Free Branding Services?
By Naseem Javed Founder, ABC Namebank International | May 19, 2010
The Internet has removed the cumbersome overhead costs and linked very talented people to handle the real issues in real time without the fancy decorum and the super fulvous big time fanfare.
Enter the street fighter, a savvy marketer with some teeth and a friendly smile. The freelance nations have far too many operators on the marketing and branding circuit that all are chipping away the armor of the giant branding companies who until now sold more on their posh addresses and furniture than raw talent. Million dollar logos with a matching spin to thousand of others, million dollar-slogans, confusing sentences as branding miracles. Suddenly, such services are now available for free as an incentive to get a new client for print and related packaging services.
Recently, logos have seriously slipped in power, impact and originality. Outside the famous and overly used examples of Coca Cola, Nike, Mercedes, most customers can't visualize a logo of a major corporation. Like, AT&T or GM. Also a lot of companies simply resorted to a word marks, the use of a simple typeface and that's all. Like Microsoft or Rolex. Currently of the millions of logos in use today a very large number are just almost identical copies of others.
Before the web corporations, big or small easily got away with that as no one bothered to check a logo of an American company for similarities in Korea or India or vice versa. Today with a simple search, hundreds of countries are all lined up with their spinning logos. The similarities are far too obvious and hurt the image by not offering any creative distinction. On the web logos have lost their power.
All enterprising design logo shops are offering free logos in hope to get new clients. Nothing wrong here. The same design exercises, which took months and millions to justify a circle over a triangle, accompanied by psychological studies and fanfare to select a color. For example "blue " is for the sky, therefore, it is open versus "green" for grass, which is flat? There were further national studies to find a matching tagline. This is now done in a few hour turn around. Is this any different than the a fully air conditioned room with a raised floor, called the data center to house a large cabinet-sized computer system with a power no greater than a fancy electronic gadget now on your desk.