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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.

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. Here are five starting points for consideration if you’re looking to enhance your segmentation: 1. Segment by Persona. ?The

Automated Behavioral Segmentation: Personalized in Real Time

ActiveDEMAND

Automated Behavioral Segmentation: Personalized in Real Time Behavioral segmentation categorizes prospects in different groups based on their actions or engagement patterns. Personalization improves relevancy, is more engaging and, ultimately, more likely to achieve results.

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.

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. where your idea of market segmentation is "anyone with a neck.".

Am I connecting with my customers enough? 10 tips for customer outreach

Biznology

Correspondence as well as website and social media content should all match the personality and “voice” of your company. Use visual content, and make the story speak to your audience. The great part about social media is you can cross-post content from one forum to another.

Be Relevant or Die: The New Nature of Nurture

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Will Spendlove Nearly three-quarters of online customers are frustrated by brands that showcase irrelevant content and promotions. Harnessing relevance in your marketing efforts involves engaging , relevant , personalized content – you’ve heard it all before.

Geodemographics: Using Location-Based Segments for Targeted Marketing

Marketing Action

Quite a lot, as it turns out – especially to marketers trying to reach all of us with relevant messages. Segmentation strategies have long been a powerful way to target certain audiences, and geographic information is a key piece of the puzzle. Demographic: Who are they?

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).

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. where your idea of market segmentation is "anyone with a neck.".

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? Why is segmentation important? Where can you use segmentation?

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The Importance of Understanding the Difference Between Personalization, Segmentation and Individualization

ActiveDEMAND

Learn the Difference Between Personalization, Segmentation and Individualization The word “personalization” is thrown around quite a bit by marketers, but in general terms has a few different meanings. The reality is this is just beyond segmentation.

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? 27 Smart Ways to Segment Your Email List. 13) Content Topic. 14) Content Format.

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.

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. where your idea of market segmentation is "anyone with a neck.".

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. ” 2) What are the demographics and psychographics? Photo credit: Wikipedia.

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. Step 1: Create Demographic Profiles.

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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. Why do you need dynamic content? When should you use dynamic content?

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

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

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. The biggest real estate firms are creating lots of online content, newsletters and Facebook posts.

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

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

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?”. Here is the process I would go through to help this marketing professional navigate in a crowded content market.

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Four ideas to overcome content saturation in your niche

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

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.

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. Personalized Content.

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Three Ways to Improve Personalized Marketing

ActiveDEMAND

It’s been quoted 60-percent of marketing entities admit they struggle to personalize content in real-time. Let’s look at three major ones: GEO-IP SEGMENTATION Demographic segmentation is a concept that’s extremely important to all marketing departments.

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. The Power of Segmentation.

GEOIP-Based Segmentation for Targeted Marketing

ActiveDEMAND

GEOIP-Based Segmentation for Targeted Marketing Segmentation is a very important element in marketing and personalization. One avenue of segmentation is geographic location (or GEOIP-based segmentation). Geographic information is just one segmentation.

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. 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.

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. . Here are six ways to align content marketing and marketing automation: 1.

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.  Image by eliazar via Flickr.

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. The various target groups are divided into segments.

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Diving Deeper Into Drip Campaign Best Practices

ActiveDEMAND

Here, we address the specifics regarding the new “best practices” for drip campaigns, taking a closer look at Data-Driven Segmentation, Personalization, Predictive Send and Cross-Channel Nurturing. Predictive Send People want relevant emails.

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. Take a step back and test your content on yourself.

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?

4 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Create a Content Plan

Contently

At Contently, we’ve developed what we call a content methodology, a process to continuously improve the effectiveness of a company’s content across the enterprise. A content methodology works in much the same way as a flywheel.

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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. Portent’s Content Idea Generator : If you need an eye-catching headline, try this.

Is Content Marketing Killing Your Customer Conference?

Act-On

So vendor user conferences were designed for a specific, succinct demographic and psychographic segment: information technology professionals. And, if they do find time, the vendor has just one chance to deliver the relevant, compelling information the employee desires, or risk losing their attendance forever. But primarily—I believe content marketing is responsible. Content marketing doesn’t have to spell doom for your customer conference.

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. Segment Lists and Target Messages.

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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. First, let’s define what content marketing really is.

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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. 2) Content.