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We’re More Than Just In-Store Radio…

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Over the last few years, we at KVH Studios have expanded our offering significantly outside of in-store radio. With response to client demand and taking a more proactive approach in this ever-changing market. We have helped our clients to consolidate media suppliers for ease and cost-savings, plus increase efficiency with their marketing strategy.

Here are just a few ways in which KVH Studios can support you further as a client…

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Audio and visual come hand in hand so this was a natural progression for us to make as a business. By managing all creative content for these two mediums it ensures consistency and a stronger brand approach.

KVH Studios offer a wide range of content options such as animation, video and live television, which many clients such as Ann Summers, Moto, Costcutter and Motorpoint are taking advantage of. All our solutions are created and managed in-house and delivered through our marketing leading technology.

Podcasts

Of course, it’s not just about in-store, our services expand beyond this with podcasts increasing in popularity and demand in the retail market.

We have therefore adapted our services to accommodate this by not just offering our in-house studio recording facilities. But also full management of the process including concept creation, episode support and guidance, editing and packaging, hosting, publishing, and analytics.

Our biggest podcast projects include Superdrug’s ‘Beauty of It All’ which has peaked at number 1 in the iTunes health and beauty charts and Leeds City Council’s ‘Leeds in Conversation’.

Commercial Radio

Many of our in-store radio clients also use us for production of their local and national advertisements. As they can guarantee consistency of sound and production values, simplicity in briefing, and reduced costs.

Our experienced team of scriptwriters and audio producers can manage all creative, voiceover selection, editing, radio clearance and distribution. Taking the stress away and advising you from start to finish.

And that’s just a few ways in which we can help further. We can also support with events/conferences, pop-ups, training, television and online voiceovers, on-hold systems and much more!

If you’re looking to reduce the number of marketing suppliers you deal with and want an in-store music provider that offers much more, the KVH Studios team are ready to help.

Just give us a call on 0113 233 7800 or email info@kvhstudios.com for advice and support when the time is right. We look forward to hearing from you!

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Chloe McCafferty – Account Manager

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How long have you been at KVH Studios?

I started on the 6th January 2020 as an Account Manager.

What does your job involve?

All sorts really! Primarily, looking after various accounts and being the first port of call for each of my clients. On a day to day basis I deal with a huge variety of queries from my clients. I spend a lot of time scripting, working on content proposals and liaising with different departments such as technical and production. My job is mainly about making sure my clients receive the best possible service for their in-store radio!

What did you do before you worked at KVH Studios?

I worked at Jet2holidays as a Live Chat advisor, dealing with customers queries on a day to day basis. I then progressed to managing a small team and becoming more involved with the Live Engage platform such as building a variety of campaigns and looking at how we can improve the layout for the customer’s visiting the website.

you feel like you are constantly picking new things up and learning new skills. The people are great too, I think it’s important to work in an environment that’s not only fun but professional and passionate, everyone is great with tonnes of knowledge and always willing to help.

What’s your favourite memory at KVH Studios?

I’ve only been here a short amount of time, so I’d say meeting everyone as they are all friendly and helpful, also passing my probation period was a lovely feeling too!

How would you describe KVH Studios in 3 words?

Fun, passionate, professional.

If you could pick one, what would be your favourite music track?

That’s a tough one, there’s so many to choose from! I’ve got a few favourites that remind me of some of my best memories, in particular ‘You’ve got the love’ by Florence and the Machine, it reminds me of my first ever festival with my friends. ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk reminds me of good times with my family, dancing away at gatherings! Anything Oasis related is up there, but I’d have to say my all-time favourite is ‘Go your own way’ by Fleetwood Mac, perfect for any occasion – parties, gym, festivals it’s just an all-rounder!

What do you like to do when you’re not at KVH Studios?

I love spending any time with my friends, partner and family, that’s what makes me happiest. Going to gigs, festivals, and travelling as much as I can. Anything social really!

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Your ‘Working From Home’ Playlist

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As we continue to work out of the office, we thought, instead of the end of month new music roundup, we’d share our top tracks from our ‘working from home’ playlist to help keep your spirits up, stay motivated and keep entertained.

And why not try building your own playlist of your favourite tracks that put a smile on your face. We’re just here for the inspiration!

OK so a pretty obvious one to start with. You can’t beat Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work from home’ to get those toes tapping. Released in March 2016 and featuring Ty Dolla Sign, the song is primarily an R&B track that incorporates some elements of trap music and tropical house beats.

Recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her eighth studio album Anti in 2016, Work featuring Drake became the first dancehall song to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Sean Paul’s Temperature in 2006

Wouldn’t be a good playlist if it didn’t feature an epic, legendary track from Queen and Don’t stop me now is guaranteed to lift your mood! Written by lead singer, Freddie Mercury, and released in 1979, the track didn’t initially chart well but grew in stature over time and has been popularised by its use in advertisements, television programmes and films.

Jumping ahead to the next decade to the fabulous eighties, Katrina and The Waves brought us the uplifting Walking on Sunshine in 1983. Originally written as a ballad, Katrina Leskanich decided to belt the song out as a more upbeat song.

And finally, let’s bring it back to more recent times with the release of Normani’s Motivation the back end of last summer. Co-written by Ariana Grande, the music video went viral due to the video’s intense choreography, more specifically a basketball move that started a viral dance challenge.

Hope that’s given you some inspiration guys! Keep on dancing!

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KVH Studios Produce New Leeds City Council Podcast

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The new Leeds City Council podcast has launched! KVH Studios have worked together with the LCC team to create and launch a 24-episode series of podcasts led by different speakers from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds.

Released every fortnight across 2020, ‘Leeds in Conversation’ covers various topics relating to the ’12 Big Ideas’ from the Inclusive Growth Strategy. The podcast brings together voices from across the city to debate and discuss everything from culture to creative innovation, digital skills to infrastructure and everything in between, on how all our communities and people can and will benefit from the growth of our thriving city.

In 2019, KVH Studios were successful in the tender to be commissioned for this project due to our fully comprehensive and innovation solution, as well as the advice and guidance we can offer due to the vast experience of our team in this medium.

We support LCC by recording, producing and editing all content for the podcasts, including the main discussion, advertising and creation of a bespoke audio signature piece to act as the introduction to each episode, providing a clear and distinct audio identity for the podcast. All from our purpose-built, high-quality audio studios in the heart of Leeds.

We also manage all aspects of the hosting, publishing and analytics for each episode, ensuring each is visible on all major audio platforms, including iTunes, Spotify and Google Podcasts, and reaches a wide audience. Weekly reports are provided detailing a range of listenership figures including episode breakdown, geographical information of audience, and downloads by time of day.

“In 2019 we made the decision to work with KVH Studios to bring to life the Leeds in Conversation podcast. They have been a fantastic partner in achieving our goal of bringing the inclusive growth conversation to the city, fully embracing the ethos of the strategy and supporting us every step of the way. Their expertise and advice has ensured that we have been able to deliver, and continue to deliver throughout these difficult times, an engaging, inspiring and thought provoking podcast that has seen some fantastic results after only three episodes.”                                       Eve Roodhouse, Chief Officer Economic Development

Search for ‘Leeds in Conversation’ on your favourite podcast today to listen to the latest episodes available or click here to find out more!

The Power of Music

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Let’s face it, the world is going through a very weird time right now. A time filled with uncertainty, anxiety and unknowns. So now more than ever, positivity is important in getting us through it, supporting yourself as an individual and those around you.

Easier said than done we know, but there is a very powerful tool that can help to motivate, increase optimism and improve mental well-being, overall reducing those anxious feelings and regulating emotions. That tool is MUSIC!

Music is a very powerful neurological tool that helps us change our mindset and mood, giving us new perspective. When you hear music, your brain releases a chemical called dopamine that has positive effect on mood. Particular songs can spark happy memories and nostalgic moments. Upbeat tracks can motivate you when working from home or to get you up off the sofa to do some exercise, assisting in improving performance.

Maybe most importantly, music can provide comfort. Whether it’s low tempo, soothing tracks to help you relax or upbeat pop music to put a smile on your face, it all helps in easing your mind and is a companion if you’re feeling lonely.

So, to help you through this tough time, KVH Studios are putting you to task! Take just half an hour out of your day today to put together a playlist of your favourite, uplifting tracks. Doesn’t matter whether they’re old or new, slow or fast, vocal or instrumental, it’s your playlist to suit you and help you out when you’re maybe feeling a little low and just need a pick-me-up. We guarantee it’ll help!

Need some inspiration? Check out the KVH Studios playlist on Spotify for all the latest tracks featured on our services that we’re loving. Enjoy!

Stay safe everyone and stay home. Remember we’re all in this together!

 

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NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: March 2020

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Welcome to another look back at all the new music we have added this month to our in-store music services with Head of Music, Nick Bewes.

One of the biggest pop stars of the last decade returned this month with her first solo single in 3 years, Stupid Love. Taken from her album, Chromatica, it’s a perfect slice of pop. The video was filmed entirely using Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro triple camera system!

Sports Team have been described as 2020’s most chaotic new band, we just think that they produce great music, their latest single Here’s The Thing is just brilliant. It’s taken from their debut album, Deep Down Happy.

We’ve been fans of Jessie Ware for a very long time here at KVH Studios, having first added her to our playlists back in 2012. Since then, she has produced some of the smoothest pop sounds around and returned this month with the sublime Spotlight.

It’s been 7 years since we first added the brilliant Haim to our playlists. Now they are getting ready to release their third album, Women in Music Pt 3. And they have unleashed their latest single The Steps, which is another cracker.

And finally, there’s another Trolls movie on the way, so Justin Timberlake is back with some new tracks. The first movie gave us the brilliant Can’t Stop the Feeling. This time he’s teamed up with SZA for equally good The Other Side.

And there you have it, our highlights of the last month in music. Keep up to date with our playlist additions Spotify playlist here.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Claire Martin – Commercial Director

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Claire Martin – Commercial Director

 

How long have you been at KVH Studios?

I started as an Account Executive in 2008 and have worked through all various different roles in Client Services since!

What does your job involve?

I wear many hats in my role but essentially, I’m responsible for the commercial side of the business and the overall growth. Which includes (in a nutshell) supporting our Head of Client Services in the development of existing accounts, new revenue opportunities, brand and marketing, new business sales, implementation, new and retention contracts and product development. It’s a busy one but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

What did you do before you worked at KVH Studios?

I studied Journalism at University then had a few temporary positions before starting my search for my career in media. Most of my adult life has been at KVH Studios!

What do you love most about what you do?

The variety, the pace and the people. No day is the same and we’re constantly evolving and learning through new challenges. We’re a small division that’s part of a big business so whilst we’re super busy all the time, we also have the flexibility and freedom to grow into new areas and try new things, which is really exciting. I’m surrounded by incredibly talented people every day that I have worked with for many years now so we’re like a family and work so well together. Also, it doesn’t feel like a ‘job’ to me anymore which is a nice feeling.

What’s your favourite memory at KVH Studios?

Yikes, there’s so many! I really don’t know how to answer that one! Sorry!

How would you describe KVH Studios in 3 words?

Exciting, passionate and dedicated.

If you could pick one, what would be your favourite music track?

I like all sorts of music and have favourite tracks for different reasons so, for this, let’s go with my wedding song ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers as it’s just fills me with warmth and makes me think of great memories with my husband and friends, which is why we chose it.

What do you like to do when you’re not at KVH Studios?

I really love family time. Weekends with my mum, dad, brother, husband and 3-year-old daughter are the best weekends. But I’m also a big fan of girl time and can’t beat a night out with friends. Other than that, I love holidays, renovating my home and planning!

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Does playing music in your stores make a difference?

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Does playing music in your stores make a difference?

 

The answer to that is a resounding YES, based on extensive research over recent decades, 81% of customers agree that playing in-store music creates a better atmosphere when compared to a retail store that does not play music*.

In fact, music is listed within the top 5 areas that make an instant impact on customers (the others being light, smell, space, and visual appearance). Yet we’re constantly amazed at how many retailers get it wrong!

Most retailers are playing music, but there are still many unanswered questions…

  • Do store colleagues enjoy it?
  • Is it profiled to your demographic and footfall?
  • Does it represent your brand effectively?

It makes us wonder why so little attention seems to be given to the music and ‘sound branding’ when it’s such an important factor within the mix. So why focus only on the visual aspects?

Here’s the amazing bit. Getting your music right costs, no more than getting it wrong! Yet the prize for getting it right can be so rewarding. It’s a case of choosing the right music partner to work with…

KVH Studios are one of the UK’s largest in-store music providers, certainly the most progressive, and currently enjoying customer satisfaction ratings off the scale. Just check out our testimonials!

Our studio team of experienced musicologists, supported by top-class producers skilled in profiling and branding, are amongst the very best in the business. Our relationships with record companies, independent labels and emerging artists give KVH Studios the edge when curating music profiles. We are in the best possible position to help you create ‘the sound of your brand’. We are so passionate and emotionally invested in music and customer satisfaction, it’s not surprising that our customers benefit time and time again.

Not sure if you’re getting the most out of your music? Is your music contract up for renewal soon?

Well now’s the time to get in touch with KVH Studios on 0113 233 7800. Have a chat and see what we can do for your individual brand.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: February 2020

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As we approach the end of another month at KVH Studios, Head of Music Nick Bewes looks back at some of the new music that we have added in February to our in-store music services.

Let’s be honest, the only place to start our review of music in February is with Eilish, Billie Eilish. She released the theme song from the new Bond movie, No Time to Die. After 90,000 equivalent chart sales in its first week, including 10.6 million streams. It became only the second 007 song to go to Number One, in the UK Charts.

Elsewhere, Noel Gallagher continued having fun with new music, since leaving Oasis. He has produced some great tunes with his High Flying Birds band.

The first couple of albums were very much what you would expect, but with his last album, Who Built the Moon, he began experimenting with different styles of music with the help of legendary producer David Holmes. In 2019, he began releasing EPs which continue with the adventurous theme with the latest called Blue Moon Rising.

Dua Lipa is gearing for the release of her second album, Future Nostalgia, with Physical being another perfect pop song. If the first three songs from the album are anything to go by, the new album is going to be a cracker.

As well as playing the big acts, we love supporting new talent here at KVH Studios. And this month, we are pleased to give exposure to Leeds artist Sfven. His latest single Flower Beds is a great song, it deserves to be heard by many more people. One to watch this year.

And finally, this week we added the fabulous new track from Shaun Escoffery called River. It’s a big catchy pop song with an even bigger chorus. It’s taken from new album Strong Enough which is out in April on Decca Records. This is the first time that a massively talented singer that we have been supporting since 2014, has been on a major label.

You can keep up to date with our main new additions on our Spotify playlist here.

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The Brit Awards 2020 Roundup

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Last night saw the biggest night in British music. No not the Voice UK final, it was The Brit Awards! It was the show’s 40th anniversary, however the only real nod to the history of the event was the sketch at the beginning of the show with host Jack Whitehall trying on several classic outfits worn by people of the past including Liam Gallagher’s duffle coat and Geri’s Union Jack dress! Then it was time for the music to begin with Mabel performing her hit Don’t Call Me Up. A performance that included lots of dancers and big phones!

In contrast, the next performance was so simple, just Lewis Capaldi & a bloke playing a piano, performing the biggest selling single of 2019, Someone You Loved. Straight after he won the Best New Artist. Obviously, he was a bit fruity with his acceptance speech, because the sound was muted!

Mabel was then back on stage to accept the Best Female Artist, after getting a huge hug from mum Neneh when she was announced as the winner. 30 years ago, Neneh was on stage performing and accepting Best International Breakthrough and Solo Artist. How is that 30 years ago?

Next up was Harry Styles, who continues to morph into David Bowie. He didn’t perform any of the three singles from his latest album, instead opting to do album track Falling, while standing in a pool of water, and water was also coming out of the pianos behind him. Looked simple but rather nice. You can tell that the artists have had more say in their performances this year, as they are more in line with their styles.

Next up was the amazing Lizzo, who performed a medley of her songs, with a little bit of help from the Brits crowd. Lizzo and Harry were the stars of the show, more for the interviews with Jack Whitehall than anything else. People on Twitter have been asking for a Harry & Lizzo TV show, which is something that we can certainly get on board with. It would be brilliant.

Next up Ronnie Wood (and his gloves) introduced Stormzy as British Male Solo Artist and Tyler the Creator won Best International Male Solo Artist. In a surprise decision, Foals won Group of the Year. International Female Solo Artist was Billie Eilish who not only received a lot of love from the crowd, but also from Melanie C who presented the award to her, who is obviously a massive fan. Billie had already performed the new Bond theme No Time to Die, featuring her brother Finneas, The Smiths legend Johnny Marr, composer extraordinaire Hans Zimmer and an orchestra! All very good!

The performances kept coming with Brits Rising Star Celeste and the amazing Strange, another simple presentation. That can’t be used to describe Stormzy’s, well storming medley. Song of the year went to Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved, which is apparently is about his Grandma who sadly passed away, and not a former girlfriend, as many thought.

And then there’s Dave. He won the Mastercard album of the year for his number one album Psychodrama, which also won the Mercury Prize last year. This is only the second time that’s happened, and the first since Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Dave also produced the best performance of the night, with the lyrically and visually stunning Black.

All that was left was for Sir Rod Stewart to sing a song for Jack Whitehall’s mum Hilary and then reunite with former Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones for a rousing finale of Stay with Me. Rod was, well Rod!

I thought Jack Whitehall did a good job presenting the show for the third time, here are some of his highlights.

Please, please, can we have a Jack, Harry and Lizzo show sometime soon!

Until next year, thank you Brits 2020. Now, when is the Voice UK final?

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