Your product isn’t selling as expected. Customers aren’t buying into your pitch. And you can’t figure out why. What do you do? Panic! Just kidding. But maybe it’s time to reevaluate your customer personas. But personas need love, like any real human, and should be reevaluated frequently.
One of our client was experiencing these same problems. Despite having a strong reputation in consulting, their new digital product wasn’t selling. No matter who they met with, their pitches weren’t leading to purchase.
They tailored their approach based on two attributes: the size of the organization (large or small) and the role of the specific person that they were pitching to (leadership or day-to-day executor). Though this was a logical approach, these personas didn’t address the true motivations and emotions of their customers.
We set out to update their personas by conducting interviews with past and current customers of the product. We looked at:
Through this line of questioning, we were able to identify pain points for these customers, the true source of their emotions. After the interviews, we were able to revise the current personas to more accurately reflect customer motivations.
The new personas included two important sources of motivation the client wasn’t previously focusing on: strategy of the organization (growth or optimization) and the size of their team (different than the size of the entire organization). These drastically affected what was important to them when choosing a digital product and were the source of two important emotional drivers:
With these insights, we were able to develop a new pitch deck that could flex based on customer motivations.
So, if you’re having a hard time converting browsers into buyers, devote time to listening first—as you get to know your customers, your approach will become clearer. Just like real people, your personas are ever-evolving, so don’t be afraid to tweak and modify them the more you learn. It’s not about perfection, it’s about understanding your personas and acting accordingly.