Effective marketing comes easiest when a company can best identify their ideal customer. Knowing who that target buyer is and what makes them tick unlocks both insights of how to best connect with that customer, but also move them to commit to an action or sale. In order to bring all that information together in a simple and concise way that provides the groundwork for an action plan, developing “buyer personas” has gained a great deal of buzz among marketers to the point where many consider personas one of the cornerstones of inbound marketing.
Converting a prospect into a customer is a lot like dating. There are many steps that go into finding the person you will someday marry. If you start talking about children on the first date, it rarely works out. So why as marketers do we go into a new relationship and jump to the end sale?