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Synopsis

"The genius of the AIDA model is that it is broad enough to illuminate almost any subject of human inquiry," according to Forbes, which makes this model a powerful tool for sales and marketing. With our AIDA Sales Model presentation, you can utilize this tool to expand your market presence, exceed sales goals, track your progress and explore new ways to sell your product.

Slide highlights

Use this slide to explain the benefit of using AIDA model, which is that it allows you to sort all your current marketing initiatives in each category and see if all the bases are covered or if there is a need to put more effort into certain areas.

With this slide, list your current marketing strategies for brand awareness creation. These may include social media campaigns, referral programs, freebies, local partnerships, guest blog content, SEO improvements and more.

Discuss your marketing strategy for creating desire using this slide. To create a strong strategy: dig into your customer needs, magnify the desire, design the future and show proof through testimonials, social media sharing, etc.

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Overview

According to Forbes, AIDA is an acronym for the dynamics that drive all human pursuits and life processes, as well as a simplified road map of points along a purchase journey. AIDA stands for:

  • Attention – the "raw currency" of all human experience that businesses must successfully use.
  • Interest – the active mobilization and focalization of attention that businesses must successfully capture.
  • Desire – the intensification and "satisfaction-seeking" of interest that businesses must successfully "court."
  • Action – the resolution and satisfaction of desire that businesses must always see through to "commitment."

Application

HubSpot calls AIDA Sales Model "a proven framework for converting strangers into customers" and explains how to apply it to your marketing strategy:

  1. Attract attention – to boost your brand awareness, research your target audience's problems and passions first, the HubSpot team says. As a next step, create content that solves their problems and focuses on their passions.
  2. Generate interest – "to make it easy to learn about your brand, solution and fit, feature your mission statement on your website, explain exactly what you do on your homepage, describe the benefits of your solution on your product pages and offer ungated case studies," the experts say.
  3. Stimulate desire – according to HubSpot, the prospects you're after are most likely the consumers who envision a future with you. To generate enough excitement in your prospects to compel them to act, make sure their affinity for your brand hits a certain threshold. The experts say: "To do this, keep serving them content. Make sure they subscribe to your blog, follow you on social media and download your offers."
  4. Spur action – provide your potential customers with the chance to act with the strong call to action. For example, you can place "request a demo," "free trial" and "contact sales" CTAs on your homepage, pricing page and product pages.
  5. Use a proven formula – the AIDA model is a solid framework for guiding your audience through the consumer journey. "If you apply it to your content marketing, you'll be leveraging a proven formula that can consistently engage, persuade and convert an audience into customers," the HubSpot team says.

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Expert Advice

Frank Cespedes, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School and Tiffani Bova, Research Vice President at a global research and advisory firm, Gartner, say that the buying process has become an ongoing cycle made up of parallel streams. The four streams to focus on in order to improve your sales model are:

  • Explore – in this stream, buyers see "a need or opportunity and begin looking for ways to address it."
  • Evaluate – in this stream, buyers analyze the options they discovered in the "explore" process.
  • Engage – in this stream, buyers contact vendors to move forward in the purchasing decision.
  • Experience – in this stream, buyers use the service/product and assess its value.

"The digital landscape in which connected consumers find themselves is one of dizzying choice and intrinsic uncertainty. This has introduced levels of commitment anxiety into the purchase journey that were unknown even a decade ago. Marketers who can recognize and respond to opportunities for mitigating or eliminating this anxiety will inspire an enduring commitment to the brands that restore the connected consumer's confidence in the purchase journey and brand-consumer relationship," Cespedes and Bova write in their article for Harvard Business Review.

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