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Are You Addressing The Right Audience?

Updated: Feb 2

Audience Segmentation

Can you talk to a 5-year-old about a new client you onboarded, or discuss your pet’s habits on a pitch meeting? No, because the topics of interaction are not relevant to your audience, i.e. 5-year-olds and your clients. They may hear you for some time, but will soon lose interest and you will get no result out of the conversation. The audience your brand communicates with also comes with a set of interests or experiences and will engage with content that mirrors these interests. Every piece of content you create must resonate with your target audience to drive effective results.

In a different scenario, if you talk to the 5-year-old about your pet’s habits, and share about the new onboarded client on the pitch call, both of these audiences will take interest. Creating content for multiple audiences is not a challenge, but directing the right topic to the audience interested in it is.

This need to direct the right conversation to the appropriate audience, while being able to say everything you want to, signifies the need for Audience Segmentation.

Simply defined, audience segmentation is the idea of compartmentalising your audience based on a common characteristic. Primarily, it aids in maintaining the relevance of your content when targeting a wide audience. Audience segmentation also creates a scope for defining your target audience, tailoring your content, raising conversion rates, encouraging loyalty, and driving leads.

There are 4 types of segments your audience can fall into:

Demographic Segmentation that follows age, gender, income, education, or occupation as the criteria.

Geographic Segmentation refers to grouping the audience based on their location, climate, region, or urbanisation.

Psychographic Segmentation on the other hand focuses on personality, values, attitudes, interests, or lifestyles to segregate consumers.

Behavioural Segmentation depends upon criteria such as usage, loyalty, benefits sought, or purchase occasion.

Audience Segmentation comes with its own set of challenges. Staying ahead of them will help you understand your consumers better to communicate with them. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind:

Research Thoroughly: Conduct in-depth research to understand your audience's demographics, behaviours, preferences, and pain points. The research can cover everything from those who are interested in your niche, the kind of content they consume, the time of content consumption, and more. A lack of research can lead your segmentation to lose effectiveness.

Create Clear Personas: Develop detailed buyer personas that represent distinct segments within your target audience. These help you understand each customer better, including their choices, habits, and needs, and find the thread that ties them to you.

Use Data Analytics: Utilise data analytics tools to gather insights from website visits, social media interactions, and past purchases. This data can prove to be your friend in need. It can tell you everything you need to know about your customers and group them accurately.

Test and Refine: The process of audience segmentation is not a one-shot activity. You need to continuously test your segmentation strategy and refine it based on performance metrics and customer feedback. Failing to do so will only lead you inefficiency.

Don't Assume Homogeneity: Assuming that everyone within a segment has the same preferences or needs can be your biggest mistake. There can be variations within segments that may require sub-segmentation.

Don't Neglect Emerging Segments: Be attentive to evolving trends and changes in customer behaviour, and adapt your segmentation strategy accordingly. Neglecting the change in situations can result in you going backwards or standing still instead of moving ahead.

Don't Forget Mobile Users: With mobile usage on the rise, ensure that your segmentation strategy considers the preferences and behaviours of mobile users. Failing to optimise your audience segmentation while keeping them in mind will lead you to miss out on a big segment.

Don't Skip Data Privacy: Respect data privacy regulations and gain consent before collecting and using customer data for segmentation.

Don't Ignore Feedback: Listen to customer feedback that comes to you in the form of online reviews or comments, and adjust your segmentation strategy based on their preferences and needs. Ignoring this feedback is your way to understand the audience better.

Effective audience segmentation is the foundation of targeted and impactful content marketing campaigns. The best way to make your audience segmentation a success is to keep your segments defined, aim for constant improvement, set goals and measure them, as well as connect with them via multiple channels. Audience segmentation is the key to building a strong bond with them as your stepping stone to effective marketing. To know more about doing justice to audience segmentation for your brand, share your queries with us.

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