Top of mind awareness (Ofer Abarbanel online library)

Top-of-mind awareness is an important concept in consumer behaviour, marketing research and marketing communications. Top-of-mind awareness is one measure of how well brands rank in the minds of consumers.

Definitions of top-of-mind awareness

In marketing, top-of-mind awareness (TOMA) refers to a brand or specific product being first in customers’ minds when thinking of a particular industry or category.[1]

Top-of-mind awareness is defined in Marketing Metrics: “The first brand that comes to mind when a customer is asked an unprompted question about a category. The percentage of customers for whom a given brand is top of mind can be measured.”[2]

TOMA has also been defined as “the percent of respondents who, without prompting, name a specific brand or product first when asked to list all the advertisements they recall seeing in a general product category over the past 30 days.”[3]

At the market level, top-of-mind awareness is more often defined as the “most remembered” or “most recalled” brand names.[4]

Top-of-mind awareness: uses and applications

Top-of-mind awareness is a special form of brand awareness. Companies attempt to build brand awareness through media exposure on channels such as internet, radio, newspapers, television, magazines, and social media.

In a survey of nearly 200 senior marketing managers, 50% responded that they found the “top-of-mind” metric very useful.[2]


  1. ^7 Publicity Myths That Can Hurt Your Business by Pam Lontos, published in Exchange Magazine, retrieved on March 26, 2012
  2. ^ Jump up to:ab Farris, Paul W.; Neil T. Bendle; Phillip E. Pfeifer; David J. Reibstein (2010). Marketing Metrics: The Definitive Guide to Measuring Marketing Performance. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN 0137058292. The Marketing Accountability Standards Board (MASB) endorses the definitions, purposes, and constructs of classes of measures that appear in Marketing Metrics as part of its ongoing Common Language in Marketing Project.
  3. ^com, retrieved on March 26, 2012
  4. ^See, for instance, Koniewski, M., Brand Awareness and Brand Loyalty, PMR Research Paper, Feb, 2012,

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