Your Digital Marketing Campaign Guide (Part 2 of 3)

Your Digital Marketing Campaign Guide (Part 2 of 3)

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This is a continuation from the previous article on how to choose your online media platform. In this article, I will share why you should not combine lead generation and branding strategies in a single campaign.

Choose Your Goals

Is it going to be branding or lead generation? Many businesses are focused on lead generation and sales. This is especially so for startups and small businesses with a shoestring budget but the pressure to produce results fast, but if people don’t know or trust your brand, they’re not going to buy anything from you. While there are solutions focused on lead generation, it is important to understand the difference between a branding and lead generation campaign.

If you could create brand awareness while generating leads, why should you run your awareness and lead generation campaign separately?

Simple, the strategy of the campaign is different. If you try and lump 2 objectives together, you are going to water down the campaign. Here’s an example showing how a brand would try and create awareness and generate leads at the same time.

Killing Two Birds With A Stone

Let’s say you are the owner of John’s shoes. Your marketing plan to boost sales is to offer a good discount on a new shoe design.

You want as many people to know about this fantastic promotion, so you run some broad targeting ads on Facebook and Instagram targeting everyone aged 18 – 50 living in Singapore.

Your ad copy says “John’s Shoes New Design At 20% Discount”. The ad looks attractive, and people clicking on your ad are brought to a website that shows:

  1. The brand story
  2. The unique selling point of John’s shoes
  3. Other John’s shoes they can consider
  4. The image of the new shoe
  5. The specs of the shoe
  6. The discount mechanics
  7. How to make a purchase
  8. Terms of purchase
  9. Delivery information

The good price attracts people and you can create brand awareness while they are shopping on your site right? Not quite, here’s why.

The Broad Audience

A broad ad targeting increases the pool of people you can reach, whether or not they are interested in shopping, ready to buy shoes, or hunting for good deals, etc. If your objective is to increase sales with a broad targeting ad, you would have paid to send your message to a person who is less likely to take an action (e.g. buy a product, sign up for e-newsletter).

A broad targeting method works for long-term and evergreen campaigns at the top funnel to create brand awareness, and increase brand recall so if a customer ever wants to buy shoes, your brand appears top-of-mind.

Now let’s take a look at the landing page after a person clicks on the ad.

The Aimless Landing Page

Information Overload

That is information overload for your customer. Take a look at the red pointers on the example above, there are 11 items drawing attention the action you want them to take – buy the new shoe.

Now let’s take a look at a focused strategy to drive conversions.

The Narrow Audience

A narrow targeting ad increases the audience relevance, and the people you bring to your website are more likely to take an action but that also means you will have a smaller pool of audience.

This method has more precision and it focuses on driving conversions, but it is also short-term because the audience size is smaller in the bottom funnel, and it won’t be long before you exhaust the list of prospects.

The Focused Landing Page

Focused Landing Page

This landing page is more focused on the objective – get customers to buy the new shoe. There are 5 key points to persuade a customer to make a purchase, and nothing else on the page distracts a customer from making a decision.

There is more to landing page optimisation, but the simplified examples above explain why you should never combine a branding and lead generation in a single campaign.

In my next article, I’m going to answer the magic question you have in your mind before even starting a digital campaign – how much to plan for digital marketing.

If you have any questions regarding goal setting in your upcoming campaigns, feel free to send them to and we’ll be happy to discuss them. Till next time! 🙂

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Written By

Nicholas Chen

With a background in the editorial industry, Nicholas has written for some of Singapore’s leading web publications including The Smart Local and Tech in Asia. He now works with Clickr to provide clients with localised social media content solutions and strategies to fulfil business goals. He believes in providing users with high quality and relevant content through data-driven processes to deliver the best results for campaigns.

He believes in providing users with high quality and relevant content through data-driven processes to deliver the best results for campaigns.