“Thanks for your work this week, a lot of admiration for what Sonhouse has managed to put in such a short time. Nice combination between listening to the briefing and then surpass the briefing, just like that.”
– Joost Bakker (Head of Marketing)
Everything Coolblue entails (‘Everything For A Smile’) was captured in 5 notes. A sound strategy and a merry tune both Coolblue and its clients can easily remember and whistle on-the-go. A true sound signature.
Coolblue is one of the biggest and fastest growing online retailers in the Benelux. They came to Sonhouse looking for a full sound identity/strategy to reinforce their brand identity. The team went all-in and delivered a refreshing and particular result.
The Score is the starting point of creating a sound identity. This soundtrack is the alpha and omega of your sound: it contains all the necessary elements for further derivatives. Our mission with it? To make a brand sing in a relevant, distinctive, catchy and ownable way.
Coolblue is as goofy as they are upfront and honest, as friendly as they are open and direct. Sonhouse needed to create a straightforward sound layer with a twist, that would match Coolblue’s strong visual layer. So we did.
The sound Logo represents the melodic heart, distilled from the Score. Short, particular, recognisable, completely ‘you’.
Touchpoints are the various opportunities where customers ‘touch’ the brand. At each and every one of these points, brands should give the customer a consistent experience, reinforcing its identity and fulfilling its promise.
Mozart said “The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between”. Deploying the sound identity consistently makes your brand stronger. But it’s equally important to avoid sound pollution and overload. Sound should be used only when it amplifies.
Sonhouse created these possible applications for Coolblue:
Always eager to activate their fans, Coolblue wanted to renew its music on hold while also giving people the chance to decide which version they preferred. So Sonhouse made 3 easy-going Score versions for the fans to pick their favorite: new music on hold to make people hold the line ‘with a smile’. What’s your number 1?
Sonhouse doesn’t prescribe using the original Score when it doesn’t fit the creation perfectly. Sometimes, an adapted version or rework is justified. And why not use your audio watermark, the original sound Logo, at the end of the message?
Sonic branding is a dynamic process. Sonhouse will adapt and tweak the Score & Logo for a specific goal or campaign. It the end it’s about effectiveness.
Example: for a campaign video to promote the new line of HP products and accessories, we recorded interesting sounds from those very devices and re-created their brand’s Score from scratch (pun intended).
This case was developed together with Duval Guillaume.