Brand Guidelines are rules for your company to maintain brand consistency across all of your channels – including your website, digital and printed materials. They determine the framework for how your brand communicates both internally and externally, to allow your brand to grow. It’s important to take into consideration that 80% of people view brand strength as a key consideration when purchasing from a company, so having the correct branding on your website can help you to win over customers.
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What to Include in Brand Guidelines
Here’s what you need to include in your brand guidelines.
Slogan & Tagline
A slogan or tagline is a phrase that communicates your business and what it has to offer, or makes consumers feel an emotion associated with your brand. Slogans help to build brand recognition – for example “I’m lovin’ it” is synonymous with McDonald’s.
In your brand guidelines, you should specify how and when your slogan is used.
Logo Suite & Submarks
Arguably one of the most important elements of your guidelines document is information regarding your logo. This section should include your:
- Master logo
- Logomark – for use on social media etc
- Alternative logos – such as stacked or simplified
[Include example images from clients]
Remember, when creating your logo (or having your logo made by a designer), you should have it in various formats, including a vector format like SVG which will not become pixelated when resized.
Similar to the above, you will then need to specify how the logo is to be applied and used in various situations, for example:
- Clear space – specifying how much white space should surround the logo to make it stand out
- Reverse – how the logo appears on coloured backgrounds
- Reverse on image – how the logo appears against busy, image backgrounds
Colour palettes act as a visual cue to help customers identify with your brand. This section should be split into two – primary palette and accent colours. Each colour should specify the hex code (e.g. #053B6D), RGB and CMYK codes.
Using two to three typefaces ensures all of your written communication is consistent. Everyone should use the same fonts for the right purposes throughout your branding – from your website, digital marketing and business cards to printed documents, and even Google Docs!
This section should comprise:
- Primary typeface – for headlines and subheadings
- Secondary typeface – for body copy
You’ll want to include information on font weights that can be used, such as bold or light, and include an example of how the font pairing can be used.
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