Updated: Mar 18
So you've got your branding package. Congratulations!! This is the first step to visually start building your brand. You should have a Google Drive link to a folder with the following folders, .ai, .png, and .jpg. These file types will all come in handy in different ways.
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I'm not tech savvy, what are all these file types?
The .ai stands for Illustrator and these files are what you'll need to send to a print company if you want to have merchandise made. These files can also be used if you want your logo on a billboard or even on a car wrap. Illustrator files are for large scale projects because the designs are vectorized files! What does this mean? Well, Adobe explains it best, "Vector files are images that are built by mathematical formulas that establish points on a grid. Raster files are composed of the colored blocks commonly referred to as pixels. Because they can infinitely adjust in size without losing resolution, vector files are more versatile for certain types of tasks than raster files." Here's a photo to give you a better idea.
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The .png file type is going to have a transparent background. These are great to save to your phone so that you can add your logo to quotes for social media, a great way to continue to build brand recognition ;) A few apps I recommend for creating graphics are Word Swagg and Canva. These two apps are easy to use and provide endless options for creating graphics without having to hire someone to create them for you! Although, I do offer that service if you just don't have the time!
Lastly, the .jpg file type will have a white background or a colored background. These file types are generally not as high res as a .png. Note: PNG stands for Portable Network Graphic, with so-called "lossless" compression. That means that the image quality was the same before and after the "compression" or download. JPG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, with so-called "lossy" compression. Meaning the more times you download the same .jpg file the more blurry it will get. Even though the .jpg file isn't as great as a .png I still include it because some website only allow you to upload a .jpg and not a .png.
Okay now that we understand the file types, I'm sure you're wondering...
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How should I announce the new logo and branding on socials?
Having a new logo and branding for your business is an exciting announcement! When you open your Google Drive folder, you'll see social graphics and a mini branding board specifically for this announcement post. When I share a new logo design I tend to put in the caption "Which color is your favorite?" and I'll post multiple images that almost are identically, but the backgrounds are different. Each background color is your brand color. That way your audience gets to visually connect with your new brand colors and share which color is their favorite! Using a description that asks your audiences' opinion is a great way to create engagement on the post, which will allow more people to see it!
If you wanted to take it a step further, you could even post one photo of your logo and share, "Here's a sneak peek into some new branding we'll be announcing soon! Can you guess what other colors will be included?" Something that gets them thinking and something that allows them to share what they think.
If you know you'll be getting merchandise made create a mock up of what it will look like and post to get your audience excited! How? Find a photo of someone wearing a blank t-shirt in the color you plan to buy for your merchandise, save that file, and go to Canva.com, upload the t-shirt picture and one of your .png files. You can then drag your logo over top of the shirt picture and make sure it's lined up the way you would want it printed on the shirt and download the file to post on your social media as a fun sneak peek! Creating a mock up for a t-shirt design is fairly simple and is another great way to showcase what you'll soon be offering your audience. Here's an example of one of my clients doing just this:
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3 Ways To Use Your Brand Pattern
First of all, a brand pattern is something most business owners generally look over when they're getting their branding established. You'll notice though, that big businesses and new businesses that are gaining traction and growing quickly use their brand pattern to add interest and stand out even more from the competition. Here are some ideas of how to use your brand pattern.
1. Use it as a background of your shareable social media graphics. Below is a great example by @_hellomedia a fellow branding and social media management company that I've connected with on Instagram! Love how they're showcasing their branding!
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2. Use it on one side of your business cards.