The solution – creating buyer personas for Schiphol
Berend-Jan: “I thought it was important to show that the business environment is changing within B2B, and that, online activities offer new opportunities to gain more and deeper customer knowledge.” To kick-off the process, Berend-Jan introduced the Schiphol team to the practice and principles of content marketing based on buyer personas with knowledge sessions.
Once everyone was on the same page, it was time to lay a strategic foundation for a modern B2B marketing strategy. So, Schiphol partnered with SPOTONVISION to gain insight into the buyer, based on buyer persona research. And implement an overall content marketing strategy based on the buying process of these buyer personas.
Berend-Jan: “I wanted to move away from traditional push marketing, and instead really add value by being relevant and helpful and also engage with decision-makers.”
Together with SPOTONVISION, Schiphol developed three buyer personas: the logistics service provider, the logistics specialist at the side of a shipper, and an international version of that logistics specialist.
Rietveld shares: “For our first round of buyer persona interviews, we conducted qualitative interviews in the Netherlands. We soon found out that we would not get the full picture of the buyer persona if we did not further complete and refine it on an international level. Thus, we collected additional material in India, a key market for pharmaceutical cargo; an increasingly important cargo flow for Schiphol.”
The result – Valuable insights and content creation based on buyer insights
Berend-Jan: “We gained valuable new insights from this! We now have a better understanding of which themes and types of content can support these decision-makers in their decision process. This knowledge forms the basis for the new marketing activities. Content mapping based on the buyer journey revelead which content was relevant during specific phases of the buying process. Schiphol currently uses this content map to communicate the right information to the target group.
Schiphol has finished the strategic foundation: relevant decision roles have been mapped, the content map and the content calendar are in place, and content creation is in full swing. Berend-Jan: “We are ready to make our marketing activities measurable in order to further optimise them based on more customer data. To achieve that, we are looking at a marketing automation solution together with SPOTONVISION.”