Don't worry we're not talking about brands delving into your minds, uncovering your deepest darkest thoughts. Like in batman forever where the Riddler (Jim Carrey) is extracting the thoughts of his victims through the TV (although the way people, myself included, become zombified watching TV it's not far from the truth).
Before you reach for your bat cape (don't be embarrassed, I have one too), it's not at all as sci-fi and sinister, rather a way of understanding consumer behaviour to ensure your brand expresses the ideals and values that you uphold and want others to associate with your brand. There is much to think about when you consider the psychological implications of branding across a number of different factors, from logo design, to advertisements, to press releases etc, much of it as a consumer you wouldn't even consciously think about when purchasing. A lot of purchasing behaviour is attributed to subconscious decisions that occur without you realising. Here are a few psychological factors to consider when thinking about branding: