Segmenting customers by demographics has become second nature to any small business owner whether they realize it or not. If you’re running a retail store, you know what area most of your customers live in, how old they are, etc. and tailor your products and services to them. But a recent, and quarterly updated study by the public relations company Ruder Finn adds a new twist to customer segmentation in the online world–segmenting customers by intent.
The company created an interactive tool that maps the reasons why people go online and allows you to narrow the data down from all customers to just men, women and by age group.
One of the interesting findings of the study is that most people do not go online to shop. Only 33% of respondents said they go online to buy something and 28% said they go online to compare products or services. That may seem like bad news to a small business trying to drive traffic to its Web site. But what it really suggests is a shift in strategy for your Web site. If simply selling your product isn’t drawing visitors, maybe addressing people’s true intent can drive traffic.
Here are some ideas:
The great thing about Ruder Finn’s tool is that it’s updated quarterly. So if you’re not ready to make any change now, check back when you are.