily basis, but that's nothing a well-designed product label can't take care of.
That may seem like a tall task at first glance. Whether people are watching television, browsing the Web or even walking down the street, they are taking in marketing messages constantly through billboards, commercials. Web advertisements or anything in between. This makes it harder than ever for brands to make a meaningful impression on customers.
However, product labels are different than all those other types of promotional messages simply because they are tangible. People can pick up an item and inspect it, they can also touch and feel labels. This added tangible factor gives product labels a unique means of reaching customers that helps bolster brand recall.
A Brand Label Capitalizes on the Visual Nature of People
It shouldn't come as any surprise that a brand label can be such an effective means of helping customers remember your brand. Various studies over the years have discovered that the majority of people are visual learners by nature, meaning they are more likely to remember things they see over messages they hear.
For example, one study conducted by the United States Coast Guard Academy found that as much as 65 percent of the population are visual learners, which means they are more likely to recall brands they have seen before. Separate research from psychologist Jerome Bruner also found that 80 percent of people remember things they see or do, which supports the Coast Guard Academy study.
For product manufacturers, the first order of business should be producing a unique label that will help people recall the brand. This starts by choosing memorable colors and images. A study conducted by Nielsen Norman Group found interesting photos and pictures can go a long way in piquing the interest of customers. Whereas generic photographs and images are quickly ignored by prospects, truly unique and interesting pictures can really capture the attention of customers.
As for what constitutes an "interesting" picture, that can depend on the brand and item being promoted by the company. It could be an abstract icon or graphic, a picture with different filters to make it appear more interesting or a logo. The key here is picking imagery that will stand out in the crowd, as that will help maximize brand recall.
Transitioning Images to a Printed Label
No matter what companies do to design their imagery, it's important these graphics transition well to a printed label. Sometimes an image or picture will look good on the computer, but when it's printed and applied to a physical object, it doesn't look quite as good.
Labels aren't computer screens, they have their own unique properties. Even at that, there is a wide variety of label materials that can all affect the appearance of images. Considering how important visual media is to brand recall, companies must remember to take the actual label into consideration as well.