Joni Salminen

Dr. Joni Salminen works as a Scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Turku School of Economics, University of Turku. His research interests are heavily focused on personas, including topics such as automatic persona generation from social media data (YouTube, Facebook, Google Analytics), persona perceptions, biases in data-driven personas, optimal number of personas, etc.

Personas in the Era of Privacy-Protected User Analytics

An important observation: the value of personas in Web analytics is likely to increase with the current changes in digital privacy. This is because the platforms need to move into more non-personified systems and methods. Personas are exactly about this: making individual customer data aggregated. In fact, Google planned a system (that they already sort …

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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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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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First- and second-order utility of personas

Wan to share an observation about first- and second-order utility of personas. What do these terms mean? first-order utility: personas help the designer to understand people (i.e., they help the designer do their job better) second-order utility: the benefit to the users via the use of personas (e.g., new features, better usability) These two can …

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HIRING! – Research Scientist Position at Qatar Computing Research Institute

Posting on behalf of our team! If you know researchers interested in solving REAL WORLD problems in customer segmentation, personas, HCI, NLP, or other domains of computer science, please forward / tag them! #hiring #recruitment #personas #HCI #segmentation #computerscience =================== Research Scientist Position at Qatar Computing Research Institute working with a dynamic research team https://quecst.qcri.org/team …

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When Personas Are Not Needed

When are personas not needed? Perhaps in many cases, but one example is Netflix. See this picture: In situation like this, when recommendations or personalizations can be made automatically at scale, there seems to be no need for an additional aggregation layer such as personas. Personas are only needed if we start asking collective, not …

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