The buyer’s persona is an age-old marketing practice that has helped companies better connect with their audiences. Now that data is that center of it all, marketers can really shake things up, creating personalized campaigns that hit the bullseye. If you’re one of those companies that’s still building buyer personas based on focus group or surveys - you haven’t gone digital just yet.
Audience Personas Go DigitalTypically a buyer persona is a research-backed profile that describes your ideal customer. Seeing that demographics only tells you so much about the personality of your target group, it’s important to expand your audience profiles to start connecting with the people who are most likely to engage with your business and purchase your products.
In today’s digital world we have even more access to information that can help us craft an accurate audience persona. It’s no longer about making generalizations about who you think your audience is, it’s about listening to what the data says.
The Importance of Personalized ContentTailoring your content to fit your audience’s needs is a sure way to generate results. When comparing personalized content to un-personalized content, 80% of marketers have said that it’s more effective. However, due to lack of technology and resources content creators are not fully taking advantage of the power of personalization in the digital age.
Just take Facebook’s relevance score as an example. While this score helps you gauge how successful your content is, you can also experience some repercussions if your audience isn’t receptive to the ads your putting out there. While there are a variety of factors that play a role in achieving a high Facebook relevance score, we can’t argue that targeting is at the very center of it all. In fact, we looked at 291,848 sponsored posts and found out that ads with the lowest Relevance Score have nearly 40x higher Cost-per-Click (CPC) than ads with the highest score - ouch! If you're not supplying the right audience with right content you could be experiencing higher ad costs.
Audience Personas and Social Media InsightsIn the age of digital marketing, personalization is key. Your audiences are not receptive to media targeted to the masses because it isn't about them and their needs. Instead, they now have their own personal space in the cyber world that opens up an opportunity for them to discover content, products, or services that are relevant to them. And if you want to be a part of that world, you need to create content that opens up conversations.
Though demographics play an important role in any marketing strategy - they aren’t everything. Segmenting simply by age doesn’t allow you to get to the heart of who your audience really is - age is just a number and with social media, you can discover so much more.
Previously companies would have to hire expensive agencies to find out their audience’s music tastes, favorite celebrities, past-times etc. Now? Marketers can get all of that and more, for a fraction of the resources.
Here’s what you can learn about your audience through their social media and digital activities:
- Their social media interests
- How active they are on social media
- What stage of the customer journey they are in
- The influencers they follow
- Their page affinities
The Future of Interest-Based MarketingOf course, a company is bound to have more than one persona which is why you can expect to target multiple audiences, developing a tailored strategy for each. Afterall, there are many different parties involved when it comes to making purchasing decisions.
However, with the power of digital insights at your fingertips, you can connect with each and one of these groups on a very personal level. For instance, let’s say that you know your audience predominately follows a micro influencer. This would be a great opportunity to reach out and establish a relationship with that influencer - before your competition gets to them!
One of the challenges of developing an audience persona through social media data is the variation of audience behavior across platforms. Seeing that platforms have different strengths, it’s only natural for people to develop different behaviors. Afterall, your LinkedIn persona is much different than your persona on Facebook! Marketers can’t forget to take this into consideration when they take to the drawing board to draft their personas.
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