In my previous article “Customer Journey Mapping – Needs & Wants”, I discussed how customers’ needs change throughout their buying journey. That represents a challenge for us marketers and customer experience managers – How do you create the right content to support that journey?

Before looking at what content you need to create to support your customers’ journey, let’s back up and take a fresh look at Persona definition. The inspiration we need to create the right content can be found with our customers. However, defining needs can be a bit “abstract” and you just might not have the insights available to guide you. To get your creative juices flowing, instead think of what jobs your customer has to get done.

For example, if I am a business traveller:

I have functional jobs to be done – attend client meeting, stay somewhere overnight, sleep and get rest, eat.

I have social jobs to be done – look good with my clients.

I have emotional jobs to be done – feel safe, feel connected with home.

And I have supporting jobs to be done – reserve the accommodation.

For each job to be done there are then barriers (things that prevent the job being completed) and there are accelerators (things that enable the positive outcomes).

Now you can take the jobs to be done and align them to steps on the journey:

Barriers and accelerators can also be applied to the journey and would mostly appear at the beginning of the journey. When a barrier or an accelerator intensifies – whether better or worse – that is usually the call to action step. This is the point where the customer needs to make a change to satisfy the need/job they wish to get done. For example, the date for the customer’s client meeting gets closer so they need to make a reservation.

At this point I am armed with a map with a list of topics for content aligned to each step of the journey – a crude editorial list. I can of course then refine this into content titles that will help my customer on their journey (both metaphorical and practically!).

Hints & Tips: Content that covers more than one job type will be more engaging. (Job types: Function, Social, Emotional, Supporting.)