You hear it a lot when it comes to marketing and/or branding. “We need to create a message that will really rise above the noise” or “We don’t want it to become just white noise.”

white noise /ˌ(h)wīt ˈnoiz/ noun PHYSICS
1. noise containing many frequencies with equal intensities.

In my early years of audio engineering, I learned quickly about two methods of mixing audio, additive and subtractive. If I was responsible for running sound for a rock show and I knew a guitar solo was coming up, I had two options. I can push the fader (increase the volume) of said guitar, or I can pull everything else back just a tad and allow the sound of the guitar to rise to the top. One method adds to the overall noise level, the other just allows for what is truly important at the moment to stand out.

Is the strength of our message in how many words we say, or is it in the results we’ve garnered? We can say all we want about our intentions and our goals, but we have to let the results speak for themselves. Intentions don’t preach; results and actions do. Perhaps to be a little more seen and a little less heard we don’t need to concentrate on rising above the noise as much as pulling away from it. Or perhaps clearing it all together. If we are adding to the noise, we will be shut out. 

So let us step back. Let’s pull back the fader. Instead of bloating your ads with promises and what you could or want to do. Do something under the radar and allow the results to speak for you. This will set you on a solid platform, and when the noise settles you will be all that stands out.

Promise > Campaign / Promise Kept > Action > Brand

Allison Matz

Matz joins the Boileau team with writing and communication experience from her previous role as Academic Department Coordinator at Grand Valley State University, her alma mater. She earned her degree in English literature and writing and enjoys being able to express creativity and storytelling through her chosen career.

Berkeley Benson

Prior to joining Boileau, Benson worked as a writer and illustrator for both agency and in-house organizations. In 2018, she graduated from Cedarville University with a bachelor’s in professional writing and information design.

About the Author

Sean Silva
Sean brings over 20 years of experience in media production to the Boileau team. Whether in film or in song from the live stage, the art of creative storytelling has always been his passion. After years of amateur film making in the backyard with a cast of family and friends, and a budget of pizza, Sean joined the professional field of film and video upon graduation from Compass Film in 2004. When Sean’s not busy producing film at Boileau, you can find him playing guitar in his band, going on a rare date with his wife or spending quality time with his kids.
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