How to Define Your Target Audience

Whatever your niche is, you are meant to approach people with it. People predetermine whether your business catches momentum.  A clearly-defined target audience is a critical condition in providing your customers with a positive experience. That fine experience in its turn promises success and thriving progress for you. With all the analytics tools developed, marketers got their easy way to single out features of buying prospects and converting them into clients ready to purchase. Let’s have a look at how to better optimize the process.

“Who is your ideal buyer?” –  answer the question.


Your product has its specific features and aims to satisfy certain client’s needs. Same thing with the services you offer. One way or another your business is supposed “to cure pains” that the users have and seek to resolve. Proceeding from this you as an entrepreneur may make a mistake. That mistake is the erroneous assumption that your traffic defines your people and that you learn enough about  your clientele from the first sight and develop strategies around this knowledge. 

People that visit, scroll, linger, and do not buy from you are your traffic, not your audience. Therefore instead of going puzzled and delirious from figuring out how to make them buy. Accept that you may not be compatible business-wise and should start seeing other people. In your entrepreneurial language – those that purchase. No matter how much effort went into that youtube intro maker and how persuasive the speech and infographic … simply wasn’t meant to be.  

Unfortunately,  once achieved information starts providing the main basis for how your marketing campaign is designed. The result – wrong targeting. You assumed that “these are your people” and did not dig deeper for more precise information (even their breakfast preferences matter, thanks media, Instagram can provide). Superficial research on your target audience is unacceptable.

Analytics will have your back


Age, social status, purchasing power, gender, geographical position, education, professional occupation, etc. – data that is achieved through close work with analytics. Also, analytics tools, when effectively implemented, provides you and your team with how the users behave on your page, what influences their decisions, what step of the marketing funnel they are on. Knowing this makes it easier to know how to best motivate a lead, how to expand your clientele base, how to modify your approaches, and beat the competition – today it’s your target market, tomorrow it starts belonging to your competitor’s niche.

Watch buyer’s journey closely

Analyzing a buyer’s journey is quite useful for a marketer to enhance the data about those interested and ready to buy prospects. Examining users’ behavior on various phases provides you with more details on who is more apparent to hit the consideration part and step right into the action. Every phase action contains personalized information about your prospects and the struggles they experience while making the decisions. Collecting that information piece by piece adds up to your target audience’s description. A much clearer picture of who is ordering from you at your hand enhances your chances for higher-level conversion rates.

Utilize social media for clearer profiles

social media

Marketing perceives social media as a powerful tool for promoting, advertising, selling products, and offering services. From the potential buyers perspective, it is also a meaningful tool for collecting information about your ideal buyers and targeting more people. Social media, by the way, gets your regulars to bring in for more prospects. Analyzing those newcomers lets you expand the profile of a target clientele that you have been working with before.

Look around

There is no other simpler way like to just simply look around, listen and observe. You create it for people to use it. Do not just sit and scroll through the analytics (which is still vital for marketing). Get active yourself. Get into the groups that are close to your niche, read the comments, see people’s pains, talk to them, learn about their background, their successful and horrible experiences with some services similar to yours. Analyze yourself, or with the team, whether the users you have interacted with may have the potential to be proudly called your target audience, as well as learn of what might prevent them from becoming one. Personal touch, analysis-wise, might sometimes have an advantage over the automated one. 

To sum up

Constant observation and thorough analysis are the pillars for defining the target audience. It is not always enough to be guided by only the mission of your product or service. Doctors develop treatment strategies when they know the diagnosis exactly. They have no option to go in blind. Marketers should also never go in blind with who they try to reach with their services. Only with a clear picture of the target audience and ideal buyers specifically, entrepreneurs are enabled to build marketing campaigns. Otherwise, the money and work of the team will just be a waste.

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