Sonic branding is a form of music and sound that most people never think about. That moment where a song plays, and makes you think of a Lexus. That song that instantly brings back a certain afternoon with a high school sweetheart on the beach. The ping that says you have new email or the special sound a Mac makes when you turn it on. All of these are sonic branding.
I have a few clients who make a living creating sonic brands for commercials, products, moments in movies, events, and more. It fascinates me how music and sound affects us as humans. I mentioned the term sonic branding online the other day, and it sparked a very intriguing discussion about how sound affects the brain. Music has long been known to have ties to memory, emotion, and behavior. Is it any surprise that marketers and others have tapped into that over the years?
Where did the term sonic branding come from? I’m not sure – that’s just what I’ve always called it. It seems to make the most sense. That’s what it is, after all – auditory branding of a moment in time. If you follow Ze Frank‘s premise that branding is the emotional aftertaste left after a shared experience, which I do, this isn’t a great leap of logic.
From Ze Frank’s web series, The Show, August 29, 2006:
If the concept of sound interacting with the brain and all of the possibilities that entails is new to you, you may enjoy some of these books on the topic (disclosure, I use Amazon’s affiliate links to help feed my enormous book addiction):
There are many more books on the topic, but those will give you a good start. If I missed your favorite, add it in the comments below!