Small-time business owners often neglect the idea of having a logo for their startup business. This is because they do not understand how it impacts and what wonders can it do to their business. This is why it’s so important to know and learn what are the key benefits of having a professionally designed logo.
What makes professionally designed logo?
A professionally designed logo is a well-thought, thoroughly processed design. It’s not just a mere symbol or a character that has no underlying meaning. A professional logo is a product of a highly technical process and deep understanding. It brings out the real message and identity of the brand. It speaks volumes, even the colors, and the typography.
There are two types of logo designs: Descriptive and Non-descriptive. And you may ask, what’s good for my business? And how can I maximize it? Let’s discuss it further.
Below are the 5 reasons why the logo is so important for your small business.
5 reasons why logo is so important
1) Catches up great impressions
A well-thought-designed logo doesn’t just look good in everyone’s eye, it creates a strong impression. And in business, strong impressions lead to great deals. This is what all business owners aim for — to gain great deals. Why miss the opportunity?
Did you know that 86% of small business owners who started their own brand do not include logos in their business plan? And most of them fail.
2) Proof of legitimacy and professionalism
With a strong brand impression, people will not get hooked on eye-worthy colors and shapes. People do business with people who have a strong presence of professionalism, and a good logo can do this trick.
The logo is one of the most crucial elements in marketing and this people often forget and misunderstood it. In my previous post, I shared common business mishaps small-time business owners do.
In an article published by Entrepreneurs magazine, businesses that lack authenticity will fail. This is because, with the advent of social media platforms, people are bombarded with a lot of shitty information that impacts their buying behavior.
With that, people want brands that are authentic where they can easily connect themselves with. This is why influencer marketing is such a trend in the digital marketing arena. Now, you would ask, “How does this connect with my logo?”
Let’s go back to #1, a professional logo ‘catches up great impression.’ By that, it means when you have a strong brand online people will follow you and because you have utilized your presence very well, very likely people will get engage with your brand.
4) Builds emotional attachments
A carefully crafted logo attached to all your branding builds a hefty of emotional attachments to your target audience. Think about Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Jollibee. Can you feel that sense of emotion by just merely looking at their logo or by just reflecting on reading its names? Can you feel that happiness? Can you feel that love? Can you feel that childhood in you? Yes.
5) Makes your brand standout
First and foremost, your logo is the face of your business. No one wants an ugly face, so, is your business. If your logo is that bad, no one wants to deal business with you. That’s really harsh talk there.
In today’s modern marketing, design is a crucial part of all your marketing strategy and that includes a good logo taste. We are in an era where information and design are so easy that many people get it so irrelevant. And because every bit of information is everywhere and is basically free, business owners tend to get hooked on that snares of irrelevant design principles and myths.
Without carefully studying the in-depth process of logo design and how it impacts the core of every business, a logo can be a huge factor in putting your business into the dump.
So, what logo design should I choose? Descriptive or Non-Descriptive
A study of around 600 logos shows which kind is the most effective – descriptive or non-descriptive logo. This study will help us identify which type of design is suitable for the kind of business we’re into. Let’s take it a little deeper.
It’s a logo design that includes textual or visual design elements or a combination of two that clearly communicate the type of product or service a brand is marketing. In other words, it’s a type of logo design that says what it sells.
A great example is the logo of Burger King. The name “Burger King” is sandwiched with two burger buns. They sell burgers, so they are King on it. And their logo says it all.
What is a non-descriptive logo?
The non-descriptive logo is a type of logo design that doesn’t give any hint of what the company does. The elements on the design usually do not relate to what services it offers, sells, or buys. Some called it abstract logos.
Think about Coca-cola. If this brand isn’t famous, can you see any drinks there? Can you think anything that it’s a soft drink? No.
What’s should I choose
Since you are just starting your business, the most common and highly recommended for startup businesses is descriptive logos.
According to the study, descriptive logos are effective for startups as this type of logos needs no further explanation to the brand message your business wants to convey. Let’s go back to the Burger King logo. It’s obvious that they sell burgers and they want to be King for that. That’s pretty much it.
In my five years creating logos for brands, what I saw as effective for small businesses is descriptive.
While descriptive logos are really obvious, non-descriptive tends to be more abstract in nature and are more popular for famous, established brands. Why? Because this type of logos gives a more unique identity and that exactly relates to the type of business they are doing.
Still undecided and confused about what to take on upscaling your business logo? Do you need help in deciding what proper design type? Or need someone to talk about your business upgrade? What are your plans? Let’s talk.
The Philippines is home to millions of solid cafephiles and milk tea aficionados. Among all of Southeast Asia, the Philippines ranked second of the most number of milk tea drinkers. In 2019, a survey conducted by GrabFood found out that Filipinos consume an average of five cups of milk tea in a month. GrabFood recorded a tremendous 3,000% increasing average growth of milk tea orders in that year.
According to GrabFood, what’s driving this growth is not just die-hard bubble tea fans who can’t go a week without drinking this sweet treat, but a growing bubble tea fan club in Southeast Asia. The number of bubble tea lovers on GrabFood grew by over 12,000% in 2018 – and there’s no sign of stopping!
With increasing consumer demand, how is Southeast Asia’s bubble tea supply catching up? As of December 2018, GrabFood has close to 4,000 bubble tea outlets from a network of over 1,500 brands – a 200% growth in bubble tea outlets in Southeast Asia. This figure is crazy!
Milk Tea tea growth by percentage in 2018*
>8500% growth from Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
>3,500% growth from June 2018 to Dec 2018
>3,000% growth from Jan 21018 to Dec 2018
>1,500% growth from May 2018 to Dec 2018
>700% growth from May 2018 to Dec 2018
>250% growth from May 2018 to Dec 2018
*Time period: January 2018 to December 2018, or from the time GrabFood was launched. | Source: GrabFood
Not just Philippines, Milk Tea is a global addiction
In a report published by CNN, a recent study shows that the bubble tea industry is expected to grow by almost $2 billion to a whopping $4.3 billion by 2027.
Again, bubble tea or Milk Tea orders in Southeast Asia recorded a 3,000% increase in 2018 alone, while the drink has been popping up in menus outside of Asia for quite some time as well. Some other countries like Germany, for instance, added bubble tea to its McDonald’s menu back in 2012.
How devoted are fans of the drink? Recently in Singapore, when bubble tea shops were ordered to close temporarily to contain the spread of Covid-19, anxious crowds rushed to get their last sweet fix and bid their favorite beverage a temporary farewell. (CNN, reports).
Based on figures we built a brand
On a business side, the data presented is a crazy opportunity to take advantage of. Jiving the hype of the milk tea craze in the urban folks, we believe it’s a great opportunity to bring the madness to the remote provinces – specifically Zamboanga del Norte in the Northern Mindanao.
With a total population of 1.1 million, starting a local business with such demographics is not a bad but rather a great standpoint, plus, Zamboanga del Norte has a thriving economy.
Because there are already milk tea cafes doing good business in the area, we made sure the brand that we’re going to build is something that will scrape out the hyper-provincial mindset of our target market in terms of money spending.
The challenges on building the brand
Starting out the brand, we came up across four major challenges:
The cafe perfect spot. It has to be not far and not inside Dipolog City, one of the densely populated cities in Zamboanga del Norte, where other milk tea businesses thrive. Because of the owners vision to bring the milktea culture to the remote areas on the peninsula, we chose Manukan, the hometown of the owner.
Pricing range that will standout from the competitors. In 2006, a study by National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB), found Zamboanga del Norte Province to be the Philippines’ poorest province with a poverty incidence rate of 64.6%, an increase from 47% in year 2000 statistical figures. This data is a determining factor that challenged us on pricing Teaste Me products that would suit to the economic standards of the target market.
The cafe theme – the Instagramable feel. Targeting the Gen Zs and the Millennials was a challenge because bringing the milk tea urban culture is quite new to our target market. Or if not new, it’s quite familiar. Meeting their demands can be a heap of a toe – interior design, product designs and packaging. All these can have a tremendous effect on the business of not very well thought at the beginning.
Start-up budget. Our goal was to put-up a milk tea cafe from scratch that is “socialan-but-affordable” with just a limited start-up capital.
Five months ago, we created the brand #TEAsteMe – a local cafe in Mindanao. The mission is to create a local cafe brand that would stand out from the crowd. A not-so-typical “provincial cafe.”
It has to be “makamasa-but-sossy” kind of cafe. Creating the brand was a bit challenging because we don’t know if people would actually bite-in knowing that milk tea culture in the province is yet popular. Given the challenges that we’ve encountered on the first page of the business, we managed to pull the plug off.
TEAste Me is not a fancy cafe. It started with very limited capital. The owner, Maebel D. Bugahod, did not invest much in the interior designs and etc. We invested in creating the story of the brand.
We did not pay for online marketing and media buys. We create our own brand strategy that would catch people’s attention without spending anything. In just a few months, Teaste Me today has already three (3) branches and is one of the most sought-after cafes of all cafephiles in Zamboanga del Norte. And we’re so glad here at Acabo CC seeing how far Teaste Me has come.
A few samples of the social media designs we made for TEAste Me
It’s just pandemic, you’ve got business!
Starting a business is really difficult especially in this time of the pandemic. But it does not mean you don’t have to try. Use the circumstances to be the starting ground for something you are really passionate about.
Like TEAste Me, with a combined knowledge of data and passion, we were able to help the owner build something that she really cares more about than just sipping her favorite milk tea.
Speaking about data, it might sound too technical or something very unfamiliar to you but it’s a very crucial factor to always put on the table when planning out to start your own business. Data determine the flow of your business. It guides you on all the deciding factors in laying out your business development plans.
We are in the modern business world. Everything runs on data. On a scale. And it’s really important to understand how it will affect your business especially when you’re just starting out.
Are you starting out a business? Or are you struggling to focus on onboarding your business? You need help. Here at Acabo CC, we exist to help you grow your own business.
We’re more than happy to help you. Don’t hesitate to reach us. We’re just one call away.
Assalamu alaikum warah matullahi wa barakatuhu! May the peace and blessings of The Almighty be upon us all. (This Might Be My Last Eid In Kuwait – An OFW Story).
I would like to greet everyone a blessed and joyful EID! To all the Muslims, may our du’as and prayers have been accepted and our good deeds have been received.
As a Muslim, It is sad to say goodbye to a lovely friend who just visits us once a year – Ramadhan – for I am not certain if I could be able to see this friend again next year. It somehow makes my heart a little anxious yet grateful and overwhelmed for I know I am so blessed to have hugged this friend again, this year.
It’s my fourth year celebrating Ramadhan and my last Eid in Kuwait now. And as Ramadhan leaves, I am also saying goodbye to this beautiful place I’m already inloved with.
This Eid 2020 (my last Eid in Kuwait), might be my last glance of Kuwait’s gorgeous towers, beautiful sunsets, amazing humans, tasteful kubos, delicious laban. This might be my last eid prayer, my last to hear takbeer, my last salams to my dearest friends, my last sujood – in this land so beautiful. And this writing might be the last and final sweet memory I would keep for the rest of my life.
To a new beginning
I am ought to depart this land as I am only a stranger here. Though I’m leaving, Kuwait will forever be in my heart – something that I can brag about to my kids when I have one so soon. My four years seeking fortune in this place have been a part of my beautiful memories as an expat.
Though it was a rough ride, it taught me countless lessons that mold me who I am today. I could say I become a better person, a better friend, a better employee, a better expat, a better citizen, a better brother, a better son, a better husband, a better Muslim, a better me.
It’s in my fours here in Kuwait that I realized how beautiful life is if you always see the good things in every bad that happens. It is here I see myself how far I have come in the pursuit of a better purpose. It’s within these four years I realized I am worth something. It’s within these four years that I had all the “bests” of my life.
Within those four years, I’ve got the major gifts of my entire life. I fulfilled most of my weird bucket list. I was able to visit Makkah and Madinah. I’ve built beautiful relationships. I’ve learned more about my religion. I become a husband. I become my own boss.
Being an expat is not easy. I may have experienced the “worsts” while working in Kuwait but it doesn’t mean I have regretted coming here.
The truth is, wherever we go and whatever job we may have, there are always goods and bads. It’s entirely up to us how we keep the boat sailing.
I feel bad to my fellow OFWs who have or had the worst experiences of their lives while working here. Those who have the evilest of employers and the worst workmates. It’s sad to see them suffering. It breaks my heart.
As I bid farewell to my fellow OFWs, I wish and I always pray that that we will all be well. Remember that God is always watching us and all those who do us wrong will surely have to pay the consequences one day.
I know we all have a dream. That’s why we are here because we want to achieve something.
To be honest, I’m coming back home having zero in my pocket. What I have is a dream. A dream that I’ve been working on my entire life and I am certain that now is the time to roll up the curtain.
If you’re an OFW, like me, don’t be afraid to go home just because you have saved nothing in your pocket. If you feel like you’re not worth it anymore working here, maybe it’s time for you to move forward. Don’t get stuck. Don’t quarantine yourself on something you are not happy about.
Invest on something you are passionate about. Forget your stressful job. Start your own and one day you’ll say, “I was once an OFW and I will never be going back again.”
Eid Mubarak, beautiful people in all the earth. Have a blessed day and thank you for reading this long post. I’m certain that my last eid in kuwait is such so memorable.
Small-time businesses and start-up entrepreneurs who have less knowledge about branding think it’s expensive and that they only settle to what they can do at the moment to upscale the business. For several years of experience working in corporate design and advertising, I’ve helped a lot of clients running small-time startup businesses. While for some it’s true that branding is expensive, I will tell you why it’s wrong.
Reason #1: Branding is not what you know it is
One of the few reasons why small-time entrepreneurs don’t give a shot to get branding for their business is because they don’t have enough knowledge of what is it all about and how it works. This is why it’s important to know and understand it’s basic fundamentals and how it impacts your business.
Now let’s define what is branding in its simplest form. Branding is a marketing practice that gives your business a unique identity. It’s the physical face and body of your business. To understand more, it’s the name, color, symbol, and all the elements that represent your business.
That’s the very basic definition of branding. There is much more to it but I will be explaining it in the other post. For now, let’s focus on the basic understanding so it can help you shape your business and eventually identify the best decision whether to hire someone do the branding for you or do it yourself.
Reason #2: Branding is not just about your logo
You have learned the simplest definition which I’ve mentioned above. But many people think that branding is about creating the best logo design and choosing the perfect color. For many, hiring someone to create a logo for them is a hard task. No.
Branding is everything you do that reflects your business – physical products, emotional impact on consumers, visual identity and so much more. It’s even the culture you’ve created in the workplace. All these can be for FREE or at a minimum cost. How?
A successful business is not about how beautiful is your logo. But it’s about how you tell your story. You have probably read a lot of success stories of businesses that boomed from scratch. And usually, those businesses have no straight-forward ideas of branding when it started. Neither has set goals nor hired a logo designer.
So, if you’re thinking that branding is expensive because hiring a designer is – you’re wrong. You can create your own logo without needing to pay someone. Your business will depend on how you tell your story to your customers.
Reason #3: Branding is not just for big-time business ONLY
When people hear “branding,” they automatically conclude it’s only for big businesses. Again, it’s wrong.
As I’ve said earlier, it’s about how you positioned your brand. It’s about how you tell your story. You don’t have to hire an expert to tell your story for you to sell your products. The best person to hire for your business is yourself. Because you know your business more than anyone else. You know your story more than anybody else. And hiring yourself is not expensive at all and you have all the power to explore and maximize your potential how you can improve yourself and your business.
Reason #4: Branding experts are not hard to find
So, you have figured out that you can’t do the branding for your business and have decided to hire someone for help. Because you think these people are experts and have spent years perfecting the craft they are expensive. Again, it’s wrong.
Experts are not hard to find if you reach out and connect with them. There are hundreds of people around you who can help you achieve your goals. Where to find these people – who are not expensive and have to create an impact on your brand?
If you don’t know someone from your family or friend, it’s easy to find someone especially today that everything is online. Sites like Upwork, Freelancer, or Linkedin have thousands of expert freelancers who can help you at a minimum cost.
Here are Acabo CC, we are helping entrepreneurs grow. If you are having difficulty in finding the right one to help you craft your brand, let us know. Our services are tailored to every business owner who wants to achieve something and create an impact on the community. Here’s a deal, your budget is not a real concern here. It’s about how strong are you to pursue your business and eventually grow.
Reason #5: Branding changes from time to time
Ok, because you think that branding changes as the time goes by, you’re bothered to spend again the next time once your brand needs retouch. Let’s be clear here. If you’re worried about your brand will be fading its sense in the long run then making a revamp is expensive, it’s wrong. Bear this in mind, once you have established a strong character of your brand in the first place, it’s hard to eliminate in the minds of your consumers.
Strong brands create a strong culture. And when there is culture, your brand blends in mutually. It has nothing to do with money, but culture does.
See how powerful branding can do to your business?
Again, it’s not about how much you spend on your logo. It’s about how you tell your story and how you build your own culture within your business. Building your brand culture is easy as long as you have your mindset for what you look forward to in the future. Which is why it’s important to outline your goals upon settling yourself in any type of business.
To recap, before you conclude that branding is expensive, please know that:
You should learn what is branding and how it impacts your business.
Branding is not just about a beautiful logo and amazing packaging. It’s about your story.
Branding is for all and not just for rich businessmen.
Experts are not hard to find. Learn to connect and socialize in online platforms and pitch your budget.
Branding changes over time but it doesn’t mean you need to spend much for a retouch.