At the heart of every design is a message – a story waiting to be told. Yet, one common challenge that pops up is when we get lost in the weeds; fixated on those minute details that matter to us, but don’t hit the mark with the people we want to reach.

Finding the sweet spot between personal preference and authentic messaging that engages a wider audience can be a big challenge. Both sides need to feel connected to the message being shared. A cool design is great, but without a clear and easy-to-understand message, there’s no real impact — or worse, a negative one.

Below are a few insights on the importance of effective communication and how to uncover better design results.

1. Identify your Target Audience

Understanding your target audience is your first step in finding the right message to resonate with their preferences and interests.

But How?
To identify your target audience, begin by creating basic personas based on what you already know about the people you want to help. Also, explore social media and even your competition to understand general trends and interests within your industry. 

2. Embrace the Audience Perspective

Now that you have a clear picture of who your audience is, keep in mind that they’re likely busy and may not share your fervor for intricate details. Aligning your authentic message with what matters to them is the first step in capturing their attention.

As a music lover, I often think of the phrase, “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus!”

As much as it may hurt to hear, what matters to you, may not carry the same weight with your audience; you can’t help them if you can’t reach them.

But How?
Keep it simple: Stick to ONE important idea. Show how your offering helps solve a problem for your audience quickly and easily.

Stylized image of a quote which reads: “Design matters. But design is not about decoration or about ornamentation. Design is about making communication as easy and clear for the viewer as possible.” - Garr Reynolds, author

3. Define Your Communication Objectives and Clarify any Call-to-Action (CTA)

Before getting into any of the visuals, you must be able to define what you want your audience to know or do after seeing your communication.

But How?
Start by outlining specific communication objectives. Are you aiming to inform, persuade, or inspire? Do you want them to take a specific action? Whether it’s making a purchase, downloading, subscribing, or engaging with content, a clear CTA helps create a focused message.

4. Message Flow (Make it make sense.)

Finally, once you understand the goals of your communication, establishing a clear messaging flow guides the viewer’s attention more effectively.

But how?
Work with your designer to identify priority messaging. Also be open to hearing differing insights on aligning your goals with what resonates most with your audience. 

Instead of dictating specific elements, colors, or placements, focus on identifying key goals and information (See #1-3). 

Trust your designer to incorporate the visual elements to create a design that supports those communication goals.

Get out of the weeds and get to your audience.

The power to create an impact lies in understanding the ability to resonate with your audience’s needs. By placing yourself in your audience’s shoes, embracing some strategic preparation, and placing trust in your designer, you unlock the potential to develop compelling messages that not only reflect your vision but make a true connection with your audience.

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