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How to Define Your Perfect Customer

When I first started studying marketing, I always heard about how I needed to “define my perfect customer”. It was a strange concept to me. How could I know what someone else wants? How would I even figure out WHO is supposed to be my perfect customer? Well, along the way I finally figured out HOW to go about this process , WHY it mattered and what the important aspects to look for are. Let’s learn how to “Define Your Perfect Customer”.

Why Define Your Perfect Customer?

There is old marketing quote that says “If you’re selling to everyone, you’re selling to no one”. Steve Jobs put it this way “If you want to make everyone happy, sell ice cream!”. There is wisdom in these quotes for one main reason… You can’t make everyone happy! There is very little personal investment to someone buying ice cream. Chances are it will be decent and taste like ice cream…and it will cost a few bucks.

In digital or affiliate marketing, you have to build trust. People are going to be deciding whether or not to spend money on you. They want to trust and connect with whoever they decide to jump in the ship with. The more broad you try to be with your marketing, the less likely you’ll actually connect with anyone, and the less likely anyone will care enough to let you earn their trust….and if no one trusts you, no one is going to buy anything you are selling!

So how do we earn trust? We build a relationship with our perfect customer, the person out there who has a real need for what you are offering and has the willingness to pay for that info or product. If we can provide the exact solution to their problem, we can earn their trust and not only get one sale, but can create lifetime customers. These are the customers that make or break a marketing operation.

Step 1. Define Your Niche

You may have already done this. If not, go HERE to learn the best ways to make sure you are in the best possible niche to make profit for you. I won’t dig deep into this here but it is important to know what type of product you will be offering before you can define your perfect customer. If you need help with this step, click the link above.

Step 2. Locate Your Perfect Customer

Once you have your niche defined, it’s time to start researching our Avatar (Perfect Customer). There are a few ways to do this. If you’re starting in a familiar niche, you’ll likely have an idea where to start looking. To get you started here are some ideas:

  1. Facebook Groups — Facebook is a very valuable tool if used correctly. Go to the search bar and search for your niche. You should see a list of groups. Check these out. Beware, many of these are just ad filled garbage. Try and find a group that is actually discussing your niche and not just looking for free advertising. Find active people on here and go to their personal Facebook profile.
  2. LinkedIn — If your not a big LinkedIn user, it has basically turned into Facebook for business. You can almost certainly find connections who have labeled themselves as your potential perfect customer. Try searching for specific terms used in your niche and connecting with people who have this interest.
  3. Amazon — You’re probably thinking “How can I find PEOPLE on Amazon? I’m glad you asked 🙂 Look for books on the topics in your niche (or products in your niche). When you find the top sellers (remember these for when you are deciding what products people are buying..), scroll down to the reviews. You’d be surprised how many people list their names and/or webpages on an Amazon review. I’ve found some that only had a name and pic… All I needed….I then went to Facebook and searched for their name. I already knew what they looked like. Now I have them on Facebook where most people share waaayyy too much…(which is good news for us!)
  4. Twitter — A simple keyword search on twitter can bring up loads of tweets, webpages, blog posts, articles and even products in your niche. Find the people at the root of these posts. Go to their profile page and see if they have shared any other info…go find them on FB ( they may have linked this in their twitter profile). Check out their blogs or websites. You may find more than you ever expected!

Step 3. Find The Right Person

You now have a list of people who are potential Avatars (or Perfect Customers). Find five to ten that are actively participating in your niche. Look through all the info you have available and determine which of these is most likely to actually spend money on your products. Best case scenario: you find two or three that fit. If you can do this, find the commonalities between them when you answer the questions below.

This may take a little bit of time, but it is worth it in the end. The more precise you can be when defining your perfect customer, the more likely you will be actually sell them your products.

Step 4. Answer These Questions

If you haven’t done so already, download the worksheet (enter email above) where you will answer these questions: (Print this out…you’re going to need it often!)

  1. How old are they?
  2. What gender are they?
  3. Where do they work? How much would that job likely pay?
  4. Are they married? Single? Dating? Have kids?
  5. What are their interests/hobbies? Write it down on the worksheet.
  6. What is their motivation? What is it that drives them to be interested in your niche? Why do they need you?
  7. What is their level of expertise in your niche?
  8. What are the main hold backs/ problems that need solving in your niche?

Answer all of these questions and fill them out in the worksheet I provided. (p.s. – it’s ok if you don’t have all of these answers, gather from the other people you have researched and make a general assumption on what would fit these people the best. Try to be specific!) Dig deep to find out specifically what problems they need solving. This should be a main focus of your marketing campaigns…Jay Abraham said this: ” “ if you can describe the problem better than your target audience, then they will automatically assume you have the solution.” To be able to accomplish this, you must know what problems they have that need addressing or aren’t being addressed properly.

Step 5. Market To This Person!

This is where the famous advice from above comes in handy. Don’t market to everyone, design your marketing campaigns to appeal to this one person! You will get higher click through rates and lower refund rates if you stick to this principle. Write your blogs with this person in mind. Create your landing pages for this person. Direct your YouTube videos to this person. To make this easy, take the worksheet you already filled out and place it next to your computer. Look at this worksheet throughout every step you take and make sure that every single one has this one person in mind. Now you will be ready to take the next step….Smashing your marketing campaigns! Find out how HERE !

5 Key Steps to Define Your Perfect Niche

Have you been struggling to be profitable in your current niche…or maybe you’re just starting out and can’t decide where exactly to carve out your spot in this wide web? Follow these steps to define your perfect niche and guarantee you are in the prime spot to succeed.

Step 1. Define Your Top 1 or 2 Markets

You probably already have this in mind. This is defined as a broader market area such as Weight Loss. Choosing a market you familiar with will make the rest of the process mush easier (but isn’t necessarily required). Just be careful to make sure there is money in your area of interest. For example: If you’re thinking of marketing bathing suits in Antarctica… probably gonna struggle… Also don’t go too narrow just yet. Beginning with “Yellow bathing suits with flowers and palm trees for men over 60” also likely won’t find an audience. Keep it simple for now. We’ll narrow it down as we go.

Step 2. Confirm The Demand

This is a highly important if you want to define your perfect niche! The last thing you want to do is spend loads of your personal time and money pouring into a business model that is guaranteed to fail. It’s good to have a passion, but is there a market already in place for this passion? (Don’t be afraid to alter your target niche a little if you have to). We want to be in a market where we can make money early (and often!).

To find this out, lets head over to Buzzsumo (free to use)

We will start with a broad term. I’ll use weight loss just for general terms. Now take a look at what I have circled in yellow (don’t judge my circles! I’m not an artist lol). I have searched for “weight loss” (just use the main search bar). On the lower right you will see the number of “results”. This is your competition! You can see that “weight loss” has over 136,000 results for this one keyword. That’s going to be a very tough market to break into! Below that you will see the number of social media engagements for the top page in this category. (587,000 engagements on social media for this one site! There is definitely a demand in this market!)

Step 3. Tighten Your Target

For this we will stay at buzzsumo. As we see above, weight loss is likely too large and saturated of a market. We want a tighter, more targeted niche (“there’s riches in the niches”). I’m going to tighten the target a little bit. Let’s start with filtering down to “weight loss tips” and see what we get: (p.s.-if you need help with how to narrow your niche, see step 4)

Define your niche 1

We can clearly see here that the competition has drastically decreased just by simply adding the word “tips” to our niche. We now have 10,000 results (versus 136,000) for competition with the top page having over 84,000 engagements on social media. While we have gotten less competition …10,000 is still pretty high. Not only would we likely be competing against some very established brands, we would also still be quite generic (weight loss tips could go a billion ways) . We’d have to get a pretty large brand name established to ever make a dent in this niche. Sooo…let’s go one deeper.

This time I’m narrowing to Weight Loss Tips For Men:

Define your niche 2

We can clearly see here that by further segmenting our niche to “tips for men”, we have drastically reduced our competition. We can see that the top sites here are still pulling in traffic. Now we just need to confirm that there is money in this new targeted niche. We will tackle this in step 4.

Step 4. Confirm the $$Money$$ Trail

We’ve got our niche now narrowed down to where we think we can fit in this best and make profits early on. Now we are going to confirm that there is money being spent in advertising in this niche. We know that if others are spending money to get traffic for this niche, there is money to be made!

Lets now head over to Ubersuggest. I’ll start by typing in our niche we defined one level above ours…weight loss tips. (Tip: this step can also be used to assist you in ideas for defining your targeted niche in step 3)

We can see here a few things.

  1. Our targeted niche has good volume confirming what we found in step 3.
  2. There is good money being spent on advertising. $3.27 cost per click is actually pretty high. (If you plan on PPC ads as your traffic source, this part is important! You may want to find a niche with lower CPC or find different marketing techniques such as solo ads)
  3. One level up at “weight loss tips” is proving to be a lot of competition (over $4.00 a click!)

So now we’ve narrowed our target niche, confirmed it has demand, traffic and that we can make money. Now to find our spot!

Step 5. Fill In the Gaps

For our best chance at success, we want to provide something valuable and needed to the market. In every niche there is likely a gap in what is available. What we want to look for is unsolved problems. I start this by defining my avatar (perfect customer) ( more detail on avatars HERE ). Once I have this, I will know what problems and setbacks my P.C. is struggling with. Next I will search through the competitions pages and see which of these issues either (1) isn’t being addressed or (2) needs more clarification. When I have found this answer, I have found my niche! (tip: buzzsumo already lists the competition for you 😉 ) Hooray! Now you can get started building your empire!

The next step is to start creating valuable content to solve these problems. It’s always best to be authentic and straight forward. If you’re target audience gets the impression that you are just here to make money….they’ll lose trust and interest in you….and then you won’t have traffic in any niche!

So be true to yourself and build relationships with your audience, all while giving them quality content that solves their problems. Do this combined with the above and you’ll be on your way to long term success!

(p.s. Ready to start your marketing campaign? Go HERE now!)

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