Audio branding is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of advertising and marketing, but it's also one of the most important. Sound plays a vital role in shaping our lives: our brains are conditioned to respond to sound and music on a subconscious level. These podcasts explore how audio branding uses that innate connection for advertising and marketing, and the opportunities it creates to forge a more lasting, personal connection with your audience.
Sound has been a part of advertising for as long as advertising itself has existed, from street slogans in Victorian England that are recited today as nursery rhymes to television jingles that many of us still know by heart. But audio branding has undergone a revolution over the past few years, evolving from straightforward pitches into musical logos and subtle soundscapes that guide the listener’s impressions while reinforcing a brand’s identity.
The advertising industry in particular has been transformed by social media, and the enormous new audience and global reach it represents. From viral videos and licensed music to streaming shows and smart devices, we take a look at how online life has opened up entirely new directions when it comes to audio advertising and branding.
Branding isn’t just about advertising, though. Audio branding encompasses the listener’s whole experience with a brand from start to finish, with points of contact that range from traditional advertising and social media to apps and IVR sounds. Throughout these episodes, we talk about how every touchpoint, no matter how short or seemingly minor, is an opportunity to instill a sense of consistency and brand recognition, and how to make the most of them.
Advertising and marketing have come a long way over the past century, from storefronts and brand logos to radio jingles and television ads. As we move forward into the twenty-first century, digital media and audio-first industries like Spotify and Clubhouse are making audio advertising and marketing strategies more relevant than ever before. New approaches are constantly emerging, and these podcasts can help explore and navigate the changing landscape of audio branding.
“Audio has this very interesting quality of embedding itself in your head. We all know about those earworms: ‘oh gosh I can’t stop singing this song.’ Imagine you have a nice jingle, it’s a way for the brand to get into the heads of folks, I’m not saying that’s a good thing necessarily, but that’s […]
“But often, and this is fairly universal when I talk to people, whether they’re individuals or businesses, is, on one hand, anyone with an iPhone can pick up and start a podcast. There’s a very low barrier to entry, which is fantastic. And, like most things when you get into it, it’s a little more […]
“We always start at the same place, you know, we do not throw color against the wall. Meaning it’s a non-execution-driven process. Execution-driven is ‘let’s get the ten best music companies in the world and then each produces a sonic logo, and then we’ll pick one and then implement that globally, and then we’re done, […]
“And what’s interesting is the agency usually comes back and says ‘this is amazing, how did you… this sounds, like, better than our music productions! This is, like, so authentic! This has grip! This seems like the Beatles in the garage!’ And I said ‘that’s what every agency guy wants.’ They want to find the […]
“But we did a rebranding of brands that already came from a place where they actually have worked, so we work in evolutions, in rebrandings, not just like a brand from the start. So what we try to do is keep the things that are really distinctive if they’ve already made audio branding, but evolve […]
“I think that we are in a wonderful time to do audio branding because this situation where we need to educate people is a very good situation, right, because it’s something that is happening that we need to be strategic about it, and not so many brands are doing it. Right, so I think it’s […]