(Sorry, this post is only available in German. It’s about the congress “How brands sound” from the G·E·M “German Society for Research on Brands and Branding” in Berlin on the 16th November 2010)
Die Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des Markenwesens − G·E·M − ist ein eingetragener Verein mit dem Zweck, die wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen der Marke zu erforschen. Die G·E·M versteht sich als Informationsdrehscheibe für grundlegende und aktuelle Erkenntnisse aus Wissenschaft und Unternehmenspraxis zum Thema Marke. Die G·E·M bildet ein Forum, auf dem sich Wissenschaftler und Unternehmensführer begegnen.
Erst seit einigen Jahren findet eine systematische Einbindung von Klang als Instrument in die Marken-Kommunikation statt. Akustische Markenführung heißt das Thema. Und dieses Thema ist im Kommen unter den Bezeichnungen Sound Branding, Sonic Branding, Audio Branding oder Acoustic Branding.
Mit Klang beschäftigt sich die Klangforschung. Ihre Erkenntnisse wurden beim
3. G·E·M Forum am 16. November 2010 in der Universität der Künste Berlin aufbereitet. Unter dem Motto „Wie Marken klingen. Impulse aus der Klangforschung für die Markenführung“ referierten Wissenschaftler und Kommunikationsexperten.
Sie alle waren sich einig:
Akustische Kennung, Sound Branding und Produkt-Klang stärken die emotionale Marken-Profilierung, die Unverwechselbarkeit, die Identität und Konsistenz im Marken-Auftritt. In der Nutzung des Akustik-Potentials steht die Praxis aber erst am Anfang.
Geben Sie Ihrer Marke den Klang, den sie verdient
Mit Betrachtungen zur Wirkung von Klang eröffnete der Moderator Wolfgang K.A. Disch, G·E·M Kuratoriumsmitglied, das siebenstündige Forum.
1. Klang ist verführerisch: der Klang, den ich benutze, beeinflusst Menschen.
2. Klang ist Erinnerung: der Klang, den ich einsetze, weckt Erinnerungen.
3. Klang unterscheidet: der Klang, den ich einem Produkt/einer Marke mitgebe, differenziert, …..
Den vollständigen Text und die Vorträge zum Download finden Sie hier… Continue reading
Skoda just came out with a new TV commercial for the Skoda Fabia VRS. From a sound and music perspective this spot is quite a revolution and image shift for Skoda. The spot “Made of meaner stuff” can be seen above.
Compared to the previous spots, e.g below one from Australia, Skoda shifts gears and wants to reposition itself “meaner” and more attractive to the male target group.
What I find very interesting that Skoda is not … Continue reading
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Tagged Audi Sound Branding, Audio Branding, BMW, Brand Communication, Brand Management, brand values, Brands and Music, international brand management, Karlheinz Illner, Sound Branding, Sound Logo
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
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
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
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
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Tagged Acoustic Identity, Audi, AUDI Sound Logo, AUDI tv commercial, Audio Branding, Brand Communication, Brand Management, Brands and Music, international brand management, Karlheinz Illner, Media Efficiency, Multisensual Branding, Sound Branding, Sound Logo
It was like a little earthquake last summer for all branding gurus who claim you should never change your brand name. To this date – especially for all big international brands the rule was: never change your name in spelling and pronunciation! One brand in all markets!
And Pepsi did just the exact opposite. It changed its brand name in Argentina to “Pecsi”.
There is even an official Pepsi, sorry Pecsi website about pronunciation and it reflects in a humorous way how people from Argentina pronounce english words in a different way, e.g. “Rocanroll”, “Daunlos”. Continue reading