Volume 12, Issue 2 - March/April 2008
Branding Your Website
Hopefully, by now you have made the commitment to create a website. You have chosen your domain name, selected your hosting package and perhaps even gathered some digital photos. But how do you develop the required appearance and content that will set your website apart from a cast of thousands?
Before I address this issue, you should ask yourself a question: “Does my window film company have a brand of its own?” If so, developing the appearance and content of your website would be a natural extension of your brand. Your company’s website is another component of its brand. Coca-Cola® enjoys the highest brand recognition in the world. That scripted white logo on a red background is worth billions and most everyone across the globe recognizes it. The company’s website is no exception to this brand rule. Visit www.coke.com and you’ll be taken to a world of refreshment, colored by red and white, with images throughout of that patented bottle design. Maybe you’re not a giant, like Coca-Cola, but your website should be no different. Put yourself in the web surfer’s shoes. What does he expect to learn, see or hear when visiting your company?
Building a Foundation
The design should compliment your company’s logo. If your company doesn’t have a logo, have one created. LogoBee (www.logobee.com) offers customized logo design starting at $249 with a five-day turnaround.
When designing the appearance of your website, your web designer can use his own imagination or he can choose a canned template from a source like Dream Template (www.dreamtemplate.com). What-ever path he chooses, the design should complement your logo.
The more your website resembles your company’s brand, the more successful a marketing vehicle your website will be. Even though we’re up to our elbows in window film every day, remember that the product can evoke emotion. Whether enhancing the appearance of your car, preserving the life of your home’s furnishings or saving you money on your utility bills, window film addresses a real human need. Communicating this need in a branded forum is the best way to have a prospect request more information.
Three of Manny’s Picks:
Sunray Window Films
Manny Hondroulis is marketing manager for Energy Products Distribution in Baltimore. Mr. Hondroulis’ opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of this magazine. If you have questions, e-mail Manny at firstname.lastname@example.org.