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Ask These Questions in Your Buyer Persona Interviews

Posted by Sarah Wai on May 18, 2017 9:22:00 AM

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We talk a lot about Buyer Personas at Tribute Media because they're a critical factor in effective Inbound Marketing. But many of you may be asking: "How do I start researching and creating these personas from scratch?"

It all begins with asking the right questions. From there, you create your buyer personas, then you ask more questions and refine your personas.

Read on for the questions we recommend you ask in your initial interviews, as well as additional questions to refine your personas later, and finally, tips on how to utilize your personas.

Buyer Persona + Buyer's Journey = Highly Targeted Content

Posted by Ben Schultz on May 1, 2017 4:14:00 PM

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If you've ever tried talking with someone who doesn't seem to listen to you, you know how annoying it can be. You try to make a point, but they just run over it like a steamroller and talk about something that interests them.

Why is this so frustrating? Because, even if they don't mean to, these people send the message, "I only care about me. I don't care about you. You don't matter."

No one likes hearing this. Especially not potential clients--after all, why give money to someone who doesn't respect you? That's why it's so important to understand buyer personas and the buyer's journey--it helps you create content that tells customers, "We understand you, we value you and we have what you need."

Why Create Exclusionary or Negative Buyer Personas?

Posted by Ben Schultz on Apr 24, 2017 9:31:00 AM

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Have you ever thought of the parallels between marketing your business and dating? They are more similar than you might think. Trying to find the right prospects to invest your marketing and sales efforts into can be a lot like finding love. And when you're looking for love (or creating buyer personas for your business), it's just as important to know your deal breakers as it is to know the characteristics you are attracted to. Let's break it down.

They're Just Not That Into You

Think back to your dating days (or, if you're still single, think about the current dating pool). You might have run into this one particular type of guy/girl. They had something that you really liked, but it always came with waaaaay too many red flags. Perhaps you even worked out a kind of checklist for this type:

The Buyer's Journey Explained

Posted by Lindsey Bowshier on Nov 7, 2016 9:45:57 AM

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The buyer's journey is the research process any buyer goes through leading up to a purchase. Every industry is different, and every company we work with is different, but all buyers go through the same basic process before they make a decision to buy something.

Your company goals and your buyer personas should affect how you help prospective clients go through this journey.

Who is Your Buyer (Persona)?

Posted by Corey Smith on Mar 19, 2015 2:04:45 PM

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Years ago I worked in the office equipment industry. The companies I worked for sold copiers and printers to businesses, organization, etc. During my tenure at my last copier company, HP rolled out a new copier line. They simply relabeled a line from Konica Minolta.

Our company decided to pick up this line and sell it.

It wasn't a very good copier line. Which is probably why the product line was scrapped after a short while.

I remember asking our rep, "Who is your target market?"

Back came the response, "We sell to small & medium business, departments in large businesses and large businesses."

"So," I said, "you sell to everyone?"

The Social Equation: How to Create Shareable Content

Posted by Sarah Wai on Jan 24, 2014 5:25:00 PM

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What’s in a share? We are all familiar with the term “Viral”, but not everyone truly understands what it takes for content on the web to go viral. The ultimate goal for the content you post on your social media channels should not be to just target those who are already in your network. By focusing exclusively on the people who already like your page, you are missing out on a number of opportunities to reach new users in new markets.