Brand awareness Playable

How to play your way to brand awareness?

Imagine forever pushing a boulder uphill, only to see it roll back down just before reaching the peak. That’s sometimes what it feels like for marketers today. We’re constantly crafting compelling content to engage our target audience, but the mountain of messages our audience sees just keeps growing. The average person encounters hundreds daily – banners, sponsored social media posts, video ads, product placement; how can we possibly stand out in this avalanche of information and ensure we maintain levels of brand awareness?

Capturing and retaining the attention of potential customers has become increasingly challenging. Developing strategies to maintain brand awareness has never been more demanding. This is where marketing gamification comes in – a powerful tool to drive brand awareness goals.

Think about the last time you got lost in a game. Whether it was a simple puzzle or an immersive virtual world, games have a unique ability to captivate our attention and engage our minds. Harnessing this power, marketing gamification transforms passive interactions into active experiences, grabbing users’ attention like no static content can.

So, how can gamification help elevate your brand awareness efforts?

Understanding the power of gamification for brand awareness

Let’s say you’re a trendy sneaker brand. Scrolling through social media, wouldn’t your audience be more likely to stop and participate in a gamified ad where they can find the perfect sneakers for their personality or specific requirements, rather than simply seeing another static sneaker ad? This interactive experience not only captures attention but also subtly plants the seed of brand recognition.

By incorporating game mechanics and elements of interactivity into marketing campaigns, brands can create immersive experiences that capture the attention and imagination of their audiences. Whether it’s a quiz, a wheel of fortune game, or a fun slice it game, gamification adds an element of fun and excitement to the brand’s message, making it more memorable and shareable.

Gamification taps into the innate human desire for competition, achievement, and reward, driving increased participation and engagement. By gamifying brand experiences, marketers can foster deeper connections with their audience, leading to higher brand recall, loyalty, and ultimately, conversion rates. 

Let’s take a look at an example!

Aqua D’Or, the mineral water brand, leveraged gamification to generate awareness for their Bobli Vitamins waters. They introduced a personality test entitled “Which Bobli are you?” through sponsored and organic interactive posts on Facebook and Instagram. To amplify their reach, they also collaborated with influencers who shared the personality test with their followers.

By participating in the personality test, users had a chance to win a year’s supply of free Bobli Vitamins & Minerals. This comprehensive approach of utilizing gamification, influencers, and paid social media promotion allowed Aqua D’Or to generate heightened awareness for the Bobli waters while engaging their audience in a fun and interactive way.

Personality test brand awareness Aqua D'Or

How to measure brand awareness? 

While the benefits of marketing gamification are clear, measuring its effectiveness requires a strategic approach and is dependent on your promotion strategy. To gauge the impact of gamification on their brand awareness goals and key performance indicators (KPIs), marketers can employ a range of metrics and analytics tools:

1. Reach and impressions: 

Track the reach and impressions of gamified content across various channels to assess its visibility and exposure to the target audience.

2. Engagement metrics: 

Monitor engagement metrics such as clicks, shares, likes, comments, and time spent interacting with gamified content to gauge audience interest and participation.

3. Website visits:

This metric becomes particularly crucial when using traditional advertising methods, for example, in-store banners, billboards, ads in magazines, etc., using QR codes that lead to your campaign. While you have general estimates of footfall for how many people will see your ads, you can track engagements with QR code scans.

Plus, you will also want to know if your digital ads, on Meta or Google display, have worked by seeing how many people clicked on them and landed on your campaign landing page.

4. Brand recall and recognition:

Conduct surveys or polls to measure brand recall and recognition among participants exposed to gamified experiences compared to traditional advertising formats.

5. Social sharing and virality: 

Analyze the virality of gamified content by tracking social shares, mentions, and referrals, which can provide insights into its effectiveness in reaching new audiences and driving word-of-mouth marketing.

By monitoring these metrics and iterating on gamification strategies based on insights gained, marketers can optimize their campaigns for maximum impact and ROI.

Ready to gamify your brand awareness campaigns? 

Gamification isn’t just a one-time play, it works best when incorporated across a marketing strategy for long-term benefits. By rewarding users with rewards, prizes, or exclusive discounts for completing challenges, you create a feedback loop that fosters brand loyalty. They become invested in the game and more likely to advocate for your brand.

So, the next time you feel like you’re pushing that marketing boulder uphill, remember the power of gamification. With a little creativity and strategic planning, you can transform your marketing brand awareness campaigns from a forgotten scroll to a captivating, interactive campaign that propels your brand awareness to new heights. After all, who wouldn’t want to play their way to brand discovery?