What Is Demographic Segmentation, & How Do You Do It?

By cchi@hubspot.com (Clifford Chi)

Before you dive into this blog post, I want you to watch this video.

Now, if you laughed at this ad because Danny Tanner’s obsession with cleanliness ruined Uncle Jesse’s romantic moment, then this commercial is just for you. But if you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you’re not in Dannon’s target audience.

You see, Danny Tanner and Uncle Jesse were two of the main characters in Full House, a hugely popular family sitcom that aired from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s. And it gained even more popularity when its reruns were syndicated during the mid-to-late 2000s.

When the creatives at Dannon were brainstorming their Oikos Greek Yogurt commercial that would air during the Super Bowl in 2014, they knew they had to resonate with as much of their their target market as possible, which was most likely young-to-middle aged adults.

So, to avoid bombing on the biggest advertising stage of the year, they decided to sneak a bit into their commercial from one of the most beloved TV shows that their target market watched as kids — Full House.

Now, if Dannon’s target market consisted of young kids or older adults, they probably wouldn’t have went this direction. But since their target market was packed full of Full House fanatics, Dannon was able to craft one of the best Super Bowl commercials in 2014.

Dannon’s Oikos Greek Yogurt ad was such a hit because they were able to figure out which age groups comprised most of their target market. In order to uncover this information, though, they had to do a lot of market research. Fortunately, they had a powerful tool at their disposal — demographic segmentation.

Demographic Segmentation

Demographic segmentation separates your target market into specific, accessible groups of people based on personal attributes like geography, age, education, occupation, and income. By leveraging demographic segmentation, you can create personalized marketing campaigns for each slice of your target market.

Demographic segmentation can also optimize your resources and time because distributing personalized marketing messages to each slice of your target market will resonate with more people and lead to more conversions than spraying a generic message to your entire target market.

To learn how most brands segment their target market, check out the five main demographic attributes they use.

1. Geography

Geographic segmentation slices up your target market based on their geographic location. Since people have different needs and interests across geographies, like the need for cold weather outerwear in Minnesota or the demand for swimwear in South Florida during the winter, it’s important to understand exactly how your target market’s different climates, landscapes, and cityscapes impact their preferences.

2. Age

Age segmentation slices up your target market by specific age ranges or generations, like Generation Z, Millennials, and Baby Boomers. The people in each of these groups grew up during the same time, encounter comparable experiences today, and share similar traits, habits, …read more

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