Before the terms “targeted” and “content” became inseparable in B2B marketing speak, marketing databases like executive mailing lists were typically segmented according to crude criteria like demographics and company profile only. Today, these segmentation methods are no longer up to the task of facilitating laser-precise content mapping with email and other marketing activities. B2B email marketers need more thorough segmentation techniques for mailing lists to match content and audience, generating prospects of the highest quality.
In the blog post “Six Smart Ways to Cut B2B Email Lists into Precise Segments for Targeted Campaigns,” we briefly discussed the idea of segmenting mailing lists using buyer personas. This post dives deeper into buyer personas and shows you how to do this method of slicing your mailing lists.
Buyer personas are categories of prospects based on certain unique characteristics they have, particularly their role in the buying process. These help us to better map our content to the right audience. As such, buyer personas can enhance our lead nurturing efforts to produce true qualified leads.