Sometimes as marketers we search long and hard for big answers to big questions.
A noble cause indeed, this quest persists while we ask ourselves dozens – maybe even hundreds – of small questions every day. So I use this word or that? Should this be green or blue? Should I add this sentence or leave it off?
Today, with you help, I hope to answer one of these simple questions we as marketers often face.
The question for today is simply this:
“How big should my resort’s logo be on video intros?”
I say video intros, but I mean intro or outro, anytime it’s just your logo and maybe a solid color of faded/blurred image behind. Something like the first few seconds of this:
Or the last few seconds of this:
The designers among us may have their own intuition for the size of these logos, but for the rest of us I was searching for a rule of thumb. Something that says, “if I have a logo like this and make it roughly this size, most people will feel it looks good.”
Here’s how I broke it down. I started with three logo sizes:
Then, I scaled them accordingly.
I then put these in a small survey, waited a week for the results and here’s what we found.
And here’s what the survey said in terms of what people like the best. From this sample, respondents said that a tall logo sized to exactly 1/3 the height of the frame looked the best. Any smaller was too small for these taller logos and any taller and the logo felt too heavy and out of balance.
And here’s what the survey said in terms of what people like the best. In this case, a wide logo sized to 1/3 the width of the frame looked the best. Any wider felt like the logo didn’t have enough space on the sides. Any smaller and the logo started to be hard to read or look out of balance.
And here’s what the survey said in terms of what people like the best. In this case well over half of all respondents said that the logo sized to a maximum of either 1/3 the height and 1/3 the width looked right. This 1/3 rule seemed from the previous logo sizing styles seemed to hold true even when constraining both the width and the height.
Interestingly, I got at least one vote for every size I included, but I was really happy to see a big cluster of responses around two of the logo sizes. This gives us three rough rules of thumb for sizing logos on video frames.
For tall logos, scaling the height to anything from 1/3 to 1/2 of the video frame’s height is probably your best bet.
For wide logos, scaling the width to anything from 1/3 to 1/2 of the video frame’s width is probably your best bet.
For logos with similar dimensions as the frame, scaling the width/height from 1/6 to 1/3 of the video frame size is probably your best bet.
Again, this is a small question that you probably barely notice yourself asking. But the next time you do, you’ll have a bit more insight into which size to go with.
Maybe there’s something to all that “rule of thirds” stuff after all.
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