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Are Your Buyer Personas More About You Than Your Buyers?

Recently, I was asked if I would help review a set of completed buyer personas.  It turned out to be an interesting exercise.  As I usually find when helping people with their questions and challenges.  This particular instance resurfaced one of the major pitfalls of buyer persona developments.  Which is all too common today. Context Recently, we are seeing buyer persona development become a concern for content marketing and product marketing.  The focus is narrowly defined to meet campaign needs and short-term objectives.  The needs are pressing and no doubt folks are under the gun to hit targets.  There are…

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6 Steps To Make Persona-Based Marketing Operational

At one time, we may have been asked to go on a blind date.  Blind dates can be frightening and a cause for much anxiety.  We attempt to picture in our minds what our blind date may look like.  And, we attempt to ask the matchmaker all we can about this person.  We guess and fret on what to wear, what to say, and how to interact with our blind date. For many in B2B organizations, it can feel like a never-ending series of blind dates with customers and prospects alike.  In today’s evolving digital environments, B2B marketers are challenged…

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5 Core Components of Buyer Persona Development

What exactly is buyer persona development?  Recently, this question came from several who have “done personas” but have met resistance or disappointment.  Our discussion centered on why the buyer personas developed offered little value. Why No Value? In my conversations helping people, there are two reasons why buyer persona efforts have been met with either resistance or disappointment. Buyer personas are perceived as a customer profile.  A customer profile with a picture offers little value. Sales intelligence is misperceived or misrepresented as buyer insights. These two reasons can result in resistance and disappointment.  While a customer profile can help with…

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The Chief Marketing Officer’s Dilemma

Month after month, Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) are confronted with a question.  It is a powerful question.  If answered with accuracy and in-depth understanding, it can make a profound difference.  So profound, it will change the fortunes of the organization. What Is The Question? The question, if answered correctly, will accelerate a company’s ability to transform and be relevant in the new digital age.  Answered incorrectly, it can put the company behind competitors and start a decline.  What is this question? Who is our customer today? This question may appear simple, yet it is the most challenging question faced by…

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Is Your Lead Management Ready To Acquire New Business in 2014? 5 Areas to Get in Synch

You can almost see the long trumpets getting ready.  The clarion call for generating new business in 2014 will be loud and long.  B2B businesses have been making the slow crawl out of the recession.  Looking out in the horizon for new markets, growing their customer base, and expanding products and services.  Getting there means a renewed emphasis on lead management. This is not to say lead management has not been emphasized before.  What is different is the stakes will be higher.  Higher stakes will accompany aggressive plans to acquire new customer accounts.  Growth plans will be counting on lead…

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Is Your 2014 Sales Strategy Already Doomed By Lack of Information?

Right around the corner, the laborious and angst filled process of planning for 2014 begins.  2014 will be different.  While economic growth will remain sluggish (according to the Congressional Budget Office), businesses are starting to release the chains put around growth spending.  A lot has changed since the meltdown of 2008.  In these short five years, what we know about buying and selling has been turned upside down. The Revolution Continues What we have learned is a buyer revolution is in full swing with buyers now holding the cards.  We are in the midst of it and the revolution shows…

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5 New Buyer Insights You Need To Grow Customer Acquisition

The buyer revolution is in a frenzied uprising.  More empowered and influential than ever before, buyers are letting it be known of their dissatisfaction.  Several reports during the past year indicate buyers frown upon self-serving as well as product-based content marketing and sales approaches.  The power of revolt now a mere click to the trash icon. What buyers today are beginning to voice is the higher expectations of knowing about their business.  With these higher expectations comes a new standard, which must be met.  B2B organization must come to the table with business related advice on how to solve business…

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Follow the Road to Content Marketing Effectiveness with Buyer Persona Story Mapping

(This is part three of a three part series on the use of Buyer Persona Stories™, Buyer Persona Scenarios™, and Buyer Persona Story Mapping™ to drive effective content marketing strategy.) Getting to see the big picture about customers and buyers today is not easy.  It can be like sitting in an old stadium trying to peak around a su_column to see the field.  When you cannot see the whole field, you are missing the action.  With buying behavior changing rapidly each quarter, not having the big picture on the actions of buyers can set back an organizations significantly. In part…

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How To Boost Content Marketing Effectiveness with Buyer Persona Scenarios

(This is part two of a three part series on the use of Buyer Persona Stories™, Buyer Persona Scenarios™, and Buyer Persona Story Mapping™ to drive effective content marketing strategy.) Understanding what activities buyers perform as they attempt to solve complex problems has been a challenge in the digital age.  The activities of buyers are no longer transparent and it is harder to figure out what activities directly relate to you and their purchase decision.  Yet, in order to be on the same level with buyers, this is exactly what you need to know. In this three part series, we…

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