Emotional Effects of Color

With the average time on page decreasing from year to year (now just 2.4 seconds), we have a limited amount of time to “convince” users to “raise their hands.”  Images and colors are processed much quicker than words in the brain, so they play a very important role in increasing conversion rates.

Color has a very powerful hold when it comes to persuading your users to take the action that you require. Colors have proven emotional effects on people and can affect the performance of your landing pages dramatically.

The Research

According to research published in the journal Emotion, people who are exposed to the color red react in greater speed, or a another very interesting research found that the usage of blue streetlights was believed to prevent street crime!

Emotional conversion optimization takes the color emotional guide into account when creating hard-working, successful landing pages & call to action buttons.

The Emotional Effect of Colors

Choosing the color palette for your sales site is a science. Wired into the human psyche is our emotional response to different wavelengths of color. Every color on the color wheel evokes a different mood or feeling. While color effects can be subjective, and vary from culture to culture, some colors have a universal meaning. For example, red is perceived as a warm color, and blue as a cold one.

Since every color stimulates a corresponding reaction, we can use these emotional built-in triggers to our advantage on landing pages and in call to action buttons. Check out these call to action buttons below and the emotional effect of colors on conversion:

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Let’s consider a few examples of how color effects emotions.

fanta-colorsImpulse shoppers respond best to red, black and royal blue. You’ll find these colors in fast food outlets, outlet malls and clearance sales – and they can work well as call to action buttons for impulse purchases.

Brands with a friendly, cheerful and confident brand personality will use orange in their corporate livery and on their websites: Fanta for example, is all about taking action, right now!

Looking to attract users who want stability and safety? Check out the brand colors of companies like American Express, Skype, and Pfizer and choose blue for your website. A call to action button in blue will be saying: lean on us; you can trust us; we will give you a reliable service. Navy blue catches the attention of shoppers on a budget.

The Effect of Colors on Conversion

Whilst it goes without saying that your call to action buttons need to command attention without overwhelming your design, you can go a long way to improving your landing page performance with the right colors. So, if you find yourself asking, which color converts best, think of the qualities your target audience admires or resonates with, think about the action you want to provoke in your users. Guide your users through your sales funnel by using color cues to persuade them to make the choices that lead to conversion.


Consider Skype and their colors: which landing page below would you bet on conversion wise, and why?

Images source: Conversioner.

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President of Dallas-based digital ad agency, JDM Digital, Justin has decades of B2B experience in all things digital. His company, JDM, specializes in branding, design, web development, copywriting and more 'weird and wonderful' things.

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