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Then, think about their name and write down their position.
All of this should give you the sense you’re talking to a real person, and not a company:
Then, you can start digging into the details a little bit more in their…
The first thing you want to focus on here is their professional background.
If you know the roles you want to reach out to, you can find out more about those people by running a simple LinkedIn search with a job title filter:
The search results will be the profiles that are likely to look for a tool like yours and the ones you should target with your cold outreach.
You can go the extra mile by checking out community groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.
They are usually a place for like-minded people who share and discuss similar interests and search for solutions you might provide.
The next thing you want to look up is their demographics, such as age, location, or gender.
The truth is, you won’t talk the same way to Gen Z persona or boomer, right?
A good platform that can give you these answers is Google Analytics. If your website content matches your business intent, 80% of the visitors should have characteristics of your target audience.
If you're just starting out and don’t have enough traffic yet, you can use SparkToro audience research or sales databases like UpLead or LeadFuze.
The last thing you want to check out is your prospect’s interests.
They will help you create meaningful content and find a common ground to break the ice.
Here, again, Google Analytics can help:
The other way is to scroll through their social media accounts where you can find out their interests outside of work and what their typical day looks like. Check out where they live, and how tech-savvy they are, and think about the quote that describes them well.
Here’s what the Profile section looks like for our buyer persona:
Once you have set your persona’s basic info, it’s time to hop on to their…
Goals and Objectives
Once you understand the exact goals of your target, you’ll be able to offer them a unique value that makes them more likely to reply.
Instead of talking about features, you can talk about how they can achieve their goals with your product.
Keep in mind that objectives aren't the same as goals. Objectives are specific and measurable, whereas goals will be more general.
Here are a few ways you can find out more about your persona’s goals and objectives:
Search your industry’s keyword on LinkedIn and see what’s discussed in posts:
Read through customer reviews:
Check out Facebook and LinkedIn community questions:
Look at prospect’s job posts as they often outline their goals and the direction in which the company is planning to go:
In the end, your section should look like this:
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Now, it’s time to investigate…
How did they hear about you?
Knowing how your prospect found out about you will help you create actionable content and distribute it more efficiently.
Once you know the content, social media channel, or outbound method they prefer, you can reach out to them where they are which will make them more likely to reply.
Here’s an example of where a lemlist buyer persona discovers our brand:
Once you gather this info, you can examine further their…
Path to purchase
To round up your persona’s path to conversion, you can use these information sources:
Outreach campaigns funnels
Their engagement in relevant communities
In the end, you’ll end up with a step-by-step process like this:
The only thing left to cover is…
What could hold them back?
Knowing what could hold back your target to convert is one of the key findings.
Why? Because you can come prepared to handle any objections.
For example, if someone tells you that your product is too expensive, you can talk about the ROI or the value it delivers to the business which is much bigger than the initial price.
Here are a few of our examples to help you out:
3. Segment buyer persona into tiers
The last step of defining your B2B target audience is separating buyer persona into tiers.
This step is vital because it allows you to identify which targets will be the most profitable, and where you should be spending most of your time.
You can identify them into three tiers, based on the amount of value you are bringing to them, which will later translate to the amount of revenue they are bringing to you.
Your tier 1 will be your accounts generating the most revenue, your tier 2 clients are the ones in between, and tier 3 is bringing in the least revenue.
You can use these tiers as indicators of where to put the most effort when it comes to personalization and lead generation.
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