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  • What Does Your Brand’s Target Market Look Like?

    Target Market photo from ShutterstockAs a personal brand your goal should be to bring in just the right client into your business — a person or company who expresses mutual interest in what you have to offer. But what does that niche look like?

    That is where precise market research comes in to gather data and give your brand a well-rounded picture of your target market, which becomes a unique client profile. Your data should be as specific as possible. Think of it as a visual of what the ideal client would look like.

    Creating a profile of your target market is a fairly simple, and even enjoyable process. Your brand will have more clarity on their niche, which creates more focus and less waste in marketing to your audience. Here are a few steps you can take in painting the right picture of your client.

    How to create a client profile

    Determine the demographics of your audience – Research factors like age, gender, location, level of education, occupation, income, and family structure. This will start your profile with a more personalized view of who your target market is.

    How does your target market live? – It is important to know the lifestyle of your audience, which is referred to as psychographic data. Find out what they like to do in their free time as well as personal habits and places they like to go and shop in.

    What are the morals and values of your community? – There are many different beliefs people may have, and this can include what your audience personally believes, religious preference, societal beliefs, and so on.

    Find the main problems your niche needs to solve – Pay attention to where the pain points are of your target market. With this information your brand can offer the right solution that meets their exact needs.

    After conducting your research you should create a picture or detailed profile description of your target market for your personal brand. This can be a creative process for you and/or your team, and helps you see who your audience really is. This is especially beneficial when communicating with them online by keeping it personal.

    Susan Gilbert uses her laser focus knowledge to coach and provide online marketing and social sharing programs for authors, speaker, experts and small businesses. She is the author and publisher of several books including “The Land of I Can,” and “KLOUT SCORE: Social Media Influence, How to Gain Exposure and Increase Your Klout,” Susan combines online marketing with strategic thinking to create successful programs. Working most often with authors and entrepreneurs, she understands promotion at a personal level as a regularly quoted resource in USA Today, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine and many more. Follow her Digital Marketing Tips at her blog: www.SusanGilbert.com

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