Misconceptions About B2B Buyer Personas

Marketing Interactions

I’m really tired of seeing people dismiss B2B buyer personas as worthless. Although, I have to admit that many of the personas I review from prospective clients are little more than recipe cards for disconnected experiences. Their personas are not developed to be actionable.

How To Use Personas For Better Marketing

Zoominfo

Today, we have things like automation, data, and buyer personas to fall back on. People want personalization — in fact, in a recent survey, 97% of professionals said it was important to them that vendor websites have relevant content that spoke directly to their company.

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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

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.

6 Ideas to Create More Relevant Lead Nurturing Emails

B2B Lead Generation

But something I wanted to hear more about was relevance. A recent MarketingSherpa survey of email recipients found that 58% of those who stop reading, disengage or unsubscribe later cite “lack of relevance” as a key factor. Their creative and graphics-laden emails don’t speak to my concerns or motivations at all, and each non-relevant message I receive is basically programming me to ignore or delete future messages from them.

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.

The Emerging Importance Of B2B Ethnography To Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

These two are: CEOs and CMOs have a growing concern about the relevancy of their products and services in the digital economy. As mentioned in previous articles, CMOs in particular, will now have to succinctly discern between buyer profiling and buyer personas. (This discernment is needed for it is unfortunate that conventional buyer profiling and win/loss analysis is being repackaged, if you will, as buyer personas by agencies and individual consultants.

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?

Beware of These 4 Common Persona Mistakes

Content4Demand

Personas can be incredibly useful in B2B marketing—provided you’re including the right details. Those details might vary depending on your industry or your solution, there are at least four common persona mistakes everyone should avoid. Update & Refine Your Personas.

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.

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.

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

Business Brainz

B2B revenue leaders and marketers are spending a lot of their time focusing on understanding buyer personas. One of the best ways to dive deep into your prospective customers is by building a buyer persona insight. What is a Buyer Persona? Now, what is a Buyer Persona Insight?

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

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 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.

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.

Content Relevance- Keeps It Far From Boring

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Why do some company’s struggle developing effective content and others seem to hit it out of the park every time? It could be a few reasons, but most of all, it has to do with relevance of the content. Relevance. What matters is the relevance of the content to the buyer above all else. Buyer-centricity is hugely important of course, but where does the relevance come into play? Keep up the relevant content and you might just get yourself a new client as well.

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

Tony Zambito

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”. And, to focus in on how to become relevant to the communities they serve. Utilize The Right Buyer Persona Research Approach. by Gregor Črešnar.

11 Ways to Improve Your Facebook Ads Relevance Score

Single Grain

But that’s exactly what you are doing if you are running Facebook ads with a low ad relevance score. And perhaps most importantly, they’ve instituted a “Relevance Score” program that seeks to measure the overall quality of each ad that they serve to their users. Facebook first introduced their relevance score in 2015 and have continued to refine it since then. What Is the Facebook Ads Relevance Score? Relevance Score 4-7: Relevant.

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. Effort and smarts are needed in spades when focusing on making marketing automation more effective. What Are Buyer Personas?

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.

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. Like a runaway train, buyer personas have run amok with incorrect portrayals of what constitutes insights and what methods of research are appropriate.

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.

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. What Is A B2B Buyer Persona?

New B2B Persona Research From Salesforce and LinkedIn Study

B2B Lead Generation

When was the last time you looked at the quality and accuracy of your B2B persona and contact data? Mathew works with Salesforce and is the Principal of Marketing Insights to talk about the just released report, B2B Personas: Targeting Audiences. I think what’s relevant to this conversation is I was one of the really early employees at a small startup back in the day called Pardot, which is a marketing automation platform. The B2B Persona project from Mathew Sweezey.

28 Effective Tips for Shortening Your Sales Cycle

Zoominfo

Here’s a breakdown of each sales cycle stage with relevant tips: 1. Use your defined buyer personas and ideal customer profiles (ICPs). The B2B selling process is slow but steady. On the other hand, a faster sales cycle keeps your buyer’s attention on your offering.

How to Make Your Content More Relevant with Original Research

Marketing Insider Group

Content assets can be targeted at different vertical industries or different personas in an organization.Structure your survey to ask about the vertical industry the respondents work in, the type of business they work for (B2B or B2C company), or the region of the country or world in which they live. For instance, perhaps a survey will ask a pool of marketing respondents how effective marketing is to the business or ask a sales audience how important a marketing organization is to sales.

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. Need examples of effective industrial e-mail marketing?

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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.

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? Build the persona.

Informing Content Strategy with Buyer Persona Development

Tony Zambito

  The deeper the understanding, the more targeted and relevant content can be for buyers.    Buyer persona development is a methodology for informing strategy.    CMO’s today should have on the table a robust understanding of their buyer personas and relevant segments before committing what are not so cheap dollars to content marketing tactics.  Prevent Demand Generation Failure with Buyer Personas.

Why Relevance Outsmarts Personalization in B2B Marketing

Kapost

Marketers must focus on delivering relevance over an extended period of time to answer the questions that ultimately define the buyer’s journey. Automated personalization (like creating a custom greeting on your website based on the time of day, or targeting a message based on geo-location) can be effective to a point. The only way to engage me is to deliver a relevant content experience at the exact moment I’m ready for that experience.

Creating Relevant B2B Marketing Content: Walk the Talk

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Creating Relevant B2B Marketing Content: Walk the Talk by Achinta Mitra on June 19, 2010 in B2B Marketing Collateral , Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Integrated Industrial Marketing There is plenty of advice out there about engaging B2B and industrial buyers with relevant marketing content at every stage of the buying cycle.

How to Build Effective Marketing Personas

Outbrain

If you’re a marketer, or if you’ve ever dipped your toe in the industry, you would have heard about ‘marketing personas’, ‘customer personas’ or ‘buyer personas’, and how they are vital to the marketing process. What are marketing personas and why do they matter so much? On the other hand, marketing personas can help you to: Acknowledge your customers’ feelings (whether they’re positive or negative), and show that you identify with them. B2C Marketing Personas.

How to Create Better Business Personas and Actually Drive Sales

Biznology

Customer personas are fictional characters representing the people most likely to buy your products, visit your site or otherwise associate with what you do. Make Personas Ultra-Realistic. Use Existing Data to Enrich the Personas. Avoid Viewing Your Personas as Static Entities.

Buyer Personas in B2B Marketing

Digital B2B Marketing

Buyer personas are a hot topic of discussion in the B2B marketing world, but how do you create the personas that you need and ensure you are getting the value you need out of them? Do you even need to create B2B buyer personas at all? B2B buyer personas were the topic of discussion recently on #B2Bchat and the group shared their perspective on these and a number of other questions. Some marketers do not see value in personas beyond the audience research.