Why Job Appropriate Color is Just Enough

March 09, 2015 Categories: Industry News Tags: , , , , , ,

Why is Color So Important in Marketing?

We, humans, are a highly visual bunch.  How else can you explain why our species collectively consumes hundreds of millions of hours of visual content each day, including TV, movies and of course online video. Globally, we support each other’s visual Jonesing by uploading more than 300 hours of video per minute just to YouTube alone. The way things look, especially the color, can make a big impact on the things that appeal to us as humans. Job appropriate color is finding out what your goal may be for a document and letting the colors speak towards that goal. Let's start with a few facts about color usage.

Why is Using the Right Color So Important?

Whether it's a bank statement, a print ad, television commercial, or a billboard, choosing the right color for the right messages is one of the important decisions in design. Certain colors make us feel certain emotions or impact our decision-making. The type of document or message will dictate what colors should be used. At FSSI, we call this job-appropriate color. Using color to highlight important information, can have a drastic effect on your engagement and conversion rates. Let's discuss why color and its usage is a big part of document design best practices.

Color Connects

But what about those occasions when we’re reading (printed pages) rather than watching (moving images)? Yes, our eyeballs are still hard at work, taking in and processing the visual elements that comprise that medium, including the one to which we respond most viscerally--color.

“Color provokes a psychic vibration,” Russian art theorist and painter, Wassily Kandinsky, once said.

“It hides a power, still unknown, but very real, which acts on every part of the human body

Digital color pioneer and print solutions provider, Xerox, agrees with this. They have reported that color documents are up to 80 percent more likely to be read. This can color increases comprehension by as much as 73 percent.

Adding Color to Customer Documents

As a company that’s counseled world-class financial brands for more than 30 years, we can confirm that many clients in this space truly understand human beings’ (their customers’) instinctive reactions to color. We spend a great deal of time working with these providers to integrate color theory and design best-practices into their branded customer documents, including statements, bills, invoicesand digital color mailers.

As a result, we’ve seen many clients successfully transition from printing dull, black-ink-only customer statements (even…gasp…the logo!) to producing documents people want to read--featuring full-color logos and selective variable data printing for highlighting vital account, balance, and payment information.

We call this proven design technique job-appropriate color.

Splash of Color. Flood of Benefits.

When many former black-ink-only clients first begin work with us, they often move towards the other extreme. That extreme is to go overboard and colorize practically everything. That’s understandable, considering the multi-million-dollar inkjet printing machines we’ve made available to them. Few companies our size offer such advanced document printing and finishing capabilities.

But while we appreciate clients’ newfound zeal for impact and visual engagement. We usually bring them back around to the principle of job-appropriate color.  For example, this means using only as much selectively placed digital color as necessary. This helps customers better read, comprehend and retain important information.

Information that has a highlight in color is 39 percent more likely to be remembered.

[Source: Xerox Corporation]

Such examples include due dates, amount due, outstanding balance, and available balance. There are many potential benefits of making this information more visible and accessible. Benefits can include: faster remittance, lower Daily Sales Outstanding (DSO), fewer/shorter call-center inquiries, and happier, more satisfied customers.

Free Digital Color Management Workshop

If you’re interested in how job appropriate color and other design best practices can make your documents more effective, contact an FSSI Color Specialist today or visit the page featuring our industry-leading personalized marketing platform, MarketAdvantage.

Is there a group or team within your company that wants to learn more about using digital color and document production best practices? Contact us to discuss the possibility of scheduling a free Digital Color Workshop.