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Online Business: Customer Profiling for Success

Understand how to find and retain the most valuable customers with one of four courses in the Online Business Success program.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Online Business: Customer Profiling for Success

This course is part of the Online Business Success program, which will enable you to launch, market and run your own successful online business.

Why join the course?

When asked who their customer is, aspiring entrepreneurs often say “anyone”. This could not be further from the truth. This free online course will help you understand how you can use primary and secondary research, to identify the right customer and design engagement strategies to attract and retain them.

Understand the data and discover your customer

This course will introduce you to how, where and why to gather data and how to use it to create customer personas and marketing strategies.

We will help you understand how to develop market analysis strategies and show you how to develop a marketing strategy to guide you towards implementation.

By the end of the course, you will understand:

  • who your customer is;
  • how to use data to identify and profile your customer;
  • how to uncover the reasons why they buy;
  • and how to develop profiles and personas for your customer.

Get expert online business advice

This course is one of four in the Online Business Success program from RMIT University. On every course, you will be guided by academics from the College of Business and the Business Enterprise Unit. Plus you’ll hear from successful online entrepreneurs about how they targeted the most valuable customers for their business.

What topics will you cover?

  • The role demographic, psychographic and behavioural characteristics play when layered together to inform the market profile.
  • The level of involvement and associated risks applied to online customers that business owners will need to reduce.
  • Segmentation techniques to target the right customer base.
  • The opportunities that an online entrepreneur would need to identify to grow or enhance current target markets.
  • The comparison between difference types of research and the role each one plays together when developing a research plan.
  • The types of customer persona tools available when building a visual representation of a typical customer.
  • The distinction between the types of customer journeys, current and future state experience, and the service blueprint to inform the path to purchase.
  • The marketing attribution which identifies how the marketing messages contribute to the decision when buying a product or service.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Identify who your customers/consumers are by analysing their characteristics, and prepare this information for further research
  • Compare the level of involvement and types of purchase, to predict the impact it may have on customer purchase behaviour
  • Apply primary and secondary research methods to create a market research plan which better identifies buyer's needs, motivations, and reasons to purchase specific products or services
  • Design and construct a customer journey map to describe the process a buyer takes when deciding upon a purchase, by generating customer personas

Who is the course for?

This course is targeted at learners who have a small business or are considering setting up an online business and wish to understand the principles of market analysis and customer profiling, through a series of examples, learning theory and activities.

Who will you learn with?

Brett Stavenuiter

Brett Stavenuiter is an entrepreneur, business owner and business consultant with 25 years experience assisting over 5000 successful entrepreneurial business start ups in Australia and Indonesia.

Who developed the course?

One of Australia’s original tertiary institutions, RMIT is a global university, with over 80,000 students, specialising in technology, design and enterprise.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £69.00

Statement of Participation £39.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.