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”.
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →