Sounds Like Creativity: Telling Powerful Brand Stories With Audio
There are many ways to tell a powerful brand story. If there wasn’t, there’d be no reason for 15,000 brand leaders to gather in Cannes, France every year to discuss creativity and advertising. Cannes Lions, the “International Festival of Creativity,” is one of the few places where communications, marketing, entertainment, design and tech talent from around the globe gather together to learn, network and celebrate.
Pandora makes the trip every year too. We get to connect with our partners and clients, and host unforgettable events on the Pandora yacht (a private boat we deck out just for conference attendees). But those aren’t the only reasons we get excited to go; Cannes Lions is an opportunity for us to speak with the industry’s best about audio’s unique ability to connect consumers and brands.
And in celebration of Cannes Lions this year, we’re kicking-off a never-been-done blog series that looks at how actual Pandora advertisers have used audio to tell compelling stories across seven key categories: Theater of the Mind, Power of Words, The Human Voice, Sonic Identity, Humor and Character.
Did you know that Americans spend 4 hours a day with audio?
We’re seeing brands catch on to this rise in audio too. Even Nielsen now estimates that 79% of audio consumption occurs in moments when visual media cannot reach us. So not only does audio allow marketers to increase their communication with consumers, it also allows them to tell more personalized stories that evoke powerful emotions and engage the imagination.
1. USE A CONVERSATIONAL TONE Most audio is consumed through earbuds, so there is no need to shout anymore. Consumers will appreciate you more for speaking to them like you would a friend.
2. ADDRESS THE INDIVIDUAL LISTENER Digital audio allows brands to reach millions of people, one listener at a time. So make it personal! A natural tie-in to the platform will make your message stand out as part of the experience, rather than another ad.
3. EMPLOY A CLEAR CALL-TO-ACTION Tell the listener exactly what you want them to do and why. Be specific and straightforward, and they’ll be more likely to follow your direction.
4. COMPLEMENT WITH DISPLAY In an ideal scenario, audio and display go hand-in-hand. Let the audio message deliver the hardworking information, while the display captures the eyes.
Want more audio best practices?
If you’re already advertising with audio, we hope you’ll pick up some interesting ideas for your next campaign. If you’re not currently working with audio, perhaps we can show you what you’ve been missing out on.
So climb aboard! We’ll guide you through an exciting exploration of creativity any Cannes fanatic would appreciate. It’s everything you need to know about mastering audio advertising. See the series here: