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 →
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 →