The Psychology of Color in Marketing

Dec 2 22:00 2001 June Campbell Print This Article

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Market researchers have had a field day identifying the colors and the
likely effect they have upon us. However,Guest Posting the effects of color differ among
different cultures, so the attitudes and preferences of your target audience
should be a consideration when you plan your design of any promotional
materials. For example, white is the color of death in Chinese culture, but
purple represents death in Brazil. Yellow is sacred to the Chinese, but
signified sadness in Greece and jealousy in France. In North America, green
is typically associated with jealousy. People from tropical countries
respond most favorably to warm colors, people from northern climates prefer
the cooler colors.

Basically, in North American mainstream culture, the following qualities are
associated with color:

Red excitement, strength, sex, passion, speed, danger.
Blue (listed as the most popular color) trust, reliability, belonging,
Yellow warmth, sunshine, cheer, happiness
Orange playfulness, warmth, vibrant
Green nature, fresh, cool, growth, abundance
Purple royal, spirituality, dignity
Pink soft, sweet, nurture, security
White pure, virginal, clean, youthful, mild.
Black sophistication, elegant, seductive, mystery
Gold prestige, expensive
Silver prestige, cold, scientific

Market researchers have also determined that color affects shopping habits.
Impulse shoppers respond best to red-orange, black and royal blue. Shoppers
who plan and stick to budgets respond best to pink, teal, light blue and
navy. Traditionalists respond to pastels - pink, rose, sky blue.

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