Creating B2B Buyer Personas for Your MSP

B2B Buyer Persona for MSPs

Building a set of B2B buyer personas is an essential part of a StoryBrand website framework. For MSPs and IT service providers, this set helps ensure you’re speaking the same language as your buyers. Below are three simple steps to help you create your first buyer persona. 

Talk to Your Current Clients

Asking your current clients is one of the easiest ways to gain insight into your target market. We suggest interviewing two to three customers to get a better understanding of the market. Try to choose customers that represent different segments of your market. For instance, maybe your customers include law firms, dentist offices and private schools. Could you talk to someone in each of those segments? It will help you get a more comprehensive picture of who uses your services and why they chose your company. 

When we interview customers, we tailor our questions based on the client, market and who we’re talking to. If you need help getting started with the process, here are 10 sample questions you can use. 

Draft a B2B Buyer Persona

Next, start to put together a full picture of your persona. This should include a fictitious name, title and role in the decision-making process. Your full persona description should also include their goals, a list of pain points and your message to them. 

Give yourself plenty of time to review the persona with your team to ensure you captured the characteristics correctly. If not, revise and review each persona again. For MSPs and IT service providers, a small business owner is often a target persona. Here is Small Business Owner Barry as an example. 

Use the Persona to Market

Don’t go through all that work to just leave the persona in a forgotten file. Use it when writing website copy, drafting blog posts, designing an advertisement or writing a newsletter. Ask yourself if what you’re creating is appealing to any of your identified personas and if it’s addressing at least one of their pain points. 

Looking for Help With Your B2B Buyer Personas?

Here at BigOrange Marketing, we’ve led several managed service providers through our customer discovery process. The results are detailed buyer personas that can easily be translated into meaningful marketing. Book a meeting with us to learn more about our process.

Margee Moore

Margee Moore

I'm the CEO + Digital Marketing Strategist at BigOrange Marketing. I’m passionate about helping companies to clarify their messaging to get leads and grow.

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