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Music: The Companion We Didn’t Know We Needed in 2020

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” 

This quote by renowned artist, Billy Joel, describes the significance of the companion we all know and love – music. Throughout time, music has served as a source of joy, expression, hope, and fellowship. Influential artists have called for world peace, an end to wars, and introduced conversation on social justice issues through their musical talents. Music has not only served as an enjoyable hobby, but has sparked controversy, healed broken spirits, and has brought people together that have nothing in common other than their appreciation of the art. Oftentimes, music is described as an escape from the struggles of reality – and the year 2020 was no different. With 2020 came the unparalleled COVID-19 pandemic that brought hardship affecting the entire human population. Social gatherings were considered a potential threat to individual health, limiting personal interactions and heartfelt connections. With friends isolated in their homes, music became the only reliable companion. In the year 2020, 82% of music listeners turned to audio as a mood enhancer, 67% as a welcome distraction, and 34% to find necessary companionship. Overall, people listened to communicate emotion and create community – something that could be done while six feet apart. 

What many have learned over the course of the past year is what Vibenomics has known since its beginning – music has the power and ability to transform attitudes, emotions, and even lives, if utilized correctly. Vibenomics has spent the past year ensuring that consumers had an enjoyable experience in retail locations – a space that caused a lot of fear and anxiety for consumers during the pandemic. While many activities were put on hold to align with government regulations, families had no choice but to commence essential errands such as grocery shopping. Vibenomics delivered an enhanced experience in these retail locations and gave consumers something to be happy about. Heard by up to 200 million shoppers monthly, Vibenomics is sure to connect with customers and turn the once-stressful shopping experience into an enjoyable one. 

Vibenomics at its core recognizes the importance of music and its impact on the emotional well-being of those in troubled times. Understanding music’s effect on the experiential component of shopping in-stores, Vibenomics has designated employees to use their industry expertise to deliver an innovative and enhanced in-store experience. Music Director, Libby Farr, states,  “It seems that a lot of the music during the pandemic was sad and slow. Many artists were able to capture the mood of the country in their songs. It will be interesting for future generations to look back on these to get a sense of what it was like to live during a pandemic.  Let’s hope we see some happier music in the coming year.”   Libby’s calculated decisions utilize a combination of market data and consumer behavior studies. However, Libby also relies on her own intuition and understanding to reach consumers where it matters most. Vibenomics not only provides consumers with an enhanced experience, but retailers and advertisers with the ability to control their message along the path to purchase. As the world begins its return to normalcy, Vibenomics continues to prioritize the employee and customer experience in stores nationwide. Things are looking up for the year 2021, but one thing will remain: music will always be a meaningful companion. 

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