Targeting is identifying and specifically catering to visitor segments based on their needs and requirements and accordingly presenting the right service or product to them. Targeting -
- Draws on the segmenting ability of your products/services.
- Brings focus to your web efforts.
- Increases effectiveness with key segments with interest in your products/services.
- Allows a more customized experience for visitors.
- Results in Higher conversions.
A computer training school provides both Word and Excel classes.
- Word classes tend be attended by less computer savvy students.
- Their positions are often administrative and they are looking to simplify their work lives.
- Excel classes attract accountants and analysts.
- They are looking for more knowledge of Excel functions.
Question: Should the Word and Excel classes be marketed using similar content?
- The Word Classes should be marketed more on a benefits basis.
- Specify how attendees would make their day easier and more efficient.
- The Excel Classes should be marketed on a features basis.
- Emphasizing the areas of Excel functions that a visitor will learn about.
Result: The prospects for each class type will receive content that is more convincing to them.
A financial planner provides services which help businesses to increase their profitability.
- One service area focuses on improving cost management through budgeting.
- Another service area focuses on ROI based budgeting.
- Prospects interested in cost management are focused on accounting systems.
- Prospects focused on ROI based budgeting are looking for strategic decision making advice.
Question: Should there be separate marketing content for each of these two service areas?
- Cost management prospects will need examples of simple to use budgeting systems.
- ROI based budgeting prospects will look for facilitation skills of the consultant.
- Result: Using different content will better target the unique prospect segments in each of these areas.
Targeting can further be divided in three sub categories:
- Product Segmentation
- User Segmentation
- Pain segmentation
Product Segmentation: In layman's language, Product segmentation is categorizing your services/products as per the industry or user requirement. This could include tailoring of your services/product lines to meet the user requirements.
- Understanding the different content requirements of prospects.
- Assessing your products key customer segments.
- Identifying common content and process needs based upon common product interests.
- Customizing user experience based on findings during segmentation.
- Better connection with the visitor.
- Value apparent to target segments.
- More specific targeting of content.
- More efficient experience for visitor.
- Correct order of content.
- Ability to balance investment to ROI.
- Better ability to measure effectiveness.
1. Describe the Targets
- Analyze your current customer base.
- Describe the key customers for each product line.
- Determine their industry, position, needs and business stage.
2. Drive and Satisfy Visitors
- Connect content which matches your product to those characteristics.
- Drive visitors by offering them a choice of product categories at their entry points.
3. Measure and Adapt
- Implement analytics to measure effectiveness of efforts.
- Use A/B testing to precisely establish effectiveness.
- Then go big with most effective methods.
- User & Pain segmentation will be discussed in the upcoming weeks.
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