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What are we hearing now? November 2018

This time, our selection of audio branding and marketing articles takes a look at how to capitalize sound in marketing. We’ll even uncover the answer to the question you didn’t even know existed: What tune should you pair with your favorite cheese? A Sound Presence Boosts Brand Metrics (warc.com) Technology is allowing us limitless access to podcasts, audiobooks, music streaming, and voice assistants. Despite this, many brands continue to heavily prioritize visual communication and are failing to truly leverage the potential of sound in their branding efforts. How Music Grows Brands? (marketing-interactive.com) Music is an emotionally engaging and memorable way to […] Read more »

4 ways to empower your brand videos with music

To create an emotional impact, brands need to establish a link between the visible brand persona and the call to action through music. Since videos now make up over half of the on-demand music consumption across the globe, the marketing ROI on unified visuals and audio content is more evident than ever. This alliance not only helps to bring forth the wanted emotions but also reaches more people than ever. However, leaving the musical choices as an afterthought won’t cut the chase anymore. The DNA of engaging content consists of credibility, authenticity, relevance, and urgency. Translating these qualities into music […] Read more »

4 Steps for Developing an Audio Strategy That Captures Consumer Interest

Article originally published in Adweek on October 8th, 2018. Popularity on mobile has pushed for improved quality So far in terms of mobile content, the quality, diversity and engagement have been skillfully mastered and integrated into user experiences. But this soft excellence has to be matched with similar prowess in quality of the hardware production. For instance, music is becoming an increasingly important element in the smartphone-based customer experiences. Instagram recently announced that their Stories feature will allow users to add music into their photos and videos. That’s a billion users worldwide receiving audible information whenever they want, not to […] Read more »

What are we hearing now? October 2018

Top Audio Branding and Audio Marketing articles, October 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. This months article selection covers “the why” and “the how” of getting started with your brand’s audio strategy. Why Brands Should Look To Audio Video didn’t kill the radio star! In fact, audio controlled devices and media are consumed in growing numbers like it is the golden age of radio again. It’s time every brand has its audio strategy in place for 2019 […] Read more »

What Are We Hearing Now? September 2018

Did you know, that 90% of live music fans are saying brands could step in with their musical offering to enhance concert experiences? This is absolutely brilliant news for brands! It is a clear invitation for them to join the party and bring their audio content along. Even better, they now have a time and a place where people will feel the least interrupted and the most indulgent for receiving audible branded information. How many local live music events and festivals are arranged near you? That’s where the majority of the listeners say your brand should be at. More to the […] Read more »

Experiment with Kyrö Distillery Company – Changing the perception of taste through sound

 Kyrö Distillery company is a Finnish all-rye distillery founded in 2014 and they have won numerous international awards with their rye gins Kyrö Napue and Kyrö Koskue (incl. World’s Best Gin for Gin&Tonic in IWSC 2015, Gold Medal in San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2016 and Outstanding Gin&Tonic in IWSC 2017). Kyrö Distillery’s products are sold in 28 countries and their first whisky release is the beginning of an exciting journey into Finnish 100% rye whisky. Audiodraft and Kyrö Distillery Company worked closely to design a tasting experience at Slush Music 2017 to showcase the power of audio […] Read more »

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 »

Building the Outotec audio brand – How do the colors of the Earth translate into music?

 Audio branding often deals with turning abstract concepts like company values, brand attributes, and aspirations into sounds. However, there are occasions when concrete cues, such as visual brand features, provide the building blocks. In fact, our brief with Outotec put us in front of an intriguing and unique challenge: How can the colors of the Earth be turned into music? The Brief Our objective was to create a brand theme with an integrated audio logo that represents Outotec’s unique brand identity, while highlighting their earth-consciousness, and technological leadership. Furthermore, the theme needed to work across various touchpoints. Outotec provides leading […] Read more »

3+3 = 2018, The Year of Audio Branding

We experience the world around us with multiple senses. The brand experience is no exception. We have relied heavily on visual branding, even though sight is trumped by hearing and scent on many levels. In 2018 we are moving on from a “visual only” approach and towards an “audio first” reality in marketing and brand development. Here are 6 insights setting the mark for The Year of Audio Branding. Where are we right now? 1. Crowded visual space Brands are all about experiences and stories. These have been widely distributed through marketing and branded content in the visual space. The […] Read more »