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Using scientist personas

Do you know your ideal scientist persona? Personas are a hot topic when it comes to marketing, but what are they and how can Marketwise help you?

Its worth pointing out that the majority of marketeers say they use Personas – the reason, they are shown to improve engagement rates, in this case open and click through rates.

Briefly, a persona, in this context, is a profile of an imaginary person that marketing have created to represent their ideal customer.  In the consumer world, they are often given names such as “Weekend warrior Wendy“, or “Frequent traveller Freddie” and so on, but these are largely meaningless in a scientist context, what matters more are expertise, where they work and what they work on.

Building a scientist persona
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Buyer or User persona?

A common distinction in many cases is between those who make buying decisions and those who are using a product.   At Marketwise we rarely distinguish between the two for our scientists. Professors, Group leaders for example are often both users and decisions makers, the vast majority of our scientist database are highly qualified researchers who will have a mixed role as a buyer (or recommender) and a user.


Building a scientist persona

The fundamental starting point is that you understand who your ideal type of person is that you want to reach. This may be obvious, but in many cases some extra research can be useful. A good starting point is to ask yourself – “who does our product solve a problem for”? Once you have an idea, we can discuss how your plans map onto our persona options.


What markets are you targeting? Universities, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech? Just as important is what you DON’T want to target, for example Veterinary, or Hospital / Healthcare.



Often the scientific discipline is THE most important targeting to get right.  There are a few obviously complimentary disciplines, such as Genetics and Genomics or Neurology and Neuroscience, however, with the right market target, disciplines such as Dermatology and Cell Biology or Oncology can also have relevance. Always check for extra options to expand your audience.

It is better to include more disciplines in conjunction with other filters, to help get the best scientist persona for your campaign. 

Research areas & application

Many scientists specialise in a particular research area, for example, deforestation, cancer, diabetes or epilepsy, these are good ways to help define a persona. Beware of only using a research area, some very specialised areas will result in a small pool of data, therefore it is better to add this category to your persona.

Applications are a good way of defining scientist personas who use particular applications, such as antibodies, mass spectrometry, PCR or flow cytometry.  As with research areas, its best to ADD these to a persona definition, rather than making it an absolute requirement.


As standard, you can choose individual countries or regions. In some cases (mostly for the USA), we can also search for states, but the data count will be much reduced.

Scientist persona examples

Biotech betty

Working in the Biotech industry, “Betty” has trained as a Molecular Biologist, in Proteomics or Genomics. Her work is focused on Stem cells or Biomarkers and she is based in North America.

Cancer Colin

Working in the Pharma industry or medical research, “Colin” has trained as a Molecular Biologist, in Oncology or Genetics. His work is focused on cancer research and is based in Europe.

Marketwise scientist personas

Building the best possible scientist persona is critical to the success of your campaign. Marketwise’s help to build your perfect persona is included in the basic price of a promotional campaign.

We look forward to helping you.

FAQ for Email Marketing


Is email marketing worth it?

Many studies have shown a great ROI for email marketing, averaging at a 30x to 40x return. The key is to use high quality data and send relevant, engaging messages. We can advise.

How do I target email marketing?

Build your ideal audience. Based on what market segment they work in, what they do and what they specialise in. Add in geographic location and you have a well targeted email list. Now you need to send relevant and interesting messages to build trust.

How do I improve email open rates?

Two main factors. The subject line and email deliverability. The subject line should be short, create some intrigue or curiosity and avoid spammy words. You build trust with an audience over time.
Email deliverability depends on good email data and a good email reputation.

How do I improve my CTR?

Some quick tips are:
Keep your message short, to the point and easily skim-able.
Be relevant and create curiosity in your audience
Have a single Call to Action button with a clear message on it "Download the report".

What is A/B testing?

This simply means testing two versions of something. Most common is Subject Line testing. Send out two different versions and see which gets the best response. Testing message content is possible as well. Ensure you only change one thing, so you know what made a difference.

How can I avoid the Spam filters?

Two main causes:
1. Technical reasons, poor email reputation and lack of email authentication.
2. Message content is spammy. Cut out flowery language and keep it professional.

What is contact nurturing?

This simply means sending multiple messages over time, to build up trust and a stronger relationship with your audience. Its rare to be able to send a single message and expect a brilliant response. Build trust with a series of engaging messages.