Year: 2021

Any dataset can be a persona

“Any dataset can be a persona.” It’s quite a fascinating idea that any dataset about users or customers could be transformed into a set of personas. Of course, this means that persona creators need to possess a wide range of analytical skills because datasets in the wild contain different fields/variables/degree of structure. So, persona creation …

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SME Personas: Creating Customer Personas for Small to Medium-sized Enterprises

Customer Understanding for SMEs Customer understanding is an integral part of a business, whether a big business, a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME), or small to medium-sized business (SMB), and it is crucial for a small business in a competitive market.  Customer personas can help your SME in this customer understanding. Though it may seem …

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Developing Email Marketing Personas for Increased Campaign Performance

Personas are often used in user system design, but personas are not as widely used with email marketing campaigns, which is a mistake. They are an extremely valuable tool for the email team. Organizations are missing out on potentially increased marketing performance by not employing email marketing personas. Email marketing personas are personas created from …

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Why Personas Could Be Less Useful than the Process of Creating Them

TL;DR: A big challenge for data-driven personas is that their users rarely participate in their creation. This evokes the question of how to develop techniques that enable participatory design of data-driven personas. There is a line of thought within persona research that argues something like this: personas are less useful than their creation process. The …

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A Recipe for Persona-based Digital Marketing

Had an interesting conversation with a User Experience and Design professional. Based on that conversation, laying out a process for persona-based digital marketing. This means a few things: (1) campaigns are organized around personas, (2) campaign content is tailored for personas, and (3) results are analyzed per persona. Without further ado, here are the steps: …

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What’s in a Persona Name?: Naming Personas Using A Data-Driven Approach

“Call me Ishmael.” Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851) Names are an incredibly important part of a people’s identity, carrying societal, personal, cultural, religious, ethnic, and/or nationality impressions. A name conveys the groups, communities, and population of a person or even a fictitious character (as in the case of Ishmael, the narrator in the book, Moby Dick) …

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