How Emerging Technologies Are Influencing Real Estate Branding

In today’s competitive world, many industries have not only adopted marketing and branding into their value but view these as the most important aspects of their business as well. The real estate industry, on the contrary, has been plodding to prioritize branding and marketing – and doesn’t seem to spend real money on it yet. Are real estate companies afraid of losing money on unsuccessful campaigns? Or are they unfamiliar with all the technological marketing tools available?

With loads of modern technologies within an easy reach, it’s hard to believe that there’s still a lack of effective branding in real estate. When attempting to boost this, it’s essential to explore how technology can be used in a real estate company’s branding strategy. Here are some innovative examples of how technology can help to build and maintain a real estate brand.    

Branding Visuals

Real estate branding should make a statement about a company’s integrity and the services they offer. The power of branding visuals is often overlooked in the real estate industry – even though colors, shapes, and text can be used intentionally to develop customer recognition and trust for your brand, leading to increased customer retention. Creating a powerful real estate logo is the first step in successful branding, and in our logo design blog, we tell you more about this

An example of combining visuals and technology is the adaptation of the “For Sale” sign by real estate company Compass. The new sign includes the same information but has a brand new appearance, including lights, to make the info readable at night and a QR-code that can be scanned to direct you to the particular listing. Technological innovations like this one have a substantial impact on the way we know and use visuals in real estate. By changing such a traditional real estate branding visual, you can make your company stand out from the rest.

Smart Marketing

Another important aspect of branding is aligning your marketing projects with your brand’s personality to achieve that your marketing reflects your brand. Whenever a brand is going to be influenced by technology, so is its marketing. 

This can be realized in a number of ways, but one example – which is becoming more popular day by day – is the use of virtual reality in real estate. Forward-thinking brokers advertise their ability to deliver 3D virtual tours, often via their websites. Virtual tours allow prospective buyers and renters to take a look at a property at any time at any place, which puts control in the hands of the viewer. 

Social Media And Web Representation

Real estate companies have long been using the internet to facilitate their customers. But apart from their official websites, there’s much more a company can do online. Many real estate brands have turned to social media – which is considered a great tool for building a brand – to interact with their clients and to build and maintain relationships. 

Although social media is not exactly a new technology, it has kept changing and adapting over time, meaning that a company needs to adapt to these changes as well in order to obtain the best outcomes. Social media, and in particular, Instagram, is a fantastic tool to let your clients know more about your brand personality. By using social media posts that contain photos and videos, you can give your clients insight into what the company has to offer in order to give the best representation of your brand. In our previous blog, you can read much more about the importance of social media in the real estate industry.

Keep in mind that branding is only successful when it’s created with a goal in mind. Every aspect should be thoughtful and responsive, from the physical and visual, to marketing and client interaction. Technology can help in these various branding aspects, and at REIGN, we know exactly how. Reach out to us for more info!

Take flight: five creative takeaways for real estate from the travel industry

Think back to your last flight. From the food service to the flight attendants, culture plays an important role when designing for an airline. So what can the airlines teach us about marketing in other sectors?
Here are five creative takeaways from the travel industry —   

  1. Know your passengers

Where are they coming from and where are they going? 

In flight, there is always a point of departure and point of arrival. Each traveler has an inherent culture, but what drives them forward might be vastly different from their own. Take for example Hawaiian airlines, a company that caters to those escaping the cold. Its branding employs a pink and purple gradient that gives off the warmth of a perfect sunset. Contrast this palette with the cool, blue hues of Alaska Air.  

  1. Understand what they value

Do they want more leg room? Better food? Cheaper fares?

Like in real estate, every space has a unique combination of amenities. Some customers are looking for value, while others need luxury. easyJet has a clear vision of their client and it shows through in their visual identity. The company name is set in a simple, yet bold typeface with soft serifs. The message comes through — easyJet provides straightforward ticket prices without sacrificing comfort. 

  1. Translate across mediums

A brand should encompass multiple touch points

Always be on the lookout for ways to extend your brand. Virgin America was one of the first airlines to put their own spin on the traditional safety video. They took a moment that we take for granted and made it memorable. This is reiterated in their brand. A complex wing shape with multiple sides recalls the many touchpoints at which they reach their customers.  

 

  1. Create an experience

Luxury equates with a lifestyle

There’s nothing more luxurious than a Paris getaway. Air France brings its interiors front and center with a wing logo that doubles as a reclining chair, a clever and deliberate visual that’s reiterated in the letter “R”. From ordering your meal in advance to choosing between four different cabins, Air France communicates comfort and relaxation in every aspect of their brand. 

  1. Get them there on time

Make customer service a part of your identity

Delta’s dynamic brand reiterates their emphasis on speed and responsiveness. The logo, divided into two shapes, demonstrates stroboscopic movement. In other words, we can perceive them both as the same form, except in two different positions. The visual mirrors a plane taking flight. Delta itself stands for change and transformation.

When branding any physical space, think of its inhabitants as travelers. What is their inherent culture and what are they searching for in their point of arrival? Where can we reach them and how can we make their voyage memorable? If taken into consideration in this way, they are sure to enjoy the ride.

Logo Design 101

New York City is known for being one of the most fast-paced cities in the world – and in the age of short attention spans, first impressions are more important than ever. Graphic design for real estate needs to be as concise as an elevator pitch. Rock solid branding tells clients who you are and what you’re about instantly. To do this, you need a bold yet flexible logo to get your voice out there. 

As a starting point for branding, you will need to think about a few things:

  • What imagery can be associated with your company
  • What color scheme expresses the vibe you’re going for
  • Influential shapes used as a design element
  • Taglines and mission statements

Good Design Makes A Good Impression
A sloppy brand suggests that a business is disorganized and unreliable. If they don’t care about their logo and identity, they aren’t likely to care about their clients and deliver quality service. Complicated or busy logos are equally destructive because they frustrate people and cause them to quickly lose interest.

Keeping it simple is vital. But at the same time, you don’t want to be that company whose logo looks like they typed it into a word document.

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A great example is the development at 100 Barrow in NYC that embodies the elegance of the West Village with a clean design that is easily carried through to other collateral.
https://www.pentagram.com/work/100-barrow?rel=sector&rel-id=16

Color Is Key
We’ve all heard that color influences people’s moods at this point, and we can tell you it’s absolutely true.

  • Blue feels calming 
  • Yellow represents happiness or caution 
  • Red is intense and passionate
  • Orange has an energetic and enthusiastic quality
  • Black is sexy and powerful 
  • White conveys purity and cleanliness

Paying attention to color combinations puts you ahead of the game when deciding your identifier. The way your company’s color scheme makes your clients feel affects their decisions. Color combinations should make clients feel something and reinforce your company’s values.

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Many real estate brokerages use dark blue in their identities as it comes off as professional and reassuring. The brands that use non-traditional colors are often startups or attempting to portray a youthful vitality. The orange in NextHome’s logo gives the company a modern, friendly approach, whereas Red Oak’s red (obviously) reinforces their bold and energetic values.
https://www.pentagram.com/work/nexthome?rel=sector&rel-id=16
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The Influence of Shape
Similar to colors, shapes can represent values or feelings.

  • Circles are comforting and they express a connection
  • Triangles convey structure and energy
  • Squares represent organization and protection

Symmetrical designs are balanced and appealing to the human brain. While asymmetry is an excellent way to be dynamic, use caution when including it in your logo.

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The Greenwich Lane is a residence in the West Village that used rectangular shapes to create an abstract rendering of the building. The shape portrays the general concept that the condominiums are very modern and sophisticated.
https://www.pentagram.com/work/the-greenwich-lane?rel=sector&rel-id=16

Your Visuals Should Highlight Your Niche
In real estate especially, visuals can be related to your neighborhood or representative of the type of property you’re selling. It can also be a mark that creates the vibe of the property you are selling using shapes, as mentioned previously.

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This logo for Urban Strategies cleverly captures what the company is about by turning skyscrapers into chess pieces. Without knowing anything about the business, you can easily deduce that they’re involved with city building planning based on the chess pieces that represent the strategy element.

Read This, If Nothing Else
Real estate branding should make a statement about a company’s integrity and the services they offer. Colors, shapes and text can be used intentionally to express these sentiments, and at REIGN we know exactly how to combine these together to create a beautiful identity system. Contact us to get going on yours.