Shawn Nesaw

Advertisers have successfully employed the use of voiceovers to command audiences for decades but getting it right takes research, planning and creativity. In producing a commercial or video collateral for your business, give the voiceover some serious thought before moving forward with the creative execution of your marketing.

Voiceovers provide the perfect opportunity to share messaging while controlling tone and guiding the emotional reception of your campaign. In fact, actual science exists behind why you might want to take your voiceover in a certain direction. For example, Phil McAleer, a psychologist at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, uncovered that we begin forming our impression of a person’s personality from their very first spoken word and that we deem higher pitched voices more trustworthy[1]. This research, along with similar findings, can shape the effectiveness of a voiceover and take your marketing from notable to unforgettable.

To help navigate the voiceover process, we’ve gathered a few tips to keep in mind as you craft the perfect campaign.


  1. Consider your audience and test, test, test!

As with all marketing and advertising, put your audience first. Consider what type of voice would resonate most with your target market and compile a list of appropriate voice artists. Have your talent provide audition reels and test the different assets against one another in a controlled environment. Reflect on what has worked for your competitors and improve on that model. This could mean going in a completely different direction, but testing will ensure your audience relates to whichever voice you decide on.

  1. Keep voice quality in mind and pick a clear emotional direction.
Waveforms show voice amplitude and moments of silence.

Once you’ve picked a voice artist that appeals to your audience, consider the cadence, tone and diction necessary to effectively share your message. A skilled voice artist exhibits control over his or her voice, altering the delivery of copy based on the emotion you want to elicit from your audience. Make sure you’ve chosen a voice artist who not only has a great, natural quality to his or her voice, but that he or she can also convey a message convincingly and authentically to your audience.

  1. Be consistent and think long-term.

A successful advertising campaign relies, in part, on the frequency at which your message reaches your target audience. Establishing retention within a market depends on the repetition of messaging. This applies to voiceovers, too. When picking a voiceover artist, decide on someone who can deliver a variety of messages for the brand. Staying consistent with a voice artist throughout the life of a campaign builds trust and triggers auditory recognition that recalls unique brand characteristics without having to explicitly remind audiences.

  1. Make sure you’ve got a great script.

Even the best voice actors can’t make a weak script deliver results. An effective voiceover depends upon a well-developed script. So, after you’ve written your voiceover copy, read it aloud, paying attention to the rhythm and flow of the delivery. A word or phrase might look great on paper but sound terrible to the ear. Keep your script clear and creative, and whatever your campaign goal may be, make sure your copy speaks to the action or feeling you want to encourage.


Developing effective and interesting voiceover to complement your campaign visuals often proves daunting, but with proper planning and testing, you can root your marketing efforts in strategy. Monitor the success of your campaign and evaluate how your creative assets resonate with larger audiences. There’s always room for further perfecting efforts, so stay open to switching directions.

Tell us about an effective voiceover experience you’ve executed, or better yet send us a link and let us hear it!

[1] http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/05/05/308349318/you-had-me-at-hello-the-science-behind-first-impressions

Creative agency will provide strategic marketing, design and advertising support

A. Bright Idea Advertising and Public Relations will provide marketing and creative campaign development support as Stella Maris marks 60 years of elder care and the 30 years of hospice care as Baltimore’s premier provider of long-term care, assisted living and hospice care.

“We are thrilled to work with Stella Maris and welcome the opportunity to utilize our full range of services for a strategic and comprehensive campaign recognizing the organization’s important contributions to the Baltimore community,” said T.J. Brightman, Vice President of Client Relations. “We look forward to promoting Stella Maris’ strong history of compassionate and professional care to the region through dynamic creative.”

This year marks 60 years of Stella Maris serving the needs of the Baltimore community. Stella Maris has been a leader in providing care for elders, with services including senior living facilities, home care, long-term care, rehabilitation, dementia care, as well as a full-service senior day center. Stella Maris is also celebrating another milestone this year, with 30 years of hospice care – one of the first Medicare certified hospices in the state. The anniversary campaign will celebrate Stella Maris’ tradition of high-quality, compassionate care with a reputation unsurpassed in Baltimore.

A. Bright Idea’s experience working with clients in the hospital, physician and health-related industry, as well as past performance results and new strategic recommendations led to the firm’s selection by Stella Maris.