The Bane of Segmentation


Segmentation.  It’s a curse of nuisance, a marketing strategy used by big business.  Segmentation sows headaches, nightmares and dis-ease in almost every part of our lives.

Have you tried to buy a self adhesive bandage recently?   Such a purchase used to be simple.  Now its complex due to segmentation. This ad shows eight choices and this is just with one brand.  Then one has to sort out multiple brands (such as Band-Aid, Curity, Nexcare, store brands, etc.) and the segmentation of each.

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Such variety creates a number of problems in itself, plus the corporate world has learned to take advantage of us.  They use a lot of small print in segmentation that creates an even greater plague of confusion.

See three segmentation forces below and why segmentation does not have to be such a tribulation for you.

Howard Moskowitz, a branding consultant who worked for Campbells in the 1970s is often called the father of segmentation due to his research on spaghetti sauce sales.

He found that Americans fell into one of three groups, spaghetti sauce plain, spaghetti sauce spicy spaghetti sauce chunky.  Campbells reformulated their Prego spaghetti sauce brand into three segments, took over the spaghetti sauce market and made $600 million in the next ten years.

Now if you go to a grocery store you might find 30 different varieties of spaghetti sauce within one brand.

This idea of segmentation had spread to many things even before Prego’s segmentation.

Car makers almost always segmented their brands for price levels. Then they started making one car segmented into  different brands.  For example Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, even some Cadillacs became very much the same car.  The only real difference was the cars emblem and marketing aimed at different socioeconomic groups.

We all know how well that worked.

Then there is segmentation within each brand, economy, sedan, crossover, minivan, SUV or a pickup and if its a pick up, 2 wheel drive or 4, 2 doors or 4, and various editions.

Phones, computers and electronics  come in different models — different storage, different features, different prices.

Don’t even get me started on cable TV and telephone plans.

Whatever you look at, computers to washing machines, you get a high burden of choice within each brand.  Want a telephone line… what plan should you choose?  Opening bank account… how many options?

This landslide of options does not bring happiness.  Instead it sows misery, remorse, regret and confusion.

Decision-making is actually hard.  People agonize over decisions.

One reason we hate making decisions is we don’t have time.  Trying to wade through a swamp of fine print to understand each option wastes huge amounts of time and brings minimal benefits.

We also don’t have understanding.  The purveyors of these options use complexity, small print and legal language to confuse.  You never get the full picture, even if you had time to thoroughly read all the details and sort through the meaning in the fine print.

Even if we could absorb it all, we are not humanly able to make intelligent decisions.  We are ruled by a human constraint called “Limited Channel Capacity”, the fact that our brain can only deal with a limited amount of information at any one time.

When we are bombarded with too much data, we become confused, overloaded and freeze up like a deer caught in a spotlight.

Finally, even if we could absorb and process all the current news, the Golden Rule of Investing #1 kicks in every day.  “There is always something we do not know” or rather “There is always something that the  seller does not tell us”.

We need effective, but easy ways to cut through the hardship of segmentation!

Here are a few tricks that can help.

Simplicity trick #1:  Set a strategy using price that suits you.  The trick here is to use one factor that suits you to choose.  Always take the costliest, the least costly, the middle of the road price or whatever works for you.

Simplicity trick #2:  Use just one or two factors.  In the first strategy the simplicity factor is price.  In this second factor you can use anything that makes sense to you, time limits (ie. no contract versus long term guarantee), the easiest, the most popular, the least expensive.  Or use a passion as a factor.  Which helps the environment… humanity…. patriotism… etc, whatever is important to you.   You get to choose which factors suit you but keep it to two or three.  If you go beyond using six or seven factors, Limit Channel Capacity kicks in and you’ll lose your decision making edge.

Limited Channel Capacity is a descriptive term for the human brain’s inability to process too much data at one time.  When too much information sent to the brain reaches a bottleneck, information overload is created. Only part of the data can go for further processing and the process of discrimination is ruined.

Simplicity trick #3:  Never look back.  When you limit factors,  sometimes you’ll get the best deal (for you).  Other times you won’t.  Don’t get emotionally involved in trying to get the very best every time.

Examine the factors that matter to you.  Apply your strategy.  Make the decision and move on.  Your winning and also ran decisions will even out.

Henry David Thoreau, summed up the problem we face with segmentation when he said “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” 

The three simplicity tricks above can help escape the complexity created by segmentation.

Gary

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(1) Read Wall Street Journal article Ways to Inflate Your IQ

(2) See government grant records on teaching blind persons with the Lozanov method

 

 


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