Select a company, brand mane or a product . Elaborate how market segmentation, targeting and positioning could be performed on your selected choice. This is the project i have to do. Kindly let me know some information or website regarding this topic.
From Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Dear Anita,


This what I have done in my MBA. Let me give the information:

Market Segmentation

The purpose for segmenting a market is to allow your marketing/sales program to focus on the subset of prospects that are "most likely" to purchase your offering. If done properly this will help to insure the highest return for your marketing/sales expenditures. Depending on whether you are selling your offering to individual consumers or a business, there are definite differences in what you will consider when defining market segments.

Category of Need

The first thing you can establish is a category of need that your offering satisfies. The following classifications may help.

For businesses:

Strategic - your offering is in some way important to the enterprise mission, objectives and operational oversight. For example, a service that helped evaluate capital investment opportunities would fall into this domain of influence. The purchase decision for this category of offering will be made by the prospect's top level executive management.

Operations - your offering affects the general operating policies and procedures. Examples might be, an employee insurance plan or a corporate wide communications system. This purchase decision will be made by the prospect's top level operations management.

Functional - your offering deals with a specific function within the enterprise such as data processing, accounting, human resources, plant maintenance, engineering design, manufacturing, inventory control, etc. This is the most likely domain for a product or service, but you must recognize that the other domains may also get involved if the purchase of the product or service becomes a high profile decision. This purchase decision will be made by the prospect's functional management.

For the individual consumer:

Social Esteem or Pleasure - your offering satisfies a purely emotional need in the consumer. Examples are a mink coat or a diamond ring. There are some products that are on the boundary between this category and the Functional category such as a Rolex watch (a Timex would satisfy the functional requirement and probably keep time just as well).

Functional - your offering meets a functional requirement of the consumer such as a broom, breakfast cereal or lawnmower.

Segmentation of Needs

Then you should establish what the need is and who is most likely to experience that need. Your segmentation will be determined by a match between the benefits offered by your offering and the need of the prospect. Some "need" categories for segmentation include:

Reduction in expenses

Prospects might be businesses that are downsizing (right sizing), businesses that have products in the mature stage of their life cycle or individuals with credit rating problems.

Improved cash flow

Prospects might be businesses that have traditionally low profit margins, businesses that have traditionally high inventory costs or individuals that live in expensive urban areas.

Improved productivity

Prospects might be businesses that have traditionally low profit margins, businesses that have recently experienced depressed earnings or individuals with large families.

Improved manufacturing quality

Prospects might be businesses with complex, multi-discipline manufacturing processes.

Improved service delivery

Prospects might be service businesses in highly competitive markets, product businesses requiring considerable post-sale support or individuals in remote or rural areas.

Improved employee working conditions/benefits

Prospects might be businesses where potential employees are in short supply.

Improvement in market share/competitive position

Prospects might be new entrants to a competitive market.

Need for education

Prospects might be businesses or individuals looking for books on business planning, or seminars on Total Quality Management.

Involvement with social trends

Prospects might be businesses concerned with environmental protection, employee security, etc. or individuals who believe in say 'no' to drugs, anti-crime, etc.

Specific - relating to product/service characteristics

Prospects might be businesses or individuals interested in safety, security, economy, comfort, speed, quality, durability, etc.

Factors that segment prospects

Having determined the more general segmentation characteristics you can proceed to a more detailed analysis of the market. There are literally thousands of ways to segment a market, but the following are some of the more typical segmentation categories.

For businesses:

Industry by SIC code

This is especially beneficial for vertical market offerings.

Size - revenues, # employees, # locations

In general if your offering is highly sophisticated, requires significant resources or provides greater value based on volume, then the target should be the larger enterprises.

Job position/responsibility

Examples of offerings might be planning software for managers or cleaning agents for maintenance managers.


Examples of offerings might be dehumidifiers in areas near the ocean or snow plows in northern areas.

Time related factors

Some services in this category are vacation related industries in summer and tax planners in the spring.


An example of a language specific service is a Spanish TV channel.

Status in the industry

You might want to target businesses that are the technology leader or revenue leader or employee satisfaction leader, etc.


To minimize promotion and sales expense you may want to target urban rather than rural or local rather than national prospects.

Future potential

A good example is how Apple Computer supplied products to schools at all levels to condition students graduating into the marketplace.

Ability to make a quick purchase decision

Targeting individual purchasers versus business committees can significantly reduce marketing expense and increase the probability of a quick close.

Access (or lack of access) to competitive offerings

Cable TV business's significant investment in their service delivery system has allowed a near monopoly for some time. IBM's service reputation insured minimal competition during the mainframe days.

Need for customization

Offerings such as police cars, busses for municipalities and specialized computer systems fall into this category.

Product or service application to a business function

Examples are data processing, accounting, human resources and plant maintenance.

For Individual Consumers:

Physical Size

Offerings might be big men's clothing, golf clubs for shorter players, etc.

Creation of or response to a fad

Examples are hula hoops, Jurassic Park T-shirts, pet rock, physical fitness, etc.

Geographic location

Marketers take advantage of location by selling suntan lotion in Hawaii, fur coats in Alaska, etc.

Time related factors

You may be able to target vacationers in summer, impulse buyers during the holidays or commuters at 7AM.


Ethnic products would fall into this category.


Product examples are scarves for women, ties for men, etc.


Product examples are toys for children, jewelry for women, etc.

Social status

This could include country club memberships, philanthropic contributions, etc.


Product and service examples are encyclopedias, scientific calculators, learning to read tools and financial counseling.


This could include products for hunting, fishing, golf, art work, knitting, etc.

Special Interests

You could target cat lovers, science fiction readers, jazz music collectors, etc.


Because the individual is more difficult to reach you may want to segment by urban versus rural, train commuters, people who read Wall Street Journal, etc.

Access (or lack of access) to competitive offerings

Due to high investment capital requirements or timing of market entry you may be able to capture a significant market share in a specific geographical area. Examples might be a trash service, emergency medical support, etc.

Need for specific information

Based on features or content of your offering you can target a market segment. A product might be books on how to start a business or a service might be seminars on how to quit smoking.

Need for customization

Product/service examples are home decoration, fashion wear, personal portraits, etc.

Need for quality, durability, etc.

Product examples are mountain climbing gear, carpenter's tools, etc.

Degree of a product/service ingredient

Segmentation based on prospect preferences is common. An example is dark chocolate for some tastes, light chocolate for others.

Purchase decision influencers

Once you have isolated a specific segment of the market on which to focus, then you can consider more subtle influences on the purchase decision. Some of these are:

Preference for channel of distribution

Many prospects prefer to buy through a specific distributor or wholesaler. For individuals this may be due to subtle, as well as, economic reasons. For example, an individual prospect may immediately think of Wal-Mart or Home Depot when considering an offering like yours. A business often has a preference so they can have a single communication point for all purchases. This also often results in lower purchase prices.

Number of decision makers

When selling to consumers or businesses, the more individuals or groups involved in the purchase decision, the more difficult the sale. Marketing costs for selling bread can stay low because one person normally makes the purchase decision. Car purchases are more complex because the purchase decision normally involves a husband and wife. Business sales to committees often require months to achieve a decision.

Financial strength of the prospect

Less affluent prospects may desire time payments versus a cash purchase and Chevrolets instead of Cadillacs.

Quantity/volume requirements

Restaurants will want large jars of pickles while individuals want small jars. Businesses use large amounts of electricity at predictable times.

Ability to use the offering

Trying to sell to a prospect who lacks either the knowledge or resources to properly benefit from your offering will result in a 'no sale' situation or an unhappy customer. The prospect should have knowledge and resources such as time, equipment, facilities, personnel and complementary products/services.

Commitment required

If the offering requires a high commitment in terms of time, resources or money by the customer then the target should be prospects who 'really need' the offering rather than prospects who get some, but not a lot, of benefits.

Brand awareness/users

Examples are prospects who ask for IBM compatible PC's or Pitney Bowes mailing machines or Winnebago R.V.s

Attitude toward a personality or enterprise

Reputation helps sell AT&T long distance service, IBM computers, Michael Jordan tennis shoes, etc.

Attitude toward price versus value

For example, purchasers of collectors items aren't price sensitive while purchasers of commodity items are price sensitive.

Experience with other products/services your enterprise has offered

You are looking for a reaction like "I liked your first product so I'll try your second."

Prospect bias

Examples are, 'Buy USA', I want a car with a 'solid' feel, fast cars, sweet wines, large print playing cards, etc.

Affiliation with other organizations

Such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AMA, IEEE, doctors, attorneys, pastors, franchisors, entrepreneurs, etc.

After sale support expectations

It is often beneficial to target prospects who have enough expertise that they will require a minimum of after sale support.

Seller Characteristics that can influence purchase decision:

Another form of influence is how the prospect perceives your offering and/or enterprise. If you can determine the characteristics your prospects most value in an enterprise they purchase from, you can identify those your organization possesses and promote them to the prospect.

Unique employee skills, knowledge

Extensive experience with a specific market segment or field of scientific inquiry can be a powerful promotional tool. For example if an enterprise could sat, "Our scientists knows more about corn silk genetic structures than anyone in the world" they would have a strong sales statement.

Special relationships with distribution channels

Product or service accessibility is a critical factor in sales success. If an enterprise could say, "Due to a unique relationship, the XYZ video stores give us more shelf space than any competitor" prospects will likely respond positively.

Customer service capabilities

Prospects like to know that they can depend on post sale support from the product or service provider. A statement like, "We have more service outlets in New Hampshire than any competitor" will help secure sales.

Unique product forms

Credible uniqueness such as, "Our product is the only one that offers dynamic digi-whirling" is appealing to the market.

Manufacturing expertise

The market is always interested in purchasing from the "best". If an enterprise can confidently state, "We are the only enterprise that can manufacture molecular engineered widgets", they have created an image of being the "best".


Reliability is important. A statement like, "We have been in business for 50 years, so you can count on us to be there when you need us" is usually a strong selling point.

Purchase Decision Makers

Finally, a point to consider is, given the characteristics of your offering, what type of decision maker will most likely be interested in purchasing from you. It may be beneficial to rank your prospects based on the following classifications. While you may not be able to make this classification of the prospect prior to the first contact, if your sales personnel are sensitive to these characteristics it can strongly influence your sales strategy.

Ultra Conservative - don't rock the boat, whatever they purchase must be consistent with their current way of doing things.

They are most likely interested in products/services that are improvements to existing offerings rather than something new.

Once established as a customer they are seldom inclined to review alternatives.

Very negative to technically complex offerings or offerings requiring extensive user education.

Cost effective offerings are only of interest if they don't disturb the status quo.

They are likely to react positively to any volume purchasing opportunities.

Conservatives - are willing to change, but only in small increments and only in a very cost effective manner.

Will consider new products/services but only if related concept has been proven to be effective. More likely to purchase improvements to existing offerings.

Will probably want to review competitive offerings, but will gravitate to best known offering with lowest risk decision.

Negative to neutral when considering technically complex offerings or offerings requiring extensive user education.

Strongly influenced by cost effective offerings and/or 'best price' opportunities

Liberals - regularly looking for new solutions, willing to make change (even major change) if the benefit can be shown.

Will usually consider new products/services even if the related concept has not yet been proven to be effective, but only if the potential benefits can be specified and understood.

Wants offerings that make effective use of technology, but is not interested in offerings just because they use a certain technology.

Will always want to review competitive offerings, but will usually choose the one offering the greatest benefit, even if there is some risk involved.

Neutral to positive when considering technically complex offerings or offerings requiring extensive user education.

Usually concerned with keeping employees informed and educated, so will often consider educational offerings.

Strongly influenced by offerings that most closely deliver the 'end results' desired, even if they are not the most cost effective.

Often are on social trend bandwagons so react positively to offerings that address these needs.

Technical Liberals - enamored with the benefits provided by high tech solutions and any purchase decision will be biased by the technical content of the offering.

Usually consider new products/services even if the related concept has not yet been proven to be effective.

Often consider just because they use a certain technology.

Will always want to review competitive offerings, but will usually choose the one offering the most hi-tech features, even if there is some risk involved.

Consider themselves technically competent and will expect leading edge use of technology.

Positive to fanatic when considering technically complex offerings even when requiring extensive user education.

Conversion costs usually not a major concern if technical benefits are there.

Not particularly concerned with keeping employees informed and educated, so educational offerings are not of great interest.

Strongly influenced by offerings that most closely deliver the 'end results' desired, even if they are not the most cost effective.

Self Helpers - consistently defines/designs solutions to their problems, likes to acquire tools that help in the innovation process.

Will usually consider new products/services, but the related concept must have been proven to be effective.

Often consider just because they use a certain technology that is relevant to the development program they have underway.

Will always want to review competitive offerings, but will usually choose the one offering the most effective 'do it yourself' features.

Usually consider themselves technically competent and will expect very effective use of proven technology.

Not especially inclined toward technically complex offerings, would rather have user friendly, but thought provoking, offerings.

Conversion costs usually not a major concern if offering promises potential for innovation.

Usually concerned with keeping employees informed and educated, so educational offerings are of interest.

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Targeting is the second stage of the SEGMENT "Target" POSITION (STP) process. After the market has been separated into its segments, the marketer will select a segment or series of segments and 'target' it/them. Resources and effort will be targeted at the

The first is the single segment with a single product. In other word, the marketer targets a single product offering at a single segment in a market with many segments. For example, British Airway's Concorde is a high value product aimed specifically at business people and tourists willing to pay more for speed.

Secondly the marketer could ignore the differences in the segments, and choose to aim a single product at all segments i.e. the whole market. This is typical in 'mass marketing' or where differentiation is less important than cost. An example of this is the approach taken by budget airlines such as Go/

Finally there is a multi-segment approach. Here a marketer will target a variety of different segments with a series of differentiated products. This is typical in the motor industry. Here there are a variety of products such as diesel, four-wheel-drive, sports saloons, and so on.

Now have a look at the final stage, positioning.

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hereby attached a PDF which i get in the net, which will give more information on ur project. If u have any doubt, reply me.


Better take a product and go to the webiste of the company and search relvantly.



From India, Madras
Dear Anita, Greetings! I am attaching the PDF file in this message Rgds, John N
From India, Madras

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