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Usefulness of personas (a quick note)

Here’s a very brief note about the concept of ‘usefulness’ regarding personas.

Usefulness of personas is tied to the (a) use case for which the persona is applied, which can be partially inherited from (b) domain (industry: e.g., in e-commerce some different persona information is needed than in journalism) and (c) job role (strategic / operational).

Therefore, dimensions for ‘usefulness’ in personas:

  • use case
  • industry
  • job role

Should be considered when trying to understand / measure persona usefulness.

Jansen, B. J., Salminen, J., and Jung, S.G. (2020) Data-Driven Personas for Enhanced User Understanding: Combining Empathy with Rationality for Better Insights to AnalyticsData and Information Management. 4(1), 1-17.

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By 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.