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? Today, you can find over 500,000 search results on the topic, most supporting the need for buyer personas as a foundational component of effective marketing. Personas fail: 1.

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. What Is a Buyer Persona? First up, let’s discuss exactly what a buyer persona is. The Science of Building Buyer Personas (infographic). NOW UPDATED!

You probably have too many personas

Biznology

Personas are a good thing. So, you might think that the more personas, the better. Developing personas has become kind of a cottage industry among marketing consultants. They’ve got techniques for facilitating persona workshops. That box must be checked: Personas?

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. Rethinking Buyer Personas. by Louis Prado.

How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

For those in newer, less mature markets, AdWords doesn’t work well because the specific. Which tactics work well (and which don’t)? • marketing; almost no one says these don’t work. Lead Gen Tactics Working Well Count Less Focus On: Count Content Marketing Tactics (26 responses).

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. Do they work within the same industry?

Do Your Personas Need a Makeover?

ANNUITAS

Right now 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.

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?

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. What is a Content Marketing Persona? The Importance of Personas. Five Steps to Defining Your Personas.

B2B Marketers Going Beyond Buyer Personas, Working with Sales

B2B Marketing Traction

The need for marketing to work with sales is more important than ever. In an article in Sales and Marketing Magazine , Tim Reisterer warns that if marketers merely focus on the buyer persona, they miss the information they need to assist in prospect conversion.

Mapping Personas in Your Marketing to Maximize Value

Speaker: Samantha Stone, author of “Unleash Possible: A Marketing Playbook that Drives Sales”

What’s the Difference Between Buyer, Customer, and User Personas?

Cintell

At its very basic level, a “persona” is a character. Personas in the world of music refer to an artist assuming a role that matches the music they sing (think Ziggy Stardust adopted by David Bowie). In psychology, a persona can refer to the mask or appearance one presents to the world.

Persona to person: new research shows the payback of customer personas — but too few marketers are joining the dots

Tomorrow People

With statistics from recent research, this infographic shows how personas are keeping it real for content marketers. The former is a class ; the latter is a persona. Personas are gold to the team creating your marketing content. Let’s get up close and persona(l).

Email Marketing: 3 simple steps for building customer personas

B2B Lead Generation

Byron explained how his organization transformed from batch and blast email sends to persona-driven campaigns. Once you have key people in the room, the trick to building personas is in looking at your existing customer data to gain insight into who buys from you.

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. And, mixing the terms through the nameing convention of buyer persona profile.

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. by Johan H.

Why Buyer Personas Are Not a Waste of Time

ANNUITAS

A recent article on MediaPost raised the question “Are Buyer Personas a Waste of Time?” The article quoted Michael Jaschke, CEO of 48Bricks , an ad tech company, as saying, “The premise of trying to model consumer behavior based on massive amounts of data does not work.”

Does your marketing speak persona?

Biznology

I’ve been working lately with a very smart guy who has a wealth of marketing experience–mostly offline but growing experience online also. That’s why you need to dig deeper and understand what your customers care about through devices such as personas.

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?

Creating a Marketing Persona: Influencers Matter

Modern Marketing

Then based upon the characteristics of each segment, you can create a sketch, or a persona, that stands in for that segment. By creating a marketing persona, you can view that whole segment as a person and put yourself in their shoes. How Many Personas? They both work together.

Use Buyer Persona Research To Improve B2B Customer Experience

Tony Zambito

Recent research by SiriusDecisions found that for 80% of B2B buyers surveyed, customer experience counted as the top significant reason why they chose to work with a specific provider over another. Understanding How Customers Desire and Perceive Experience Through Buyer Persona Research.

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.

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. Animal Shelter Persona: Bachelor Brice.

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 State of Buyer Personas 2012.

3 Points, 5 Questions – Personas Driving Marketing Insight

Reachforce

The 4 th quarter has started and not only are we working to close out this year strong but we’re also reflecting back on what we want to do better next year. Figured since we’re practically starting over here on the blog, we should start fresh and at the top with 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.

Help, I Have Too Many Healthcare Marketing Personas!

SmartBug Media

Buyer personas are an integral part of any inbound marketing strategy. Take a moment and consider your personas in healthcare marketing. Let’s explore a few symptoms and solutions for having too many personas. Signs You Might Have Too Many Personas.

Best Practices For Identifying And Developing Marketing Personas For ABM

bizible

To be able to understand and wrap your head around the multiple people that you want to engage within a target account, it’s essential to think about personas. Identifying Marketing Personas. Identifying personas is figuring out who the audience is for your marketing.

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.

Rethinking Market Strategy In A Digital Economy

Tony Zambito

These four behavioral areas are being impacted, as well as, converging: (Market) Organizational Behaviors : How people work and interact in work environments today is significantly changing. by Delwar Hossain.

Do Your Personas Need A Makeover?

ANNUITAS

Right now 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.

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

Tony Zambito

Questions I often receive when working with CMOs specific to B2B. For example, some content marketing pundits believe you should separate out audience personas. Because these are different, in theory, from your buyer personas. Utilize The Right Buyer Persona Research Approach.

Mariana Uses Artificial Intelligence to Build Personas and Find Target Audiences

Customer Experience Matrix

People like me, who blog and Tweet incessantly, are easy enough to understand (or, at least, it’s easy to describe our carefully curated public personas). to build personas by analyzing a sample of your existing customers.

Are your marketing personas your sales market segments?

Biznology

All marketers worth their salt have created a set of personas. Personas give your writers a specific person to write for. The problem comes in when you haven’t thought through how those personas relate to market segments. Market segments are not equivalent to personas.

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.

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.

MYTH: We Don't Need Personas for Marketing Our Senior Care Services

SmartBug Media

That probably wouldn’t work. This is why personas are crucial for senior care services. Tag along as we dig into the details of why personas matter and how you can make sure you’re targeting the right people. Why Personas Matter. Personas allow you to focus your time.