In our first article discussing Ideal Customer Profiles we looked at their value to your business and how you can use them to your advantage. This article is taking a more practical approach and we’re providing some direct steps for creating your ideal customer profile.
The process for identifying your ICP can start small, take a good look at your current customer base, and begin to find patterns to uncover common characteristics. Every organisation’s Ideal Customer Profile is different, and it can be as detailed or general as your team needs. Your customer data is invaluable with Gartner finding that 84% of customer service leaders recognise that customer data and analytics are vitally important.
Once you’ve exported and collated your customer data by key characteristics you can begin to spot patterns. You might notice you have a strong presence in a particular industry for example or see companies of a similar size often choose to use your product or services.
Once you have collected all the basic information you need about your ideal customer, you then need to document the steps involved in turning prospects into customers. You can use a customer journey map to provide a visual representation of the common touchpoints your prospects have with your company before conversion.
A customer journey map plots where a customer interacts with your business from their first encounter to purchase and customer service processes to repeat custom. A comprehensive customer journey allows you to better understand your prospects.
The information you can pull from your customer data is extremely valuable, but it also pays to look at your customer feedback too. Gathering customer feedback gives you access to more qualitative data covering elements such as your customers’ expectations, motivations, and pain points. These can also feed into your ICPs.
Your approach to gathering customer feedback may vary but the most common sources include customer reviews and through conducting surveys. Encouraging surveys helps to build upon review data and you can treat this information much like your regular customer data, looking for patterns and pulling out common concerns and pain points
Analysing and understanding all your data means you are now in a position to create the ICP. Each customer profile will be unique, and you will want to ensure you include all the key details to make them easy to locate within a company e.g.:
Other criteria such as industry, funding and location may also be important depending on your business.
Customer buying behaviours change regularly, as do their motivations and challenges. Regularly reviewing your ICPs helps to ensure they remain relevant and that you are targeting the right people.
Your Ideal Customer Profile plays a crucial role in guiding your prospecting. Ensuring you target the right people with your campaigns not only ensures you are working in a GDPR-compliant way, but it also increases the chance of better returns.
At Lead Gen Dept we work with you to create a suitable ICP for your campaigns, you may have a clear idea of who you want to target, but if not, we can help. Book in with our team to discuss the goals for your business and to benefit from our unique and highly effective approach to lead generation.
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