The key to successful marketing plan is knowing your audience and crafting unique messaging and content for them.
Collateral materials such as your website, social media accounts, email newsletter, and even your blog are all opportunities to provide your audience with targeted information - content that helps them solve their problems.
In order to target your audience with unique messaging and content that speaks to your ideal customers, you'll need to make sure all marketers know who your ideal customers are exactly—with buyer personas.
Find your tribe
Buyer personas are semi-fictional representations of your people – your ideal customers, patients and followers, based on real data about customer demographics, online behavior, and educated speculation about their personal histories, motivations, and concerns.
When starting out with buyer personas, keep it simple. We usually start with three of the highest impact personas; the most ideal client, patient, customer that will make the biggest impact on the business.
Create a document for each persona that highlights their objectives. What is at the top of their mind at work? What are their challenges? What are their watering holes? In other words, what blogs do they read and what social media to they use? Where do they go for new information on their industry?
It's important to understand who they are personally as well. Gather the demographics on your buyer personas that will help you get into their hearts and minds and speak their language.
Our free buyer persona template can help you get started!
What's in it for them?
Have you heard the saying "Enough about me – what do you think about me?"
That is what you sound like when you just talk about your products and services in your marketing. When you engage your audience, you need to make it about them. The way you make it about them is to get to know them: their pains and challenges. How can alleviate those pains and provide the solution to their problems?
If you aren't effectively communicating to your audience “what’s in it for them,” it’s unlikely they’ll ever become customers.
Track and optimize
Chances are you won't get perfect personas out of the gate. You will need to track your progress with each persona, and optimize as you go. Pay attention to what content each persona is engaging with. Does the content seem to be the right fit for them, or are they bouncing from it as if losing interest quickly?
Search engines give high value to blogs because people are spending time reading and conducting research through them. The same people value premium content enough that they are downloading free resources. Is the series of content you've crafted for each persona engaging them? Are they responding to the calls-to-action you've created to help them get to the decision to buy?
Buyer personas are an essential part of any marketing plan. Without becoming an expert on who your ideal buyer is, you could be wasting a lot of time and money creating marketing materials that aren't ever going to attract them.
To learn more about how identifying your audience with buyer personas plays into a great marketing plan, just download our free guide!