How design is crucial to your marketing efforts

Design is everywhere.

You may already know this. What you may not know though is that design plays such an important role in the success of your marketing efforts. No matter how well you handle customer relations, or how high the quality of your product or service is, basic design elements can be the difference maker to your success.

When you think about your business, the first thing that might come to mind is your business name or logo. And this makes sense, it’s also going to be the first thing customers hear and see when researching your business.

Both give your brand identity. Your logo is like the face of your business. In saying this, it is important to make sure this face is as attractive as possible because you will likely be advertising it wherever you can. If you’re integrating your brand properly, you’ve probably added your logo to places like letterheads, document templates and email signatures.

Whilst this is a good sign of brand management, a poor logo design could be detrimental to all this hard work. Good design builds trust. It gives your business a more professional look. If your logo looks basic and outdated, potential clients will make assumptions about your business; that you can’t keep up with the times or perhaps that the quality of your product/service is subpar. People will make first impressions as soon as they see your logo, so make sure it’s a good one.

Marketing in the online realm has quickly become one of the best ways to sell a brand or idea. The success of this online marketing can all boil down your website’s performance and overall design. Web design encompasses both the aesthetic feel and general usability of a website. Despite what you might think, web design plays a crucial part in the representation of your brand and assists in shaping the opinions of your website visitors. On top of this, there are many factors that contribute to the efficacy of your web design.

Web building services like WordPress offer templates that can kickstart your design structure and organisation and help you adopt a more professional look for your brand. In this digital age, web design can be pivotal to the success of your marketing efforts and bad design can sometimes be as bad as not having a website at all. If your website is poorly designed, you run the risk of losing potential clientele. For instance, you might be thinking that the best way to attract business is by being unique and having an out of the box web design. This might be effective in some cases, however, confusion may arise for customers used to conventional layouts or those that are less tech-savvy.

One aspect of your marketing efforts where effective visual communication is essential is that of calls-to-action (CTA’s). This continues to play on that point about good web design. It is one thing to have a good web layout, but good web design includes things like CTA’s. Additionally, well-designed calls-to-action can do wonders for your marketing efforts. If they are well designed, they grab the attention of visitors and help convert readers into leads. These conversions are the ultimate goal of your marketing efforts and it is inevitable that good design boosts conversions. Another thing you can do is look at the analytics for these CTA’s, which allows you to measure the performance of such efforts.

Another area where design is very impactful is social media content. When creating daily, weekly or monthly content for the people who follow you, it is crucial that the design is not only eye-catching but also that the message is communicated loud and clear and has the right impression.

This also applies to how your emails are designed and laid out. The right design can carry all your content and encourage multi-level click-ins, whereas bad design might deter your audience, even if the content within is the best you’ve created. This is how important design; used in the right way, it will make or break how your audience connects with your brand, and eventually how they choose to spend their money on your products and services.

We’ve given you a few examples of how design plays a big part in your marketing efforts. If you are struggling to successfully market your business, it might mean that it’s time for a logo revamp, or possibly you need to restructure your website for easier accessibility. Whatever the case, use this article as a guide to direct you to better success in the marketing sphere.

We’re experts in website design and would love to help you create an exceptional brand. Check out our portfolio and if you like what you see, contact us – studio@madeagency.com

Remember these 5 things when creating a new website

Creative Web Design Agency
Image from Adam Birkett
Your business website is the gateway to the closure of new contracts, services and product sales. It’s your digital visit card. How will you create a visual invitation, something that will create a lasting impression?
Space between elements, effective internal search tools, and creative ways of inviting the user to interact with your website are some of the things we discuss in this post.
Although each client project will each have their own unique requirements, there are some steps that we have to follow to build a good website. The main point to remember when creating this design is the harmony between beauty and functionality.

We’ve put together our thoughts about some elements that together define the user experience:

1. Less is more

Clear intention is key. Know your why. Always keep it clean and uncluttered. This is the overarching philosophy here at Made Agency. We rarely read all the words on a website. Taking this into account, it is better to appeal to emotion and not to the amount of words. We also suggest using images as alternative ways to communicate your message.

 

2. Site hierarchy is everything 

You have a few seconds to get people’s attention and tell them what your site is about. If you establish a clear hierarchy for your information, readers can easily follow the visual information cues you have left. Then add colour, contrast, size and spacing to give more emphasis, and always be aware of what attracts attention on your page and make sure that it is always intentional.

3. Legibility as principle

The main purpose of a website is to showcase your mad skills, project yourself as an expert, pass on information and most importantly, make a sale, and this can only be done if people can read easily! Good legibility makes all the difference in a website. And for this is not very difficult:
– Contrast is the key. It is very important to have sufficient contrast between the background and the text so that it is very clear.
– You can not read what you do not see. The rule in general is that fonts less than 16pts are not used. But of course that number depends on which font you are using. The point here is that the text is large enough so that people can easily read your content.

 

4. Navigability to come across as a pro

Solid navigation helps search engines crawl your content, as well as improve the user experience. Your logo should have a link to the homepage for example. This is a common practice that your visitors are already accustomed to and that will save them some valuable clicks.
5. Responsive design is a must 
This is not anything new and it’s certainly not the latest innovation,  because being mobile is the new normal, but a couple of things to remember: make sure to put yourself in the user’s position and test all the pages, buttons and all actions that the user should take. With the new technological developments, modifying a site for its mobile version is becoming easier. But there are important differences between the big screen web and the mobile web that require special and delicate attention where a web designer can help!
Hope this helps when you’re creating a new website for your brand. We’d love to help you with anything you might want to create for your business. Email us at studio@madeagency.com, we would love to hear from you!

5 Reasons to work with a Graphic Design Agency

Graphic Design Agency
With online tools for design easily accessible, one might question the necessity of actually engaging a graphic design studio.
Why does one really need to hire a professional graphic design or an agency with a real understanding of design and commerce? The answer is simply this. With a graphic designer you will be able to create a recognised brand
in your market.
With it you will pique the interest of people who could be future consumers.
In addition to creating an identity for your brand; in the midst of massive competition, you need something that stands out and will differentiate you from competitors.
Here are some ways a graphic design agency can positively progress your brand or product:

1) Visual identity 

Having a visual identity is all about maintaining consistency – of colours and fonts, so that they are always associated with the company.
One can create brand recognition with prospective clients with a good visual identity, because from their point of view, a strong identity generates a sense of belonging and reliability.

2) Differentiation from competitors 

With an extremely competitive market and many brands selling products similar to yours, you can differentiate yourself with the help of a graphic design agency. Thoughtful design will make you stand out in the middle of competition. With consistent advice on evolving and transforming your brand, you will not only learn how to create a great brand but how to stay on brand in everything that you release in the market. Treat your agency as a partner in building your brand, it’s a great opportunity to build your brand and business!

3) First impressions are what matter 

Before a customer can make a purchase from your brand, he must be attracted to it.
With a good graphic design, the first impression will be a good one,  and will boost your brand and / or product.

4) Brand value 

With a consistent visual identity, you have brand value.
Brand value goes far beyond profit (although that is the consequence). It’s because of a value brand with a good visual identity, people pay $50 in a white shirt with a known logo and $15 for a totally white shirt.
With a good design, your brand will begin to have value, not only your product.

5) Clarity in communication 

Well done design can bring greater ease in communication.
Culturally, we associate some colours and shapes with certain products and experiences. Focusing on the consumer and how he reacts to certain sensory interactions makes it possible for us to have a clearer communication with them and thus easier for them to consume the brand.
In this way, having a visual identity, differentiating yourself from your competitors, creating great first impressions, increasing your brand value and having clarity all round in your communication are the top reasons why you need a graphic design agency asap!

Do you want to create a well-recognised brand?

Give us a call on 1300 877 503, or email studio@madeagency.com to find out how we can help you. We’d love to hear from you!

Camden Council

Camden Council

Client: Camden Council
Services: Animation, Graphic Design, Art Direction

Made were commissioned to create a timeline and animation for Camden Council showing the growth that has been undertaken at the council over the last three years. We wanted to develop an emotive story and create a journey for the council that showcases the huge transformation that is taking place in the area.

Camden Council

Seacapital

Seacapital

Client: Seacapital
Services: Branding, Graphic Design, Art Direction, Website

Seacapital specialise in property management, residential sales and project marketing exclusively for developers. We wanted to create branding that was professional and eye-catching, incorporating ‘Sea’ into their iconography with using the typography to create a wave. We created their complete corporate identity including stationery, corporate documents, website and environmental signage.

Sea Capital

Corkscrew

Corkscrew Cellars

Client: Corkscrew Cellars
Services: Branding, Graphic Design, Art Direction, Website

Corkscrew Cellars’ boutique stores are all locally owned and operated. Behind their extensive selection of Australian, New Zealand and international wines, beers and spirits, are real people who live and breathe the industry. Made recently created a new website and identity to showcase this experienced and knowledgeable brand.

Corkscrew

ETF Securities

ETF Securities

Client: ETF Securities
Services: Marketing Online, Cooperate Communication, Print

ETF Securities Australia is an expert, independent provider of accessible investment solutions. We produce all of their corporate communication (including online and print marketing) and the design and production of their quarterly ETF Landscape information booklet.

ETF Security

Mainbrace

Mainbrace

Client: Mainbrace
Services: Branding, Graphic Design, Corporate Identity

Mainbrace is Australia’s most experienced retail builder. We were commissioned by Mainbrace to evolve the logo and Endline lock up for all of their corporate communication. We evolved their existing brand to enhance the visibility and recognisability of the Mainbrace branding.

Mainbrace

Bendooley

Bendooley Estate

Client: Bendooley Estate
Services: Branding, Graphic Design, Art Direction, Website

Made Agency were commissioned to completely redesign and rebuild the website for Bendooley. We wanted to create a showpiece that really encapsulated the beautiful architecture and surrounding scenery of Bendooley’s grand estate. It is a spectacular destination within the Southern Highlands. We incorporated stunning imagery in the website design to showcase the beautifully preserved 200-acre property. We also built the booking platform with online payment gateway and made the site easily updatable so the client could update themselves with ease.

Bendooley

Mr. Juicy

Mr. Juicy

Client: Mr. Juicy
Services: Branding, Graphic Design, Art Direction, Packaging

Founded in 1985, Mr. Juicy is one of the oldest juice manufacturing companies in Vanuatu. For the re-launch of the brand, we rebranded Mr. Juicy, to give it a modern refresh. Introducing Mr. Juicy Kids with Apple, Pineapple and Orange as their signature flavours.

Mr. Juicy