How specific is your “buyer persona,” or “Ideal Customer Profile” (ICP)?
In other words, how do you define your target audience or ideal customer when doing sales outreach?
Too often I see sales and marketing leaders defining their buyer personas as “Marketing” or “C-Suite.” However, a CEO and a CTO are very different people with extremely different responsibilities and priorities. Even more commonly, I see “Operations” getting lumped together with marketing and extremely different departments that manage different aspects of the business.
How to build solid “Buyer Personas” for more effective sales campaigns
It’s so important to think carefully about your audience, and try to be as specific as possible when defining your ideal customer.
Whenever possible, try to define:
- Which role or roles you’re trying to target (if they have different priorities they should be DIFFERENT PERSONAS!)
- The company size (roles at a 20-person startup are very different than a 2000 person company; a VP Marketing at a 10-person startup probably has less authority and budget than a Director of Marketing at a 300-person company.)
- Industry –you don’t always have to segment by this if your business use case is generally the same, but it’s worth thinking about in terms of what customer examples you reference.
- Other firmographic information that determines how qualified a prospective customer is to buy or not (are they hiring, are they growing or shrinking, did they raise money recently, what software they’re using…?)
Example of redefining a Buyer Persona & copyediting a real Cold Email 📝
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The video I shared is part two in a Youtube video/blog series, based on my recent sold-out Cold Email Copyediting Workshop. Since everyone who attended was very engaged and had many questions, the Zoom event went into overtime and lasted about an hour. Therefore, I decided to chop it into bitesize videos, which I’m sharing on the SalesFolk blog and SalesFolk Youtube channel over the next few weeks.
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