Kantar report: How brands are making noise and driving impact with sound on TikTok
June 8, 2021
TikTok is an entertainment canvas that sparks joy and creativity for millions of people. On TikTok, sound isn’t just the extra furniture or an afterthought: it’s fundamental to the platform. Users create with sound as their starting point. They engage with audio in a new and different way that enhances its ability to elicit emotion and forge meaningful connections.
We knew that the fundamental nature of audio on TikTok was helping to drive our record-high engagement rates. But we wanted to understand why. So we partnered with Kantar to learn more about the impact of sound on digital advertising. They compared the user experience on TikTok vs. other digital platforms, and the results were profound:
Kantar’s research also revealed that TikTok’s sound-on approach positively impacts every stage of the customer journey. From grabbing users’ attention at the very beginning to enhancing purchases at the end, sound on TikTok can help businesses reach a variety of goals:
Want your message to be heard and stand out? Kantar found that TikTok’s sound-on campaigns were much better at increasing brand awareness than competitors’ ads, both with and without audio.
Sound on TikTok doesn’t just get your brand noticed, it’s also extremely effective at conveying your identity and value to consumers. TikToks are simply better at spreading the word.
Time to move the needle: According to the study, TikTok is the only platform where ads with audio generate significant lifts in both purchase intent and brand favorability. For some competitors, sound actually had a negative effect on favorability.
Now we understand why sound is such an important marketing tool on TikTok: It’s the anti-scroll, and it helps your messages not only be heard but be felt by your audiences. So how do you put this knowledge to work for your business? How do you start thinking with your ears and creating sound-first? It’s easier than you might think. Check out three ways that brands are getting results with a sound-centered approach on TikTok.
Ready to go? Many brands begin with our free Commercial Music Library, which gives you access to hundreds of thousands of pieces of licensed music and sounds to use on TikTok. All you have to do is log in to your TikTok For Business account, open the camera, and click on the sounds icon at the top of the screen. Now you can start browsing and playing around—and thinking with your ears. With a mindset of audio exploration, you can find the ideal audio to enhance your next campaign.
TikTok takes sound to a new level of effectiveness for brands that want to break through, be heard, and bring their message home to a worldwide community. Compared to ads on other digital platforms, TikToks are better at communicating information and increasing brand awareness, favorability, and purchase intent. By taking a sound-first approach, businesses can create a message that truly resonates—and that truly delivers the results that they need.