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. Customer Segmentation. Buyer Profiling.

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. What Is a Buyer Persona?

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. Large companies often have multiple buyer personas that span multiple industries, demographics, and product offerings.

The Content-Ready Buyer Persona

Marketing Insider Group

Recently, Cintell was a proud sponsor of a Marketo webinar with Ardath Albee on the topic of content marketing and buyer personas. What’s more, 75% of buyers believe vendors give them too much material to sort through, 62% of which is considered useless (Forrester).

7 Tips for Using Buyer Personas in Lead Nurturing

Act-On

This extremely specific description of your model customer is a buyer persona. Buyer personas help you target prospects with surgical precision and nurture them with custom content they care about. Personas first, content second. Put the person back into persona.

Are Your Buyer Personas Data Overkill?

Tony Zambito

As the concept of buyer personas has crept into the conscious of both B2C and B2B Marketing, so has misguided representations of buyer personas become prevalent. With many touted frameworks and processes being representative of buyer personas in name only.

B2B DMU Buyer Persona Cheat Sheet

Inbox Insight

A step-by-step guide to turning knowledge about your target DMU into actionable buyer personas. This article is part of our marketing mini-series on B2B Marketing Segmentation , designed to help marketing professionals advance their targeting techniques to drive performance.

What To Include In A Buyer Persona [INFOGRAPHIC]

Marketing Insider Group

Many businesses struggle with how to create a buyer persona. Luckily, our friends at GetCRM have provided this handy infographic on how to build a buyer person. They even provided these helpful answers to your top questions: What is a buyer persona? A buyer persona is a fictional person that represents a key segment of […]. The post What To Include In A Buyer Persona [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

Buyer Persona Basics

Marketing Action

“A buyer persona is an example of the real person who buys, or might buy, products like the ones you market,” according to Adele Revella , who also advises that you hold direct interviews with real buyers and build your personas based on what you learn in those meetings.

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 persona that is developed becomes a foundation for any business that depends heavily on customer acquisition, conversion, and retention.

How Buyer Personas Can Make Your Marketing Automation Smarter

Modern Marketing

by contributor | Tweet this Editor’s Note: Today’s blog post comes courtesy of Tony Zambito , the creator and today’s leading authority on buyer personas. One worthwhile effort to help make your marketing automation smarter is the use of buyer personas.

Infographic: The Science of Creating Buyer Personas

Crimson Marketing

Buyer personas are the first step to any effective content strategy. Personas are what will help you determine how to tailor content to your buyers. . This data will give you the framework for your buyer’s pain and needs.

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. by Gregor Črešnar.

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.  Image via Wikipedia.

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. Where to Start When Creating Strong Buyer Personas. Marketing B2B Marketing Buyer Persona

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.    Here is where buyer persona development can be of help.  Image via Wikipedia.

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. Making it difficult to move beyond market and role-based segmentation. The same goes for buyer personas.

Buyer Persona Basics

Marketing Action

“A buyer persona is an example of the real person who buys, or might buy, products like the ones you market,” according to Adele Revella , who also advises that you hold direct interviews with real buyers and build your personas based on what you learn in those meetings.

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. 

How to Build a Buyer Persona: a Recipe for Success [Infographic]

Cintell

Therefore, it’s critical to develop thorough buyer personas. What is a buyer persona? A buyer persona is a fictional person that represents a key segment of your audience. Why are buyer personas important? Create your persona(s).

Buyer Persona vs. Buyer Personality: What’s the Difference?

Reachforce

One of the initial steps in setting up any marketing campaign online is to construct the “persona” of the target. ” It is important to define 2-4 personas for your target audience and in today’s world of […]. Lead Segmentation and Scoring Predictive Analytics B2B personas marketing insight SegmentationMarketing teams, web designers and email campaign staff will all want to know “just who is this written/built for?”

Informing Content Strategy with Buyer Persona Development

Tony Zambito

  To inform a content strategy, it strikes me that there are five key areas to evaluate: Buyer understanding :  gaining an understanding of how buyers intend to consume, utilize, and act upon content are the bedrock of a content strategy.  Image by Krista76 via Flickr.

Steps to Creating Buyer Persona Profiles [Infographic]

Zoominfo

We talk about buyer personas a lot on the ZoomInfo blog— for good reason! Marketers use buyer personas to inform every piece of their marketing strategy and ultimately generate more revenue for their respective companies. The Beginner’s Guide to Buyer Personas.

Importance of Context to Understanding the New Social Buyer Persona

Tony Zambito

One of the major outcomes of the recent advances in the social age is the resurgence of contextually-based persona development and its’ role in helping to inform as well as shape strategy.    Buyers are self-directing and taking non-linear journeys based on situations and goals.

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.

How to Develop Great B2B Buyer Personas (With Templates) 

ClearVoice

A B2B buyer persona represents your ideal client decision-maker. When developing your buyer persona, address all the issues and aspects that may have an impact on how, when, and why the person will buy. Personas are marketing code for “knowing your audience.”

Message Personas: 40 Questions for your Buyer Personas

Reachforce

Enrich your marketing database with persona attributes for better targeting and segmentation. Identifying your Buyer Personas are easy, it’s the WHO you are building products and solutions for. People don’t remember what you say, they remember how you made them feel.

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.  Image by XXC via Flickr.

How to Segment Content According to Buyer Persona

Golden Spiral

As a B2B tech marketer, one of your biggest challenges is understanding who your buyers are and, based on that information, how best to communicate with them. That’s where buyer personas come in. In our experience, buyer personas really become valuable when you start segmenting content to each of them. In this post, we’ll start by establishing a strategic framework for segmentation and then identify the specific tactics you need to put it into action.

7 Tips for Using Buyer Personas in Lead Nurturing

Marketing Action

This extremely specific description of your model customer is a buyer persona. Buyer personas help you target prospects with surgical precision and nurture them with custom content they care about. Personas first, content second. Put the person back into persona.

Creating Buyer Personas for Better B2B Marketing

The Lead Agency

As an exercise, creating buyer personas gives you a tangible person to present to. In the following article, we are going to evaluate the benefits of adopting buyer personas in your strategic planning , and the way to create a thorough representation of your target audience. What are Buyer Personas? Buyer personas are fictional character portraits that are specifically made to represent different segments of your audience.

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.  Image by justin_levy via Flickr.

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.

How buyer personas help you make better videos

Vidyard

” One tool that has become essential to defining a target market is the buyer persona, especially with the rise of social media and video. For many marketers, buyer personas are the key to making better video content, but what are they? A buyer persona is a semi-fictional representation of a business’s ideal customer, based on existing data and market research. Again, buyer personas can assist you with this.

Buyer Personas: The Missing Piece of Your SEO Strategy

Zoominfo

In today’s blog post we explain why buyer personas are a critical—but often missing—element of your SEO strategy. What is a buyer persona? Buyer personas are created using quantitative analysis, market research, anecdotal observations, and many other data sources.

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.  

Interesting Infographics: The Science of Building Buyer Personas

LEADership

I am sure most of you will agree that creating a buyer persona is crucial to any successful B2B lead generation and marketing campaign. Using marketing personas made websites 2-5 times more effective. targeted personas lifted sales leads 124%.

9 Questions SEO’s Should Ask In B2B Buyer Persona Development

KoMarketing Associates

For example, recent research suggests that marketers may want to shift to shorter pieces of content to reel in B2B buyers. DemandGen’s “ 2017 Content Preferences Survey Report ” discovered that 46 percent of B2B buyers have moved towards shorter formats of content in the past year. The Seven Phases of the Buyer Experience Journey. B2B buyer personas become critical in connecting the dots of this process. What Are Buyer Personas?

“Why” is the Marketer’s Secret Sauce: 5 Buyer Persona Insights

Marketing Action

Do you know why buyers choose your products, solutions and services? Is it possible to deliver content that is not only persuasive and compelling to potential buyers – but also leads them to take the next step of engagement? The 5 things you need to know about your buyer.

The 10 Rules for Creating a Buyer Persona: Rule 9

Tony Zambito

The buyer persona development process has an important rule related to the compass: Rule 9: The Purpose of the Buyer Persona Development Process is to Inform on Goal Centered Customer Strategies. Image via Wikipedia.