The Audio Branding Process

Audio Audit

It all starts with a look at the brand from the outside. Every brand has sound and sound space. The first step is to identify all media, environments, and touchpoints where sound can be applied. 

Brand Audit

Now it’s time for a closer look. We boil the brand down to its essence and identify the brand values, goals, function, history, future, emotions, etc. 

Audio Branding Guidelines

Once we know both the physical and intangible qualities of the brand, they’re ready to be sonified. The Audio Branding Guidelines are a comprehensive document that outline how the intangible qualities of the brand translate into music, voice, and sound effects, and how they’re applied to media, environments, and touchpoints. 

Production

With the Audio Branding Guidelines in place, we start creating. This usually starts with the creation of a brand anthem. This is a signature musical composition that culminates to a main theme in the form of an audio logo or jingle. The anthem can later be broken down into smaller audio elements such as user experience sounds, musical variations, and the isolation of the main theme. The production stage may also include the selection of a brand voice, and the treatment of physical spaces.

Application

Audio elements are applied to all appropriate media, touchpoints, and environments. 

Commercials
Videos
Apps
Podcasts
Public Address   

Phone Menu/Automation
Ring/Text Tones
Trade Shows
Environments
Background Music

Physical Products
Voice-Activated Devices
UX/UI Sounds
Watermarks
Background Sounds