How to Create a B2B Buyer Persona – Six Key Dimensions

Webbiquity

There are lots of different ways to create B2B buyer personas. But not all buyer persona templates and guides are equally effective. The key is to create a persona that is actionable. The Six Dimensions of a B2B Buyer Persona.

7 Reasons To Update Your Buyer Insights And Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

Buyer personas are archetypal representations of actual buyers that articulate insights into their goals. They help us to gain insights into how buyers pursue goals and the motivations behind these pursuits. Your buyer personas are a picture in time of your buyers.

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

Tony Zambito

In the 15 years since originating the concept of buyer personas in 2001, there has been one issue that continues to plague fully understanding exactly where, how, and why buyer personas can be beneficial. Compounding the issue today is the prevalent use of the term buyer persona to describe customer segmentation and buyer profiling efforts. Customer Segmentation. This is where buyer profiling can be helpful.

Choosing the Right Social Media Platforms for Your Buyer Personas

Marketing Insider Group

This question prompts the creation of marketing personas, and the answers vary widely. For most B2B content creation , personas guide marketers in developing tailored pieces that resonate profoundly with a particular group. Some personas act as a ‘champion’ for a product or business.

How to Create Accurate Buyer Personas

Sharpspring

If you work in marketing, you probably hear a lot about optimizing the customer experience, tracking buyer journeys and identifying decision-making factors and/or paths to purchase. But what about developing buyer personas? Buyer Persona Statistics.

2020 Tips: Developing Buyer Personas

Sharpspring

If you work in marketing, you probably hear a lot about optimizing the customer experience, tracking buyer journeys and identifying decision-making factors and/or paths to purchase. But what about developing buyer personas? Buyer Persona Statistics.

5 Reasons Why Your Buyer Persona’s Aren’t Good Enough

B2B Lead Generation

Bad buyer personas. Think about it, your buyer personas are the building blocks of your marketing campaigns. That’s why I’m sharing five easy ways to improve your buyer personas. What is a buyer persona? In the most basic sense of the phrase, a buyer persona is a profile of your ideal customer. These profiles are made up of existing customer data, anecdotal observations, industry research and much, much more.

What is a Buyer Persona Insight? And, how to develop a rockstar B2B buyer persona?

Business Brainz

The global pandemic is profoundly changing the face of the B2B buyer. B2B revenue leaders and marketers are spending a lot of their time focusing on understanding buyer personas. A study by Gartner revealed 80% of the average B2B buyer journey took place online in 2020.

The Ultimate Guide to Creating B2B Buyer Personas

SalesIntel

Every organization should have a B2B buyer persona to understand their leads and audience better and ultimately strive to stand out from their competitors. But what are buyer personas? This is your ultimate guide on B2B buyer personas.

Reinvent B2B Sales With Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

Without question, while B2B Marketing is focused on developing its new prominence in the early stages of the buying cycle via content strategy and content marketing, B2B Sales is caught flat-footed on how to adapt to changing buyer behaviors.    What is true is that B2B Sales must go through a period of reinvention and cannot stand idly by as the world of B2B buyers continues to transform with each passing day.  Image via Wikipedia.

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

Tony Zambito

Fraught with confusion surrounding questions such as: exactly what constitutes an audience and is there really a difference between buyers and audiences? For example, some content marketing pundits believe you should separate out audience personas. Because these are different, in theory, from your buyer personas. I believe this approach may only exacerbate the compartmentalization based on the faulty premise of making personas about the “who”. by Gregor Črešnar.

Bye-Bye, Traditional Buyer Personas!

Televerde

Long gone are the days where generic, stock-photo buyer personas like ‘Mary from marketing’ and ‘Francine from finance’ determined the direction of our marketing campaigns. Demographic data and superficial buyer profiles will not be what gets us there. Buyer insights.

Use Buyer Personas to Segment by Buying Behavior

Tony Zambito

  We look at opportunities via company name, whether they are Global 2,000 or Fortune 500, deal size potential, and other few factors that likely make up segmentation.    This may have been just fine – that is – until buyers have become fairly self-directed in the buying process as well as enabled by the Internet and social technologies.    Here is where buyer persona development can be of help.  Image via Wikipedia.

How to Create Buyer Personas to Boost Your B2B Marketing

The Lead Agency

This means going further than demographics to get a real sense of who your buyer is and what drives them. This can be done by building buyer personas. A buyer persona is a research-based profile that depicts a target customer.

The Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 1

Tony Zambito

About a dozen years ago, I became involved with personas through fate by meeting Alan Cooper , at the time he just finished his landmark book The Inmates Are Running The Asylum , and becoming enamored with personas as a process to build more user friendly products.    Along with Alan Cooper, these folks are the real forerunners of personas back in the late ‘90’s.    I wound up on a path afterward searching for a way to make buyer personas a reality. 

How B2B CMOs Can Achieve Customer-Centric Marketing With Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

In this same survey mentioned above, it was found 50% or more of marketers surveyed have not engaged in researching and creating buyer personas for their marketing efforts. Although the concept of buyer personas were founded nearly 14 years ago, the maturity of buyer persona development as a means to achieve customer-centric B2B marketing has some ways to go. Making it difficult to move beyond market and role-based segmentation. by Matt Brooks.

Buyer Personas Require Qualitative Research and Contextual Inquiry

Tony Zambito

Buyer Persona Development and the qualitative research methodology applied to creating buyer personas have proven to be an effective means for B2B organizations to reach a deeper understanding of their buyers.    They have helped companies to gain insights into market opportunities, find out why challenges exists, depict buying processes, and how to map critical sales and marketing strategies to the goals of buyers

Buyer Persona 2.0 – Part 7 – Buyer Personas Segmentation

Tony Zambito

Over the past few years, our firm Goal Centric has engaged with high profile organizations that place a high value on performing market segmentation.   Where buyer personas fit in the scheme of segmentation has been a source of confusion since the early days of design personas.   There has been misconceptions about how buyer personas are either in opposition to or not useful to segmentation.

The Ultimate Guide to Developing Buyer Personas (with Templates!)

Single Grain

This post was updated with more in-depth content, templates and examples on how to craft the perfect buyer persona. Today’s businesses have to break through an impressive amount of noise in order to capture a prospective buyer’s attention. If you want to have the best chance of getting the attention of prospects in an ad-heavy world — and, more importantly, convince them to buy from your company — you’ll need to build buyer personas. What Is a Buyer Persona?

Prevent Demand Generation Failure with Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

In the article, Adam lays out three reasons why failure exists: Your plan is not built around your target buyer. What resonates throughout these three reasons is the need to build demand generation strategy around the B2B buyer.    Acquiring a deep understand of your target buyer and their buying process.  As many of you know from reading my articles before, I am a big advocate of buyer personas and exactly for the purpose Adam has stated. 

How Many B2B Buyer Personas Do You Need?

Marketing Interactions

One of the first things potential clients say to me is something along the lines of how many buyer personas they think they need to create. The average is three to five B2B buyer personas. Which B2B Buyer Personas Should You Build?

How to Create Detailed Buyer Personas for Your Business [Free Persona Template]

Hubspot

Do you know who your business's buyer personas are? Buyer personas are semi-fictional representations of your ideal customers based on data and research. Okay, so personas are really important to my business. What is the typical background of your ideal buyer?

Creating Perfect Buyer Personas

Valasys

Buyer personas are the second most popular criteria for content segmentation according to B2B marketers yet only 44% actually utilize them. The written characterizations that a B2B marketer creates about the buyers who make vital decisions regarding the product, service or solution that is being offered is known as a buyer persona. When developing a buyer persona there are several key areas that need to be considered: 1.

How to Create a Buyer Persona (Includes Free Persona Template)

Hootsuite

Defining a buyer persona (also called a customer persona, audience persona, or marketing persona) helps you create content to better target your ideal customer. Buyer personas remind you to put your audience’s wants and needs ahead of your own.

Identifying Buyer Profiles: 5 Ways To Segment Your Marketing Audience

Oracle

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. Here are five starting points for consideration if you’re looking to enhance your segmentation: 1. Segment by Persona. ?The Whatever the persona, you should understand which part of your business they care about. Segment by Geography ?Each

B2B Buyer Personas: How to Create Them for Every Budget

Unbound B2B

A B2B buyer persona is a construct that represents your perfect customer, developed by observations from market analysis and data collected from your existing client base. The buyer persona conversation revolves around the motivations behind your ideal customer, the utility your product or service will provide to them, and how they prioritize buying new items. Where to Start When Creating Strong Buyer Personas. Marketing B2B Marketing Buyer Persona

Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 5 (6 Essentials To Embedding Into Your Organization)

Tony Zambito

This is the fifth and final part of a series of reflective articles on the future of buyer personas in the social age.    In this final reflection, I offer 6 essentials to embedding buyer personas into your organization.      In part 4, I described a new role of Social Buyer Behaviorist and Anthropologist that can reside in a framework of researching buyer behavior through anthropological means. 

Bring Context to Your B2B Content Using Buyer Personas

Circle Studio

Creating buyer personas helps you visually picture your buyers and understand them on a deeper level. Buyer personas defined. While the term “buyer personas” is fairly common vernacular in modern marketing, the definition is sometimes misunderstood.

The 10 Rules for Creating a Buyer Persona: Rule 7

Tony Zambito

  It also seems that in the concept of buyer personas, there has been misguided efforts to engage in an oversimplified process of creating a composite of many data points.    The outcome being buyer personas resembling a wire mesh of columns and rows that have every conceivable bit of information on the “what” of a buyer persona.    We desire to find out as much as possible about a buyer persona

The 10 Rules for Creating a Buyer Persona: Rule 2

Tony Zambito

  One of the most visible is those who promise to draw your caricature profile on the spot.    My answer to them these days when they “bark” at me to sit down and have my profile drawn is – “if you can make me look 10 years younger, I’ll do it!”    This next rule has to do with profiling.    Customer profiles have been around for a very long time.  This is a very common misunderstanding about a buyer persona.  

New Approaches To Understand Customers Needed In A Digital Transformation World

Tony Zambito

In my article Rethinking Buyer Personas In An Era Of Digital Transformation , I presented four trends impacting the state of buyer persona development. Whereby, rethinking buyer persona development and insight gathering in a digital-centric world becomes a necessity. This applies to buyer persona development today. As well as, beyond outdated traditional means grounded in sales and product marketing used for profiling buyers.

The 10 Rules for Creating a Buyer Persona: Rule 6

Tony Zambito

  You may have recently sat in a presentation whereby you reviewed results of online surveys, viewed multiple pie charts segmenting data, analyzed customer data reports generated in multi-variant ways, and purchased industry related reports with a chockfull of relevant data.  The sixth rule related to buyer persona development is about distinguishing information from insight: Rule 6: Buyer Persona Development is not a Quantitative Process.

Beyond Buyer Profiling To Buyer Personification

Tony Zambito

Segmentation has been a staple of business marketing and sales for several decades. The concept of breaking down a potential market or industry into smaller target segments is a standard technique taught in business schools and used by many organizations. The understanding of not only the segments and organizations that buys but also the individual that buys. Coinciding with this period was the introduction of strategic selling to the individuals within a team of buyers.

Buyer persona: step by step to build the perfect persona for your business

RockContent

To achieve this objective, and accurately reach your audience, you can start by building a buyer persona , also known as a persona. This content will cover the following topics: What is a buyer persona? What is the impact of a buyer persona in marketing?

Buyer Persona 2.0 – Part 6 – Buyer Personas Are Not Just Profiles

Tony Zambito

Over the past few years, I have struggled with the use of the word “profile” or “profiling” when it came to describing buyer personas.   My discomfort is arisen out of experience, what the terms fails to communicate about buyer personas, and how it is problematic in gaining adoption by senior leaders. What is common about these many attempts at defining buyer personas is that they are focused on profiling and descriptions only.

How to Create An Ideal Client Profile

Zoominfo

Building out ideal client profiles is the same idea — creating something in the short term that will help you market and sell to your audience in the long term. It all comes down to building out client profiles. What Is An Ideal Client Profile (and why you need them).

Buyer Persona 2.0 – Part 4 - Business Persona Context

Tony Zambito

  Therein lays a critical element in the adoption of buyer personas by senior leaders of B2B organizations.   When the conventions of reporting, analysis, segmentations, and etc. have all been around the “business” or “company”, many senior leaders can tend to overlook the power of buyer personas.   In this segment of Buyer Persona 2.0, we look at how to reconcile this dilemma as well as misconception: The Business Persona.