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.
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.
A few weeks ago the Sound Branding Blog was able to talk to Jürgen Barthel, Head of Corporate Design at Siemens. Jürgen Barthel is involved in Brand Management at Siemens. He was one of the pioneers to acknowledge the importance of corporate sound and is the Master Mind behind the acoustic identity of Siemens.
Jürgen Barthel who studied graphic design combines extensive experience from companies as diverse as Grundig, Rosenthal, and Siemens, as well as from his years at the advertising agency Publicis. Continue reading →
Starting already in the year 2003 Siemens began to develop an Acoustic Identity as part of a worldwide Siemens Sound Branding project. The company wanted to create a benchmark project in the world of Sound Branding. The project was lead by Juergen Barthel, Head of Corporate Design at Siemens.
Fortunately we had the chance to interview Mr Barthel. So stay tuned for this upcoming interview. We get insights to the development process of the Siemens Sound Branding Project. Mr Barthel talks about the scope of this project and tells us whether his expectations regarding the results of the project were met. We are very enthusiastic about sharing this interview with you!!!
Is it a historic moment in marketing time? At least in the field of Sound Branding. AUDI, the premium german car manufacturer, just launched its new Sound Branding Identity. After one and a half-year of development a virtual “AUDI Sound Studio” is in place which is the basis for all creatives, composer and sound designer to create the AUDI sound.
Now the Sound Branding concept is implemented in the music of the new Audi A1 TV-Spot “The next big thing”:
and even the AUDI Sound Logo – as you can hear at the end of the commercial – has been face lifted.
“Our aim is to set us – even more – apart from our competitors”, says Lothar Korn, Head of Marketing Communication… Continue reading →
Acoustic Brand Management is the strategic development and implementation of an Acoustic Identity. This Acoustic Identity includes Sound Branding elements, sound dimensions, and the brand voice. The use of the acoustic elements takes place within the complete communication mix. Acoustic elements can be combined with the products and if possible even with the corporate communication.
Do you agree or disagree with this definition? Is anything missing in the definition we use? Please post your ideas in the comments section.
DeBeukelaer just started (10/3/30) a new TV Campaign in Germany including a newly developed Sound Branding. It consists of a Sound Logo (whistled at the beginning of the commercial) and a Brand Score which repeats the melody of the Sound Logo. The theme of the commercial is “joy” – the joy to eat DeBeukelaer cookies. It’s more of an image spot as it doesn’t feature a specific cookie version.
The question to me is: Do the sound character and the voice reflect joy?
Mercedes-Benz stopped using its Sound Logo at the end of 2009 just after two years in the market. In an interview conducted by W&V (Werben&Verkaufen, one of the leading German Marketing/ Advertising Magazines) in issue 4/2010 Mr. Anders-Sundt Jensen said, after he was asked why they stopped using the Sound Logo: “It is obvious that you always question whether you have achieved certain objectives. Regarding the Sound Logo we have analyzed that the brand Mercedes-Benz is strong enough without one.” Continue reading →
A TIME magazine article titled “Neural Advertising: The Sounds We Can’t Resist” reflects the value of sound in advertising and underlines the importance of „everday sounds“: a baby laughing, fizzing soda, or the sound of barbeque. All these sounds activate certain parts of our brain and can set us in a different mood. That is true but if every diaper brand uses the laugh of some baby, what will be the difference? Which brand can actually own this sound? An everyday sound is generic! Continue reading →
A study of the Stanford School of Music which I believe has great relevance to the area of Sound Branding was already released in 2007 (Link to the news release), however; it has yet not been widely discussed in the field of Acoustic Identity/ Sound Branding.
Using brain images of people listening to short symphonies by an obscure 18th-century composer, a research team from Stanford has gained valuable insight into how the brain sorts out the chaotic world around it.
The research team showed that music engages the areas of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating the event in memory. The study showed that peak brain activity occurred during a period of silence between musical movements. That may be the answer to the question why some Sound Branding Elements work much better (recognition & recall) than others.
The researchers caught glimpses of the brain in action using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, which gives a dynamic image showing which parts of the brain are working during a given activity. Continue reading →