WooCommerce Customer Segmentation: Personalize Your Marketing with These Proven 7 Segments

Editorial Team
September 19, 2022
WooCommerce Customer Segmentation: Personalize Your Marketing with These Proven 7 Segments

Do you know that 80% of customers are more likely to buy when provided with personalized experiences?

This is why WooCommerce customer segmentation is so important when every business is out there vying for the customer’s attention.

As a small eCommerce store owner, you just got to the extra mile like the coffee giant Starbucks, which personalizes the coffee cups and calls out the customer's name instead of their order number.

Creating audience segments helps create powerful email lists and personalize your marketing - which gives you higher ROIs and MORE SALES!

In this post, you’ll learn how to create 7 smart audience sets based on buying behavior and psychographics and then target them with effective broadcast campaigns. 

Ready? Let’s dive in.

What is Customer Segmentation?

Clayton Christensen, a Harvard Business School professor, did a study on new consumer product launches.

He noted that each year 30,000 new consumer products are launched in the market, and most of them FAIL due to ineffective market segmentation.

Customer segmentation is a strategic grouping of your customers based on purchase-influencing factors such as demography, psychography, online behavior, geographic location, and more.

  • Demographic segmentation: Under this segmentation, you group your customers based on factors such as age, sex, marital status, family size, occupation, education level, income, etc.
  • Psychographic segmentation: When you do target audience segmentation based on psychographic factors, you focus more on the personality of the consumer, including their opinions and interests.
  • Behavioral segmentation: This segmentation is based on the user’s needs and actions. You can further segment them based on the occasions they buy, their usage habit, or the benefits they get.
  • Geographic segmentation: One of the classic segments, geographic segmentation, is splitting your audience based on their country/city/region, etc.

    Let’s say you want to send an email to your customers on Thanksgiving, but the Canadians celebrate it on 10th October, and the Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on 24th November.

    This WooCommerce customer segmentation will help you get in touch with the right audience on the right day!

Now that you know how to categorize your audiences, let’s understand the benefits of these audience segmentation strategies.

What are the Benefits of WooCommerce Customer Segmentation?

Audience segmentation gives the best results when you know your target market. Your target market is your core customer base that is most suited to your products and services.

Once you identify your target market, segmenting customers is a great strategy for many types of businesses looking to improve their marketing and sales

In addition to these WooCommerce customer segmentation benefits, there are additional benefits, such as:

  • Personalized Communication: When marketing communication is personalized for customers, the business and customer develop a deeper relationship. This can immensely improve customer loyalty.

    For your brand equity, acknowledge your customers as more than just email subscribers.
  • Upselling/Cross-selling: Knowing your customer's buying behavior or income level can help you identify upsell/cross-sell opportunities.

    Offering special offers to recent customers can also increase sales of related products.
  • Higher CRO and ROI: Blast campaigns lack engagement. This is because these campaigns are not relevant to the customers or not of interest to them.

    A targeted campaign gets a better ROI since the customers have already shown interest in your product. Taking the time to segment your customers will greatly improve your CRO.

    Braze Magazine noted that marketing campaigns with segmented audiences fetched 200% more conversions than the ones with broad audiences.

Creating audience segments is one of the most effective ways to manage customers in WooCommerce, so let’s do that.

7 WooCommerce Customer Segments You Need to Create Today

WooCommerce does not have any native CRM functionality, and thus you need a robust WooCommerce marketing tool like Autonami to handle your CRM needs.

Autonami simplifies categorizing customers into segments and managing them regularly. Our WordPress marketing automation engine comes in two versions - Free (Lite) and the Pro version.

The free version allows you to get a headstart in eCommerce marketing automation efforts, the pro version allows you to build advanced workflows and integrate with other WordPress tools as well.

Autonami is a robust WordPress marketing automation engine that empowers you to dominate your eCommerce marketing game with its groundbreaking features.

This high-octane tool comes with an ever-growing library of pre-built advanced marketing campaigns such as abandoned cart recovery, post-purchase email sequence, winback campaigns, and more.

Import. Customize. Go Live.

With its smart conditions and thoughtful triggers, you can build a variety of workflows for different milestones in a customer's journey.

Check out more amazing features of Autonami.

Creating audience segments requires Autonami Pro, so grab your copy of Autonami Pro now and let’s get started.

Let’s create 7 POWERFUL WooCommerce customer segmentations that will help you personalize your marketing messages and generate higher conversions.

Download and Install Autonami Pro

Once you purchase your pro version, you will find these files in your WooFunnels account dashboard. Download the zip files of the plugins.

Autonami Pro Plugins and Connectors

The next step is to upload the plugins. Click on plugins and select Add New.

Add a new plugin on WordPress

Upload the zip files you downloaded and click on Install.

Upload the Autonami core plugin.

Once it gets installed, activate the plugin from here.

activate the plugin

Well done! You have installed the Autonami core plugin.

Note: Upload, Install, and Activate each plugin one by one in the same way.

To activate the license, go to your WooFunnels account and copy the activation code as shown below.

paste the license code of Autonami

Go to Autonami settings and paste both (Autonami Pro and Connectors plugins) the activation codes here:

Paste the Activation Code and Activate of Autonami

Then, click on Activate.

Once both the plugins are activated, click on the Save Settings button.

Save the settings

That's it! You've successfully activated the license of Autonami. 

We are ready to create our WooCommerce customer segmentations.

1. Gender-based Segments for Special Holidays and Occasions

Splitting your customers based on their gender is one of the oldest audience segmentation strategies in the marketing world.

If a proportion of your customers is female - create an audience segment for them.

For creating these sub-segments, you will need to collect that data first. Autonami integrates with various popular form builders like Elementor Forms, Gravity Forms, WP Forms, and more.

Create custom form fields in your sign-up form to collect the relevant details. You can even email your audience with a link to the form. Autonami can update the custom fields for you, allowing you to store this data against the gender field.

Let’s create our first WooCommerce customer segmentation.

In the Autonami dashboard, head to Contacts and then go to Audiences.

creating new audience segments - female audience segment

Click on Add New Audiences, and assign a name and description to your audience segments.

NOTE: SAME STEP IS FOLLOWED WHEN CREATING SUBSEQUENT AUDIENCE SEGMENTS

adding name and description

Click on Add New Filter to create our Female Audience segment. Now click on Customer Details.

adding contact details filter

Select the criteria based on which you want to segment your audience. We are selecting Gender.

narrowing down by gender

Customize the criteria. Here, we are selecting Female. Once selected, click on Add.

creating the female audience segment

Now, you can see the female audience segment in your Audiences dashboard.

WooCommerce customer segmentation - female audience segment

WooCommerce customer segmentation lets you create an email list filled with relevant contacts. Further, use Autonami to create an advanced email sequence for these segments and see better ROI.

2. Repeat Customers Segment for Consistent Profits and Rewarding Customer Loyalty

Repeat customers are a sure-shot way of earning consistent profits.

Why?

Well, most of the new customers you bring to your store, 8 out 10, will never buy anything. Also, the cost of acquiring a new customer is 5 times more than retaining an existing customer.

Hence, it is essential that you create a WooCommerce customer segment of your repeat customers and give them the special treatment that they deserve.

Under Contacts >> Audiences, click on Add New Audience.

adding repeat customers audience segment

Add a suitable name and description for easy distinction. Once that’s done, click on the “+” icon to add a filter, and then click on WooCommerce.

adding WooCommerce filter to create repeat customers audience segment

Now, click on Total Orders Count.

adding total orders count filter

Select the number of orders that you deem as a criterion to be your repeat customer.

In our case, we are selecting: more than 3 orders. So, any customer who has bought more than thrice from the store will be pushed to our Repeat Customers audience segment.

narrowing down the segment

Once you are all set, click on Add. Now you can see the new WooCommerce customer segmentation in your Audiences list.

WooCommerce customer segmentation - repeat customers

3. High Revenue-Generating Customers to Pitch Premium Products

High-ticket customers are those customers who have higher purchasing power than the rest of your customers. Their purchases make up a large chunk of your business’ revenue.

These are the customers who either frequently buys from you or buy the most premium items you have to sell. Either way, they are high-ticket customers for you.

Due to their higher purchasing power, these customers are more likely to convert from your product pitch emails. Thus, it is essential that you create a separate WooCommerce customer segmentation for these elite customers.

Under Autonami dashboard, click on Contacts >> Audiences >> Add New Audiences.

Name the segment, add a description, then click on WooCommerce.

creating high-ticket customers WooCommerce customer segmentation

Now, select Total Revenue, and set your criterion. Our high-ticket audience segment consists of customers whose total revenue is more than $2000.

editing the audience segment

Now, in your Audiences list, you can see your High-Ticket customer segment.

high-ticket customer segment

4. High Average Order Value (AOV) Customers to Test Your Pricing and Marketing Strategies

The Average Order Value, as the name suggests, is the average of all the order totals of a particular customer.

AOV lets you know which customers really like to buy from you. The higher the AOV, the more they like your products.

Autonami Pro shows you the individual customer’s AOV and a comparative AOV - compared to the entire store’s AOV.

Click on the contact’s name, and you can see their AOV (as shown below). Just beside it, you will see a number in either green or red.

If it’s green, then the AOV of that particular customer is more than the store’s collective AOV. If it is red (like in the image below), the individual AOV is less than the store’s AOV. 

individual AOV vs Store AOV in Autonami

To create this WooCommerce customer segment, click on Apply New Audiences.

Assign a name and description to the segment, and then add a filter. Click on WooCommerce.

adding a new filter

Under the WooCommerce group, select Average Order Value.

Set the criterion for your store, we are creating an audience segment of customers whose AOV is more than $75.

customizing the filter for the audience

Once set, click on Add. You can see the newly built audience segment in your Audiences list.

High AOV Customers Segmentation is ready

5. Upsell with Complementary Products to Customers Who Buy Specific Products

There are always some products in your catalog that are premium products or best sellers.

So, when a customer buys such products, it opens up the opportunity to upsell by recommending complementary or exclusive products.

So, let’s create this WooCommerce audience segment. Click on Add New Audience, add a name and description, and then click on WooCommerce.

creating an audience segment for customers who buy specific products

Under the WooCommerce group, click on Purchased Products.

adding a Purchased Products filter

Now, select the product on which you want to upsell a complementary product. We are selecting a “Complete Skin & Hair Care Pack”.

Adding products to your filter

Once selected, click on Add. Now you can see the new audience segment in your audience list.

WooCommerce customer segmentation based on products is ready

6. Disengaged Audience Segment to Win Back Lost Customers

Continuously sending emails to unengaged audiences can do two things:

  1. Lowers your click-through rate and open rate
  2. Unengaged audiences might mark your emails as spam, and spamming hurt email deliverability, which eventually tarnishes the sender's reputation.

This is why it is crucial that you create a separate segment of your unengaged audience and try to win them back.

Click on Add New Audience, and add a name and description to this WooCommerce customer segmentation.

Once done, click on Engagement.

creating audience segment for disengaged customers

Under the Engagement group, select Unengaged

adding the unengaged filter in Autonami

Once selected, set your criterion. We are going to segment customers who have not engaged with any of our emails/SMSs for the last 45 days.

adding unengaged days

Click on Add. Now you can see this new audience set in your audience list.

unengaged audience segment is ready

7. Greet Your Customers on their National Holidays with Geographical Segmentation

One of the most important audience segments and one of the classics - geographical segmentation.

Autonami lets you segment your audience based on country, state, city, postcode, and more.

Customers from countries such as the US, UK, CA, AU, and some other European countries have higher purchasing power, that’s why if you have a premium product, you can pitch them directly to these geographical audience segments.

There are some festivals/holidays which are celebrated in multiple countries but on different days. Let’s create our geography-based WooCommerce customer segmentation.

Click on Add New Audience, and assign a name and description to this target audience.

Once done, click on Geography.

adding a geography based customer segmentation

Under the Geography group, select Country/Region

adding a country/region/city/state

Select the country for which you want to create the geographical customer segmentation - we are choosing Canada.

adding a country to filter

You can even narrow it down by choosing a State/City in that particular country. Just click on Add New Filter, and go to Geography >> City.

Sorting out by state or city

Select the City you want to target, we are selecting Toronto.

adding the city or state

Click on Save, and then you can see your newly created audience segment in your audience lists.

geographical WooCommerce customer segmentation is ready

How to Use WooCommerce Customer Segmentations in Your Broadcast Campaigns?

Customer segmentation is not just helpful in identifying your target market, but it is also crucial in connecting with the right audience with the right content.

Depending on the characteristics of a particular audience segment, your content voice would differ, and your approach would differ.

So, let’s say you are a clothing business, and you have designed an exclusive collection of clothing around the upcoming 4th of July, the US Independence Day.

Who is most likely to buy these products? Your US Customers, right?

So, let’s design a broadcast campaign where we greet US customers for the US Independence Day and offer them a discount coupon to encourage them to buy the exclusive Independence Day clothing line.

Part 1: Adding a New Broadcast Campaign

In the Autonami dashboard, go to Campaigns and then select Broadcasts.

setting up broadcast campaigns

Click on Add New Broadcast. Add a name to your newsletter campaign.

adding a new broadcast

Here, you can select whether you want to send a standard email or create multiple versions and A/B test them. If you want to go with the Standard type, just click on Next.

Broadcast Campaign Step 1

Part 2: (A) Applying New Audiences You've Created

Now, under Contacts, choose the audience you want to send this broadcast to. Click on Apply Audiences.

Step 2 - Applying Audiences

Search for your WooCommerce customer segmentation - US Customers and click on Apply.

adding audiences

You will see the customers who are in this audience segment. Scroll down and click on Next.

contacts within your audiences

(B) Creating a Broadcast Campaign

In the next step, first set up your basic information - Name, Email, and Reply-to Email.

Then write a persuasive subject line and a curiosity-inciting preview text.

setting up the basic content for emails

Now, you can either create a simple text email (as shown below), or you can use the in-built drag-and-drop visual email builder to create an aesthetic email for your broadcast campaign.

writing the content for email - text emails

Since you are a WooCommerce store owner, we are assuming that you know how to create coupons in WooCommerce.

Click on Visual Builder to open the drag-and-drop interface and create a high-converting, beautiful-looking email. Click on Start.

Creating emails with visual email builders

With the visual email builder, you get content blocks that you can just drag and drop on your canvas and design beautiful emails that connect better with your audience and shoot up your engagement rates.

Adding content blocks and editing the email copy

You can add headings, text, images, videos, logos, buttons, change colors, adjust size, try different fonts, send test emails, A/B test emails, and so much more!

Look, how we have converted the simple text email above into a beautiful and engaging email template with the drag and drop visual email builder.

a sample email template

Now, you are on the last step - reviewing the broadcast campaign and the content.

reviewing the email settings

If you want to make any last-minute changes, now’s the time to do it. If everything seems fine, then go ahead.

You can either right away run the campaign or schedule it for later.

broadcast now or schedule for later

Here’s how you can schedule your newsletter campaigns for later.

scheduling the broadcast email for later

So, Are You Ready to Personalise Your Marketing with WooCommerce Customer Segmentations?

So this post dove deeper into the most important aspect of customer segmentation. We looked at various ways of grouping similar customers and reaching out to them through more targeted campaigns.

Clearly, batch and blast broadcasts are out of season. It's time to get more personalized, people-centered, and profit-focused.

The first step of marketing is understanding who to market to, and hence WooCommerce customer segmentation is so crucial to your business’ sustainability.

Autonami’s smart functionality lets you narrow down your target market and interact with your core customers - the ones that are most suited to your product or service.

We can't wait to see what you build with the power that Autonami has put at your disposal.

So, hop on the bandwagon and revolutionize your WooCommcer marketing with Autonami today!

Author: Editorial Team
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