When the term “market segmentation” is used, most of us immediately think of psychographics, lifestyles, values, behaviors, and multivariate cluster analysis routines. Market segmentation is a much broader concept, however, and pervades the practice of business throughout the world. What is market segmentation? At its most basic level, the term “market segmentation” refers to subdividing a market along some commonality, similarity, or kinship. That is, the members of a market segment share something in common. The purpose of segmentation is the concentration of marketing energy and force on the subdivision (or the market segment) to gain a competitive advantage within the segment. It’s analogous to the military principle of “concentration of force” to overwhelm an enemy. Concentration of marketing energy (or force) is the essence of all marketing strategy, and market segmentation is the conceptual tool to help achieve this focus. The purpose of market segmentation is to identify the taxonomy of consumption patterns by dividing a market into several homogenous submarkets. Marketers can formulate product strategy, product position, tailored specifically to the demands of these homogenous sub markets. Homogenous sub-markets are defined by the predetermined segmentation variables. Traditional demographic Variables, such as age, gender, income and education, can be used to explain the characteristics of the sub-markets and clasify the key factor of a market segment. Traditional demographic variables, however, cannot identify the compelete characteristics of the sub markets because consumers in the same demographic group have very different psychographic makeup. Based on the differentiation of consumer’s brand preference, this study divides consumers into homogenous groups using psychographic variables through the classification in VALS(value and life styles) and LOV(list of values) systems and demographic variables and then compare the relative usefulness these two different segmentation variables to marketers.

Brand Preference and segmentation
Markets may be effectively segmented through statistical analysis of brand preference and selection. Single brand preference can be regarded as a measure of loyality, which also provides valuable information for customer management and market segmentation. Several researchers,

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