In this age of digital manipulation and reproduction, we often get questioned by customers about the source of Holdcom’s voice recordings… human or synthetic? And the answer is… yes, they are most definitely natural, human voices…not artificial reproductions. As a company specializing in voice over recordings for Message on Hold, IVR and multi-media narrations, Holdcom recognizes the value of using real, professional voice talents for all our productions. And, as a business owner, you want your brand to sound genuine and personal… not computer generated.
Branded Content has become more complicated over the years. However, it can open so many doors for businesses of any genre. Articles, videos, podcasts, and other live elements are what makes a nice batch of Branded Content. The overall key of Branded Content is to grab the attention of the consumers of today and drive engagement through content. This type of engagement will allow consumers to be either entertained or can teach them valuable things.
When you’re investing time and energy into your marketing and creating new content, you want it to be effective. Every detail from the colors, used – to the voice has an effect on your audience. Choosing the right gender for your brand voice can be a tricky decision. We’ve created a list of things to consider before choosing a voice for your next video, phone recording, and radio spot.
A brand voice is a consistent style, message, and theme throughout all marketing which makes a company stand out against the competition. The voice will define and create a tone for the entire restaurant. It should be echoed in your social media, menu, website, app, printed marketing materials, emails, loyalty program, and any type of communication you have. The more unified your brand, the more your followers and audience will remember you. Here are elements to consider to help you define your brand.
First impressions have a lasting impact. Everyone has a friend that when they first met, was totally unapproachable. Trust me, I know because for most of my college years, I was that friend! My friends didn’t admit this to me until about 2 years into our relationship, and we still laugh about it. The same can be true for many businesses. Not only can they can seem out of reach for consumers, but the brand can be represented by several different identities. We’re seeing trends that encourage one voice and one face for the entire brand. Take for example, Flo at Progressive. Flo is just your everyday lady. She isn’t overly fancy, she has a sense of humor, and she sounds like almost anyone. What you didn’t realize that by making Flo so “ordinary” or “normal” Progressive created a brand that is approachable and appears like a “real’ person.
In life, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In business, getting a referral or testimonial, is the highest form of flattery, and is the currency on which you build your reputation. The better your reputation, the easier it is for your front-line staff to do their jobs and add to your growth.
With all the news and excitement around the success and popularity of Pokémon Go, you may not recall it started as a humble card game back in the 1990’s. It wasn’t your average game. This game included capturing mythical creatures and battling your friends. The game was simply called Pokémon. Now updated for smart phones as an app, Pokémon Go isn’t exactly the same game that we all remember. Pokémon GO has evolved to meet current times. Being called a “free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game… released in July 2016” according to Wikipedia. There are mixed reviews about the evolved game, but there are valuable elements that can used to enhance the customer experience.
A memorable marketing campaign increases awareness, value, and perception of the brand. Brand Image isn’t developed by visual content alone, but by sonic branding. The higher the customer’s awareness of your message, the more likely for it to impact their memory. Memory is exactly what makes a brand image. Neglecting audio or sonic branding in any marketing campaign will decrease the likelihood that you’ll get the results you are seeking.
May the 4th be with you! Star Wars wasn’t only one of the most well-known movies in history, but created an entire culture. When it comes to marketing, there are several marketing examples that can be seen in the first movie of the original Star Wars trilogy. Marketing that we can see in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope include: understanding your target audience, analyzing your product and services and creating a strong brand image.
IVR systems. We’ve all used it and we’ve all had experiences where we were trapped in a routing loop unable to reach a human being and stuck yelling at a “robot” we can barely understand.
When was the last time you’ve had an experience like that? How did it make you feel about the brand who provided that experience to you? Probably not good.