Segmentation occupies (and if it is not yet, it will have to become) a central place in the emailing and marketing strategies of companies. Segmenting a base of contacts is now within the reach of all.
But precisely, what is segmentation concretely? What is it for? And finally: how to segment a database?
Distinguish Your Contacts According To Specific Attributes
For your emailing strategies (newsletter, transnational emails, marketing automation), segmentation consists of:
- To divide the database into multiple lists or separate segments based on specific attributes: sex, industry, focus, geographic area, etc.
- To distinguish his contacts according to behavioral criteria or actions carried out by the customers on a site.
Let’s take a very concrete example: you have a clothing store and you decide to send a newsletter every month with the offers of the moment. So that your newsletters are more relevant, it is better to segment your database at least according to the attribute “man/woman” and thus to create a newsletter for each genre.
Segment for Better Content
At the time of mass emailing, segmentation makes it possible to personalize emails. The main objective is to be able, thanks to the segmentation, to propose to your contacts products or targeted contents, that is to say, adapted to the profile of each one of them. This also helps you to avoid spamming the inbox of your contacts.
Behind the personalization of emails, the stake is economic. A personalized email campaign will generate open rates, click rates and ultimately higher conversion rates. And of course, that says optimization of your conversion rates also says the increase in your turnover.
Segmentation also allows you to purify the content of your emails, offering your contacts only products or content likely to interest them. You go straight to the point, to the delight of your contacts. Your message will be all the more readable in each of your communications.
Last advantage of the segmentation – and not least: the improvement of your reputation with ISPs (eg, Orange, Free, Gmail etc.). Contacts that are more responsive to your content is a positive factor for your sender reputation.
Having a good reputation with internet service providers will ensure the long-term deliverability of your marketing campaigns. Your emails will be more likely to arrive in the inbox of your audience. Necessarily this will also limit your mailing volumes because you will not systematically send your campaigns to your entire list of contacts. You will take advantage of this to reduce your monthly emailing expenses.
Define Your Business Objectives Upstream
How to segment my database? To answer this question, you must consider the questions:
- What information do I have about my contacts? The more information you have about your contacts, the further you can push the segmentation of your database
- What are my business goals? What attributes specific to my clients are likely to create different business objectives?
- What types of emails do I want to send? (Newsletters – personalized scenarios via the marketing trigger – commercial offers?)
- How did I collect the email addresses of my contacts? The sources of acquisition can be numerous: …read more
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