Creating a Brand Image through Music: Understanding the Psychological Mechanisms behind Audio Branding

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Hauke Egermann explores the influence of music on how consumers imagine the characteristics of a brand. He deals with several psychological mechanisms in order to outline the associative and emotional potential of music and to illustrate how music aids in establishing brand recognition and recall in consumers. Egermann elaborates on how music can create brand attention and affective responses in consumers and affect the cognitive meaning of a brand image. He sums up by arguing for a brand-music communication model that describes three different functions of music in the creation of a brand identity: brand salience, cognitive meaning, and emotional meaning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Sound and Imagination
EditorsMark Grimshaw, Mads Walther-Hansen, Martin Knakkergaard
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780190460167
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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