Content marketing personas are important - and they don't bite so here are a few tips to help you generate personas that drive great content.
Think of a content marketing persona as a composite sketch of a target audience based on validated factors - known things rather than gut assumptions. And these content marketing persona will drive productive buyer engagement, also known as sales! Without these personas, you're guessing and though you might guess right...you might not. And since you have limited resources to generate maximum profitability, it really is best to take the time to gather the data you need to base decisions off known factors.
Imagine your director had one vision of your customer in their mind. And the people that report to that director had their own slightly different vision. Of course, the sales team has their own vision. As each of these people are involved in creating the content, developing the messaging and offers...they add their own unique vision. Then, at the end, you have something that partially appeals to the director, the director's team and sales but could be far off from what the customer wants or needs.
If you target the consumer market, it really helps to go beyond gender, age range, income range, marital status and kids in the home under 18-years of age. Hobbies, interests, media usage and preferences, decision-making process and selection criteria are extremely insightful. And if your target is the business market, you need to understand title, experience, aversion to risk, roles played in the gathering and analysis of information and other key insights.
What does your ideal customer look like? Act like? To build a picture of that person, give them a name and get answers to questions like these:
In addition to demographics, what about...
If you were to search Google right now using 'content marketing persona', you would have the usual 8 million or so results in under a full second.
To save you some time, here are a few I recommend.
Just remember, this is about what works best for you so look around and get acquainted with the options then pick an approach that looks like it would be right for you. Give it a try and then modify it over time. Personas will change over time based on the fact that people change over time. Internal and external factors will cause shifts/changes - so this is an on-going process that you will adapt to over the years.