Sound Design: Audio Branding: Airela Case
What is audio branding?"Audio branding describes the process of brand development and brand management by use of acoustic elements within the framework of brand communication. It is part of multi-sensory brand communication and holistic corporate design. Audio branding aims at building solidly a brand sound that represents the identity and values of a brand in a distinctive manner. The audio logo, brand music or the brand voice are characteristic elements of audio branding." Audio Branding Academy
Paulo Dytz works in the advertising industry and holds a degree in Public Relations. He is a sound producer, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at B Sound Thinking: a Brazilian sound agency with expertise in audio advertising, audio interactive and audio branding. Working as a sound producer he has won several national and international awards including Cannes, Wave Festival, Globo Television professionals of the year, International Festival of Advertising of Gramado and About magazine award. He was one of the pioneers in developing a methodology of strategic sound alignment of brands in Brazil.
In this case, B Sound Thinking working with Dominiu and Zooma, agencies from Brasil, to develop a very interesting project that was nominated for the Audio Branding Award in ABA (Audio Branding Academy).
Airela is the newest Brazilian pharmaceutical manufacturer. The aim of this audio branding project was to develop Airela’s sound identity and materials to be used in the brand communication. In order to study Airela’s essence and to transpose it to sound and voice attributes, an ontological approach was applied to the brand. The process was aimed at understanding the brand coherence trough three domains: language, physicality and emotionality.
The analysis was the starting point to define motherhood as the main brand attribute, and to design its foundations: life, wellbeing, tenderness, joy, generosity and confidence. After defining these foundational attributes, each of them was correlated to sound and voice parameters, defining Airela’s voice and sound logo. These attributes generated an audio map, guiding the choice of voice characteristics (pitch, loudness, resonance, vocal attack, articulation, intonation, fluency, Pneumo-phono-articulatory coordination) and musical characteristics (time, pitch, timbre, texture, dynamics and articulation).
Together, these characteristics for sound and voice helped guiding the development of musical insights. A workshop with music producers and audio branding advisors was carried out in studio, in order to evaluate these insights. Two sound insights to voice and two sound logos were developed to be used in television and other brand touch points.
An experimental research was developed to evaluate the voices and sound logos efficacy to produce associations with life, well-being, tenderness, joy, generosity and confidence. 92 people were divided into two groups. Each group listened to one voice and one sound logo, answering objective questions about them. The results indicated the best choices in voice and sound logo to produce the intended brand associations. A sound identity manual was developed, containing all the essential information about the process and sound usage guidelines.