Tag Archives: Brands and Music

The voice of McDonald’s – largest global singing competition of its kind

McDonalds' sign in Harlem.

McDonald's' sign in Harlem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The voice of McDonald’s is a worldwide contest to discover, recognize and reward the most talented singers among the more than 1.7 million employees working in McDonald’s restaurants. From a branding perspective it’s a nice combination of employer branding, employee motivation and public relation. The competition was kicked off in 2005 and in 2011 more than 20,000 employees entered Voice of McDonald’s IV.

 

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Audi Sound Branding – Eminem vs. Audi: lawsuit in Germany!

Eight Mile Style, the company that is responsible for licensing Eminem’s songs, has filed a lawsuit against Audi in the Hamburg regional court in Germany, claiming that the Audi A6 commercial uses a version of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” without permission. (Source: Spiegel News magazine)


The Eminem song was used in this year’s Chrysler’s Super Bowl spot. Moreover, the Audi spot … Continue reading

Sound Branding, Soundscapes and Music in the Hotel and Hospitality Environment

Some time ago I was interviewed by Fabrice Burtin who is the publisher of a very interesting blog on “branding in the hospitality industry, travel and others”. 

The interview was originally published on his blog. The questions were asked by Fabrice Burtin.

“We are all familiar with the main dimensions of branding, however Sound Branding and Accoustic Identity are often forgotten though they have an obvious emotional impact on the perception of a brand and a dimension that is largely under utilised in the hotel industry. Karlheinz kindly agreed to answer my questions. Very insightful and fascinating.

Can you explain briefly the concept of “Sound Branding”?

Sound Branding (Audio Branding, Acoustic Branding, Sonic Branding) is the process of development, implementation and management of Sound Branding Elements. It includes all sound elements that are exclusively composed and produced for a brand. The key elements are: Continue reading

Sound Branding Blog is noted as a top 50 up and coming branding blog

I just received this Email.

“Hello Karlheinz,

I’m writing this because I thought that both you and your readers might want to know that Sound Branding Blog has been included in our article, “Top 50 Up and Coming Branding Blogs.” Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any feedback, I’d love to share it with the team –

Best,

Alba Collazo

Co-founder, Advertising Blog

A note about our methodology: When finding blogs our authors use popular search tools (Google/Bing), observe blog rolls, and peruse social media sites. The most relevant, and interesting blogs are then included in our article, which doesn’t rank blogs, but rather lists and categorizes them.”

Thanks a lot for this feedback! I like it :) and it shows the power SoundBranding has! Karlheinz Illner