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9 Simple Ways to Add User Segmentation to your App Marketing

June 6, 2017

User segmentation can be a real pain however, it is extremely important in the app marketing process! 

So the aim is for tidy groups of users all ready and waiting for tailored messages. Simple right? You would be surprised at how many brands get this wrong. 

The biggest hurdle is usually understanding the best why to go about it.  Just like baking a cake, there is more than one way to do it, you just need to work out what is best for your app!

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What is user segmentation?

User segmentation is simply a way of arranging your users into smaller groups according to the type of similarities. Segmentation does not have to be complicated. For example, if you are a small one man band app you might want to start of with smaller groups that highlight two or three clear categories of user types, all with different needs. These are your segments. The segments should show similarities in certain areas that have meaning to your app and that allow you to communicate to the masses but in a more tailored way.

Because of this grouping of similarities, segmentation can add intelligence to your user profiles. 


Segmenting new prospects

Knowing how your users tick goes a long way. Your job is to be the guru of all things user personalised. And communication is core to that. By reaching out to existing users in a personalised way (or so they think?!) you can improve both your user retention and user engagement DRASTICALLY! 

But what about new prospects? 

How do you go about identifying potential new users and segmenting them? For an app to succeed finding new users is vital.

Firstly, you need to establish whether there is a market for your products and services … that is a given, and let’s face it, this should of been done at the start of the marketing strategy process… heck the beginning of your entire app journey!

Let’s assume that has already been completed. 

Next is to identify the type of people that would make your ideal users. These ideal users could be based on existing user profiles. Or perhaps you are branching out into a new area and need to identify clearly who you are targeting next.  


Paint that picture. 🎨 Tell that story. 📖 Who are these people within that segment? The key is to draw a picture of the individuals that represent the type of person you are aiming at. This is your user personas. 

If you take two different types of user segments and throw in a bit of market research, you will find that they have very different needs, wants, values and opinions. This research will build a fictional user persona which will help you when creating targeted content.

User personas take user segments to a higher level, creating a typical ‘fictional’ user within that segment, by adding their personality and values to it.

User segmentation is vital to the development of user personas. With identified and developed segments, you can target specific, relevant and to the user… personalised…marketing messages at each segment. When targeting and personalising your campaign for each segment is on point it can see an increase conversion rates by 200%

Great! Now you can target specific, relevant marketing messages at each group.


9 simple ways to add User Segmentation to your app marketing

Demographic Segmentation

Are they American, are they Irish or are they Spanish? Yup, it is simple but man is it effective. Simply by sending a notification about the latest items on sale personalised for each demographic, whether that be language or trends in the area, you are showing how well you know the user personally. 

Too many brands wait until the point of transaction to turn anonymous users into known users or rely on inaccurate third-party data for demographic insights. Collecting basic information at the time the app is downloaded can go a long way in developing user relationships and allows you to segment your user base more effectively.

1. Gender 

It may seem obvious, but keeping gender in mind when segmenting users can have a significant impact on results and save you from wasting time and money. There is no point sending a push notification to a male user about the latest Bikini range (forgive the stereotyping) if like Borat you are into wearing bikinis then good on you! 


2. Birthday

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like to be remembered on their birthday? A great example of a brand that personalises user experience with birthdays is Krispy Kreme. They keep tabs on each user’s birthday and send them a voucher via the app to show in store for their free birthday doughnut. 


This is a great idea and one that can easily be replicated by using segmentation. Perhaps you segment your users by birth month. This is where you can send them a birthday treat at the start of the month via your app to help them feel special! 

3. Language:

Speak their language. Catering for different languages is a niche you want to get into. While this may seem quite advanced, it most definitely has its rewards. Speaking the user’s preferred language gives your brand the edge that you are in fact speaking directly to that user. Segmenting by language type can also give you interesting statistics on your global marketing and allow you to understand exactly how different cultures interact with your app.

4. Location: 

Three letters… G.P.S. With GPS included in most modern smartphones you are now able to influence app users real-time decisions by reaching them on-the-go. You can cleverly segment users by hometowns or cities allowing you to send a push notification with special discounts. These discounts can only be redeemed at the store location in their hometown, drawing your users closer to you not only online but in person.

Behavioural Segmentation

A picture speaks louder than words, as does actions … and demographics. 😉

Successfully segmenting users based on their in-app behaviours allows you to personalise based on the stage they are at within your user lifecycle.

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5. Interaction: 

Interaction is key. Users that actively and consistently engage with your app already show signs of loyalty to your brand. Make sure that the users within the highly engaged segment are the ones that get the highly personalised and relevant content that will help keep them coming back. 

For this personalised or highly relevant content, you might want to consider some type of reward that the most engaged users can redeem as a simple “Thank-you!”. (And if that tip isn’t enough it might be worth noting that 84% of Users Prefer Apps with Rewards!)




6. Abandoning a Purchase: 

This is another great user segment. We have all put something in an app shopping cart at one stage or another and realised that the bank balance won’t stretch to this purchase. 🤦🏼‍♀️

Though, instead of clearing the cart, we leave it there until pay day. Why not use this as a little pick me up for your users and help them (and their bank balance?!) out by sending a discount closer to payday to remind them that you still care?  


Above you can see a perfect example of Jet tailoring outreach based on the users in-app behaviour.

 7. Past Purchases: 

This is a segment NOT to forget about! They have made a purchase YAY!! But you don’t want the relationship to stop there. Did you know that it is six to seven times more expensive to attract a new user than to retain an existing one? Well… why not try growing the relationship further by sending your existing user base personalised suggestions or exclusive discounts. You can even go further than this and segment existing users, based on frequency, number and volume of purchases.


Social Data Segmentation

Social networks can give you a wealth of user information. 

By allowing your app users to verify who they are using their social accounts you are removing a barrier and making it easier for them to enjoy your app faster. Even better - when given permission, your brand can have access to specific social data points (such as groups that the user has liked or content that they engage with regularly) allowing you to segment your users more strategically.

8. Interests: 

Nobody wants to be marketed to about something they are not interested in. Segmenting using insight regarding your users’ favourite sports, TV shows, brands and foods can enable you to send with highly relevant and influential messaging. For example, a clothing brand may find out that a lot of their users are rugby fans. It may be useful for these rugby fans to know about the new sports range that they have partnered with incase that is something of relevance to them. 

At this point a quick push notification might be exactly what these fans need to get them interested enough to click through and find out more. To then promote the brand's new sports range they will create a campaign and partner with a local rugby team showing the players wearing the new line.

9. Relationship Status: 

Relationships signify stages of life that can be used to reach the right audience with the right message at the right time. For example, Facebook, the minute the user changes their relationship status to “engaged,” their timeline is flooded with wedding dresses and engagement rings. Therefore this is a great segment that can be easily forgotten about but it can be a great asset to your marketing strategy.  

User-Segmentation-engaged.pngPoints to remember: 

  1. Using different demographics to segment users can be as simple as their gender or the language that they speak. You are basically gathering groups of users with the same characteristics together.
  2. Segmenting users by their in-app behaviour allows you to personalise messaging based on the amount of interaction with the app or even their purchases.
  3. Social segmentation allows you to group user profiles by things like groups that the user has liked or content that they engage with regularly i.e stuff that interests them.

As mentioned before there is more than one way to user segment; the main thing to remember is to work out what is best for your app!


For more information on user profiling check out our guide How to Profile your App Users or contact me directly via hannah@hurree.co


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