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Eurovision 2018 finals musically speaking

We studied the genre, instrumentation and mood of each competitor in this years Eurovision song contest finals. Our infographics compare them to the TOP 3 countries (Israel, Cyprus and Austria) to bring a summary of the key musical attributes that led to success in this year’s competition. Sound type & key 42% of the music in the finals incorporated a mixture of acoustic and electronic music, while 31% sticked only to acoustic and 26% to electronic sounds. Electronic music elements are essential for the some of the music genres but acoustic elements are great for warming up the song and […] Read more »

How to audio brand your podcast

It’s no secret that podcasts are becoming a worthy adversary in the competition of today’s hottest marketing platforms. Podcasts represent a modern way of advertising as they allow brands to connect with their audience through a more relatable format. In fact, the average podcast consumer is an educated individual who expects compelling stories and conversations from behind the curtain. The challenge of podcasting, from a branding point of view, is communicating these stories through a single sensory stimulus, audio. So how can brands make the most out of it? The timeframe for delivering a brand message in podcasts is rather […] Read more »

What are we hearing now? March 2018

Top Audio Branding and Audio Marketing articles, March 2018 2018 is the year brands start taking their sound seriously. Audio branding cannot be neglected anymore by marketers and the investment in it has been shown to be worth it. Voice assistant strategies and AI open new doors for audio marketing while the music industry is seeing new highs for the first time in a decade. What are we hearing now? It’s time for brands to capitalize on voice marketing opportunities on AI assistants With the rapid adoption of the digital assistant’s technologies, brands need to capitalize on voice marketing. 2018 […] Read more »

Audio branding in the mobile age

Off the screen and beyond Smartphones are our pocket-sized traveling companions pretty much wherever we go. While branding and advertising through phone has traditionally been based on controlling and reacting to visual cues, there are places and moments in our daily lives where even the screen must turn off. Enter audio. Smartphones take audio to places where screens stay off Audio’s advantage over visual is that it removes obstacles of viewability. It can be consumed even when your smartphone’s screen is completely off. Digital audio, therefore, is the only source of customer impressions when the device is out of the […] Read more »

Audio Branding – The Sound of the Super Bowl

The Sound of the Super Bowl Ads Super-Bowl was a spectacular win for the Eagles. They were not the only winners. Amazon’s Alexa gained a staggering amount of publicity with its humorous and irreverent advert which generated a huge volume of brand awareness and interest. We have seen in-depth analysis on the adverts from every angle possible, but one important emerging angle is yet to be covered. Audio Branding. We studied the genre, instrumentation and mood of each adverts music along with the voice overs to bring you a snapshot of the current audio branding tactics at play in this […] Read more »

Bridging The Gap Between Visual Brand and Audio Brand

Did you know that 86% of advertisers have visual branding guidelines but only 17% have audio branding guidelines (Radiocentre, 2015)? Whether you plan for it or not, your brand generates sound. Take a moment to think about it. The lack of audio planning, or just plainly neglecting it, are decisions which affect consumer perception regardless of whether it was a strategic choice or not. Any audio used in conjunction with your brand from product sounds to in-store background music, define and mold how your consumers perceive you. There is no way around it. This is not a warning, it is an […] Read more »

Melody vs. Production Finesse

In our previous blog post we talked about key things to take into consideration when creating unique audio. But there’s another obvious aspect to great music besides production – the composition itself. In a nutshell, great audio often consists of two crucial elements: a great melodic idea & high technical quality. (Not just the) Production quality It is extremely important to discover new, interesting ways and methods of production. But sometimes technically great producers forget the necessity of a memorable melody by focusing too much on exciting sounds. A solid melodic idea is paramount in making a standout piece of music. It […] 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 »