Better Together: Use Attitudes, Demographics and Behavior to Improve Results
The more you know about your customers, the better you can target them with relevant offers in a meaningful way. Different types of data—attitudinal, behavioral and demographic—enable different targeting abilities based on preference, purchasing and lifestyle. You can use each of these data types alone to create a marketing advantage, but they are most valuable when used in combination. Here's how:
1. First, survey your customers to learn their attitudes about your brand and your products or services. Ask questions such as:
- What marketing channels do you use to purchase?
- What types of promotions are more enticing?
- What do you think about our brand, products, customer service?
- How do you research products before buying?
Use the answers to create selection data points in your marketing database. If surveying your customers is not an option, enhance your customer database with third-party attitudinal data. The data may be broader, but it's still valuable to determine how to approach customers with a differentiated offer.
2. Next, create attitudinal segments (clusters) of your customers using the attitudinal data from the survey responses. (Keep the responders' names and physical addresses—you'll need that later!)
Once you better understand the attitudes and opinions of customer segments, you can customize products as well as target customers with better messaging and more relevant offers. Customers are far more likely to respond to an offer that resonates with their individual preferences than to a generic offer.
Attitudinal data tells you how to talk to a customer segment, not who is most likely to buy. For that, you need demographic and behavioral data.
3. By appending third-party demographic data to your customer and prospect universes, you can project the attitudinal segments by building a segmentation projection model (discriminant analysis). You also may further define subsegments by using other demographic data such as proximity to your stores, presence of children or generation (e.g., gen Xers or baby boomers).