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The Meaning of Color in Marketing

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We have a thing for color. Previously, we discussed the nature of the color blue and why it is such a popular color. Now we’re using an infographic and key points provided by Attwood Digital to illustrate the meaning of color in marketing.


RedExamples of red app icons: Pinterest, Google+, YouTube
Evokes: “Action, adventure, fire, lust, anger, courage and rebellion.”

  • Red is best used for action orientated products and brands.
  • Red and orange are colors that boost appetite.
  • Red is one of the top two favorite colors of all people.
  • Red is the most popular color used on flags in the world.
  • Approximately 77% of all flags include red.
  • Red is the international color for stop.


OrangeExamples of orange app icons: Blogger, RSS feed, MozillaFirefox
Evokes: “Energy, vitality, cheer, excitement, adventure, warmth, and good health.”

  • Orange is a color that suggests value and discounts.
  • Orange is symbolic of autumn.
  • Children all over the world are drawn to orange.
  • Orange is the color of life rafts, hazard cones, and high visibility police vests.


YellowExamples of yellow app icons: SnapChat, YellowPages, TimeHop
Evokes: “Happiness, optimism, enlightenment, creativity, sunshine, warmth, cheeriness and fun.”

  • Yellow is the color that captures our attention more than any other.
  • In almost every culture, yellow represents, sunshine, happiness and warmth.
  • Yellow is the color most often associated with the deity in many religions.
  • Yellow is the color of traffic lights and signs indicating caution all over the world.


GreenExamples of green app icons: WhatsApp, Vine, Facetime
Evokes: “Growth, rebirth, freshness, revitalisation, and fertility.”

  • Green is now the symbol of ecology and has become a verb.
  • Green is universally associated with nature.
  • Green symbolizes ecology and the environment.
  • Green traffic lights symbolize “go” all over the world.


BlueExamples of blue app icons: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
Evokes: “Dignity, intelligence, cleanliness, peace, security and calmness of mind.”

  • Blue is the #1 favorite color of all people.
  • However, blue can be over-used. Combining blue with another color creates a more creative effect.
  • 53% of the flags in the world contain blue.
  • Blue is the most commonly used color in corporate identity.


PurpleExamples of purple app icons: Viber, Yahoo!, Podcast
Evokes: “Nobility, wealth, magic, mystery, spirituality, creativity, dignity, and royalty.”

  • There’s a huge difference of opinion about purple. It all depends on age.
  • Purple tends to be a color that people either love or hate.
  • Purple is the color of mourning or death in many cultures.
  • Purple is not common flag color. Only two flags contain purple.

The Meaning Of Colour In Marketing

by AttwoodDigital.
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    Differ color to join to show one (tailwind)
    Seem progress to internet , we grow when science grow
    Better to follow to use it in social drive .
    Now, we see world is in our hand to move big

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