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

Gartner says: Sales and marketing influences just 32% of B2B buyer’s journey

buyers journeyI am fascinated by a recent Gartner study about the journey of 700 enterprise buyers across the U.S., EMEA, Brazil, India and China. According to a recent interview with Hank Barnes, Research Vice President at Gartner, the study focused on four areas:

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer interviews, buyer journey, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, Buying Criteria, competitive marketing, competitive strategy, Good Use of Personas, Market Research, market research, marketing plans, sales enablement, Sales people, Technology Buyers

@markwschaefer is right – stop building stupid buyer personas

A few days ago, Mark Schaefer published an article entitled “Why customer personas may be an outdated marketing technique.” In it he argues that every competitor is marketing to the same people, so if marketers rely on obvious data about their customers to guide their content, they’ll all come to the same conclusion and deliver the same useless content. I agree.

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Topics: B2B, building buyer personas, buyer persona book, Buyer Personas, buyer's journey, Buying Criteria, content marketing, Content Marketing, customer journey, customer personas, Good Use of Personas, Leads generation and nurturing, mark w schaefer, Market Research, market research, Marketing ROI and Sales Leads, marketing strategy, messaging, positioning, Positioning & Messaging, Product Marketing Redefined, sales enablement, Sales people, Writing

How I chose a PR firm to launch my new book

thought-leaders-150x93I just made an important buying decision. Since Wiley will release my first book on March 9, I wanted to hire a PR firm to do the launch right. I started out the way most buyers do when they initiate a "high consideration" buying decision. I asked my peers for recommendations.

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Topics: buyer persona, Buyer Personas, buying insights, Good Use of Personas, Launch, launch, messaging, Positioning & Messaging, PR, Public Relations

Big News from Buyer Persona Institute

Buyer Personas You might have noticed that I haven’t published updates on this blog and that my presence on social media has been scarce over the last few months. I wish I could tell you that I’d been sailing the seas or lolling around on a beach somewhere, but in fact I’ve been heads down in my office and barely noticed the passing of spring or summer.

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer persona, buyer persona book, Buyer Personas, content marketing, Content Marketing, Good Use of Personas, Launch, Leads generation and nurturing, Market Research, Marketing ROI and Sales Leads, marketing strategy, messaging, positioning, Positioning & Messaging, Product Marketing Redefined, sales and marketing alignment, Sales people, Uncategorized, Writing

Go Big Or Go Home: How Buyer Personas Help A Global Marketing Effort

globe arrowsWe frequently talk about how buyer persona insights add value to sales, messaging and content, but how does that work in a company with more than a thousand marketers around the globe? Over the last two and a half years, we’ve had the opportunity to explore that challenge with SAP.

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer persona research, Buyer Personas, buyerpersona, Content Marketing, content marketing world, global marketing, Good Use of Personas, Leads generation and nurturing, Market Research, market research, messaging, Positioning & Messaging, SAP marketing

Got Buyer Personas? 44% say yes, but 85% aren’t using them effectively

Blog_Thumb11This disturbing data was reported in a recent ITSMA study. The sample size was relatively small and limited to the services marketing sector, but I’m seeing indicators that this is a widespread issue.

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, building buyer personas, buyer persona, buyer persona infographic, Buyer Personas, Content Marketing, Good Use of Personas, Market Research, market research, messaging and positioning, Positioning & Messaging, Uncategorized

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