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Are Your Buyer Personas Data Overkill?

As the concept of buyer personas has crept into the conscious of both B2C and B2B Marketing, so has misguided representations of buyer personas become prevalent.  With many touted frameworks and processes being representative of buyer personas in name only.  These misrepresentations have also led to a tendency to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, into crafting buyer personas. For example, an organization I helped recently had previously utilized a framework, labeled buyer persona in name only, which consisted of a matrix of 15 plus categories.  Why do I say labeled in name only?  This approach of having 15 plus…

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4 Myths Preventing True B2B Customer Understanding

There is a big problem when it comes to B2B customer research.  And, most B2B executives may be unable to see or recognize the problem.  The scarier notion is some may not even know it exists. What is this big problem? According to various studies over the years (by credible institutions such as Harvard) regarding market and customer research, approximately 80% or better of B2B customer research is conducted to reinforce current assumptions about customers.  Rather than, to explore new concepts, hypotheses, uncover new opportunities, gain revealing insights into issues, and seek new innovative ideas. In my years since launching…

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How To Lead With Customer-Focused Content

The explosion of content in the digital world is an unprecedented phenomenon just a few could have predicted twenty-five years ago.  Content is ubiquitous in all phases of life and in business.  In fact, it is getting harder and harder to find a slice of time where content is not invading precious personal or business space. The voluminous nature of marketing and sales content is making it harder for organizations to get through to customers and potential customers today.  In several hundred qualitative buyer persona research interviews conducted last year, I heard firsthand about new behaviors related to filtering, managing,…

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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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7 Elements Of Customer Understanding The C-Suite Must Master

Changes in customer and buying behaviors continue to rock the very foundations of many industries.  According to recent surveys by PWC, Forrester, IBM, and McKinsey, disruptive trends in customer and buying behaviors are expected to continue over the next five years.  Many organizations are undergoing digital transformations in order to improve customer interactions, engagement, and understanding. For CEOs and their C-Suite teams, developing deep customer understanding is becoming strategically important to staying competitive and relevant to customers. While customer understanding is becoming of vital importance to the C-Suite, the struggle continues on just how to attain customer understanding.  New digital…

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The Secret To A Successful Career In Marketing

For many marketing professionals today, the world of marketing they entered just a few short years ago, or many years ago, most likely does not fit what they expected. On-the-job learning has become the norm.  Different industries and markets can take marketers down different career paths.  Depending on their experiences in consumer marketing or business marketing, marketers find themselves living in cultures with their own set of norms and lingo.  Jumping to a completely different industry or market then can become a scary thing to do. Role Definition Is Limitless If you never heard of marketing and you find yourself…

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How CEOs And CMOs Can Tell The Difference Between Information And Insights

Many CEOs today, as made evident by recent CEO surveys such as the IBM Annual CEO Survey, are emphasizing improving customer engagement for their corporations.  Realizing one essential priority is building a customer-centered organization able to compete in a fast-moving and dynamic digital economy.  Where holding onto customers in a multi-channel world becomes an important component of an overall customer strategy. What CEOs and the CMOs have come to realize is insights can play a pivotal role in enabling organizations to shift their organization towards customer centricity.  Enabling understanding of what customer strategies to implement and how to design marketing…

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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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