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Understanding the Three Stages of Lead Generation

As marketers, we understand the importance of generating leads for our businesses. After all, it is through our leads that we generate revenue and grow our businesses. However, it is not enough to simply gather a list of potential customers.

To truly succeed in lead generation, we must understand the three stages that our leads go through before becoming customers. In this article, we will explore the three stages of the buyer journey: awareness, consideration, and decision stages, in order to provide you with a deeper understanding of how to capture leads and convert them into customers.

1. Awareness Stage

The first stage of understanding the buyer journey and successful lead generation is the awareness stage. During this stage, the customer is just beginning to recognise that they have a problem or need. They are searching for information on the problem, but they haven't yet decided on a solution and may not even know the name of their solution or where to buy it.

At this stage, your goal as a marketer should be to create content that educates your prospects and  potential customers on their problem and presents your company as a potential solution. Using SEO, Blog articles, Web Pages, Socials and Ads your job is to attract potential customers to become aware of you and your solutions.

eBook - The Growth Agency - Content Offers and Tools - Awareness - ShadowOnce visitors arrive you, or even before, you should use the following types of content to educate and inform;

  • Analyst Reports
  • Research Reports
  • eBooks
  • Editorial
  • Expert content
  • White papers
  • Educational content


2. Consideration Stage

The next stage of understanding the buyer journey and lead generation is the consideration stage. At this point, the potential customer has identified their problem and is actively researching potential solutions.

eBook - The Growth Agency - Content Offers and Tools - Consideration - ShadowThis is where your conversion offers are critical. Using CTAs, Landing Pages and Forms content offers should include the following;

Expert Guides
• Live Interactions
• Webcasts
• Podcasts
• Video
• Comparison White papers


The goal is to provide value and show the potential customer how your product or service solves their problem better than your competitors. This stage is crucial for building trust with your potential customers and establishing your brand as a reliable solution.

3. Decision Stage

Finally, we have the decision stage of your buyer's journey. This is where the potential customer has reached a decision and is ready to make a purchase. The key to success in this stage is to provide the right marketing tools that will ease the purchase decision.

eBook - The Growth Agency - Content Offers and Tools - Decision - ShadowContent for prospects in the Decision Stage, and can also be delivered through email updates, CRM management, contact segmentation and automations but needs to include;

• Vendor Comparisons
• Product Comparisons
• Case Studies
• Trial Downloads
• Product Literature
• Live Demonstrations
• Events

By providing these assets and using the correct marketing tools at the right time, you're making it easier for customers to choose your business over your competitors.

Through all three stages of lead generation, it is important to provide powerful content that creates value for your potential customers. Be sure to create informative content that educates and helps your potential customers while also presenting your business as a solution. With the right content, offers, and marketing tools, you will be able to convert more leads into customers and grow your business.


Lead generation is a crucial part of any successful business, but it's not just about gathering a list of potential contacts. Instead, it is important to understand the three stages of lead generation – awareness, consideration, and decision – and create powerful content, offers, and marketing tools that cater to each stage.

By doing so, you will be able to convert more leads into customers and grow your business. And remember, lead generation is not a one-time thing. It's an ongoing process that requires constant attention and evolution. With the right strategy and mindset, you can achieve success in lead generation.

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Nick Spalding
Post by Nick Spalding
14-Jun-2023 10:30:00
I am dedicated to enabling smart success for others, emphasising the power of creative problem-solving and the importance of providing clarity. By leveraging my strengths, throughout my career, I have excelled in diverse roles, thanks to my meticulous attention to detail and comprehensive understanding of business dynamics. You can trust that I consistently deliver value through my experience and expertise.