Thirumalesh Prasad C G Thirumalesh Prasad C G, July 25, 2018

Is your buyer persona aligned with your Inbound Marketing strategy?

The marketing world is filled with several individuals who claim to be marketing gurus but end up wasting your marketing budget on the wrong audience. This is synonymous with doing the right thing at the wrong time. If your customers find it hard to understand the message behind your brand, then it merely means your marketing or content is not aligned with your customers. This will create a serious need to create a buyer profile or persona to assist you in redefining your target audience. To gain a perfect understanding of the subject matter at hand, let us start by explaining the terms ‘buyer persona’ and how they can be incorporated in your marketing impound efforts.

Buyer persona in simple terms refers to the basic representation of your target market. This is more like a fictional customer who has met all the requirements to act like the real ones. The persona is expected to exhibit the characteristics such as likes and dislikes, lifestyle and every other attribute of your customers. While this is good, there is just one thing that ruins the entire idea, and that is creating personas without conducting proper research.

In this article, we shall be looking at some important points on how companies can align their buyer personas with an inbound marketing strategy for improved sales and client-customer relationship.

1. Conduct a Good Research

Remember we have established the fact that buyer personas are not built based on assumptions. Once you build your persona around mere speculatio.sns, there is a great tendency it will never align with your marketing strategies. The very first thing that you need to be sure of is the integrity of your researcher. Is the researcher’s reputation trustworthy in building these buyer personas? One thing you should bear in mind while creating buyer personas is that the data published by your researcher may be subject to bias and perspective which may affect the end result of the research thus shaping your buyer persona and inbound leads.

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In creating a buyer persona that is aligned with your marketing inbound, your researcher should be able to be:

  • Able to have a neutral approach to things. They should be able to use their experience and interactions while keeping sentiments aside.
  • Well experienced in a field under study. Engage the services of only researchers that are knowledgeable about the field since this is the only way you can obtain good results.
  • Have a different approach to things. The researcher should be able to judge the customers’ behaviour and generate the right results which are not based on their own perspectives but on the findings of the research.

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2. Know Your Candidates

This refers to the candidates who will be researched and interviewed by your team of researchers. When building a buyer persona that will be aligned with your inbound marketing leads we suggest you carry out an entire ground research.

Some individuals that can be used as interview candidates are listed below:

  • Third-party networks
  • The referrals
  • Future prospects
  • Current customers

These individuals can be interviewed to generate enough information on the nature of the buyer persona.

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3. What are the interview questions?

During your interview session with prospective candidates, you will be required to answer some series of questions to assist you to create a buyer persona that will be aligned with the inbound marketing strategy.

According to John Waldron, here are some important data that needs to be provided during your interviews.

  • Age
  • Annual income
  • Career aims
  • Career path
  • Children
  • Education
  • Gender
  • Industry
  • Job role/title
  • Location
  • Marital status
  • Preferred social network(s)
  • Seniority within company
  • Size of company
  • What are the tools/skills required to do your job?
  • What publications do you read?
  • What’s a typical day for you

You can also discuss some other pain points of the buyers which will assist you in digging out more information from the market before entering into it.

You need to take note of the type of content you provide in order to maintain your leads. The buyer persona that is aligned with your inbound marketing leads is one that is created after a serious research into the behaviour of the customer. The more you research on the behaviours of your clients the better and easier it would be for you to hit identify the right customer on time.

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Thirumalesh Prasad C G

Written by Thirumalesh Prasad C G

Thirumalesh Prasad C G (Thiru) is an entrepreneur and the CEO and Founder of Inboundsys, India's No.1 Hubspot partner agency and an IT services company. Before starting Inboundsys, Thiru has had 12 years of experience working for various multinational IT products and services companies in India and abroad. He has been a significant member and worked as a user interface architect in designing the user interface for many web applications and products. Though initially an electronics and communications engineer academically, he was fascinated by and driven towards internet technology at the early stages of the internet boom, which ultimately motivated him to get a Master’s degree in Web Design and Multimedia. In addition to running Inboundsys, he is also an advisory board member in a couple of other design studios and digital marketing agencies. He is a passionate blogger and a writer who loves writing on digital marketing, inbound marketing, lifestyle, philosophy, positive thinking and motivation. A husband and a father of two, who loves travelling places, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and cuisines. In his free time, he likes reading books, experimenting with photography and loves being in solitude for a while. As a result of his varied international business experience, Thiru is an open, adaptable colleague who celebrates diversity in all aspects of his life. Of particular interest is inspiring positivity in others and this trait is appreciated by all who are lucky to have the opportunity to partner with him!

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