Attention is getting more and more expensive as more businesses have easier access to it, meaning it's more important than ever to make the most of the attention you capture. People are so overwhelmed with messages that they're starved of significance. This is an opportunity for you, because as soon as you capture their attention, you capture their loyalty and wallet.
Coursera offers MOOCs (massive online open courses) created and taught online by universities such as Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California system. These courses start at various times throughout the year, so browse the catalog to see when one lines up with your schedule. Below are a couple courses that are perfect for content marketers -- here's what a module for #4 looks like:
Oregon State University offers a digital brand management certificate. The certificate program consists for four courses that are conducted separately over the course of a year, which when completed together yields the certificate. The four courses are: building a digital content strategy, search engine optimization and search engine marketing, social media and mobile marketing, and digital brand strategies. The courses are instructed by industry pros are designed to emulate the strategies of industry tycoons such as Nike, Adidas, Weiden + Kennedy, Jive Software, and Oregonian Media Group. As a student in this program you will be provided with opportunity to learn from and build connections with these impressive industry leaders.
But what kind of information should you gather for your own buyer persona(s) to inform your digital marketing strategy? That depends on your businesses, and is likely to vary depending on whether you're B2B or B2C, or whether your product is high cost or low cost. Here are some starting points, but you'll want to fine-tune them, depending on your particular business.