Google Researching Use of Color in Business

Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding.

Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found "a clear link between color and satisfaction with a person's work area," which in turn can boost employee creativity and productivity.

Elyria Kemp, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of New Orleans, says there's more competition than ever for time and attention, and color is "the silent salesperson."

"We have so much stimuli in the environment," she said." That's why it's so important to have those distinctive colors that really stand out."

Kemp is following color trends in business and conducting her own research on the link between emotions and color. She said she's also looking at what colors consumers associate with certain services, such as transportation, health care, banks and financial services.

Kemp said when consumers make an evaluation of a product offering, typically they do this within 90 seconds or less, and more than half of their initial assessment is based on color alone.

That's why so many companies are researching their color choices -- to the tune of thousands of dollars, Kemp said -- and trademarking the colors consumers have come to associate with their products, such as UPS's Pullman brown, Home Depot's vibrant orange and Tiffany & Co.'s distinct blue.

Joclyn Benedetto, spokeswoman for Tiffany & Co., based in New York City, said the diamonds and glamour of the company's jewelry is linked to the signature Tiffany blue color that wraps every creation. She said the color was selected by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany for the cover of "Blue Book, Tiffany's annual collection of exquisitely handcrafted jewels," which was first published...

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