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The Netflix theme ta-dum that plays before every movie or show has become incredibly recognizable and ubiquitous. It marks the beginning of a home-theater experience and one can’t help but feel it everytime they hear it.

This in a nutshell, would be the power of brand recall- an element itched so strongly with the brand that customers recognize it immediately.

What is brand recall?  

Brand recall measures how easily customers remember a brand when prompted, aided by mentions of products or concepts associated with it, or unaided, such as when asked to name favorite brands.

It's a key metric for brand recognition. Factors affecting recall include ad exposure, social media presence, customer support efficacy, and recent interactions with the brand.

Aided brand recall

Aided brand recall is the ability of customers to remember the brand when prompted or provided with cues such as the mention of services associated with the brand.

For example, if someone asks, ‘Where do you order your meals from - Swiggy or Zomato?’If the person chooses Zomato, ​​their response demonstrates aided brand recall because they were provided with specific brand options.

Unaided brand recall

Unaided brand recall is the ability of customers to recall or remember a brand without any external intervention, they do so purely based on their memory and experience.  

For example, if someone simply asks, ‘Can you name a food delivery brand you prefer?’ and they responded by Zomato, the response demonstrates unaided brand recall because they recalled the brand without any specific prompts or options being provided.

Importance of brand recall in driving business growth

Being at the top of the mind when consumers think of a product in the category you’re serving is the absolute win a brand can have. There’s nothing more amazing than enjoying an undisputed ‘mind-share’.

A brand with high recall value can effectively differentiate itself from competitors, build trust with consumers, and capitalize on marketing opportunities, thus playing a pivotal role in driving sustained growth and success. It also directly impacts business metrics and brings unprecedented growth.

  • Customer loyalty
    Brands with higher recall tend to enjoy stronger customer loyalty. When customers remember and recognize a brand easily, the buying decision is easier.
  • Increased revenue
    Better recognition and recall also lead to higher and repeat purchases. When a brand is top-of-the-mind for consumers, they’re more likely to choose it over other options, leading to higher sales volumes.
  • Market share
    Better-positioned brands grab larger market share. These brands are positioned to effectively compete for the attention and preferences of consumers. Studies show that nearly 60% prefer buying from a brand they recall over a new one.
  • Brand equity
    Via brand recall, when the overall strength and value of the brand are lifted, the perceived value and the goodwill of the product and service increase in the market. This has a direct impact on market position and financial performance.

Factors influencing brand recall and strategies for improvement

If you’re planning to use marketing channels like podcasts or influencer marketing, know that content present across these channels has been deeply impacted by the ‘need’ for stronger brand recall - as much as 38.7% of brand lift is influenced by brand recall now.

For brands operating in the dynamic ecosystem today, a stronger brand recall is far more important than brand awareness. To influence brand recall, focus on

Improving the efficacy of your advertising - the frequency, reach, and message delivered to impact how well customers remember your brand

  • Focus on building brand consistency - deliver a similar experience every time through images, videos, content, and messaging across channels
  • Development of product quality and experience - ensure your customers have a positive experience with the brand across touchpoints
  • Build customer engagement - your brand’s interaction with customers on social media, customer service, and other touchpoints should be top-notch
  • Product selection of brand association - make sure that those who represent the brand are true to its core values and impart positive attributes  
  • Cultural relevance - Brands that align with cultural trends or values may have higher recall among consumers
  • Adhering to brand values - Customers remember consistency, delivered through channels, so have a clear brand value and stick to it

If we’re being honest, brand recall is generated from everything a brand does - from a tweet that responds to customers to the on-ground events, from the brand SWAG that’s sent as a reward to the in-app messaging. It’s overwhelming and imperative at the same time.

As a result, there’s been an unprecedented demand for collaborative online workflow in marketing and sales to handle partnerships in asset management at this scale. Brands are spending a significant amount of time and effort to ensure their team, stakeholders, and partners represent the same unified image of the brand.

Digital asset management (DAM) helps brands get in front of customers, consistently and is pivotal in enhancing brand recall. The software ensures that teams across geographies, asset types, channels, and mediums can consistently manage, share, access, and control branded assets.

This consistency is key to brand success, as it helps in building a uniform identity of the brand across channels, which in turn, leads to a solid brand recall. Furthermore, DAM systems also have advanced features like version control, image tags, and asset versioning which can help brand teams immensely.

Beyond this, DAM also provides a centralized repository to store assets and ability to do basic editing - essentially a 360-degree suite that helps the brand be consistent, day after day.

For example, if you’re an apparel brand you’ve run out of new images for your marketing campaign. As a marketing manager, you can go back to your DAM, extract an image and repurpose it with a new background, and text, edit the style and mark it under the latest version.

The ability to share public links will help you instantly share this image with your team and deploy a fresh campaign. 61% of today’s marketers find creating a mix of digital content that appeals to different stages of the buyer’s journey challenging - as a DAM user, this will not be a challenge for you.

Now that we’ve learnt what factors influence brand recall and what tools support its efficacy, let’s quickly dissect the key points that promote brand recall and how you can build your strategy around it.

  • Develop a strong brand profile that includes every touchpoint people have with your company, from your logo to your social media
  • Define your purpose clearly, including what you do, what your product is, why you do it and what problems you’re trying to solve
  • Create a brand personality that aligns with your audience’s values, and is consistent throughout all your marketing communication
  • Create an authentic story that connects with your audience and builds your credibility
  • And lastly, monitor the success of your brand recall activities by keeping an eye on the customer sentiment around your product

To reinstate the importance of consistency, when McDonald’s created the “I’m Lovin’ It” jingle, they went from a quarterly loss of $344 million in 2002 to a $1.8 billion sales increase in 2003. Therefore, by following the above steps and monitoring the success of your brand recall activities, you can build a strong brand identity that resonates with your audience and drives business growth.

Assessing brand recall: methods and metrics

Measuring brand recall is essential for gauging the effectiveness of your marketing initiatives and refining your brand strategy. Two primary methodologies—surveys and focus groups—are employed to evaluate brand recall.

Surveys VS focus groups
Most brands prefer online surveys over focus groups due to their affordability and scalability. Businesses can either construct surveys internally or hire experts to maximize outcomes. Completed surveys can then be disseminated through diverse channels to boost reach.

Evaluating Brand Recall Surveys
There are two common parameters on which these surveys can be analyzed - aided and unaided.

  • Aided recall: Respondents are exposed to lists of rival brands and tested on their ability to identify your business utilizing certain aspects of its promotional material without disclosing its name. Scores reveal the degree of brand recall connected to specific marketing components.
  • Unaided Recall: Participants confront queries about general product categories and receive scores based on how swiftly they cite your business.  

By analyzing broader brand consciousness metrics like brand awareness, brand recognition, or brand lift, branded teams can get a decent understanding of their overall brand recall. This further delves into studying direct traffic, search volume for branded keywords vs the category, social mentions etc.

Examples of brand recall

The golden arches 'M' logo and the company's mascot, Ronald, can be recognized by a 5-year-old on a busy road. The fast food joint has created a marvel worldwide with its strict branding.

Whether you are in New Delhi or New York - the golden arches would look the same. The giant ‘M’ remains visible, unchanged, and consistent across towns, villages, and cities.

Quick question: Do you think such consistency was possible without solid brand guidelines that were followed to the T by all brand/marketing teams?

Today, global brands use digital management software to ensure such high consistency. They share it with all the stakeholders, partners, teams, vendors, and associates to be on the same page - here’s McDonald’s.

Source: McDonalds


The bitten apple logo and the simple, sleek design of its products make it instantly recognisable worldwide. One of the core pillars of Apple's success lies in its relentless pursuit of innovation and design excellence, which reflects strongly across its products, stores, and services.

Much like McD, regardless of where you’re in the world, the Apple store is sure to elicit the same premium emotion. As a result, Apple enjoys a brand recall like no other. Most users can recognize an Apple product just by stealing a glimpse at its logo, some can even do so with closed eyes by touching the back of the iPhone. Amazing, isn’t it?


Zomato has caused ripples in the branding world with its red-and-white combination. From social media to hoardings, from partner t-shirts to their print ads - Zomato has stuck to its brand guidelines so strongly that people recognize the brand instantly.

By being omnipresent, with consistent branding efforts, the brand has somewhat changed its name into a verb, where most people refer to food delivery as ‘let’s zomato’.


Internal communication remains one of the top five challenges for content marketing teams and marketers spend over hours to find the right digital asset. If you’re a marketing manager in 2024 - this poses a huge challenge.

A DAM (digital asset management) software can significantly help reduce time and bring closure to a plethora of challenges like storing assets, sharing them with the right teams, editing them, tagging them for quick search, quickly uploading them or extracting them from the right source.

When it comes to brand recall, speed and agility in delivering consistency are paramount. Therefore, automating simple tasks like asset approval, or arching can offer great value in the process.

As discussed, brand recall is majorly driven by delivering the same experience consistently across channels, and locations.

To develop a lasting brand, use a DAM software to

  • Collaborate effectively with your teams across geographies
  • Drive consistent brand efforts
  • Protect your brand reputation, and build a stronger recall
  • Help make timely, and informed decisions
  • Boost brand visibility, impact, and awareness

Ready to take the next steps towards building a solid brand recall like global leaders?

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