How Your Brain “Sees” A Logo

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There is a lot of activity that goes on within your brain in a matter of milliseconds. Your neurological processes recognize, assess and add value to a brand instantly.


According to The Daily Positive, seeing a logo stimulates many different areas of the brain. There is no designated region where information is analyzed within the mind so naturally a whole host of components begin to fire when you see the McDonald’s Golden Arches.

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Luxury brands get the medial prefrontal cortex ignited while anterior cingulate cortex gets excited by value brands. Logos signal a thinking process which causes us to assert ourselves and we use these symbols to carve out things about our personalities. For example, seeing the Apple symbol conjures up the idea that you are an “Apple” person who enjoys the culture, creativity and high-end technological advancement that comes with these products. Subsequently, an unknown brand can trigger a negative response in our brain because we can’t associate it with anything differential.

The mind’s insular cortex plays a huge role in developing emotional attachment to something as “simple” as a logo. This is where we develop our sense of whether a brand makes us “better”, improves our self image and makes us stand out amongst our peers. The fusiform gyrus is one of areas that help us recognize colour and shape. The hippocampus is where an emotion is formed regarding the logo we have viewed.

This is why logo design, colour and shape are highly important for creating a positive resonance among consumers. What are your thoughts? Which logo do you find resonates best with you?



Behind The Wings: How Victoria’s Secret Creates Buildable, Compelling SMM Content

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The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is the biggest, most glamorous night in lingerie. Gorgeous models walk the catwalk for a record 500 million viewers a year, strutting in their dazzling bras and undies and sporting heavyweight wings. This show rakes in millions in revenue, and VS are experts in creating big buzz around one of the most successful nights in television.

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This year, the lingerie giant is at it again and has managed to increase their viewership even more by employing clever social media marketing tactics. It all started with Gigi Hadid, a California It-Girl who has been capturing our eyes for close to year. She appeared in Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood video and has joined the brat pack with Kendall and Kylie Jenner. In October, Gigi’s casting tape for the VS show was ‘leaked’ on YouTube (by VS) and went completely viral. The 20-year-old model broke down in front of the camera as she received the news that she had a place on stage and a pair of wings waiting for her.

The Angels play their own part at generating interest about the event on Instagram. Candice Swanepoel has been posting sneak peaks from behind the runway with pal Kendall Jenner. Stella Maxwell has sent out little 2-second video clips to spur excitement. The company have experts who carefully select models that they feel women will relate to, and admire without feeling threatened. That is how these models gain so much pull on social media. social media marketing campaign

But the greatest tool that VS has had at their disposal this year is Snapchat. The company has a place is the ‘featured’ section of the video and picture sharing app. The app shows exclusive sneak-peaks and behind the scenes footage that otherwise would not be available to viewers. The feed is up for only 24 hours and then is gone forever, so fans are eager to check it out.

The official air date of the show is December 8th on CBS, but the filming of it takes place November 11. We will find out what other tools Victoria’s Secret will use to surpass 500 million views this year!

Pinterest Integrates “Visual Search” To Attract Users and Improve Performance

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Social media site, Pinterest, is the home of DIYs, engaging infographics and helpful life hacks. Whether you’re getting decor ideas, baby name suggestions or tips for turning red crayons into a flawless lip stain, this site has got you pinned (get it?). Now they are getting an upper hand when it comes to usability.

As of November 9th, Pinterest will allow users to search with pictures rather than words. karlie kloss fashion model For example, say you are looking at Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss’s Instagram feed. You love her designer boots, but she doesn’t include a link to where to buy them. Simply take that image and search it on Pinterest. You’ll discover they are Marc Fisher boots and they are available at Nordstrom. You’ll also find cheaper dupes on Ebay, DIY tips to keeping your boots polished with coconut oil and ways to pair those boots with any outfit. (***Coconut oil is not a verified polish for boots, use at your own risk)marc fisher boot nordstrom

It is predicted that keywords have seen better days and that many searches will be moving towards an image-based setup in the coming years. Controversially, this strategy benefits advertisers and focuses on purchases rather than really honing in on the needs of users. It is speculated that this might be a move for Pinterest it gain more revenue from companies as apposed to catering to their existing Pinners. In fact, some Pinners might be unhappy with this new feature or simply avoid it because of its encouragement towards making purchases.

Only time will tell how users will respond to this new integration. If you are a dedicated Pinner, would you respond positively or negatively to this feature?

IKEA’s Facebook Showroom – An Iconic Example of Word Of Mouse

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In the digital age, Word Of Mouth has been replaced but what is known as Word Of Mouse. Marketers care less about the buzz created by person to person conversation and more about the vastly spreadable, shareable buzz that happens only on social media platforms.

Back in 2009, IKEA utilized Facebook to generate a conversation and eyeballs on their products without a lot of cost or excessive promotion. The results were magic. By making a Facebook profile for their company’s store manager and uploading showroom snapshots, a store opening in Malmo, Sweden was the first to ‘break the internet’. ikea bedroom set Facebook followers were invited to simply tag themselves on various products in the showroom pictures, and the person who tagged themselves first won that product. Soon thousands of people were engaging every day and IKEA’s photos were on countless profiles and in newsfeeds across the world.

Only twelve pictures were ever uploaded, and the profile took minutes to create. The only cost involved were the products given away. IKEA changed the game for what a business can do with a small budget and big dreams. Start with a drive to create Word Of Mouse and let your imagination run wild!

While IKEA was a trailblazer back in 2009, nowadays social media has become even more advanced and provides opportunities for small budgets to have viral success. Advancements to Facebook along with the introduction of Instagram, Snapchat and Vine open up even more possibilities for marketers to increase WOM and engagement.

Share an example of a brilliant social media marketing campaign!