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Why a Logo Matters to YOUR Business

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Why a Logo Matters to YOUR Business

Everywhere you turn you are most likely going to see a brand’s logo. Whether you are at work, out and about in town, or even at home - logos surround you in your day-to-day routine. Take a second and look around you. It’s almost as if you can’t get away from them no matter how hard you try. Why are these pictures and words on products so important? Could you even imagine what your favorite product would be without that packaging design? As a business owner or a designer, it is very important to know what the purpose of a logo is and why it matters so much in making your business successful.

 

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The primary purpose of a logo is brand recognition.

You want to give people a visual representation of your brand. If it is compelling enough, it is something that will become ingrained in the minds of society and build success on the familiarity that people have with it. This one very special component of your company should be representative of your brand as a whole. Take the Nike Swoosh for example - when you see it, it is nearly impossible to NOT to think of their brand.

Logos should be looked at as a strategic business tool. As much as the designers of the world want to run wild and create the best piece of art for a business to use as their symbolic brand representation, it should have a strong strategic foundation to stand on. As you go into brand development and design mode, you might ask yourself, “How can this symbol stand out amongst the rest and does it have the potential to “play with the big dogs” like Nike and Apple?” The key here is not to overthink it. When developing the logo design, simplicity is often key. The nicest thing about having some type of non-typographic symbol as your logo is the universality it has. Not only can it develop brand recognition in its native place of creation, but it can become recognized in places and cultures world-wide.

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You want to design something easily identifiable to the consumers' eye.

Think of yourself walking down the busiest street in San Francisco, Healdsburg, Sonoma County, or any city big or small  - what brands catch your eye? Maybe the ones you are most familiar with, or the ones with the brightest colors and intriguing pictures… Whatever it is, these are all factors that should go into your design process. As David Airey says in his book Logo Design Love, “A logoless company is a faceless man.” This means so much in your business’ creative brand development and something that should not be overlooked or come as an afterthought. 

 

Brand logos often influence buyer decisions. When thinking of your logo as a business tool, communicating the brand’s values and any additional meaning may effectively elevate efforts on sales, digital marketing and design. Let’s pretend for a moment that you are at the grocery store shopping for coffee. Now, you might have your go-to, and if you don’t you might pick one that you are familiar with (even if it’s just the name brand). But, what if you wanted to try something new? The options are endless and how do you choose one? More often than not, consumers are influenced by brand packaging and design when in the decision making process. They are left (almost) clueless if unfamiliar with the brand and may only shop by logo design or packaging. The common question people ask themselves is, “What looks good?” It is crucial for business owners and the creative team to keep this in mind when working with the logo.

By understanding the role of a logo design in your brands' development, you will be able to create strong brand identities that will perform for the business, rather than just creating a pretty picture. The logo that you create will be seen on almost all print and digital tools used for your business, including business cards, Sales POS, newsletters, signage and more!

Are you looking for someone to help you strengthen your web presence with design and digital marketing? Take your business to new heights - let’s discuss working together!


Sources: Logo Design Love by David Airey, Canva, Fast Co. Design, Logoworks, Think Marketing Magazine, Left Coast Marketing & Design, Nike, McDonald's, Amazon, FedEx, Star Wars, Apple

By: Tara Valle

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Client Spotlight: Robert John Vineyards

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Client Spotlight: Robert John Vineyards

Robert John Vineyards is a limited production boutique winery located in Napa, California that specializes in the highest quality cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc wines. RJV wines was founded in 2009 by Robert John Nowinski who took an interest to the wine culture when he was on a business trip in Napa Valley. Being an orthopedic surgeon from New Albany Ohio, he felt disconnected from the numerous wine enthusiasts that he was surrounded by on the trip and it bothered him that he was not able to converse with his colleagues about wine. Motivated and inspired by his experience in Napa, RJ decided to make learning about wine his new hobby. Once he had read all the wine books he could, he realized that the only true way to really immerse himself in the wine culture, was to go back to Napa. During his trips back to wine country RJ was able to meet with winemakers and vineyard managers who gave him exclusive insight on how wine is made and information on small producers in Napa Valley. Learning from winemakers, especially those who were doing things a little different from the norm, helped launch RJ’s career in wine.

In 2009 RJ was a man on a mission, he started calling grape growers and winemakers asking if he could purchase fruit and he had had his lawyer look into availability of possible names for his brand. RJ decided to use his own name to trademark his brand and so, RJV Vineyards was born.


RJV Vineyards has been a Left Coast Marketing Client since 2015 and we have had the pleasure of working with them during numerous projects including their recent trade show event where we helped them prepare by designing their tastings notes, expandable backdrop, wine club forms and email marketing campaigns! We also took the bottle shot photos that are used on their website.

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RJ looks at wine like art – and calls it, “a personal expression of self interest” and loves how wine is something that brings people together and creates experiences. We absolutely love working with RJV Vineyards and look forward to many more creative projects with them in the future!

By Sarah Seabourne

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Choosing the right creative agency is like choosing the right business partner

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Choosing the right creative agency is like choosing the right business partner

Choosing a creative agency to represent your unique brand is like taking on a business partner, and here at Left Coast Marketing & Design, we aim to approach every new client with dedicated service and expertise that gives your business the competitive edge. Print Services start with an idea or a concept. Our in house professionals will be ready to run with your print-ready file or, will work with you to develop the print item to meet your business needs.

We are a design & photography creative service agency that has a marketing mindset, which allows us to take our photographs and apply graphic design to the printed label design and product marketing collateral. With that said, Left Coast Marketing is here to help! We believe that there are 3 basic printed business essentials that every company should have, let's take a look...

Number 1:  Business Cards. Even with our modern lifestyle of everything digital, handing a prospect your business card can make your first meeting personal and genuine. A well designed business card is the first impression of your brand.

Number 2: Stationary. Like your business card, your stationery may be the first thing a prospect sees with your brand. Stationery is not only your letterhead, but may also include items like: envelope, labels, invoices, thank-you cards, and presentation folders. Stationery makes your business look professional and credible.

Number 3: Brochures. Brochures are versatile and can be distributed in racks, waiting rooms, mailed or handed out at trade shows. Your message can be focused and precise with a specific call to action. With short-run digital printing, brochure printing does not need to be a major expense.

Whether it's wine, retail, hospitality, specialty food & beverage or real estate, we are here to help you with your next print project!  A 10% discount will be given for ALL new clients and local Healdsburg businesses.  

 

 

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It's not the Wurst thing that's happened to us...

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It's not the Wurst thing that's happened to us...

Much like the rest of our community, we were were drawn to the Wurst by their use of witty tag lines and high reviews. Something about the location also drew us in. Maybe it was their giant sausage sculpture over the sidewalk or the neon EAT sign in the window. Or maybe it was their outdoor seating in the modern grange style…

Whatever it was, we are happy we found the Wurst. (It’s not the Wurst thing that’s happened to us!) Offering a variety of different menu choices, from their specialty sausages, burgers, and sandwiches, to salads with special house made dressing, the Wurst had our tastebuds just as intrigued as our first impressions. And for those who like craft beer, it’s one of our favorite places to grab a brewski, hard cider, or even a glass of wine.

Behind the scenes, there is more to tell. Started by owner Charles Bell, a Healdsburg local, the Wurst is turning 7 this year. That means Charles gets to celebrate 7+ years of health. Before he opened the restaurant, he had survived a late state throat cancer, which speaks to his passion for life and energy that goes into the restaurant. His story has provided hope and gratitude for those who walk in his door. What else did he do before the Wurst? Charles had an exciting several years of touring as a musician, completing chefs training at a culinary institute, and cooking with a catering crew for the Royal Family. This is when he decided to revisit his passion for entrepreneurship and the culinary arts, and the Wurst was born.

We are not only inspired by Charles’s story, but have also had the honor of working with him on his marketing materials. We met him at our local Steelhead Festival and ended up in conversation around his needs as a small business in Healdsburg. The Healdsburg market is like no other. Consumers don’t travel much off of the town square. The question for all businesses off the square is this: How do I get people in the door? Luckily, the Wurst was already busy, so the next question is: How do we get people to come back? And for Left Coast Marketing… how can we support an already-successful business? Well, there is one thing we specialize in as a creative agency, and that is our creativity! What makes creativity successful? CONSISTENCY. 

Charles agreed that he could use new print materials for his menu that has changed over the years. He was in execution mode, taping over old prices with new ones. In order to maintain consistency, he had to do this while in the pinch of taking orders and serving food! We took this as an opportunity to curate his restaurant with specially-designed menus in the form of signage, brochures, and decals. While staying true to his brand, we successfully designed matching (consistent) materials, to be seen from the walkers-by to the customers at the register. Now all of his materials have the same style, the prices match, and the menu items are the same. Next time you’re there, take a look! We look forward to more lunch meetings at the Wurst!

 

By Chelsea Bond & Sarah Seabourne

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Client Spotlight: Trentadue Winery

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Client Spotlight: Trentadue Winery

This month’s Client Spotlight is on one of our favorite clients...Trentadue Winery. Left Coast Marketing & Design has been working with Trentadue for over 3 years as their Creative Agency. We have worked on everything from print design to web and email template design to wine club newsletters to new wine and food packaging design and most recently event marketing support. They have many exciting plans for the future after hiring new Chief Operating Officer, Jim Debonis.

Trentadue is a beautiful winery located in Geyserville California. The Trentadue family arrived in Sonoma County long before the region gained a reputation as the Wine Country. Evelyn and Leo Trentadue, who were dedicated agriculturists, contributed significantly to the advancement of their region over the years. The Trentadues were among the very first to plant new vines in Sonoma County since the days of Prohibition. Surrounded by beautiful vineyards, Trentadue is known for their romantic ambiance and their delicious wines.  

Trentadue has exciting plans for 2018 with relaunch of their Old Patch Red. One of the key initiatives for Trentadues 2018 marketing strategy is to focus on boosting their social media awareness, website traffic and direct consumer sales for their Trentadue Winery brand. They hope to stand out from the rest of the pack by being “ relevant, modern, and provocative” with their marketing initiatives in the upcoming year.

Trentadues Happy Hour Thursday, which launched this past summer was a huge success and featured live music, food trucks and exclusive wine sales. Left Coast Marketing & Design was honored to be involved with producing all of the signage, print and digital graphics to support print, web and social media assets. By targeting their existing mailing list with direct mail campaigns and being active on social media by driving awareness to Happy Hour Thursday, they saw a very successful outcome. They also gained group of regulars who helped give the event an amazing reputation by word of mouth. If you are ever in the area in the summer months make sure to check out Trentadues Happy Hour Thursday!

Trentadue Winery is one of our favorite clients to work with and we look forward to continuing to support their marketing initiatives throughout 2018!

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