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Confusing Customer Segmentation, Buyer Profiling, and Buyer Personas Harms Marketing

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.   The issue I am referring to is the confusion that can surround distinguishing between customer segmentation, buyer profiling, and buyer personas today. If you are a CMO or a marketer and you find yourself having a sudden realization that perhaps you are not quite sure…

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Why Brexit Will Affect The Future Of Global Business Marketing

The stunning outcome of Britain’s decisive vote to exit the European Union has caught the political, economic, and business world by surprise.  Creating uncertainty in world financial markets, the future of the European Union, the pace of globalization, how to strategically plan for an eventual exit, and how to prepare for potential risk from this event. One area of concern for businesses is how to approach and conduct global business marketing.  What we can be certain of is that businesses, people, and various types of organizations will undergo a transformation in how they make decisions, exhibit buying behaviors, and recast their…

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State Of Buyer Personas 2016: Strong Correlation Between Effectiveness And Goals

In 2016, we will mark the fifteenth year since buyer personas were first introduced.  The journey, however, continues towards professionals and organizations gaining a true understanding of what buyer persona development entails. What is clear is buyer personas are now entering the mainstream of dialogue when it comes to overall customer understanding.  Incorporating Survey Data I wish to thank the (124) respondents of the State of Buyer Personas 2016 Survey for taking the time to complete the survey.  While there may have been redundancy in previous surveys, this particular survey is devoted to understanding the best practices associated with buyer…

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State Of Buyer Personas 2016 Survey

This has been an eventful year.  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. Each year, since originating the concept of buyer personas in 2001-2002, I have reflected and offered a perspective on the state of buyer personas.  As in last year, I wish to incorporate the use of a survey to offer a comprehensive view of the state of buyer personas.  This…

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Gaining The Attention Of Buyers In A Hyper-Connected World

As we have all experienced, our hyper-connected world is becoming more chaotic with more mediums vying for our attention.  Advanced digital technologies have meant more channels to hear, see, and search for information.   For many consumers as well as business buyers, the overwhelming availability of choices can create anxiety-laden confusion.   Causing a seemingly straightforward effort to turn into an exercise fraught with indecision. When we strip away the layers and boil down to the kernel, what most businesses are vying for is the attention of buyers.  Attention is, nowadays, a very precious jewel organizations strive to possess.  Gaining the attention…

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Goal-Directed Decision Making Drives B2B Buying And Selling

Business-to-Business thrives on the simple basic principle of buying and selling. With all the hoopla over the past few years regarding digital technologies and social media, it is easy to lose sight of this most basic principle, which has existed for centuries.  The impact of digital and social technologies on the nature of buying and selling, however, cannot be understated.  They have changed how businesses interact and engage in the acts of buying and selling. One constant, research in the social sciences have proven, is the acts of buying and selling are by and large goal-directed activities and behaviors.  These…

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The Missing Link Between Business, Marketing, And Customer Strategy: Buyer Personas

One significant change in the past few years is the top of mind presence of the customer on the part of CEOs. The mandate of “getting closer to the customer” has never been stronger. Various surveys point to CEOs linking business growth to increasing customer engagement efforts, growing their customer base, and improving customer retention. With existing customers and prospective buyers metamorphosing into more digitally inclined buyers, organizations are faced with uncertainty about who represents their buyers. Causing CEOs and the C-Suite to ponder how they should align their overall business strategies with customer strategies.   Linking business growth strategies to…

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State Of Buyer Personas 2015 (Survey Results)

It is now nearly fourteen years since the first-ever buyer persona development methodology was first created specifically for sales and marketing. For trivia and history buffs, Harcourt Education in 2002, a division of Reed Elsevier at the time, was the first organization to ever use research-based buyer personas for marketing and sales. How far we have come and how far we have still to go. Incorporating Survey Data For the first time in this annual reflection of the State of Buyer Personas, this commentary will incorporate responses from a survey conducted this past October through December. The survey consisted of…

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D.I.V.E. Deeper: Getting The Most Out Of Your Buyer Personas

To get the most out of anything worthwhile takes persistence, perseverance, hard work, intuitiveness, and grit.  It is advice we offer to our friends, family, and children.  Often in helpful conversations with marketing and sales leaders, I usually am posed the question of how to get the most out of buyer personas. A common theme is many have invested in buyer personas but are not reaping perceived benefits.  It is a perplexing dilemma for executives who have sponsored such efforts.  Much of the disappointment comes from not attaining new revelations about buyers or as one executive put it to me…

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