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

@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A few days ago, Mark Schaefer published an article entitled “Why customer personas may be an outdated marketing technique.”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 Radio Shack lost their buyer focus and their business

Radio Shack logoI was saddened by Radio Shack’s recent bankruptcy filing. Its convenient stores and helpful staff are easy to find in any city I’m visiting. There is even a store in the tiny community where I live.

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Topics: business planning, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, buyer personas book, Buying Criteria, Market Research, market research, marketing strategy, Positioning & Messaging, Radio Shack, Who Needs This

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

Five New Year’s Resolutions for Marketers (recommended by your buyer personas)

In case you’re looking to make your 2015 New Year’s resolutions a few days after the fact, here’s five your buyers want you to consider.

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Topics: buyer persona, Buyer Personas, content marketing, Content Marketing, Leads generation and nurturing, Market Research, market research, marketing books, positioning and messaging, Positioning & Messaging, Uncategorized

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

Make Every Word Matter (and Make Sure Your Buyer Personas Tell You How)

island vacationThere’s a wonderful Mark Twain quote that goes like this “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.”

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Topics: Advertising, B2B, B2B marketing, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, Buying Criteria, content marketing, Content Marketing, Good Use of Personas, marketing strategy, messaging and positioning, Positioning & Messaging, sales enablement, Uncategorized

Practitioner Perspective: The 6 Most Important (Surprising) Things I’ve Learned From Doing B2B Buyer Personas

Untitled attachment 00055This post is contributed by Gordana Stok, a Certified Practitioner of the Buyer Persona Institute methodology.

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, content marketing, Content Marketing, Good Use of Personas, Market Research, messaging and positioning, Positioning & Messaging

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