The importance of branding and awareness campaigns


The importance of branding and awareness campaigns
What are marketing campaigns for? Each campaign is unique, but at the end of the day, most businesses would have the same answer: leads! After all, how else are you supposed to grow your business?

We’d never discount the importance of generating leads. But when it comes to growing your business, they’re definitely not the whole story. Rather than just focusing on those who are ready to buy right now, it’s important to have a full-funnel approach to your marketing – and leads are only the tip of that funnel. If you use up those leads, who will you market to? That’s where branding and awareness come in. Here’s what you need to know about the importance of branding and awareness campaigns for your business.

Let’s start by looking at a model used often in sales:


The importance of branding and awareness: Know, like, and trust

We would all like to think that our brands are so amazing, people will see our ads and immediately buy what we’re selling. But when was the last time you did that? The truth is that your audience needs to go through several steps before they feel comfortable purchasing. This is known as the know, like, and trust model.

The first step in a buyer’s journey is to know your brand. Nobody can become a customer of yours if they don’t know you exist! This is where awareness campaigns shine. Getting your logo and branding out there in the world is the first step towards warming up a completely cold lead.
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Once they know you exist, the next step is for them to like your brand. This is the “getting to know you” phase, so it’s important that you establish your brand’s voice and values as well as showing what kinds of products or services you provide.
The last and most crucial step is for them to trust your brand. When they trust you, they’re more likely to choose you. Sure, you think your brand is great – now prove it to them! People don’t like to give their hard-earned money to brands they’re not familiar with at a minimum, and they certainly won’t give their money to brands they don’t trust. Trust can be achieved by you providing enjoyable content that answers their questions and solves their problems.

The importance of branding and awareness: warming up your audience

Here’s the thing about this model: no one can get to the trust stage if they don’t go through the know and like stages. Those stages are where awareness campaigns come in. If you try to jump right to the hard sell – the trust stage – you’re going to get very minimal returns. Warm up your audience first by just getting your name out there. Think of this like dating: you wouldn’t jump right to marriage on a blind date. (Sure, those stories are out there – but they’re extremely rare and can’t be counted on!) Your audience almost certainly won’t jump right into paying you the first time they hear your name, either.

Moving through each step of this model, the groups get smaller. Not everyone who knows your brand will like your brand, and not everyone who likes your brand will necessarily purchase. But that’s okay! The only way to find those customers who will really like and trust you is to cast a wide net with branding and awareness, and then nurture the people you find through the sales funnel.


The importance of branding and awareness: It’s not just for new brands

Once your brand is established and recognizable, you won’t need to worry about awareness campaigns, right? Not so fast. Even mega-corporations like McDonalds and Apple run branding and awareness advertising. As we noted in our article about advertising in a recession, McDonalds experienced a huge dip in sales when they cut back on advertising during economic hard times in the 90’s.

Sure, nobody forgot who McDonalds was during that time. But since they weren’t keeping their name front and center, customers thought about them less. So even once your brand is established, it’s a good idea to keep a steady branding campaign going, even if you’re also running other campaigns that are more lead-gen focused.


The importance of branding and awareness can’t be overstated.

It’s easy to write off branding and awareness as unimportant when your company lives and breathes leads. But once you use up your hot leads, it’s critical to have some cooler leads ready to take their place. Branding campaigns might not close sales right away, but without them, your sales funnel would quickly run dry.

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