First of all thanks to the organizing team & the initiators of the Audio Branding Congress (in the front row): Cornelius Ringe, Kai Bronner and Rainer Hirt!
Again it was another fascinating get together of Audio & Sound Branding Experts, Scientists and Brand Marketeers. The second international Audio Branding Congress took place in Hamburg, Germany, last Friday the 8th of November 2010.
One of the highlights was the presentation of the Audi Sound Branding case. However, and for me surprisingly, this case was discussed quite controversial after the presentation and especially at the get together party in the evening. Critics argue that the new Audi sound branding is missing a clear and memorable theme which is implemented in all commercials. At the moment the core elements of the Audi Sound Branding are: 10 instruments with a “unique” sound character, a motif and elements of the Sound Logo. These elements can be “re-arranged” by the individual musicians. They call it “Audi sound studio”.
Ms Margarita Bochmann, from Audi AG, agreed … Continue reading
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Tagged Acoustic Identity, Audi, Audi Branding Congress, Audi Sound Branding Case, Audio Branding, Brand Management, international brand management, sound, Sound Branding, Voice Branding, Vorsprung durch Technik
After making its voice heard with the first international congress for acoustic brand communication in 2009, the Audio Branding Academy will present the second Audio Branding Congress in November this year. With the motto “Driven by Sound”, on November 5th brand and sound experts from all over the world will meet in Hamburg to discuss latest trends and exchange information about the state of the art of audio branding & sound branding.
This year’s congress focuses on the crucial question of what brand and sound worlds in future vehicles will sound like. Correspondingly, car manufacturer AUDI will present the concept and examples of its award-winning Corporate Sound.
Besides other best practice cases of audio & sound branding, internationally renowned scientiests like British… Continue reading
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Tagged Acoustic Identity, Audi, Audio Branding Academy, Audio Branding Congress, Brand Communication, Brand Management, Brands and Music, international brand management, Media Efficiency, Multisensual Branding, Sonic Branding, Sound Branding, sound design, Sound Logo
When working on international Sound Branding projects clients often ask me whether music is international and can be used all over the world. So far to me classical, pop and Hollywood film music can be titled as international music which will be understood nearly all over the world. Nevertheless to be on the safe side on a Sound Branding project which is to be implemented worldwide local market research is the only safe way to go. You can imagine that the budget for such a research project is sky high.
So I am happy for every little piece of information about the recognition of music in an international setting, as academic research is limited. Now we have some more insights regarding this issue. It has long been debated which aspects of music perception are universal and which are developed only after exposure to a specific musical culture.
In a crosscultural study with participants from a native African population (Mafa) and Western participants results show that basic emotions in Western music can be recognized universally (Academic article: “Universal recognition of three basic emotions in music” Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 7, 573-576, 19 March 2009).
In a first step the international researcher team … Continue reading
Imagine, your are a brand manager responsible for all your branches, brand- and flagship stores (I hope you actually are…). These offer your brand great opportunities to reflect and thus communicate your brands image and emotional positioning through a unique music program.
Studies show that a music concept which fits to the brand, store and target group increases the time that customers spend inside the store. Overall, this leads to more purchases with a higher value – more revenue for your company – and brings additional value to the brand by strengthening its individual image.
However; instore music which supports your brand identity ….. Continue reading
I just got a great video from a friend which underlines the power of music. It shows that music can even change habits of people. In a Stockholm subway station musical stairs were installed. Based on the incentive to play with music – each step represented a piano tone – many people took the stairs instead of taking the escalator.
From my perspective this case demonstrates… Continue reading
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Tagged Arts, Boston, Brain and Music, Museum of Science, Music, Music change habits, Musical theatre, Neuro Marketing, Piano, Power of music, sound design, United States, VW, YouTube
Brands have used music to leverage their brand communication for years now. Nothing new. New is to integrate Sound Branding elements into a song. But let’s start from the beginning…
Coca Cola has been developing its international FIFA World Cup Celebration campaign around “Wavin’ Flag”, a track by Somalian-born Canadian-based hip hop artist K’naan. “Wavin’ Flag” was first released in March of 2009, but it was only once the Celebration Mix was released that it climbed up the international charts. The Celebration Mix, renamed “Waving Flag”, was rewritten and recorded several times in the build up to the FIFA World Cup, with bilingual versions featuring artists singing in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, Greek, Naija, Chinese and Indonesian. The track has gone to number one on the charts in fifteen countries (according to Billboard.com).
The arabic version:
What makes it special from a branding perspective is… Continue reading
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Tagged Audio Branding, Brand Communication, Brand Hookline, Brand song, Brands and Music, Coca-Cola Brand Song, Coca-Cola Sound Branding, Coca-Cola Sound Logo, Coca-Cola soundmark, international brand management, Multisensual Branding, Sound Branding, Sound Logo, World Cup 2010 Sound Branding
Thanks to the feedback from Tim Noonan, voice branding expert from Australia, this definition has been improved:
Brand Voice is the voice that best reflects the ‘personality’ and brand values for a product, service or organisation. The most important aspects during the selection process of the brand voice are accent, gender, perceived age, tone, pitch, volume, rhythm and recognition value. Once a brand voice is chosen it is crucial to obtain exclusive usage rights, at least for your field of business, if not your brand voice could even harm your brand, particularly if the same voice is used for your competition, thus diluting or distorting your brand.
When selecting the Brand Voice the same voice should be considered for use across multiple channels associated with the brand, such as automated telephone services, advertising, instructional audio and of course within the product itself, if it is self-voicing.
What is better: a voice talent or an actor?…… Continue reading
The Old Spice TV ad “The man your man could smell like” has scooped this year’s Cannes Film Lions Grand Prix. Jury president Mark Tutssel described the ad as “the perfect film – it took an old sleeping brand and woke it up. Overnight it became a cultural phenomenon and captured the imagination of the planet.” The spot was released four months ago on the Old Spice you tube channel:
From a Sound Branding perspective it is an interesting case as Old Spice uses different Sound Branding elements. In the above commercial it is the “Ye ol’ classic whistle” at the end. In a different spot the “P..P..P..P…Power” Sound Branding element is integrated at the end of the commercial:
Now in the latest Spot….. Continue reading
Brand Song is a track which was either exclusively written for the brand (e.g. Langnese: “Like ice in the sunshine”) or was licensed exclusively for the band from existing repertoire (e.g. Microsoft: “Start me up”).
The brand song is then consequently used in brand communication (e.g. Becks: “Sail away”).
From a Sound Branding perspective the brand song should incorporate all relevant Sound Branding elements, i.e. the sound logo, the brand hookline, the brand voice and overall reflect the identified Acoustic Identity of the brand.
When developing a brand song… Continue reading
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Tagged Acoustic Identity, becks, Brand Communication, Brand Hookline, Brand song, Langnese, Like ice in the sunshine, Microsoft, sail away, Sound Branding, Sound Logo, start me up