Social Media can be a great and cost effective way to grow brand awareness. Don’t forget that brand awareness will not necessarily lead to immediate/direct sales, but instead the goal is to grow general recognition of the brand/product. To properly grow brand awareness you will have to understand “effective frequency” which is the number of times a person must be exposed to an advertising messsage before a response is made and before exposure is considered wasteful.
Thomas Smith, who wrote “Successful Advertising” in 1885 technique has been so successful that it is still common practice in advertising today, over a hundred years later! Below is an excerpt from his book explaining “effective frequency”:
The first time people look at any given ad, they don’t even see it.
The second time, they don’t notice it.
The third time, they are aware that it is there.
The fourth time, they have a fleeting sense that they’ve seen it somewhere before.
The fifth time, they actually read the ad.
The sixth time they thumb their nose at it.
The seventh time, they start to get a little irritated with it.
The eighth time, they start to think, “Here’s that confounded ad again.”
The ninth time, they start to wonder if they’re missing out on something.
The tenth time, they ask their friends and neighbors if they’ve tried it.
The eleventh time, they wonder how the company is paying for all these ads.
The twelfth time, they start to think that it must be a good product.
The thirteenth time, they start to feel the product has value.
The fourteenth time, they start to remember wanting a product exactly like this for a long time.
The fifteenth time, they start to yearn for it because they can’t afford to buy it.
The sixteenth time, they accept the fact that they will buy it sometime in the future.
The seventeenth time, they make a note to buy the product.
The eighteenth time, they curse their poverty for not allowing them to buy this terrific product.
The nineteenth time, they count their money very carefully.
The twentieth time prospects see the ad, they buy what is offering.
Therefore, it’s important to understand that when you are starting out, that just because you aren’t immediately seeing huge increases in sales when starting a new advertising campaign doesn’t mean that you aren’t getting traction. As explained by “effective frequency” a prospect often has to be exposed to a brand/product several times before they recognize what it is and several more times before they become interested in possibly purchasing it.