Importance of audience personas in corporate video production

20th April 2022

Customer personas are nothing new to marketing managers, they have been used for years to help inform and design products and marketing materials to engage specific target audiences and segments.

Making a great corporate video production is no different to making a great product and an audience persona is a critical tool that must be placed at heart of every corporate video campaign to help inform the communication of key messages and creative direction that will resonate on an emotional level with your target audience.

It is really important that every corporate video project stakeholder and the video production company are clear on the target audience persona from the beginning of the project as this will be used to inform decision making throughout the video production process.

What is a target audience persona?

An audience persona is quite simply an avatar or an imaginary figure that represents the hopes, ideals, challenges and ambitions of your ideal customer, employee, investor, sponsor etc. 

It combines all the human attributes of this individual into a crafted persona with a real name and personality that can be used by the marketing and video production company throughout the video marketing strategy and creative video production process.

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How to humanise your video production audience persona

An audience persona works best when it is crafted with empathy for the target audience it is seeking to represent.  To do this successfully you need to go beyond standard demographics such as gender, age and job and dig deeper into what makes them tick as a human being and then align this to your specific video objectives.  

For example if you were making a corporate video to help you hire more apprenticeships your target audience would likely be 16 - 24 school age leavers.  To understand and build an audience persona for this demographic you could ask questions such as:

  • What are they looking for in an apprenticeship?  Career development, money, trade, friendship, security.
  • What are they nervous about?  Going into workplace, afraid of being unskilled, 9-5 job.
  • What might be the obstacles that may put them off signing up to become an apprentice?  Paperwork, money, location, management.
  • What are their career ambitions?  Learn on the job, long term career development
  • What are the benefits to them of an apprenticeship over a university degree?  Earning money, lack of debt, faster career development, learning on the job.
  • What type of qualities or behaviours do they need to be successful in this role?  Reliable, eager to learn, humble, consistent.

The answers to these questions will help you make a corporate video that has greater empathy for their needs, motivations and ambitions and enable you to better share how you can support them in this journey.

Who should be involved in creating an audience persona?

Well it depends on who the audience is – if the video content is intended as a sales tool to support lead generation and the end audience is prospective customers then you should really involve your sales and customer service teams in helping you develop your customer persona as they are on the front line day in day out communicating with existing and prospective clients so they will have a good understanding of what makes them tick and what their most common objections are.

If you are aiming to attract new talent into your business, then it would be important to get your recruitment team and the department lead you are recruiting for involved in the development of the employee audience persona.

If you are seeking to engage new investors for your start up company then the founders and senior team need to be involved in crafting the type of investor you are seeking to attract and engage.

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