Multisensory Marketing

With so much going on in everyday life, creating ads that actually stick into the minds of your target audience is really difficult, as grabbing the attention and  manipulating it in a way that evokes emotion is the way to create that lasting effect. It creates a powerful, physical connection to a product or brand through engaging in human senses. According to research, any kind of media whether it be printed or digital that appeals to more than three senses can increase engagement with the brand by over 70%- that’s huge!

But when you think about it, it makes perfect sense- considering how the human brain is wired, and in the way our senses are directly associated with past experiences and memories it’s no wonder we are more likely to remember a brand when they appeal to our senses.

Brands are always evoking multiple senses in their advertising, we just don’t always notice it…

The multisensory marketing experience is a revolution in grabbing the attention of audiences, in a world with so many distractions. Although most commonly used in printed media, and in television and video ads, multisensory marketing is beginning to creep into other areas of online advertising campaigns such as display advertising, and we’re going to tell you how.

International fast food chain, McDonalds is a typical example of multisensory marketing. Their iconic red and yellow logo is prominent in all their advertisements, there’s your sense of sight, and the recognisable five note jingle used throughout their video campaigns is always present in some way or another- there’s your sense of sound. The brand is so recognisable across the globe, as it is encoded in our memory by both visual and audio elements.

Multisensory marketing has also made it’s way to print advertising, as the integration of language and imagery to evoke the senses.

Brands are increasingly using imagery of objects strongly associated with smell, along with language that evokes taste, so that the two are intertwined to evoke multiple senses within the ad, and can be done in a variety of interesting and creative ways.

The term used for this, is called ‘linguistic synaesthesia’ meaning a type of metaphor created by combining words that are associated with different senses.

A good example of linguistic synaesthesia are phrases such as “sweet melody” and “soft voice”. If similar phrases can be relevant within your marketing, it’s well worth using them in some way to make your brand more recognisable.

As well as using language and imagery, imagery on it’s own can also work in a similar way. Advertisements with bright colours convey positive feelings, so using bright colours in your ads rather than black and white images will help portray a positive image of your brand.

Overall, appealing to the senses within your marketing plan is a really effective and important technique to use. It may take time to find the right working and imagery to create, but once you get it right you could be seeing very positive results from campaigns, as well as a well-known brand identity that holds positive imagery from your customers.