Why Marketers Struggle to Reach Buyers Early in their Journey

What is the pain that shoves your buyers off the fence, and gets them looking for a solution like yours?

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Topics: B2B, Buyer Personas

How Many Buyer Personas Does Your B2B Company Really Need?

Marketing strategies constantly evolve around fresh ideas and new tactics. Done correctly, buyer personas serve as guardrails to keep you from veering off track.

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Topics: B2B, Buyer Personas, persona marketing, strategic marketing

Market Research Mistakes Your Company Should Watch Out For

Do the best marketing strategies come from market research or buyer persona research?

It’s not a trick question—these are completely different approaches, although many marketers get them confused.

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, content marketing, Market Research, market research, marketing surveys, Uncategorized

Are Answers to Buyer's Questions the New Marketing Currency?

This is a serious issue that every marketer, brand, agency and tech team need to address. It’s simple - now that digital media and advanced technology have transferred control of the buying journey to the buyers, anything they don’t want is a complete waste of time and budget.

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Topics: B2B, Buyer Personas

A Story About a Boat Explains Why Buyer Persona Insights Aren’t Obvious

“I have an appointment with a sales person tomorrow.” We were having a leisurely breakfast at our favorite café, and yet my husband’s tone was tortured, almost as if the subject was an upcoming root canal. “I can’t help it,” he said dismally. “I’ve gone as far as I can without talking to their sales guy.”

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Topics: B2B, Buyer Personas

Marketing Plans Should Start with the Buyer’s Needs - Not Yours

I can’t blame marketers for avoiding the development of marketing plans, launch plans or any other version of a strategic plan. This apparently reasonable request usually requires countless hours of writing and revisions, only to be filed away in some dusty online folder.

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Topics: Buyer Personas, Buying Criteria, Content Marketing, Good Use of Personas

Really Bad News about the Real Buyer's Journey

Across thousands of buyer interviews spanning dozens of industries, there is one aspect of almost every buyer’s journey that is pervasive and absolutely terrifying –

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Topics: Buyer Personas, Buying Criteria, Content Marketing, Good Use of Personas

What’s Your Content Strategy Now? Ask your buyers!

This is the first of many upcoming blog posts from Steve Rankel, who joined our team last summer as COO. Steve is a 30-year veteran of marketing and sales, and an expert at decoding why customers buy, and transforming buying insights into actionable content strategy and content.

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Topics: Buyer Personas, Buying Criteria, Content Marketing, Good Use of Personas, Positioning & Messaging

Get your Buyer Personas Right with 7 Rules

People often ask us how they can tell if their buyer personas are accurate and actionable. In a recent survey we heard questions such as “How do I really know if my buyer personas are right? And, “How can I make sure they tell me what matters to buyers and prospects?”

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Topics: buyer interviews, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, content marketing, Content Marketing, Good Use of Personas, Market Research, market research, marketing segmentation, persona research, persona segmentation, personas done right, Uncategorized

Do Sales Teams Want Buyer Personas?

You may have heard that buyer personas are a vital tool for salespeople, and wondered if you should feature them in an upcoming launch or sales kickoff.

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Topics: Buyer Personas, competitive analysis, Launch, marketing personas, Marketing ROI and Sales Leads, sales kickoff, sales launch, Sales people, Win/Loss, win/loss analysis

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