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 7 Deadly Sins of Developing Buyer Personas

SmartBug Media

Read any inbound marketing blog or article and it’ll tell you to start any new initiative with, first, your goal(s) and then, second, your buyer personas. Because personas are at the heart of content. Confusing Preferences with Personas. Originally published Oct 19, 2017.

Rethinking Buyer Personas In An Era Of Digital Transformation

Tony Zambito

One means for the last sixteen years to understand customers and buyers have been the use of buyer persona development. It is time to rethink buyer persona development in this new era of digital disruption. Today, many buyers are also users and power users.

State Of Buyer Personas 2016 Survey

Tony Zambito

We are seeing continued growth in the adoption of buyer personas as a means for understanding buyers and customers. At the same time, the growth is fraught with the perils of buyer personas being misunderstood, mislabeled, and serving as a cover for basic buyer profiling.

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. This is where buyer profiling can be helpful. Buyer Personas.

Dear Marketers, Buyer Personas Still Need A Makeover

ANNUITAS

There are a lot of misguided, well-meaning marketers working on beautifully crafted, useless personas. Now, I’m not joining the persona naysayers (you know who you are). It’s going to take some work. Personas create focus. Personas drive alignment.

Dear Marketers, Buyer Personas Still Need A Makeover

ANNUITAS

There are a lot of misguided, well-meaning marketers working on beautifully crafted, useless personas. Now, I’m not joining the persona naysayers (you know who you are). It’s going to take some work. Personas create focus. Personas drive alignment.

The State of Buyer Personas 2012

Tony Zambito

This June marks ten years since the first buyer persona development methodology was pioneered and launched by the firm Goal Centric now called Buyerology. The adoption of research-based modeling of buyers that leads to buyer personas has been mixed.

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.

Use Buyer Persona Research To Improve B2B Customer Experience

Tony Zambito

Customer experience has been and will continue to be one of the major influences on how buyers make choices. The rise of the digital economy has amplified the need for businesses to address the way in which their potential buyers and customers view both their actual and perceived experiences.

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? Questions I often receive when working with CMOs specific to B2B. Because these are different, in theory, from your buyer personas.

3 Examples of Buyer Personas to Help You Create Your Own

SmartBug Media

Buyer personas. You know you need personas in order for your marketing to be successful, but you still haven’t created them. Or are you not quite sure what a finished persona should look like? Mobile App Persona: Advocacy Andy. Originally written on March 6, 2018.

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

How Buyer Personas Can Improve Your B2B Lead Generation Aim

The Forward Observer

With properly researched buyer personas you can make sure your content is always on target. In fact, studies show that in B2B sales, buyers are 60% to 90% through their purchase research before they first contact a vendor. What Are Buyer Personas?

Study Confirms Importance Of Qualitative Research To Success With Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

A recent survey conducted by Cintell*, entitled 2016 Benchmark Study On Understanding B2B Buyers , indicates that high performing organizations utilized qualitative research for their buyer personas. Understanding Buyers And Customers Beyond The Rational.

How to Use Buyer Personas to Create Character-Driven Content

ClearVoice

Today your buyer personas are gathering dust in some buried document somewhere. Character-driven stories rooted in buyer personas. Plot-driven content means your organization’s motives are steering the buyer toward the final outcome. 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.

Using Context for Social Buyer Persona Strategy

Tony Zambito

Without context in strategy planning for the new social buyer persona, we are left with a factual approach to identifying target social buyers.    We will attain indications on what social buyers are doing.  Image via Wikipedia.

If Your Leads Stink, Time to Update Your Buyer Personas

Sales Engine

I guess this still works, but I’d much rather be given a list of prospects to call that have some indication of interest, wouldn’t you? The real challenge is to develop a deeper understanding of how buyers think, what they need, and what we need to say to get them to choose us.

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.

20 Questions to Ask When Creating Buyer Personas [Free Template]

Hubspot

Buyer personas are a crucial component of successful inbound marketing, particularly for the sales and marketing departments. Download our free buyer persona template here to learn how to create buyer personas for your business. Buyer Personas

B2B Marketing Rock Stars: Data Is Driving Modern Buyer Personas

Crimson Marketing

Traditionally, B2B marketers have created buyer personas from customer hunches, not factual customer data. “As a result, a vast majority (83%) of B2B marketers say that their buyer personas are only ‘somewhat’ effective, according to a study from the ITSMA.

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.”

The Importance Of Goal-Directed Behaviors To Buyer Personas

Marketing Insider Group

On a much larger scale, goals are at work influencing choices and high stake decisions such as investments in new technology or services. One of the largest influences on the conceptual development of personas has been the body of work and research on goals. A major theme in the social sciences, prior to and since the introduction of personas, is attempting to understand how individuals and groups make choices. Goal-Directed Buying Behaviors Define Buyer Personas.

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. 

Lead Generation Strategy: Defining Clear Customer Profiles and Buyer Personas

Unbound B2B

From a lead generation standpoint, a successful buyer’s journey should end in a purchase. But every customer is unique, hence every buyer’s journey is bound to be different. This is where creating customer profiles or buyer personas comes in. What is a Buyer Persona?

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. Here’s a list of 40 questions to ask your target personas: Demographics: Who are you?

Rapid buyer persona development

Integrated B2B

My colleagues and I were recently thrown a challenge by one of our clients to identify and describe its key stakeholder personas in half a day. Why buyer personas? The post Rapid buyer persona development appeared first on IntegratedB2B.

The Problem With Buyer Personas

Golden Spiral

The goal of buyer personas is to create hyper-personalized marketing communications that resonate with your target audience. So why aren’t they working? They should be a tool for empathy that allows you to think through interactions with a real live person in mind.

How to Effectively Develop B2B Buyer Personas

Launch Marketing

Virtually all B2B marketers agree that it’s essential to develop buyer personas and apply them in all aspects of their marketing efforts. But despite this recognition, there is a great deal of variance and inconsistency in how buyer personas are developed and applied.

B2B Marketers Going Beyond Buyer Personas, Working with Sales

B2B Marketing Traction

The behavior of today’s B2B buyer means that marketing needs to go far beyond what it did in the past. The need for marketing to work with sales is more important than ever. We specialize in inbound marketing systems that attract and convert the right buyers for your business.

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.

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.

If Your Leads Stink, Time to Update Your Buyer Personas

Sales Engine

I guess this still works, but I’d much rather be given a list of prospects to call that have some indication of interest, wouldn’t you? The real challenge is to develop a deeper understanding of how buyers think, what they need, and what we need to say to get them to choose us.

Understanding Buyer Personas: The Business Owner, CEO and High-Level Executive

Reachforce

A strong understanding of your buyer personas is essential to digital marketing success. Your marketing data defines who these personas are, what drives them, and what your company must do to get them to buy.