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Market segmentation research maintains focus and delivers needed marketing insight. We use advanced methods to define benefits segments, psychographic segments, lifestyle segments, as well as traditional demographic and firmographic segmentation. Our market segmentation research is a way to keep 'your eye on the ball.'

We us several advanced analyticis to perform demographic, psychographic, and benefits segmentation. Often we start the market segmentation process with qualitative research to define ways customers view the product category, and the differences in those views. perceive competing product categories, and brands within those categories.

Comprehensive market segmentation research examines a broad range of demographic and psychographic determinants. Implied in the notion of segmentation research is identifying the 'ideal brand' for each identified segment.

Methods we use include in our portfolio of market segmentation research methods:

  • Qualitative Market Research ...

    Here we use a priori judgement regarding segment configuration and product brand positioning. We conduct preliminary focus groups or other qualitative methods -- such as depth interviews -- among market segments for which we have hypotheses as to their importance. We listen to their language. In focus groups, we probe how they talk about the product or service category. Using projective techniques, we uncover insight as to how various consumer and business audiences see and feel about the product category and competitive brands.

    Our qualitative market segmentation research effort centers around refining hypotheses, discovery and refining our learning about customers whether consumers or business audiences. Our goal is to develop preliminary segmentation dimensions not draw conclusions about either their importance or size. That is done in our quantitative segmentation research effort.

  • Quantitative Market Segmentation Research ...

    Market Segmentatin Goals
    • Estimate the market segment dimension salience or impact.
      Market segmentation dimensions may be demographic, behavioral, attitudinal, or a combination of these which may form psychographic segments.
    • Estimate the market segment dimension salience or impact.
      Factors here may include buying frequency, strenth of product category importance, perceived value of product use system, and consumer or business customer attitudes.
    • Measure product appeal and purchase intent.
      Purchase appeal and intent of brands and products, each with a unique brand image and positioning, further attunes our quest for market segment definition. We do this on real or proposed brands and products positioning and price-perfomance offers. The response patterns together with segment dimension data are assessed using advanced analytics. This aids us as we uncover high potential segments, their differentiated customer appeal, and further refines our brand segmentation approach and conclusions.
    Quantitative Market Segmentation Methods:
    • Stage 1: Developmental Market Segmentation Research Survey
      A developmental survey -- typically phone, or online survey -- that takes hypotheses from our qualitative market segmentation exploration, constructing the survey questionnaire to bracked the initial dimensions, measure their importance, and the positition of cometitive brands and cross-category brands along the dimensions. Product and brand concepts are used to refine the power of each market segmentation dimension to discriminate. Basic statistical analysis may be employed in this developmental stage.
    • Stage 2: Statistical Quantitative Market Segmentation Study
      Based on Stage 1 results dimensions are further refined and pared to a small relevant set. We implement a larger sample survey to allow perfomance of statistical measurement tools. These may include Latent Class Analysis ( LCA ), conjoint analysis, multiple regression, perceptual mapping, correspondence analysis and other multivariate techniques. Our approach to this stage is practical while maintaining statistical rigor.

The results of this multi-stage approach yields data for specific market segmentation recommendations, and preliminary branding positioning recommendations.

Contact Power Decisions Group to discuss our Market Segmentation capabilities.

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