Corporate Identity: Put Your Best Face Forward

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So one ofrepparttar first things we did after setting uprepparttar 100955 videotape dupe rack and pluggingrepparttar 100956 editing suite together was to hire a professional designer and had him develop a logo. Simple, strong, colorful and eye-catching, it features our name and a graphic device that resembles both a wave (Great Lakes --get it?) and an artfully draped piece of videotape. We decided on our corporate colors --strong shades of blue (for water) and green (for money), and locked in a "corporate" typeface --one that would not vary, regardless of where it was to be used.

And then we proceeded to put our new corporate identity/logo on EVERYTHING we could think of. Our shipping boxes. Our letterhead. Even our second sheets carriedrepparttar 100957 simple wave device onrepparttar 100958 left-hand side. Our business cards, envelopes, order forms, mailing labels, tape box labels, cassette top and spine labels, rate cards, service brochures, invoices --even our equipment identification stickers carriedrepparttar 100959 message in a consistent fashion. And even though my partner (the business and finance guy) winced atrepparttar 100960 cost of three-color printing for "throwaway" shipping labels, I persisted. If we wanted to conveyrepparttar 100961 image that we were big and slick and could deliver, we had to consistently look that way.

And it worked. The corporate identity we established accomplished its purpose. We were perceived as having our act together.

The frightening thing about public perception is that we in reality could have been totally unhinged and thoroughly unprofessional, working in our garages or basements with antiquated equipment, but our graphic identity made us look like we knew what we were doing. Hence, people trusted us with their work. And when we did a good job, they kept coming back. And we prospered for it.

The lesson here is to remember to present your customers and prospects a strong, consistent image. Fragmented or sporadic adherence to this idea ultimately damages your corporate credibility. So decide what you want to be inrepparttar 100962 mind of your public. Takerepparttar 100963 time to develop a corporate identity program that says who you are and what you do, and exudes professionalism.

And when you've got it, use it!

Emblazon your name on everything from labels to baseball caps, ads to vehicles, business cards to building signs. Remember that synergy is strength, and consistency isrepparttar 100964 name ofrepparttar 100965 game.

Steve Yankee is a copywriter and independent advertising and marketing consultant for small and medium-sized businesses. Need help promoting your company? You can contact Steve at

Get Maximum Impact With Your Yellow Pages Ad!

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ILLUSTRATION * Use your logo; a silhouette of something relevant to your business; a photo or drawing of your store, your truck.repparttar logo of a professional association to which you belong; evenrepparttar 100954 Visa/Master Card logos, if you take bankcards. Something to catchrepparttar 100955 reader's eye quickly.

LOCATION * Your address! If your location is hard to find and you depend on walk-in business, give readers a clue. "One block south of City Hall," or "Just north of Quincy Street off US-131."


The extras that will help your ad pull even better...

There are two things that will help your hard-working ad work even harder. The first is using a second color in your ad. I know it costs you more, but adding a color improves readership by a factor of THREE TIMES.

The second thing is something that won’t cost you extra. Do something with your ad border. Don't just haverepparttar 100956 Yellow Pages ad production people run a thin line aroundrepparttar 100957 ad. If you’re selling boats, use a drawing of a rope. A film company? Make it look like film perforations. You can even incorporate your artwork into itrepparttar 100958 design. The trick is to makerepparttar 100959 ad as eye-catching as possible. Ask your yellow pages sales rep for help in design, and even in writing --as long as you rememberrepparttar 100960 sure-selling phrases that we've already discussed.

Excerpted from “Yellow Pages Power” by Steve Yankee, author of over 50 books, videos and reports for small business success. For more information on how to maximize your yellow pages budget, visit

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