The absolute champion of brand awareness has to be Coca-Cola. 94% of the world’s population recognises their logo. Take your time to let that sink in. Even if you’re not a fan of fizzy drinks, you’ll have to admit that’s impressive.
Coca-Cola never passes on an opportunity to expose you to your branding – even if you’re not really aware it’s them. Yes, Santa Claus, we’re talking about you.
Their aim for fame isn’t just to show off – it’s an effective, well-thought-out brand awareness strategy. Any person that’s born will know them, and whenever they’re thirsty, they’ll grab that drink they’ve seen everyone drinking. It’s what brand awareness does to people.
But it’s not just Coca-Cola, it’s Kleenex, Velcro, iPad. Or should I say: tissues, hook and loop fasteners and tablets? You might have forgotten or never even thought of the real names of these products.
And you’re not alone. 77% of people refer to certain items by brand names, even if the product is from a different brand. When brands win at brand awareness, their names become glued to the product they’re selling.
The value of brand awareness can’t be overemphasised
We’ve explained the ROI of brand awareness before, but there are more benefits to it. More and more companies are realising brand awareness has been overlooked and undervalued. If you focus on this specifically, you’ll drive results all around your business — from your sales funnel to your content marketing.
Back to basics: this is brand awareness.
Before we dive into the benefits of having high brand awareness, let’s look at what it really is. Brand awareness is how familiar your target audience is with your brand, or even your specific products or services.
It’s layered, but we’ll come to that later. If people can recall information about your brand or even link emotion to it, they’re aware of your existence, and its relevance to them. It’s not to be confused with brand recognition, which sums up the ways in which people can recognise your brand.
Why is Brand Awareness important?
A third of consumers already have a brand in mind when they go shopping. If that’s yours, you’ll be able to grow your business and improve your marketing messages drastically.
Brand awareness is the foundation all your marketing efforts have to rely on, from social media to SEO. It’s what helps you make people aware of your brand and what you have to offer, so you can gain their trust and influence their decision-making process, in order to get more sales, faster.
What are the Advantages of Brand Awareness?
Let’s dive into some specific reasons, backed with stats, as to why you should be building brand awareness.
Brand Awareness pays off in terms of market share
Brand awareness becomes visible in the Google search bar. If people already know and consider your brand, they won’t go looking for ”the most comfortable running shoes”. They’ll type in ‘Nike running shoes’. Good luck to your competitors trying to rank on that.
Brand awareness and share of search are closely intertwined. In 2020, Les Binet, a thought-leader in marketing effectiveness, tested this theory in three markets: automotive, energy and mobile phone handsets.
He found that share of search correlates with market share in all three categories. Share of search goes up? Market share follows a few months later. And yes, the same goes for share of search going down.
It’s a long-term prediction, but that also is a benefit: having a relatively low share of search is an early warning sign that there’s trouble ahead, and you need to change your marketing strategy.
Back to brand awareness: a brand awareness campaign that is focussed on getting your name out there and into the search bars of curious customers is a great way to prepare your brand for the future.
It helps you improve brand perception
Another important brand health metric is brand perception, and it’s not the same as brand awareness. It goes beyond how many people know you, but focusses on how they feel about you. It’s basically the next step: you can have a lot of people know you, but if none of them like you, that big crowd is useless.
You might think that before people form an opinion on you, they’d have to interact with your business multiple times. That would give you some time between building brand awareness and improving brand perception, right? Not exactly.
When building brand awareness, you’re already working on brand perception. Simply because first impressions matter. So if you want to think ahead, create brand awareness campaigns with that in mind.
It’s crucial in building trust
The more people are aware of your brand, the easier it is to build trust. Not only because people don’t need to start from scratch getting to know your brand if you’re always front-of-mind, but also because they will ask their peers.
If friends, family, and colleagues are aware of your brand, it’ll be easier for people to have confidence in you.
It’s useful for lead building at the top of the funnel
Don’t get me wrong: building brand awareness is not the same as generating leads. But if you are actively generating leads and want to step things up a notch, look at brand awareness.
Reeling in high-quality leads becomes a lot easier if they have heard from you before and you don’t pop up out of nowhere, having to introduce your company, products or services, values and great offers all at once.
It drives traffic to your website
Strong brand awareness campaigns will help you generate organic website traffic. Branded search is one of the key players in metrics for measuring brand awareness.
Ultimately, you’ll need to move on from awareness and have people actually consider buying from you. If you’re the first name that comes to mind when they have to buy something in your product category, they’ll head over to your website to check you out. That’s the moment you show your charm and can start converting.
It speeds up and increases sales.
Now that’s a great pie. Consumers aren’t risk-takers, ladies and gentlemen. Research has shown that for most shoppers, brand awareness is a dominant choice tactic. They tend to have a preference for high-awareness brands, despite any quality or price differences. We like to call that power of familiarity ‘brand equity’, and it’s a must for marketers.
So, if you want to sell more and faster, make the decision-making process easier for your customers. One way of doing that, is by helping them know who to pick from (you) – and why (because you’re awesome). It’s important they are not just aware of your existence, but of what you have to offer on a deeper level.
That’s why it’s crucial to be aware of the three levels of brand awareness, and build on them all.
- Awareness of your brand name
- Awareness of your product offering
- Awareness of your brand attributes (i.e. what distinguishes you from competitors)
You can create better content and products
Brand awareness is a two-way street, and it will lead you to creating better marketing campaigns. While more people in your target market get to know your business, you get access to more people as well, and you can gather more data on your audience. This will help you tailor your marketing efforts, content, products or services exactly to their needs.
Brand awareness can spread like wildfire
Nobody’s as good as marketing as a customer who is aware of your brand and likes what they see. Even those who haven’t bought from you (yet!) can be great brand advocates and help you raise awareness for your brand.
That’s done with a tool as old as time: word of mouth marketing. Or something more recent: unintentionally recommending you to others simply by liking your social media page. Keeping in mind that 38% of mums are more likely to purchase products and services from brands other women ‘Like’ on Facebook, you can see brand awareness really starts paying off.
Need help building brand awareness?
If you’re a marketer looking who is ready to make building awareness a standard part of their marketing strategies, we’ve got you covered. Check out this article with 16 ways to increase brand awareness.