3 Ways To Encode Buyer Persona Goals Into Your Organization’s DNA

Tony Zambito

Marketing and Sales Leaders Must Build Core Competency of Understanding Buyer Persona Goals. When it comes to buyer goals, organizations today will need to get more specific about encoding understanding of buyer persona goals into their marketing and sales capabilities. .

Why A Buyer Persona Sales System Is Needed In A New Era Of B2B

Tony Zambito

Sales Leaders Will Need To Implement A Buyer Persona Driven Sales System To Adapt To New Buyer Behaviors And Preferences. These will have a radical effect in two significant ways: 1 – Buyer Interaction preferences will change.

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How To Use Personas For Better Marketing

Zoominfo

Today, we have things like automation, data, and buyer personas to fall back on. And in order to achieve that, you need buyer personas. What Are Buyer Personas? And How Can They Help Marketers? By now, you probably know what a buyer persona is.

7 Steps to Effective Brand Storytelling

Marketing Insider Group

So, how do you effectively implement and scale brand storytelling into your content strategy ? Let’s look at the steps to effective brand storytelling. In developing the hero, it should mirror the traits of your buyer personas. They did so with the help of your brand.

Use B2B Buyer Persona Types for Ease and Effectiveness

Marketing Interactions

In a lot of the conversations I have with B2B marketers, many are overwhelmed when confronted with how to build truly actionable buyer personas. Building actionable personas takes a fair bit of time and effort. And along with that, so is your persona project. Mini Buyer Persona.

How Social Data Can Help You Develop Buyer Personas

Oktopost

I speak daily with product, marketing, and sales professionals about the impact that social media can have on developing buyer personas, launching a product, building a brand, or even on individuals standing in their respective marketplace. Developing Your Buyer Personas.

The Emerging Importance Of B2B Ethnography To Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

These three pressing concerns are causing CEOs and CMOs to reevaluate how to understand their buyers and their abilities to help buyers achieve their goals. Resulting in a 3D view of buyers, which can help inform strategies related to each. A case in point is we see a glut of content on what to find out about buyers, especially related to buyer profiling “repackaged” as buyer personas. And, these conventional approaches are inadequate for insightful buyer personas.

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. What does a buyer persona look like?

2020 Tips: Developing Buyer Personas

Sharpspring

But what about developing buyer personas? And effectively developing buyer personas can help you do just that. Buyer personas are fictionalized profiles of individual ideal customers, rooted in data from your existing successes. Buyer Persona Statistics.

Why Personas Fail

Cintell

There’s plenty of fervor around the need for buyer personas; so why do some fail to deliver real value? From where I sit, we have entered a new phase in the evolution of buyer persona maturity in marketing– or maybe this has been the phase we’ve been stuck in ever since the phrase “buyer persona” was first coined years ago, first in the design movements of the 90’s, and later into marketing and sales. Personas fail: 1. Do you know where your personas are?

Overcoming The Content Personalization Challenge With Buyer Persona Research

Tony Zambito

This coincides with previous studies and surveys showing content marketing effectiveness continues to be an enormous struggle. Whereby organizations have struggled to break the 39% ceiling, in several surveys completed by CMI (Content Marketing Institute) the past few years, claiming their content marketing efforts have been somewhat to very effective. Understanding that helps inform how they can create content that is personalized to the goals and situations of their buyers.

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. I believe, in part, the issue is fertilized by efforts to capitalize on the emerging popularity of the term buyer persona.

Why Personas Fail

Marketing Insider Group

There’s plenty of fervor around the need for buyer personas; so why do some fail to deliver real value? From where I sit, we have entered a new phase in the evolution of buyer persona maturity in marketing– or maybe this has been the phase we’ve been stuck in ever since the phrase “buyer persona” was first coined years ago, first in the design movements of the 90’s, and later into marketing and sales. This gap is what the next phase of buyer persona maturity is all about.

How a Brand Persona Plays Into Effective ROI

Single Grain

In order to affect your ROI, your business needs a “brand persona” Click here to download it for free right now! class="sg-content-upgrade-banner"> We’ve helped Fortune 500 companies, venture backed startups and companies like yours grow revenues faster. What Is a Brand Persona? Not until I learned about the concept of brand personas did that comment finally made sense to me. How Brand Personas Can Lead to Effective ROI. What Is Branding?

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. The organizations who have embraced the goal-based methodology for research-based buyer personas have seen tremendous success in uncovering new opportunities for revenue growth. The State of Buyer Personas 2012.

How Marketers Can Help Reps Use Sales Content Effectively

Marketing Interactions

Information to help buyers understand their problem and why to solve it. The main point about sales content is that sales reps must be able to use it effectively to engage buyers and forward sales conversations. Content is all about product features; none that helps sellers show value.

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, when engaged, will help marketers drive contribution to revenues?

Effective B2B Marketing Starts with Customer Personas

Schubert B2B

Whether you are starting a new B2B marketing program or have been actively executing one for some time, it’s important to clearly identify your customer personas. To stay in tune with your current customers and win the mindshare of prospects, here are four things to keep in mind about personas: 1. Customer personas are composite profiles of your buyers. We recommend creating one persona for each of your key markets.

How to Create Engaging Videos Using Buyer Personas and States of Being

Cintell

And this is why buyer personas are so important. Sure, you’ve heard of buyer personas before, but this blog post isn’t about a step-by-step process to build yours. Personas and States of Being. So, you’ve developed buyer personas. Blog Buyer Personas

5 Tips to Easily Develop Your B2B Buyer Persona

KoMarketing Associates

While your team may have all types of strategies in place to carry out marketing messages, without B2B buyer personas, you could be missing the mark when it comes to getting your efforts consumed by target audiences. B2B buyer personas are fictional representations of your target audience members, which help to better align campaigns all along the buying journey. In this post, we will cover the following key steps: Identify the Need for B2B Buyer Personas.

The Telltale 8% Drop In Content Marketing Effectiveness

Tony Zambito

Perhaps not as drastic as the Dow falling by 8%, but to see the percentage of marketers who believe their content marketing was effective drop to 30% from 38% in one year is a revelation. These mirror my own findings in conducting qualitative buyer persona research interviews directly with buyers the past two years. There is a strong correlation between buyers indicating content received is useless and marketers who believe their content marketing is not effective.

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

Tony Zambito

This mirrors findings of other surveys related to content marketing and customer-centric marketing, which consistently hovers in the 35- 40% range of “very customer-centric” or “very effective content marketing.”. 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. 10 Essentials Of Becoming Customer-Centric With Buyer Personas. by Matt Brooks.

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.

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. Before we get into the steps for developing personas for your organization, let’s get aligned on some of the basics and explore a few foundational questions surrounding B2B Buyer Personas.

9 Questions for B2B Buyer Persona Success

Heinz Marketing

So you have an understanding of your buying committee and how to market to them , now it’s time to build out your buyer personas. When I approach building a buyer persona for a client, I like to rely on a modified set of questions actors use to understand the character’s role.

Job Candidate Personas: A Guide for Recruiters

Zoominfo

Fortunately, with the help of job candidate personas, you can find, target, and recruit the best candidates in the workforce. Ready to learn more about candidate personas? What are job candidate personas— or career personas —? Marketers have long used buyer personas to identify their ideal customers. A job candidate persona is a semi-fictional representation of your ideal candidate. Why should I use job candidate personas?

4 Surprisingly Effective B2B Lead Nurturing Tactics

Marketing Insider Group

However, there are several tactics that are not just rumored to be effective (across the board to various extents) but have the data to back them up. One of the most effective ways to retarget leads is by using buyer personas to personalize these ads based on their interest and behaviors.

What makes an effective persona?

Marketing Advisory Network

B2B Marketers face many challenges and when it comes to personas the number one challenge is an internal one – helping the organization as a whole understand the value of personas. Luckily, there is ample evidence that investing in persona research is well worth the effort. These three facts prove personas can drive tangible value to your organization and can help make your business case to invest now.

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? Well, it’s time to take off your procrastination pants and put on your persona pants, because I’ve put together three examples of buyer personas that you can use as a guide to build your own: Healthcare Network Persona: Working Mom Wendy.

How Buyer Personas Can Make Your Marketing Automation Smarter

Oracle

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. In 2002, Tony established the first-ever buyer persona development methodology designed specifically for B2B Marketing and Sales. Over the past dozen years, Tony has conducted hundreds of buyer interviews and has helped some of today’s leading Fortune 100 companies acquire deep buyer insights.

Goal-Directed Marketing: How Marketers Can Help Buyers Achieve Their Goals

Tony Zambito

While this type of intelligence is helpful, it lacks insights into the goal-directed behavior of buyers and why they make the choices they do. Additionally, the effectiveness of B2B content marketing is dropping. The latest B2B Marketing Benchmark Study, jointly produced by the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs , indicate the percentage of B2B marketers who believe their organizations are effective at content marketing has dropped to 30% from 38%.

Creating Content Marketing Personas

EMagine B2B Blog

Content marketing personas are not new, however, tightly integrating these personas with SEO strategy and tactics is relatively new to most companies and organizations. In today’s post we’re going to explore what a content marketing persona is and how you can align this to your SEO efforts to drive and convert more website traffic. What is a Content Marketing Persona? Identifying personas also helps new customers or patients find us in web searches.

Building on Buyer Personas When Needs Suddenly Shift

Launch Marketing

4 Questions for Interim adjustments to your persona playbook. As we shared in our post on Marketing Adjustments for Turbulent Times , the buyer personas that B2B marketers use to guide their efforts were not developed in the context of a pandemic disruption. We are here to help.

Help, I Have Too Many Healthcare Marketing Personas!

SmartBug Media

Buyer personas are an integral part of any inbound marketing strategy. They help you understand your audience so you can create spot-on messaging that effectively speaks to their interests, motives, goals, and pain points. But if you don’t clearly define personas in the development process or if you take on too much at once, you may end up with too many personas—making the most critical component of your marketing strategy more of a distraction than a helpful guiding point.

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. The study focused entirely on the use of buyer personas for understanding B2B buyers. Findings also found that 70% of companies who missed their revenue goals did not conduct qualitative research for their personas. Documentation Leads To Effectiveness. Will you help?

5 Marketing Challenges Solved with Buyer Personas

Marketing Insider Group

We had an excellent conversation about the need for buyer personas, and the role they play as a foundational component of a B2B marketing strategy. Shannon’s firm helps companies ranging from emerging startups to Fortune 1000 enterprises facing various marketing challenges in demand generation, content, messaging, strategy and more. In many cases, the need for buyer personas manifests itself in the form of common marketing challenges.

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.  Image by XXC via Flickr.