Buyer personas—those semi-fictionalized representations of your ideal buyers—should be the driving force behind your messaging and marketing initiatives. Without understanding what kinds of topics they want to learn about and what current challenges they want to overcome, your efforts are a shot in the dark.
When I worked in a marketing role, I found that conducting interviews helped my team develop and refine our buyer personas successfully. Generally I advocate for talking with three different groups.
- Your sales team
- Your customers
- Prospects who chose not to purchase from you
Based on my years of conducting interviews with these three types, I gained a few key insights.