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5 Tips for Integrating Audio Into a Marketing Strategy

Article originally published in Adweek on July 5, 2018. As music streaming, podcasts, audiobooks, smart speakers, connected cars and voice assistants have caught the public’s attention, the amount of audio-friendly content space is multiplying by the minute. To plant a seed in this growing ecosystem, brands need a comprehensive strategy for navigating the flourishing mediums that rely on sound, music and voice. If your brand is not present in these new gardens of growth, then it runs the risk of falling behind companies that have put thought and effort into audio branding. Here are a few tips for creating an […] Read more »

How Music Can Foster an Emotional Connection Between Brands and Audiences

Article originally published in Adweek June 28, 2018. As online video consumption keeps reaching more mind-boggling measures, visual storytelling is becoming a must in modern advertising and marketing. However, before devising your next cunning video campaign, it’s important to get hitched with a partner in crime whose significance in the delivery of the message and branding altogether is often overlooked. Music in advertising, whether it’s in the form of a chart-topping blockbuster music hit, a carefully composed theme song or mere silence, provides the spark that ignites our emotional engines. Moreover, it hands the audience a dictionary of the emotional context associated […] Read more »

What does an annual report sound like?

For businesses, audio presents a perfect tool for introducing a breath of fresh air into officious and, let’s face it, boring publications and events such as annual reports and meetings. What if each year companies were able to attract a significant amount of new shareholders by presenting their annual results in an entertaining, easy to access and modern format? The spectacle begins with a distant Brian Eno -style ambient track building up in the background, while the CEO describes the inspiring work their staff have done over the year and how their company culture links to their reason for existence […] Read more »

What are we hearing now? February 2018

Top  Audio Branding and Audio Marketing articles, February 2018 Voice is now an actuality for marketers. Studies of 2017 media consumption sing the same song worldwide, on-demand audio and voice-activated assistants are continuing their rise. More and more brands have adopted or will adopt podcasts as part of their marketing content effort and as an advertising platform. Check out our tips for brands with Three Simple Ways to Sound Brand Your Podcast.  Here are the top articles of the month which explain these topics: What are we hearing now? 1.  This Agency Thinks Advertisers Should Put Their Money Where Their Ears […] Read more »

What are we hearing now? January 2018

Top 5 Audio Branding and Audio Marketing articles, January 2018 Many things are happening around Audio and Voice right now. Audio branding or audio marketing is already showing a tremendous surge of interest in the beginning of this year. The number of publications on the subject has grown exponentially and we have gathered the most interesting ones from January 2018. We will continue to do so every month this year. Brand owners and marketers will see important developments in 2018 as the trend in audio branding continue to grow. One of the most common audio branding topics on everyone’s lips […] Read more »

Earn More Money with Co-Production

Co-Producers are the unsung heroes behind every great album. People like Phil Spector with his pioneering work with the Beatles and his wall of sound technique. Then there is the work of Dr. Dre and his production skills on the album “2001”. Still not convinced about the importance of Co-Producers? We have one last name for you. Rick Rubin *Drops Mic* Make Money – Put your ears to work Audiodraft currently has over 100 talented Co-Producers on site. Out of a community of 20,000 this is a tiny fraction of our talented community. We want to change that as we […] Read more »

Authenticity – the now of music marketing

In the last blog post we looked at the historical development of music marketing. Now, it’s time for an analysis about where the industry is heading at the moment.  Until the early 21st century it was common to simply either pay a successful artist to sing about a certain big brand or product (like Michael Jakson, it’s good, it’s good, drink Pepsi!), make a catchy ear worm with a slogan (this is still done nowadays but not so much as a part of modern branding) or bluntly show famous people using the marketed product (usually in very corny ways). Nowadays music marketing is becoming increasingly subtle. In […] Read more »

A Brief History of Audio Marketing

Originating from a German word meaning “to burn”–recalling the practice of producers burning their mark onto their products–a brand, especially a visual logo, became an essential part of company identities in the early 20th century. Musical advertising goes back at least to 1926. The cereal brand ‘Wheaties’ created a short tune to be played on the radio during Christmas. Sales increased substantially as this marketing tool proved to be extremely effective. Companies understood the value of music, and especially its power to communicate an emotional and lasting message which people can recall long after they have actually heard it. After […] Read more »

Brand x Artist – 4 Ways Brands Can Benefit from Music Partnerships

Brands use music to create an emotional connection. To reach a certain demographic of consumers, companies are creating experiences that include passion. As music is the best way to evoke emotion, brands are now discovering more possibilities to leverage this creative counterpart. Nowadays authenticity is one of the most important brand asset any company can have. That’s because especially young people are becoming less engaged by traditional marketing. So investing in music and supporting creative individuals is a way for brands to achieve the duality of being both considered authentic and gain big enough attention for the needed marketing proposals. […] Read more »

Sound is the Key to Our Emotional Centre

Audio marketing creates a growth in brand value and generates higher sales. As the gap between (emotional and engaging) advertising and a purchase is becoming shorter. That’s why auditive communication boosts sales figures in the highly competitive environment of today. The multi sensory media and marketing culture is taking over the plain optical. This means that brands are experienced through all the senses. People can not only see but feel, hear, smell and taste different brands. This development is happening because the senses are the opening to our deep life experiences and to our feelings. It’s very powerful yet indistinguishable by many. That’s why it’s also the right […] Read more »