Customer Segmentation Models: A Smarter Approach

Mathew Gollow on May 27, 2021

Your marketing strategies are most effective when you use targeted messaging aimed at your specific customer base. But how do you know what that customer base wants?

Customer segmentation is a way to break up your current or prospective customers into groups. Baremetrics helps you define these subsets so you can successfully address each group's specific needs. Learn more about your customers by using the Baremetrics customer segmentation feature.

The criteria used to define each segment is the basis for customer segmentation models. They offer marketers a gateway into the development of key strategies to improve return on investment.

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What is Customer Segmentation?

One advantage of having a data set on your best customers is gaining an understanding of what draws them to your brand. Customer segmentation makes this data set even more powerful by diving a little deeper into customer data. Gain insight into the demographic data of your high-value customers or the psychographic data of those targeted by marketing campaigns that didn't quite connect.

In other words, customer segmentation groups your customers by a particular metric or group of metrics. That gives you an edge when you want to market to potential customers on social media, and you're at the mercy of an algorithm. Since you know which group is most valuable to your company, you can focus on marketing strategies that speak to that group. That means you avoid the less cost-effective "throw everything at the wall—or the LinkedIn feed—and see what sticks" strategy.

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What are the Different Models of Customer Segmentation?

There are many models of customer segmentation. Let's start with the four most common:

  • Demographic or Firmographic:These are the nuts and bolts of each customer grouping. For B2C companies, it's demographic groupings that are particularly important, such as age, income, job title, education, and similar statistics. For B2B companies, it's the firmographic groupings. That's the size of the company, annual revenue, number of employees, market share, etc.
  • Geographic: Sometimes, this is a subset of the demographic segment. Other times it stands alone. It refers to where a customer group or firm group is located.
  • Behavioral: Behavioral segmentation looks at how groups of customers interact with your brand. For example, you can group by customers who signed up for a free trial and then purchased a subscription versus those who purchased a subscription outright.
  • Psychographic: In this age of social media marketing, psychographic data is in the spotlight. This segment is about individual values, opinions, and lifestyles. Psychographic segmentation groups people by how their individual views impact their purchasing decisions and brand loyalty.

While these four are the major groupings, others may also offer valuable insight. For example:

  • Technographic: This group is defined by the type of technology it uses, such as mobile versus desktop or smartphone versus analog.
  • Value-based: This segment is grouped by the economic value the group seeks.
  • Needs-based: This grouping is defined by each segment's particular needs.

More sophisticated market segmentation strategies look at a combination of these models, or they mix and match criteria to come up with in-depth marketing insights.

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What is the Recommended Use of These Types of Customer Segmentation?

There are two ways to think of customer segmentation analysis. First, it helps you group existing customers by common characteristics. This offers a chance at retrospective analysis to determine why specific groups chose your brand. It also lets you look at how you can keep them happy in the future, which reduces your churn rate. It allows you to exploit opportunities to upsell or cross-sell to these customers.

Second, this helps you create marketing messages and a customer experience that attracts new customers. These groups have distinct wants and needs that your brand must deliver to make the sale. Narrowing your focus from a large, unwieldy marketing segment to a smaller group helps you tailor new products so you can speak to this smaller group's use case.

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Whether you're a digital startup or moving from an offline business model to ecommerce, customer retention is essential. You want to attract and delight good customers with an excellent experience. Achieving that goal isn't just about the quality of your product—you have to know a little bit more about your target customers.

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Mathew Gollow

Mathew spends his days bringing the brilliant ideas of the Baremetrics team to the blog. When Mathew’s not chasing after his team for more accurate and clear information, you can find him teaching voice at the local music academy.