“It’s about doing something that’s relevant to that brand that makes people, you know, have intrigue and then go either search for it or find out more information.” — Aaron Matthews
This episode’s the second half of my interview with audio branding expert and creative director Aaron Matthews as we talk about how Creative Fix goes about crafting the perfect brand sound, the secret to hosting a successful branded podcast, and the surprisingly retro future of audio branding.
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Open to Everybody
We begin the second half of our interview with a look at Creative Fix’s process for working with clients and guiding them through the creative process, at the role audio mood boards play in the brainstorming process, and how long it might take for all the different elements to come together. The conversation turns to audio branding, and its untapped potential, particularly on a local level “I think brands are at the start of waking up to it. Very few brands do it well, to be honest, but I think it’s open to everybody.”
Bringing Jingles Back
The topic shifts to both the past and future of audio branding, and to how jingles, the hallmark of audio branding in the ’80s and ’90s, might make a comeback in the digital age. “I think there’s an opportunity,” Aaron says, “and I think we can do it in a 2022 way.” As he jokes, “I think it’s time to bring back the jingle. I’m going to start a campaign.” Aaron explains that the key to audio marketing is to do the unexpected: “Let’s do less copy in those ads and more sound design, let’s do the jingles and the sonic identities and the stuff no one else is doing because that’s how you stand out.”
The Tip of the Iceberg
As the episode comes to a close, we talk more about branded podcasts and the role they play in company branding and the tricky balance of creating brand recognition without selling a product. “There’s a lot of opportunities,” Aaron says, “and I think there are a lot more branded podcasts coming, and I think we’re just at the very, very tip of the iceberg.” We wrap things up with a look at social audio apps like Twitter Spaces and Clubhouse, and the role they might play in the future of audio branding and marketing on social media. As he puts it, “it’s the idea that it’s meant to be for everyone, and that everyone can jump in and have that conversation and that’s the important thing about it.”
- The process of creating an audio brand from start to finish
- The rise and fall of jingles and how they could make a comeback
- Branded podcasts and how to successfully market without selling
- How social audio is opening the media landscape to everyone
Connect with the Guest
Creative Fix Audio: https://creativefixaudio.com/
Connect with Aaron Matthews on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/creative-fix-audio/
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