Tag Archives: Brand Communication

Selling the Sound of Silence – How much do you charge?

How can I differentiate myself from my competition?

Everybody is trying to communicate as much as possible. We want to be louder, sharper, and more innovative than our competitor. Everybody is getting husky (at least they would if communication was a live event) and nobody understands what the others say. The good news is that we found the loudest, sharpest, most differentiated and most innovative instrument in modern marketing communication of our time:

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Another wake up call for Brand Marketers

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

The 10 Most Addictive Sounds in the US?

Today I ran across an article by  Martin Lindstrom.

„The 10 Most Addictive Sounds in the World” shows again how important sound branding has become in today’s daily environment. Often sounds immediately influence what we do, but we don’t even think about it anymore. I guess nobody would doubt that.

Doubtful indeed is the way Lindstrom presents his “scientific” material in the fourth paragraph of this article. There should be more information about the mentioned study like year, selection criteria, and sample statistics. At least for those who would like to read more about this study there should be a reference link. Continue reading

Why Sound Branding?

You can’t turn off your ears. We can look away from something but hardly stop listening. For our ancestors the never sleeping hearing sense was crucial to survive. Hearing is embedded in the emotional part of our psychological system and the instinctive part of our brain. Music and sound is a universal language understood by all humans.

In the power of sound lies a huge potential for brand communication. This potential is hardly used in a systematic approach. Sound Branding gives a brand a new dimension: an Acoustic Identity.

Why do corporations invest in a clear visual identity? It increases recall and differentiation from competitors. Sounds are even more powerful. If you hear the tones of a famous song you can hum the melody. This power is utilized by Sound Branding. Continue reading

Welcome to the Sound Branding Blog!

The beginning of a decade is the perfect moment to start something new.
Our objective here is to create a blog about the fascinating topic of sound branding: how does a brand sound like? why is it important to find the appropriate sound? how can you create it?

We want to develop an international platform to discuss, to promote, and to inform about sound branding issues. With your help we would like to reflect the latest sound branding trends in Europe, Asia, America (North & South) and where ever else you are! We are working out of Germany, Europe, hence our view – hearing – is limited.

The topic of sound branding – or audio branding, corporate sound, acoustic identity… – has been established over the last decade. Now we can hear many great cases of sound branding (e.g. Intel, t-mobile). At the same time there are still too many bad examples of translating a brand into the world of sound. Continue reading