Personas

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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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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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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Helping Professionals Select Persona Interview Questions Using Natural Language Processing

Personas are often created based on user interviews. Yet, researchers rarely make their interview questions publicly available or justify how they were chosen. In this research, lead by Joni Salminen, we manually extract 276 interview questions and categorize them into 10 themes. The 10 theme taxonomy was created based on abduction, i.e., a qualitative technique …

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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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