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Confusing Customer Segmentation, Buyer Profiling, and Buyer Personas Harms Marketing

Tony Zambito

Compounding the issue today is the prevalent use of the term buyer persona to describe customer segmentation and buyer profiling efforts.   The issue I am referring to is the confusion that can surround distinguishing between customer segmentation, buyer profiling, and buyer personas today. Customer Segmentation. Demographics. Confusion by Adam Gale. Professions. Roles.

Identifying Buyer Profiles: 5 Ways To Segment Your Marketing Audience

It's All About Revenue

We, as outbound marketers, owe it to our audiences to make sure that the information we’re offering is of the highest relevance and value. The challenge arises when you apply that to outbound mass marketing; without the right targeting and segmentation strategy , you might as well just walk over to that aforementioned security guard and give yourself up. Segment by Persona.  ?The

Segmentation: 5 Steps to Help You Send Emails That Your Prospects Actually Want to Read

Act-On

If your inbox looks anything like mine, you’re constantly being inundated with emails that have absolutely no relevancy to you, your job, your interests, or your needs. The answer to these email marketing woes is segmentation and personalization. In fact, companies who use segmentation say it increases conversion rates by up to 30%. Step Two: Identify Important Data Points.

How Should I Segment My Database?

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Maggie Jones As a marketer, you want to communicate with your audience in a personalized, highly relevant way. Which is why, as you contact your database, it’s essential that you divide that database into segments, and tailor your communications for each segment – as we’ve learned, 23% of engagement is explained by segmentation. How Should I Segment My Database?

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

Content. Practices Report Copyright © 2016 Contently. Why a Content Methodology Is Needed III. Culture of Content: The Foundation. for Content Methodology IV. Components of a Content Methodology V. Create a Content Plan VI. Contents “ If you want to learn. content possible based. the content creation and. Competitive Content.

Segmentation Ideas for Nonprofits and Member-Based Organizations

Hubspot

What I also know is that when it comes to mailing lists and email segmentation, there is plenty of room for improvement. You create buyers personas by dividing your customers into groups based on different attributes (like age, occupation, demographics, personalities). The ideas listed below for member list segmentation can also be used for donors. Nonprofit Segmentation

What Is List Segmentation? [FAQs]

Hubspot

And the secret to having excellent MOFU marketing lies on how well you segment your contacts. Segmentation isn''t the sexiest of marketing topics, but it is one of the most powerful. What are segmented lists? At the basic level, they''re exactly what it sounds like -- you break up your contact lists into smaller segments. Why is segmentation important?

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Get Into Your Buyer’s Psyche To Create Relevant Digital Marketing

Biznology

The more specific you can get, the easier it is to pick the most effective marketing tactics and distribution channels and to develop highly relevant content marketing. I’ve found myself thinking a lot lately about target audiences and buyer profiling. I’m at the start of a couple of new projects and that always gets me thinking about people. Photo credit: Wikipedia. Nielsen.

The 7 Building Blocks of a Solid Content Marketing Plan

ScribbleLive

Marketers are creating more content than ever. According to the  Content Marketing Institute , 77% of B2C companies and 70% of B2B companies surveyed say that they are creating more content than they did just a year ago. However, producing more content is only productive when you have a solid plan in place. Step 1: Create Demographic Profiles. Create a calendar.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content.

The Definition of List Segmentation [In Under 100 Words]

Hubspot

List segmentation is exactly what it sounds like -- you divide up your contacts into a bunch of smaller lists, or segments, based on criteria you set. These segments can be cut and combined in a number of different ways based on lead intelligence. For instance, you can segment your contacts based on psychographics, demographics, industry, company size -- you name it.

How do you build a content strategy when a market is already littered with “experts?”

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How does a brand build out a content strategy that can feel trustworthy and reputable, while still maintaining the brand’s identity and helping to improve ROI?”. A big question. Here is the process I would go through to help this marketing professional navigate in a crowded content market. So the first step in a content strategy is to make sure there actually is a strategy.

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Boost Email Relevancy With Dynamic Content

Industrial Marketing Today

IMO, they are and will continue to be very useful provided your content is relevant. The solution – use dynamic content to boost relevancy of your emails and make them highly personalized in order to truly engage with your audience of engineering, technical and industrial professionals. What is dynamic content in emails? Simply stated, dynamic content is mail merge on steroids. Dynamic content will automatically insert relevant content within your emails based on trigger rules and segmentation that you set up. Not so fast!

Four ideas to overcome content saturation in your niche

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Here is the sneaky little secret of content marketing nobody likes to talk about. Often, to create an effective strategy, you don’t have to produce the best content. Content saturation is a legitimate strategy. Now let me address the “content purists” right away. I’m not saying quality is not important. They called me in to do content marketing triage.

8 Strategies to stand out when you’re late to the content marketing game

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Content budgets are soaring, content output is exploding. If you’re the first one to dominate a niche with  your content, you’re one of the lucky ones. You’re probably keeping a stranglehold on your leading position by publishing relevant, helpful, and interesting content on a consistent basis. Vary the content type. Content quality.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content.

27 Ways to Slice & Dice Your Email List for Better Segmentation

Hubspot

We've already made the case for list segmentation in email marketing , and we sure hope you've bought in. Still in need of a little refresher on the merits of email list segmentation? Alright, now that you're undoubtedly on board with list segmentation, you're probably asking yourself how you should slice and dice your own list. 27 Smart Ways to Segment Your Email List.

Making Industrial E-mail Marketing More Relevant

Industrial Marketing Today

Keeping e-mails relevant has become the key factor in proving their worth in industrial marketing. In this post, I’ve listed the major areas to focus on if you want to make your industrial e-mail marketing more relevant and productive. Better Segmentation, More Relevance. List segmentation is probably second only to relevant content when it comes to making your e-mails relevant to your target audience. Your list should be segmented into at least two broad categories – prospects and customers. Personalized Content.

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New Data Proves Why You Need to Segment Your Email Marketing

Hubspot

And as I've been conducting my research for the webinar, two particularly noteworthy trends from the evolution of email marketing have caught my eye: the importance of relevance and segmentation. The Importance of Relevance. One of the most common responses I received was that they expected the emails were going to be relevant to their interests. Image Credit: pj_vanf

Content Marketing: Considerations When Defining a Content Plan

Conversionation

Content that is adapted to the preferred channels, digital signals, triggers, stages in the life cycle and needs of people is becoming increasingly important. The focus on relevant content, that also makes your business “found” in an online world is so strong that there is even a new word for it: content marketing. Having goals, a plan and processes in place matters in content marketing as well. What is often missing in what we call content marketing is a strategy, let alone a plan. The various target groups are divided into segments.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content.

Reasons to Ditch “Batch and Blast” and Get Started with Email Marketing Personalization

Vertical Response

” “To get started with such customization, conducting customer research is imperative,” explains Vertical Response Senior Content Marketing Manager, Linzi Breckenridge. Identify your target market(s), segmenting the groups of customers most likely to buy your goods and services. Think about which segment of the population has a problem your product is able to solve.

Why Define? Persona-Based Content Marketing Personalization

Synecore

Personalizing your content based on personas means tailoring towards the buyers’ stories to help them through their journey towards making a purchase. Buyer personas are first determined by segmenting your audience into different groups of people. It is a helpful process because it helps marketers avoid projecting their own schemas and personas onto website or content design.

6 Ways to Create Rocket-Fuel Content for Marketing Automation

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Anne Murphy Marketing automation is one of the fastest growing technology segments in business, and analysts predict it will grow to a $4.6 But marketing automation can’t run without content. . More than three-quarters of those invested in marketing automation say that developing processes and content is instrumental to success with the technology. Without

Keep Calm and Content On! 4 Ways to Write Compelling Content for Customer Nurturing

Modern B2B Marketing

Determining how to nurture your customers is a good start, but for your message to really catch their eye, you need to have compelling content. Follow these 4 guidelines to create content that resonates with your customers : 1.  Without any personal affiliations with your customer, your words (in this case, your content) are what they hold you to. Keep Calm and Content On!

The Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 1

Tony Zambito

  Let's look at a few: Buyer personas are not a buyer profile, a demographic profile, a psychographic profile, a market segment profile, a sales profile, a market research profile, a customer survey profile, or a focus group profile.    The latest trendy term of content marketing has even resulted in buyer personas being characterized as content profiles. 

Improving Content Conversion with Dynamic Content

Modern B2B Marketing

by Dayna Rothman Today’s marketers know that quality content is essential to marketing success. Content needs to educate, excite, and inspire prospects, customers, and partners alike. When your prospect’s inbox explodes with offers daily, how do you ensure your content stands out? Options for Segmenting Dynamic Content. B2B Marketing Content Marketing

6 Steps to a Content Marketing Plan that Can Drive Conversions

Marketing Action

All over the world, marketers agree – content marketing is hot!  From my location in the Asia-Pacific market, I see companies increasingly exploring how they can adopt content marketing strategies into their marketing. That’s why content marketing may be the most reliable way to reach prospects – because they are growing smarter, and more informed. And it makes sense.

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Data Storytelling 101: Helpful Tools for Gathering Ideas, Designing Content & More

Hubspot

It's an exciting time to be a content marketer. As more companies continue to jump on the inbound marketing bandwagon, the influx of content seems to be turning into a bit of a traffic jam. What better content to offer a consideration-stage buyer than a comparison chart between your services and your competition’s? Design Content Marketing Daily TOFUNot a data analyst?

7 Ways to Increase Email Engagement

Marketing Action

Targeting: Select and segment the list to choose the right demographics for your message. Personalisation: Customise the email with the intended recipient’s name, job title, or other relevant data. Relevance: Use calls to action that drive to content that’s appropriate and engaging. Segment Lists and Target Messages. Start With the Subject Line. Open rate.

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How to Segment Your Market and Increase B2B Conversions by 355%

3D2B

Well, according to a study by Jupiter Research, companies that segment their databases increase their conversion rates on average by 355%. To create a robust, successful marketing campaign you need to provide content and messaging that’s relevant. You need to segment your list so you can, for example, send targeted emails and structure tailored telemarketing programs.

A Lead Generation Plan Begins With Content Marketing Strategy

NuSpark

Phase One: Content Assessment. Additionally, our content approach covers three main goals: Increased website traffic. This goal focuses on providing valuable content via landing pages in exchange for lead capture information such as email addresses and roles in the buying process. This goal is managed by putting together a content map, along with a marketing automation platform, in an effort to drive static, old leads to sales-readiness, by providing those leads with additional valuable content. determination on how your content can stand out.

A Lead Generation Plan Begins With Content Marketing Strategy

NuSpark

Phase One: Content Assessment. Additionally, our content approach covers three main goals: Increased website traffic. This goal focuses on providing valuable content via landing pages in exchange for lead capture information such as email addresses and roles in the buying process. This goal is managed by putting together a content map, along with a marketing automation platform, in an effort to drive static, old leads to sales-readiness, by providing those leads with additional valuable content. determination on how your content can stand out.

Creating A Thoughtful Content Strategy in Higher Education Marketing

Hubspot

Now it’s time to apply those answers and develop a calculated content strategy that can reach new prospects while maintaining your relationship with your current supporters. 1) Segmenting Strategy. Strategic segmentation can make or break your risk-taking plan. Motivation can drive your process when re-evaluating your segmentation strategy. Many higher ed. Education

How to Design Content Remarketing Campaigns That Actually Work

Hubspot

You know content marketing works, so you''ve been plugging away at blog posts, ebooks, and other valuable, educational content for your potential customers. And people come -- they find your content in search results and in their social media feeds. Creating Killer Content Remarketing Ads. The High Clickthrough Rate Game for Content Remarketing. About Ad Fatigue.

6 Stupid Content Promotion Mistakes No Marketer Should Make

Hubspot

We''ve all been there: You''ve created a piece of content -- a blog, an ebook, a report, a video -- with expectations of high volume traction. You might even start questioning your awesome content-creating skills -- not cool! What makes one piece of content get thousands of views and shares while another goes no further than your friends and family members? content creation

Creating Relevant B2B Marketing Content: Walk the Talk

Industrial Marketing Today

That is pretty much the mantra of B2B content marketing. Nothing happens until your site visitors and blog readers take some kind of an action after reading your content. Personas do matter in B2B content marketing You would be wasting your scarce resources if you pumped out marketing content without first having a clear and complete understanding of the personas of your B2B buyers.

6 Stupid Content Promotion Mistakes No Marketer Should Make

Hubspot

We''ve all been there: You''ve created a piece of content -- a blog, an ebook, a report, a video -- with expectations of high volume traction. You might even start questioning your awesome content-creating skills -- not cool! What makes one piece of content get thousands of views and shares while another goes no further than your friends and family members? content creation

Is South Park Onto Something? A Look At Sponsored Content in the Media

Modern B2B Marketing

South Park’s Perspective on Sponsored Content is Hilarious and Frightening. In several scenes, the characters in the show have an almost impossible time accomplishing anything online because they are constantly being distracted by “sponsored content,” which sidetracks them from their initial intentions. Sponsored Content in the Real World. Technology is ruining our lives.

Thank You For Tweeting! Highlights From the “Targeting” Twitter Chat

It's All About Revenue

According to a 2013 Econsultancy survey of over 1,300 UK email marketers , 73% carry out basic segmentation, only 49% carry out any regular list cleansing and just 26% do any content personalisation. Less than a quarter of respondents (22%) say that they are carrying out advanced segmentation. But now, marketers have to go ‘beyond demographics’. Prospects are busier than ever, and non-personalised emails which don’t look relevant won’t get opened. Some leading companies take targeting as far as writing unique marketing content for individuals.