It’s time to take another look at a brilliant example of branding. This time, we’re going to be focusing on Amazon – the ecommerce store that has grown to become so much more. Let’s take a look at what Amazon has done so well and how you can learn from them.
Amazon actually began life as a simple online bookstore. However, they quickly grew to incorporate more products and this allowed them to start serving a large number of customers.
Initially, the company actually had a different logo that looked like a road in a triangular ‘A’. It wasn’t long though before this was changed for the arrow that we now know the company for.
This checks all the right boxes for a strong logo: it’s simple, easy to recognize, and it evokes several things. For starters, it suggests delivery and a comprehensive amount of stock (the arrow could show a product going from A-Z) but at the same time it also looks like a smile. In one advertising campaign, they even describe themselves as ‘the company with the smile on the box’.
That packaging and logo would turn out to be a masterstroke for the company. As a reseller, this was one of Amazon’s only chances to differentiate itself from other businesses and they did this excellently. Today, many of us have an almost ‘Pavlovian’ response when we see a package from Amazon on our doorstop!
The company has carried going on from strength to strength. One great moment was when the business introduced their first in-house product, the Kindle. This was an entirely new way to deliver books that gave the company a much more forward-thinking reputation as a result.
The Kindle was a massive hit because it still stuck to Amazon’s original mission statement:
It's our goal to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything online.