To refine consumer segmentation
The pace at which tastes, preferences and patterns of consumption are changing is quite bewildering to everyone, so much so that marketers are having a hard time understanding the underlying dynamics of the ever-evolving consumption landscape. To be fair to them, they have over the years experimented with various innovative approaches, albeit with limited success, to effectively segment consumers and make sense of the multi-headed Indian consumer. However the question remains: Can one, in the land mass that is India, home to countless cultures, subcultures, traditions and tastes, really rely on a single segmentation model or matrix? If not, how does one then effectively segment consumers?
However, before addressing this question, one must first understand the underlying rationale for segmentation. Companies need to understand several features about their consumers. Who are their consumers and where do they reside? What are their tastes and preferences?
How much are they willing to pay? Such questions can be effectively answered only if
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