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.

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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NLP vs. HCI Personas: What’s the Difference?

Research has found that the concept of “persona” is predominantly deployed in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) studies, but there is a stream of Natural Language Processing (NLP) studies that also refer to the concept of persona. This post aims at making a conceptual distinction in these two different types of referring to personas. First, HCI studies …

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Measuring personas or persona sets?

Research has focused on measuring persona perceptions, i.e., what users think of personas they are shown. These efforts can focus on individual personas, i.e., we show a persona or two to the user and ask their opinions about the persona’s usefulness, completeness, credibility, and so (see the Persona Perception Scale). However, persona sets (i.e., groups …

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