Tag Archives: Market segmentation

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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Article by Tony Zambito

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

Many CMOs today are faced with a dilemma.  As digital interactions and media become more intertwined into everyday life, marketers need to respond.  Respond with content and media that fits into the new world of digital commerce.  Yet, as CMOs invest and allocate more to content and digital media, the returns are not occurring as hoped. Various studies have shown buyers continue to find as much as 60-to-75% of content to be non-relevant.  In one study, SiriusDecisions found 60-to-70% of B2B content produced goes unused.  Basically, results like these indicate content and digital media is having a problem with trust.…

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4 Things Buyer Personas Are Not

When products or services look similar, are called by similar names, or represented to be the same as, this can lead to confusion.  When it comes to buyer personas, this is more common than it should be.  In helping several B2B organizations directly or in advising recently, I have noticed the confusion become more prominent. The problem with confusion is it can lead to bad assumptions.  When this happens, organizations can find themselves heading in the wrong direction.  Operating by assumptions can become the Achilles’ heel of organizations.  Causing severe set backs and loss time to market.  Making erroneous assumptions…

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5 Reasons For Poor Buyer Personas Steering Marketing In The Wrong Direction

This July marks the 13th year since the first drafting of the concept and methodology of buyer persona development.  Notably, in the last three years, we have seen an increase in awareness of buyer personas.  Coinciding with the rise in content marketing, marketers seek to use buyer personas to help guide content strategies and tactics.  With this rise in awareness also come pitfalls in having buyer personas steer marketing efforts in the wrong direction. I raise this point due to the proliferation of content on buyer personas over the past few years.  Some helpful but the majority, in my opinion,…

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Accelerate Content Marketing Effectiveness With The Power of Buyer Persona Stories

(This is part one 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.) One good trait of a storyteller is they also know about the story of the person or people they are telling a story to.  Knowing how to tell the story in a way that draws them in.  Creating an experience, which can suspend time and make a person believe they are in the story.   This is the goal of content marketing – to tell good stories compelling a buyer to act.…

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5 Steps B2B Chief Sales Officers Must Take To Survive The B2B Buyer Revolution

For tenured B2B Chief Sales Officers, the world of sales – as they know it – is undergoing its most dramatic disruption in the last 50 years.  What worked before no longer works now.  Sales organizations are under constant assault by both internal forces and buyers.  The demands and expectations of buyers and internal leaders rising each quarter. As I have written about for marketing, B2B sales now find themselves in the throes of a buyer revolution.  The traditional sales processes of the last two decades have been upended and overthrown by newly empowered buyers.  The use of conventional sales…

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How Does B2B Market Segmentation Differ From B2B Buyer Personas?

This question has resurfaced over the past dozen or more years multiple times.  It still seems to confound B2B marketing and sales leaders.  A question I get asked often as well.  The differences between B2B market segmentation and B2B buyer personas are significant.  Misunderstanding the differences has also contributed to mislabeled buyer personas. B2B versus B2C As the world of business became more complex in the past 100 years, attempts to segment buyers and customers have become more sophisticated.  We have databases to mine, new ways of stratifying, and automation enabling us to target more effectively.  The value of segmentation…

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