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Sound Branding Your Business! >>An article I wrote for the NASE ( National Association of the Self Employed )

October 30, 2015

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As this article I wrote crosses over from voice over to my marketing consulting business, I am posting it on this blog as well!  I was asked to write this article from the NASE ( National Association of the Self Employed ).  It’s a goody, cheers!

Have You “Sound Branded” Your Business Yet?

We all know that branding for your business is important…
However, have you created an actual “voice” for your company that reflects its branded style?

It’s a fact. Branding is a very important marketing tool that every business or organization should think about. Why? Well, simply put – it’s the personality that identifies a product, service, or company. In addition, it’s been proven time and time again that proper branding can result in higher sales (OK, now you’re talking)! But, what’s even more interesting? Truly successful branding is obtained when someone can remember a brand without being exposed to the company name, but rather through visual or sound signifiers.

On that note, let’s focus on what we HEAR.

Great examples of this can be found through the Walt Disney Company. They are very successful with branding cartoon characters by the way they sound…Donald Duck will always have a “quacky” voice.  Porky Pig just can’t get rid of that darned stutter.  Goofy sounds – well, pretty goofy!  And, even a unique tune or set of notes can denote a brand, like NBC TV’s Station ID chime. Or, the newer Nationwide TV commercials, where the actors hum the tune throughout (Nationwide is on your side). Sorry, is that in your head now?

So! Taking a look at your own business or organization, what kind of sound do you need? What style of voice matches what you do, and allows for others to feel comfortable and reach out for your product or service?

Here are some examples to consider… If you’re a spa, perhaps the initial feeling you want people to have is calm and stillness. So, you might plan for a light, airy voice that sounds peaceful and relaxing. If you’re a leadership consultant, maybe the sound you want is more powerful. Studies have shown that using a deep voice helps others associate your business with being professional.

Although these are polar opposite examples, remember there are many more sounds in between! How would an artsy clothing store sound?  An accountant? A toy shop? And, don’t forget… there are lots of places where your business needs that sound branding. From your voicemail messaging, to explainer videos on the web, to local TV and radio commercials.

If you haven’t thought about it yet, take some time to think about it. Especially with the holidays just around the corner! What sound will your audience relate to?

And, after you think more about it… FEEL it.  Think: Who is my audience? Should the voice be male or female? What do I want my script to say? Do I have a special offer I can include?

From there, the only thing left to do is record!
You can either do this on your own, or hire a professional voice talent to record for you.

Either way…
It’s up to you to make the voice of your brand the most memorable it can be!

A bit about the Author:

Born and raised in New York, Rose Caiazzo was professionally trained in theatre and music at a young age, and now continues her passion for voice — living in the wilds of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. What separates Rose from others in the industry is her true delight in the spoken word. She is the owner of Rose Recordings, LLC and has worked with representing companies across the country as a professional Voice Over Talent for many years. Rose also partners with organizations to write, voice and produce TV/Radio commercials, telephone voicemails and corporate video narrations. Her crowing achievements include her voice recordings for a Grand Teton National Park smartphone app, and when she was awarded first place for “best commercial” from the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters. You can find Rose on the web just by typing her unique name, as she loves connecting with others on social media… Or, just have a listen to what she sounds like here!

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