Media partnerships continue to flourish. Right now, Spotify has a couple of interesting ones going. You may have seen the TV spot featuring Samuel L. Jackson singing “Let’s Stay Together” (I prefer Al Green, thank you). The tie-in is with Capital One, entitling credit card holders discounts on Spotiy subscription fees.
And not stopping there, Spotify also launched a promotion with Hulu, bundling both services together. Smart, right? A joint deal that combines two major audio and video streaming brands. And college students will get an even better deal, solidifying Spotify and Hulu among both Gens Y and Z.
But the one that recently grabbed my attention is a new co-promotion launched between T-Mobile and Netflix. If you pay for four unlimited lines, T-Mobile throws in Netflix.
Sounds pretty breakthrough, right?
But the ancillary reason this deal stands out is in its marketing. The creative team at Publicis hit on a clever way to get our attention – using the familiar audio signatures of both brands – T-Mobile and Netflix – to get into our heads.
Here’s the TV ad:
But perhaps even more powerful is the radio version of this joint ad. When you simply hear these audio signatures, they form an even more vivid impression in your mind, thanks to the repetition of the respective sounds of both brands.
Perhaps not coincidentally, marketing executive Colleen Fahey worked for Publicis before joining audio branding agency, Sixième Son. A few years ago, she wrote a great article for the Content Marketing Institute, “How Audio Enhances Your Brand Content: Find Your Signature.” It’s a savvy walk-through of how established brands can add audio signatures to their marketing arsenals.
There is all sorts of scientific evidence suggesting the even deeper power of audio. Whether it’s those “ear worm songs” – the ones that we simply cannot get out of our heads – or advertising (and radio station) jingles, audio is an amazing vehicle that becomes part of our personal “hard drives.”
Guys like Bob McCurdy and Jerry Lee have been saying the same for years – pointing to the power of audio and how it can be used to form indelible impressions. And yet, most stations don’t explore the idea of creating audio signatures like T-Mobile, Netflix, Intel, NBC, and so many others brands have used to their mutual benefit.
We are witnessing a renaissance in audio and its delivery right before our very ears. As wireless systems like Sonos, Bose, and others are filling our homes with quality audio, and smart speakers like Amazon Echo use audio to provide on-demand content at the drop of an “Alexa…” we are smack in the middle of a new audio revolution.
At a time when radio competes against so many new and compelling platforms and sources, sticky audio signatures could be the perfect vehicles to cement images and impression of station brands, creating long-lasting memories that can be used again and again to trigger top-of-mind awareness.
The Who had it right with “Tommy.”
See me, feel me, touch me,
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