Posts Tagged ‘Persona Driven Analysis & Portals’

Yahoo Personati

2009/08/16

Yahoo has used personae for close to ten years now to help them serve their customers better and maximize revenues to achieve success in the brutally competitive search market.

However, Yahoo uses personae strictly to group user interaction behaviours of their customers as indicated here:

Yahoo recently sent a Yodel Ancedotal message to customers focused on (Neuro)Persona behaviour surveys:

we look at the story of Jewellery repair and FedEx.

What’s your social mojo?Posted: 13 Aug 2009 10:08 PM PDT As Twitter becomes more mainstream, everyone and their mother (and grandmother… and mayor… and daytime TV host) is trying their hand at the tweet. But what they might not realize is that how you use Twitter can say a lot about you. In honor of our new Yahoo! Homepage, which was designed to be customized to reflect your true personality, we’ve launched a new tool that helps you analyze your social mojo. Just enter your Twitter username and our highly scientific pipe thingy goes to work to determine exactly what kind of Twitter persona you possess. You might be a:

  • § Headliner – You’re the star of the Twitterverse, have tons of followers, and have retweets the likes of Ashton Kutcher and Perez Hilton
  • § Crowd Pleaser – You use lots of hashtags and are in on all the hot conversations
  • § Cheerleader – Retweeting is how you roll
  • § B.F.F. – Your volume of @replies makes you everybody’s best bud
  • § Party Animal – With so many followers, you’re the life of the party
  • § Private Eye – Like any good investigator, you’re following a boatload of people
  • § Concierge – You live for links and sending people to the best stuff
  • § Word Whiz – You’re a natural wordsmith and make the most of your 140 characters
  • § Lone Wolf – You’re more of a low-profile type (some might even accuse you of lurking)
  • § Name Dropper – You use lots of @names when you tweet
  • § Matchmaker – You pass along lots of URLs to make sure everyone’s connected
  • § Wall Flower – You don’t tweet much but you’re still in on the party
  • § Novelist – You have a lot to say and tweet with a lot of characters to prove it
  • § Shadow – You follow lots of people like a good shadow would
  • § Scenester – If there’s a hashtag conversation happening, you’re there
  • § Tweethead – Your high number of retweets shows you like to spread the good stuff

 
And once you get your assessment, we suggest a number of related websites that you can add to your very own Yahoo! Homepage to help feed your mojo.

Give it a try — http://yahoo.knowyourmojo.com… and then tweet about it. (And be sure to follow us on Twitter — we’re a Concierge.)

Nicki Dugan
Blog Editor

Now why is this important to Yahoo?  Simple, if Yahoo can accomodate behaviours the actual people exhibiting the behaviours are irrelevent in that it doesn’t matter if they are young, old, rich, poor, strong or weak.

Elementally (Neuro)Personae render marketing segmentation analysis redundant.  I would have said useless, but in my view it has been that way for decision making for a considerable period of time.

Cheers,

Nick www.adscenario.com www.neuropersona.com www.speedsynch.com

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Persona & Marketing Performance

2008/11/12

How do winners measure Marketing Performance?

Look at all those companies and organzations that are successful and you will see a common theme, service.  Profit may not event be in the top three KPIs or key performance indicators and that is because profit is a symptom or result of success not the cause.

Service.  It sounds simple though it requires consideration, focus and dedication, all of the things in short supply when times are tough.  Oddly enough one of the toughest things required to be of service is to measure differently and shift perspectives from being a seller or provider to a buyer.

How does one accomplish a perspective shift?  It may be easier to identify ways that it is not accomplished. 

Do not offer services that have been successful yesterday.  In tough times or good times people adjust and change the way they operate.  This can be described as a change in process.  All of the products or services that they bought yesterday served yesterdays processes and don’t fit today.

Do not copy your most successful competitor as they for similar reasons will be selling products and services that will not be in demand tomorrow and even more importantly it is extremely difficult to change what everyone sees as successful behaviour.

Do not listen to your most value customer as they typically demand help for problems that are causing them the most pain.  Pain points can switch very quickly and hurt you too especially if you have built an inventory or trained staff to accomodate a problem that is about to disappear or be replaced.

But then what do we do and how do we shift our perspective to that of a buyer and attract success?

Understanding what people are about to do so that you can accomodate future success is the path less travelled and can be achieved with simple tools and consistant focused effort. 

Here are two simple steps that will start you on the path. 

  1. Pick the most successful products or services in your market, yours and your competitors and then identify the buyer processes that they serve today.  Use this ‘magic pair’–product/service and buyer processes–and overlay them on top of your market segment lables.  Pay close attention to those market segments that have the same processes. 
  2. Create a Personae based on groups of buyer behaviours that may span market segments and then match the Personae to the products and services identified in step 1.  

Now it gets simpler, we watch.  We are watching for small changes in processes important to people while simultaneously watching to see if products or services are changing to accomodate processes that are new to our understanding of what buyers need today.  In my experience this exercise provides a clear and simple indicator of what our clients, current and future, want tomorrow.

The simple truth of Marketing Performance or any performance indicator is that it measures what just happened, what was important yesterday.  Shifting your perspective to Persona Behaviour will permit you to serve with future need in mind.

Once this is done please remember to shift your perspective of performance as your old measures, like fish on a counter in the hot sun, will start to smell badly, very quickly.

Cheers,

Nick  nick@scenario2.com 

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