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4 Easy Steps to Create Customer Personas

PersonasOne valuable marketing/branding exercise that most companies don’t bother with is creating customer personas. Customer personas help ensure:

  • The content you create is valuable and relevant to your customers
  • Your products and services are meeting their needs
  • Your value proposition and calls-to-action resonate

In short, creating customer personas makes marketing easier and more effective. Here are 4 steps to create basic customer personas – don’t worry, it’s not that hard!

1 – Research

Though you probably have a fairly good idea of who your customers are, do a little research. Look up customer profiles on LinkedIn, send them surveys, and/or conduct interviews. Interviews can be done fairly quickly with a handful of customers who represent a range of your client base.

2 – Collect basic data

You’ll want to gather a lot of basic information:

  • Job title and industry
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Income
  • Geographic location
  • Education
  • Hobbies and interests

3 – Dig deeper

Next, dig a little deeper to uncover your customers’ goals and challenges – this is something I always do with my clients when I begin working with them – and any obstacles or objections that might stop them from buying (cost, time, resources).

4 – Segment your personas

Now that you’ve done your research, you should have a few personas. Name them and compile separate profiles for each. Profiles should include:

  • demographic and background information
  • how you’ll overcome those obsacles that might stop the sale
  • marketing messages that focus on how you solve their challenges and help them achieve their goals

Have you created personas? How has it helped you improve your marketing?

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Monika Jansen

Monika Jansen

Monika Jansen is a freelance copywriter and editor who helps with companies of all shapes on sizes kick their content up to the next level. You can find her online at www.jansencomm.com.
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