How Many Segments Does Caterpillar Have? Buyer Personas Supply the Correct Answer

One of the most important decisions a marketer needs to make is segmentation – how to determine the essential differences between customer groups and effectively market to them.

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, Buying Criteria, content marketing, Content Marketing, Good Use of Personas, market segmentation, marketing messages, Positioning & Messaging

Hot Off the Press: The Buyer Persona Manifesto, 2nd Edition

It’s been ahotoffthepresslmost three years since I published The Buyer Persona Manifesto, and so much has changed.

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, Buying Criteria, content marketing, Content Marketing, Good Use of Personas, Leads generation and nurturing, Market Research, Marketing ROI and Sales Leads, marketing strategy, messaging, positioning, Positioning & Messaging, Product Marketing Redefined, Public Relations, Uncategorized

But What Do Our Buyer Personas Want?

People ask me why I decided to focus on buyer personas.

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, content marketing, Leads generation and nurturing, Market Research, market research, marketing plans, marketing strategy, messaging, Positioning & Messaging, product marketing, strategic marketing, Writing

Deloitte Case Study is a Powerful Endorsement for Buyer Personas

One of the hardest parts of bringing our Buyer Persona model into practice actually comes after the project is completed.

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, content marketing, Content Marketing, Good Use of Personas, messaging, Positioning & Messaging, sales enablement, Sales people, Uncategorized

Jan. 1 Fails to Inspire B2B Buyer Persona Resolutions … Do You Know What Does?

Top 10 2014 Resolutions Top Resolutions for 2014
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Topics: B2B marketing, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, Buying Criteria, content marketing, Content Marketing, lead generation, Leads generation and nurturing, marketing messages, Marketing ROI and Sales Leads, Positioning & Messaging, Uncategorized

How to Rock Your Content With Just 5 Buying Insights

Given the big investments that companies make in content marketing, you’d think that buyers would be impressed. You’d also expect that company executives would be enthusiastic about marketing results. Yet, marketers continue to struggle for budget, and buyers regularly tell us that vendor-supplied information isn’t helpful.

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, competitive marketing, content marketing, Content Marketing, content marketing world, Joe Pulizzi, Launch, Leads generation and nurturing, Lee Odden, Positioning & Messaging, Product Marketing Redefined, strategic marketing, Top Rank

Buyer Personas: Bright Shiny Object or Compelling Strategic Advantage?

How are you positioned? I’m not asking about your products, I’m asking about you, a career marketer who needs to be positioned as an expert that clients or internal stakeholders will trust to market their solutions.

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Topics: B2B marketing, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, content marketing, Good Use of Personas, Market Research, market segmentation, market strategy, messaging, positioning, Positioning & Messaging, Product Marketing Redefined, strategic marketing, target markets

Top 10 Things the B2B Buyer Persona is Saying About Your (Content) Marketing

Maybe I missed it, but I haven’t seen David Letterman do this one, so I want to tell you what B2B buyers tell us about marketing's influence on their decisions. Note that every one of these statements comes from real interviews with actual buyers. After all, we don’t believe in making stuff up about buyer personas.

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer persona, buyer persona workshop, Buyer Personas, content marketing, Marketing ROI and Sales Leads, Positioning & Messaging, strategic marketing, Uncategorized, Win/Loss

It's a buyer's market, so why do marketers think like sellers?

Knowing your buyer isn't exactly a new idea. I first learned to interview buyers in the 80's when I was with Regis McKenna, the PR firm that represented Apple, Intel and many other technology leaders at the time.

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, content marketing, Good Use of Personas, Technology Buyers, Uncategorized

Listen first, then talk to your buyers

How much time do you spend truly listening to buyers and customers? Marketers get little, if any, quality time with the real people they hope to persuade to listen to them.

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Topics: B2B, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, competitive strategy, content marketing, lead generation, Leads generation and nurturing, Market Research, market research, Positioning & Messaging, Uncategorized

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