Google Play and Sonos
Set your music free with high fidelity, wireless sound
Brand Positioning & Creative Strategy
For the purpose of innovating the music streaming platform, Google Play launched a new feature to play music over the internet.
We introduced the new feature integration as a highly powerful, yet personal way of playing music on Sonos home speakers.
I led the team at B-Reel to understand the subscription-based music streaming in a home environment. I crafted the brand positioning, messaging, and collaborated with our creative director to develop a bold, confident story for our launch.
Music streaming services are growing at an ever increasing, rapid pace. As as result, competition for users and revenue growth is fierce.
At the end of 2016 there were 112 million users of paid music streaming subscriptions, who drove year-on-year streaming revenue growth of 60.4%, according to the IFPI Global Music Report 2017.
At the same time, new wave of music streaming services also entered the market.
Google Play introduced All Music Access where users can choose from 40 million tracks, build a playlist, and play artist radio.
With over 164 billion songs streamed on Google Play since launch, our client needed to innovate its platform and compete even harder for users' attention. What used to be an all-in-one app from Sonos to deliver wireless audio, the home sound system is now integrating directly into Google Play.
Set your music free at home.
I conducted qualitative research to understand music behavior. I interviewed people who regularly used paid music streaming services and explored a number of themes in my ethnography. People typically valued music streaming service that understood the kinds of music they played, predicted what they liked, and allowed them to search or discover from a large library of songs, artists, and genres.
Overall, the research concluded that people tended to lean towards services that felt personalized and human versus more tech-forward. The study also showed that people preferred the freedom or ability to choose music because it gave them active control of the overall music experience. Paid users weren’t interested in having limitations on music, like Pandora, where music is experienced more passively and in the background.
Music is increasingly more personal and people want a more connected experience at home.
People not only want to personalize their music tracks, they want a seamless connection to sound, called untethered play. This behavioral shift is a result of cloud-based technology that allows us to connect our devices to a wireless eco-system. Here are few more points we discovered:
- People rely on technology to simplify and make things easier
- As more households become wireless, people desire seamless connections to music, TV, and other electronic items
- Interaction with music and entertainment across multiple devices is normal
- In-app services on our phones are playing the role of the remote control to other connected devices on the internet wireless system
Now, music can be streamed via any device and connected to your home system.
We know people want a music streaming experience that lets them play wherever they are in their home.
As a result, we landed on bringing more human connection to the music streaming partnership. This was guided by the emotional experience of:
Personalized, control of music
Home as a personal space of self-identity and comfort
'Where music comes out to play' idea reinforced the tension around the magic, harmony, and control and created a lasting bond between music and sound.
We crafted a new positioning statement to communicate the bond between music, sound, and play. The ability to stream what you want, where you want is extremely powerful. You are in complete control of your music experience.
The entire experience is alive and untethered.
The film delivers on the user’s experience and an out-of-this-world sound quality that is uniquely Google Play and Sonos.
The creative idea showed that music can be played in any room. You can feel the incredible sound of your favorite artist pulsing in the living room to your.
Specifically, it came to life in a short film that follows a guy coming home from work with music on the headphones. His head is bopping, his body is swaying to the beat of the music. He casts the music and suddenly is connected to his home system. He dances his way to the living room, creating a new playlist and moving out in the balcony. He is completely immersed in the sound of home.
Below is the short film, website, and interactive wall that we developed together in our partnership with Sonos.
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