Mood Media & Sacem Study Reveals the Virtues of Music on Overall Customer Experience, Even Within More Traditionally “Serious” Sectors

London – October 12, 2017 – Mood Media, the world’s leading in-store media solutions company dedicated to elevating the Customer Experience, and Sacem (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers) recently piloted a study* about the power of music in businesses, evaluating the impact on site music has on Customer Experience across a variety of brick & mortar locations, including sectors deemed more serious, such as banking.

The study measured the difference overhead music made for both customers and employees in five France-based brick & mortar locations that had not played music before – including businesses in the banking, optics, pharmacy, gas station and sports apparel industries.


Some major highlights include:

  • 70 percent of customers had a more positive perception of a business’ image when the site was playing music; 65 percent of customers agreed that on-site music helped to differentiate the business from its competition.

  • 93 percent of employees preferred music versus no music at work.

  • When more traditionally serious sectors (banking & pharmacy) were silent, only 33 percent of customers initially thought adding music would feel appropriate in those establishments. However, once introduced, 76 percent of customers agreed the overhead music was compatible with and complementary to the purpose of those sectors.

  • The majority of customers, particularly in banking, felt more comfortable having confidential, private conversations when music was playing to somewhat mask their conversations from others.


“This conclusive study reinforces that correctly designed music can improve the ambience and Customer Experience in a variety of business environments, even in those industries not part of traditional retail.  Every business that welcomes on-site customers and clients into their space has a legitimate reason to incorporate music – not only because it is an integral part of people’s daily lives, but because music is clearly as important to the Customer Experience as lighting, store layout or other key element design features,” said Valentina Candeloro, International Marketing Director at Mood Media. “We are designing more and more music programmes for places that go well beyond traditional retail stores, including auto dealerships, banks and credit unions, healthcare practitioners, wellness providers, pharmacies, apartment and retirement home communities, just to name a few. This independent study shows that this trend will only accelerate in the future.”


“The results of this study revealed and quantified the impact and potential that music offers across a wide array of business types,” said Jean-Félix Choukroun, director of customer relations at Sacem. “Sacem is dedicated to helping our clients find the best sound systems and solutions that cater to their individual brand. We are convinced – and this study supports this direction – that music plays a key element in attracting and retaining customers while also greatly improving employees’ sense of well-being at work.”


Below are additional takeaways and results from the study:


Music improves the Customer Experience and sense of loyalty in all sectors of activity

  • Nearly 8 out of 10 customers within these usually silent locations said they prefer the site when enhanced with music.
  • The Net Promoter Score (NPS) – an index measuring the willingness and likelihood of customers to recommend a company’s products or services to others – increased by 30 percent when customised music was playing compared to when the establishment was without music.
  • When music was playing on site, 72 percent of first-time visitors said they were likely to visit again. When the business had no music playing, only 50 percent indicated they would likely revisit, a 22-point decline in customer return rankings.   


Music improves brand perception

  • 76 percent of customers felt that their service wait times passed faster when music was playing.
  • The perception of a business as “premium” increased by 20 points, from 36 percent to 56 percent when the business played music.


Music improves the relationship with customers and the daily lives of employees

Both employees and customers see the benefits of music in their exchanges:

  • 67 percent of employees perceived customers as being in a better mood when music was playing on site.
  • On a daily basis, music is an important element for business employees. Site associates consider music to be a real motivator: 93 percent of the employees studied prefer listening to music at work.


Sense of seriousness and confidentiality increases with music, disproving certain “music” prejudices

The results of the study show that all businesses, regardless of market sector, can benefit from incorporating music into their environment.

  • Once exposed to music in the “serious” business environments such as banking & pharmacy, 76 percent of customers agreed that the music was compatible with and complementary to the seriousness of the sectors.
  • 56 percent of customers felt more comfortable having private, confidential conversations when music was playing on premise, as compared to just 26 percent when no music was playing.  


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About Mood Media Corporation

Mood Media Corporation is the world’s leading in-store media solutions company dedicated to elevating the Customer Experience. We create greater emotional connections between brands and consumers through the right combination of sight, sound, scent, social mobile and systems solutions.  Mood reaches more than 150 million consumers each day through more than 500,000 subscriber locations in 100+ countries around the globe. Mood’s clients include businesses of all sizes and market sectors, from the world’s most recognized retailers and hotels to quick-service restaurants, local banks and thousands of small businesses. For more details:



The Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (Sacem) aims to represent and defend its members’ interests in view of promoting musical creation in all its forms (from contemporary music to jazz, rap, hip-hop, French chanson, film music, music for video, etc.) along with other repertoires (humor, poetry, dubbing-subtitling, etc.). Its key mission is to collect royalties and distribute them to authors, composers and publishers whose works are disseminated or reproduced. A private organization, Sacem is a non-profit entity managed by creators and publishers of music elected to its Board of Directors.


It has 161,170 members, including 19,650 creators from outside France (4,206 new members in 2016) and represents over 118 million works from the global repertoire.


In 2016, Sacem distributed royalties to 298,000 authors, composers and publishers worldwide for more than 2.2 million works.


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