Colors are part of our everyday lives, and they play an important role in marketing, as different color combinations can be more or less adequate to advertise a product.Psychology research is studying the different perception of colors across cultures and their connection with certain feelings or emotions.Advertisers and localizators also consider these differences when designing or translating marketing campaigns.
Research shows that colors have an effect on how appealing a product is perceived, with many sales boosted by the adequate localization of colors according to the different cultural perceptions of international markets.
Colors may signify many different things, such as moods, emotions, traditions, seasons, history.
Let’s see how these meaning change in colors according to culture:
In western cultures, the color blue is traditionally associated with peace, trust, and stability. This is why many banks use blue in their logo:
Blue in English-speaking country can also stand for sadness, melancholia and depression, or, precisely, “the blues”.
On the other hand, in India blue is the color of the Hindu god Krishna, a representation of divine joy.
Jews also associate this color with God and spirituality.
In the West, red is traditionally associated with passion and danger. In politics, it is also the traditional color of socialism and communism.
In Asian cultures, red is the color of happiness, prosperity, and luck. This is why many brides wear read beads for their wedding day.
In Africa, particularly in Nigeria, red is associated with vitality and aggressiveness, but also with death.
In western cultures green can be the positive representation of nature, growth, money, environmental awareness, but could also signify greed, envy, inexperience or jealousy. It is also the national color of Mexico and Ireland, the “Emerald Isle”.
Green is a forbidden color in Indonesia. This is because it is popular belief that by wearing green, you will be dragged into the ocean by the waves and drown because of Nyi Roro Kidul, the Queen of Southern Sea!
The west traditionally associates pink with femininity, and pink is the symbol for a newborn baby girl. Most Eastern countries also associate pink with women. On the other hand, in Japan pink is commonly connected to masculinity.
In South Korea, pink represents trust.
The color pink takes its name from the flowers called pinks, members of the genus Dianthus.
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