5 Ways B2B CMOs Can improve Audience Development With Buyer Persona Research

Tony Zambito

The term, audience development , has become more ubiquitous in the world of marketing. For B2C CMOs, the concept of developing audiences and communities has been an essential core principle for some time. For B2B CMOs, the idea of audience development and engagement can be perplexing.

Three marketing truths for an information dense world

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We face a menacing wall of information competition and if you think it’s bad now, it is going to soon become much, much worse. By 2020, the amount of information on the web is expected to increase by 500% — and that’s the low side of the projection.

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14 great quotes about building an actionable audience

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One of the highlights from the new The Content Code book is the concept of building an actionable audience or the “Alpha Audience” — the elite group of people who express their advocacy and influence others by sharing your content.

After the Webinar: 7 Steps to Ongoing Audience Engagement

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Inform sales about the event. If sales is following up on all of the webinar leads, make sure they’re prepared with information about the webinar, such as the topic, the presenter, and key messages and take-away.

Search: The art and science of identifying your target audience

Biznology

Whenever we start to review Google keyword data, one of the most common questions I get is: “How do you know our target audience is actually searching for that keyword?”. Use this combination wherever possible and you’ll be able to better reach your target audience.

Do you need a massive audience to be huge in social media?

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Recently, my dear friend Kristen Daukas and I had an interesting exchange in the comment section about audience size and I thought it would be fun to blow it out into a blog post since it is such a relevant topic. So, in this case, growing a huge audience is not a priority.

Content marketing personalization: know your audience

Biznology

Knowing what interests your audience means knowing your audience, so let’s take a look at painting a more personal picture of them. The first step in this process is understanding that your audience is not a single monolith.

How to Speak the Same Language as Your Marketing Audience

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Do you know anything about your marketing audience – such as the big issues in their industry, trends that might affect them, or the role they play in their own companies? Creating personas at this stage can help you put yourself in your audience’s mindset. Who are you writing for?

13 Great Guides to Growing Your Blog Audience

Webbiquity

Now—how you attract and retain a large audience? Find guidance on those topics and more here in a baker’s dozen of the best guides to growing your blog audience from the past year or so.

Memory, Information Overload, and 3 Ways Marketers Can Maximize Content

Modern Marketing

It got me thinking about just how much information the brain is capable of holding. Massive expansion of the web has put all of us in a state of information overload. As the amount of information is increasing, we’re also seeing a corresponding decrease in our ability to pay attention.

Driving economic benefits from your Alpha Audience

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Other research projected even higher levels of information density we will have to contend with. I studied this for more than a year and produced a solution via a book, The Content Code , which spells out six strategies to win in an era of incredible information competition.

The Pendulum Audience: Brand Marketing Lessons in Institutional Trust

Content Standard

It’s a lesson that’s just as true for objects with mass as it is for marketing audiences—and brand marketing professionals who have to constantly contend with audiences that hate to sit still. A Case Study in Pendulum Audiences. How to Handle Audience Swings.

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Identifying Buyer Profiles: 5 Ways To Segment Your Marketing Audience

Modern Marketing

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. As such, you need to face the tough question: Is your email marketing messaging truly resonating with your audiences? (In

Social Media Audiences Are Great, But Email Audiences Are Better

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You know that while social media represents a vast potential audience, the engagement rates are awful. Disadvantage #2: Social media increasingly requires advertising to reach your audience. And – even with single digit organic reach – a good way to stay in touch with your audience.

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A blueprint for succeeding in a world of overwhelming information density

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… and thrown into this mix is perhaps the most profound change to our industry since the mobile phone — malignant growth in information density. Most estimates center on a number of 500 percent growth in the amount of information available in the Internet by 2020.

Martech Vendors Can't Avoid Ad Audience Battles

Customer Experience Matrix

One of the most interesting stories playing out right now is online advertising, where the walled gardens of Google , Facebook , and other audience aggregators are under assault by insurgent advertisers who, like most rebels, aspire as much to replace their overlords as destroy their power.

6 assumptions push marketing gets wrong

Biznology

The book sets up outside-in marketing as a kind of pull marketing, focusing on audience needs rather than marketing agendas. Digital is a literal medium that only works if you build trust and loyalty with your audience by helping them get the information they need.

How to Make Audience Segmentation Truly Personal

Act-On

The smart answer: By matching certain content items to certain audiences. Together they can help marketers deliver a very potent punch of engagement with anonymous site traffic – as they turn audience segmentation into a truly personal customer experience.

How to Refresh Evergreen Content (and Reach a Big Audience)

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It may not include information that’s new or trendy, but it should provide good advice, be entertaining, or solve a problem for potential readers. If it reads like a poor man’s Wikipedia article, it’s probably not something your audience (or Google) is likely to dig.

3 Ways Mobile Insights Are Informing Online and Offline Marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Either way, mobile will be instrumental in expanding brands’ reach and connecting them to new and existing audiences in a different way. With traditional web sites, companies have the luxury of using space to present a great deal of information across different areas on each page.

6 types of content your readers hate

Biznology

Make sure nobody finds the content offensive, and you won’t accidentally offend your audience. Even if you have shocking information to impart, let the content speak for itself. Write for your audience instead of yourself.

Mariana Uses Artificial Intelligence to Build Personas and Find Target Audiences

Customer Experience Matrix

It turns out that’s no longer even a question: if you haven’t yet played with CrystalKnows , be prepared for some weirdly accurate insights into yourself and those you know well, based on public Internet information. What does Mariana do with this information?

Presenting a Webinar? Build an Emotional Connection with Your Audience

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The success of the webinar is largely contingent on how articulate and trustworthy the presenter is, and how well the presentation addresses genuine audience concerns. Choose a topic that you and your organization are very familiar with, and that your intended audience thinks is important.

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Increasing Audience ROI with Personalization

Hubspot

That’s why it’s critical that media companies invest in quality vs. quantity: if you want to attract a high-value audience, your content needs to be high-value too. When audiences like what you have to offer, they’ll find a way to keep your company on their radars.

Tracking and Increasing Audience Engagement

Hubspot

That’s why tracking and understanding your audience is so important — so you can create smaller, more targeted campaigns instead of sending every sponsored email to your entire database. This begs the question, how do you begin to understand your audience?

The Scientific Tricks to Tell Brand Stories That Will Move Your Audience to Action

Modern B2B Marketing

But marketers often confuse information for story. Marketing campaigns, direct mail, email newsletters help you do much more than simply relay information. They are communication tools that help you establish a connection with your audience.

Standing out in a world of information density

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I recently did an interview about the implications of information density and Content Shock with a PR magazine in India. There is no blanket answer to the issue of standing out in a world of increasing information density. Target an under-served audience?

How Publishers Develop and Monetize Audiences with Digital Marketing

Modern B2B Marketing

If paid audiences are only shrinking , can Gate’s very first prediction that the “real money on the internet” would be in content hold true? Here are three steps I’ve seen publishers taking to develop and monetize their audiences: 1. Understand Audience Interests and Behaviors.

Using Customer Data to Inform Your Personalization Strategy

Modern Marketing

In fact, your buyers begin to share information about themselves, what they’re interested in, and what their pain points are well before they formally introduce themselves. Capturing client and prospect data and using this information to segment your audiences provides the insight needed to identify what your buyers care about and informs how you build relevant messaging, or in other words, a personalization strategy.

10 Ways to Engage Your Audience with Interactive Content

Modern B2B Marketing

Not only does interactive content look better aesthetically, but it also reduces the amount of information your audience has to process at one time. Quizzes allow your audience to break away from the monotony of reading and scrolling to really interact with your content.

20 Must-See SlideShare Presentations That'll Inform, Inspire & Entertain

Hubspot

What better way to display valuable pieces of information than through a visual format like a SlideShare? Last year we posted an article about 20 inspiring SlideShare presentations we wanted to share with our audience.

4 Mistakes Marketers Make With Audience Research

Digital B2B Marketing

Yes, market and audience research can be incredibly valuable. But when it is misused, even the best information can lead you in the wrong direction. Research rarely studies an audience exhibiting a single consistent behavior.

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Five levers of relevance for digital authors

Biznology

In the case of information, the work involved requires cognitive effort. A weightier task forces the audience to expend more cognitive effort. So if you want to geek out on it, read the book Audience, Relevance, and Search.

Read this article before you start a social media program

Biznology

To be successful it needs objectives, target audiences, a strategy to meet those objectives and a way of knowing whether or not your efforts are paying off. Are you a B2B business exec whose instincts are saying you should be doing something with social media, but you’re not sure what?

80% Of Our Visitors Take Our Desired Content Path: Using Form URL (Form Page) Data to Inform Our Content Marketing

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Tracking how many times that gets clicked is useful information, but to really understand our content path, we need to know more. We can’t get that information with CTA tracking. We know that content with a high opportunity conversion rate is resonating with our target audience.

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We Asked Our Audience What They Really Think of PDF Ebooks: A HubSpot Experiment

Hubspot

So you can imagine my surprise when HubSpot's audience started telling us they still like to print out our ebooks -- which are often 20 or 30 pages in length -- instead of viewing them on a web page. I don't know about you, but I barely print anything anymore.

Interactive Storytelling 101: User Experience & Information Architecture

Content Standard

In addition to coming up with a great content strategy and crafting compelling copy for your story, you also have to carefully design how you’re going to deliver your story to your audience. Designing Information Architecture for Interactive Stories. Simplicity of Information.

Case Study: Denny’s flips its audience with a sassy social media strategy

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Creating an experience worth sharing Companies hoping to make a connection with their customers have long looked to social media as a quick way to connect and inform. Denny’s Tumblr offers its audience a stream of eminently shareable pop culture riffs, mashed up – or “hashed up,” perhaps?

5 Ways to Get Personal With Your Audience at Scale

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Patrick Groover As marketers, we’re in a race–a race to capture and hold the attention of our target audiences. Practically speaking, from top-to-bottom, do all of your activities begin and end with your target audiences in mind? Architect Your Audience Into Your Site Layout.

Better built than bought – how to build your email marketing list

Biznology

Your lead magnets need to provide real value to your target audience. Examples of lead magnets include informational articles, informational videos, how-to guides, worksheets, and any information that is clearly and obviously not sales material.