It’s the thing that can make us halt and do double-takes as we hurry through store aisles. It’s what determines if we put a product in our carts or back on the shelf.
Great label designs catch consumer attention, spike their curiosity enough to stop, and ultimately help them say yes to a product. Essentially, it can make or break a product’s success, regardless of the product’s quality or effectiveness. Strong label designs that speak to your brand identity are critical for getting sales and keeping your business running.
Shopping has dramatically changed over the years. In our world of chronic busyness, today’s shoppers are increasingly short on time and favor a grab-and-go mentality. They do not spend long periods mulling over different products in store aisles. As a result, brands only have a small window of opportunity to capture their customers’ attention and influence their buying decisions.
It’s no secret that consumer purchasing decisions are often based on a product’s appearance. Though consumers will usually look out for familiar brand names, strong product designs have the ability to powerfully sway and influence buying decisions.
Capture Consumer Attention and Interest
Shapes, colors, textures, font choices, and other design aspects can ensnare even the busiest shopper’s attention—though, not for long. Once the design has captured the consumer’s attention and interest long enough for them to stop and inspect the product, the label has only mere seconds to influence their purchase decision. Finding the right design for your product is critical. Some brands make the mistake that they need loud, busy designs in order to capture consumer attention, becoming a blinking sign of sorts. However, too much going on can turn a customer off. Sometimes in a sea of color, simplicity and minimalism is what stands out. Finding the correct balance in your product design is essential to securing that first look.
Bring Your Brand Identity to Life
Brand identity is comprised of a business’s core values and beliefs. A brand’s label should encapsulate this brand message and effectively convey it to the consumer through design. As a result, a product label can become a cohesive part of a brand’s identity and accurately tell a brand’s story. If the consumer identifies with those values and beliefs, they will be able to build a common connection and rapport with your brand. This is essential to building the beginnings of brand loyalty.
Evoke an Emotional Experience and Control the Conversation
Label designs have the opportunity to engage the consumer and build a memorable connection like no other aspect of the product. Label design is a pivotal opportunity for brands to have conversations with their consumers. What is your label design telling and showing them? Brand’s are in the driver’s seat here—where is your label design subconsciously taking the consumer?
Something as simple as color choice has the ability to evoke a subconscious emotional response that appeals to the consumer, whether they are aware of it or not. When consumers feel emotionally engaged, they act. Strong label designs should choose a deliberate message or emotion to attract their target audience and prompt them to buy their product.
With label design, consistency is key. As your brand builds a portfolio of products, maintaining consistent designs across all the products is the foundation to building a cohesive brand identity. Using a consistent palette of colors, graphics, and other design elements across all labels ensures that consumers can immediately recognize your brand. Maintaining consistency in these design elements not only differentiates your product from other brands, but it builds product credibility, consumer recognition, and member loyalty.
It is never a bad idea for brands to reconsider and refresh their product packaging and label design. Label design is a customer’s first encounter with your brand, and it determines if they will take a chance on your product. Whether it’s a new product launch or a refresh of a current product, label design needs to effectively capture attention and convey your brand identity.
That’s why Sun Sign Designs refreshed Fawn Organics’ Laundry Detergent and other cleaning products label design. Instead of the previous bright blue label, Sun Sign Designs opted for a clean, minimalist design that is on-trend for organic products and that speaks to Fawn Organics’ core values of toxin-free products and environmental sustainability. The brown label evokes thoughts of biodegradability and instigates environmental awareness in the consumer, effectively communicating their brand identity.
Check out Fawn Organics’ new label designs at https://fawnorganics.com/ and let us know what you think!