Customer segmentation: An essential checklist

Orange segments - Customer segmentationThe key questions you need to answer to develop a successful customer segmentation strategy for your business

1. Who do we want to talk to?

  • Customers
  • Lapsed customers
  • Potential customers

2. What do we know about these groups?

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number, email address
  • Purchase history
  • Profitability
  • Contact history

3. Where do we hold this information?

4. How up to date is it?

5. Does it comply with data protection rules?

6. Have we checked the Telephone Preference Service?

Under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations you may not make unsolicited sales and marketing calls to people who have registered with the Telephone Preference Service.

7. Are email addresses opt-in?

The same Regulations say you can only email individuals who have specifically consented to receive marketing messages from you - although there's an exception made for your own previous customers.

8. What is the buying history of customers?

  • Are they:
    • big spenders;
    • specialist buyers;
    • occasional shoppers;
    • old customers.

9. Have we grouped customers into different types?

10. Have we developed profiles of each type of customer?

11. Is our marketing communication targeted?

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12. Are there some easy wins?

13. In cold contact, what is our response rate?

14. What is our conversion rate?

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Andrew Gerrard has more than 25 years' marketing and communications experience working on both the client and consultancy side. This experience has been very broad, including large and small companies, industrial and consumer-based brands.

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