Colors do have a significant impact on people’s emotional state while colors – for sure - have an impact people’s ability to identify.
Research conducted by the secretariat of the Seoul International Color Expo 2004 documented the following relationships between color and marketing:
92.6% said that they put most importance on visual factors when purchasing products. Only 5.6% said that the physical feel via the sense of touch was most important. Hearing and smell each drew 0.9%.
When asked to approximate the importance of color when buying products, 84.7% of the total respondents think that color accounts for more than half among the various factors important for choosing products.
Research reveals people make a subconscious judgment about a person, environment, or product within 90 seconds of initial viewing and that between 62% and 90% of that assessment is based on color alone (source: CCICOLOR - Institute for Color Research).
Research by the Henley Centre suggests 73% of purchasing decisions are now made in-store. Consequently, catching the shopper's eye and conveying information effectively are critical to successful sales.
> Color increases brand recognition by up to 80% (university of Loyola, Maryland study).
> Color influences brand identity in a variety of ways.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture with natural colors may be worth a million, memory-wise. Psychologists have documented that "living color" does more than appeal to the senses. It also boosts memory for scenes in the natural world.
> Color helps us to process and store images more efficiently than colorless (black and white) scenes, and as a result to remember them better (source: The findings were reported in the May 2002 issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, published by the American Psychological Association).
Ads in color are read up to 42% more often than the same ads in black and white (as shown in study on phone directory ads - source: White, Jan V., Color for Impact, Strathmoor,, April, 1997). ..
Color can improve readership by 40 percent 1, learning from 55 to 78 percent 2, and comprehension by 73 percent.
Tests indicate that a black and white image may sustain interest for less than two-thirds a second, whereas a colored image may hold the attention for two seconds or more. (A product has one-twentieth of a second to halt the customer's attention on a shelf or display.)
People cannot process every object within view at one time. Therefore, color can be used as a tool to emphasize or de-emphasize areas.
A Midwestern insurance company used color to highlight key information on their invoices. As a result, they began receiving customer payments an average of 14 days earlier.
92% Believe color presents an image of impressive quality
90% Feel color can assist in attracting new customers
90% Believe customers remember presentations and documents better when color is used
83% Believe color makes them appear more successful
81% Think color gives them a competitive edge
76% Believe that the use of color makes their business appear larger to clients........................ 90% Feel confused when dealing with products that carry multiple colors – they found products using one to two colors more appealing and easy to identify
(source: Conducted by Xerox Corporation and International Communications Research from February 19, 2003 to March 7, 2003, margin of error of +/- 3.1%).
"It is probably the expressive qualities (primarily of color but also of shape) that spontaneously affect the passively receiving mind, whereas the tectonic structure of pattern (characteristic of shape, but found also in color) engages the actively organizing mind."