Audio Branding

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.

Audio Advertising: Beyond the Jingle

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.

Audio Marketing: A Sound Strategy

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 Logos: An Interview with Dr. David Allan – Part 2

“I can’t imagine – and again, I always have to preface this by saying I know it’s not just about the audio logo – but I just can’t imagine that when you’re designing a print logo why you don’t also sit there and go ‘I wonder what that thing would sound like if it could […]

Audio Logos: An Interview with Dr. David Allan – Part 1

“It certainly adds another sense to sight, you know, and most of the people that I talk to, you can see a logo, but sound really helps you to feel a logo.” — Dr. David Allan   My next guest is a professor of marketing at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has a […]

Directional Audio: Hearing is Believing

Advertising’s come a long way from the television jingles and old-fashioned radio spots of decades past. In the age of social media and targeted algorithms, the ads you see and hear online are very often tailored to your particular user profile. Of course, that’s just when you’re online. But what if it wasn’t? What if, […]

Finding the Fix: An Interview with Aaron Matthews – Part 2

“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 […]

Finding the Fix: An Interview with Aaron Matthews – Part 1

“Production companies make these amazing videos and then go ‘oh, we need to think about some music and stuff,’ and it sort of like becomes a bit of a rush. But actually, when you think about it at the same time as pre-production and you start planning out how the sound’s going to work with […]

Musical Alchemy: An Interview with Eric Singer – Part 2

“One of the wonderful things about music is that it’s by and large pretty universal, you know, when almost any culture will perceive a minor chord as something that feels sad. Even my 4-year-old son can identify that as ‘oh that’s sad.’ But there are more subtleties too, you know, and that may affect instrument […]