- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 25 Jan 2018
Market segmentation in the construction industry
It is very important for firms to split their clients (or customers) into different segments, grouping together those clients with similar characteristics which have similar needs. This is not simply about size or sectors but more about what services are bought, by whom, and why. The aim is to identify true clients’ needs, which can be combined together to identify the best segments on which to focus marketing efforts.
This process is called ‘segmentation’ and will identify the most attractive and profitable segments and also those with the highest potential for growth.
Operating a market segmentation strategy can offer considerable competitive advantage. Segmentation centres around identifying the best way to distinguish the main sectors an organisation works in within the total construction market. The skill is in choosing appropriate segmentation criteria given the wide range of possibilities.
The criteria must refer to difference in demand by each customer group. For example the needs and requirements of development directors of retailers are different to development directors specialising in commercial office buildings. The features of an organisations range of services benefit different clients in different ways and so organisations must distil the benefits they experience and promote tailored messages to each segment group.
Major segmentation criteria in the construction industry would be:
Each of the above industry classifications must also be segmented into further categories such as; commercial retail, commercial office or public health, education and private health and private education, etc. The same applies for geographical segmentation such as Midlands into East and West Midlands.
Whilst organisations must clearly segment accordingly to their own customer grouping it is advisable to organise them in such a way that it is possible to layer over data and research findings from industry research bodies to ensure consistency and compatibility. If organisations fail to ensure their segmentation forecasting is based on quantitative research, it will not usually be easy to measure potential segment size, or more importantly, progress. It is therefore critical to recognise that the full implementation of a segmented strategy demands an adequate flow of data for both planning and control purposes.
Without the use of segmentation organisations pursue a homogenous strategy, which may lead to a product or service trying to be all the things to all people. This may work reasonably well when an organisation is dominant, or in a monopoly situation, but it leaves their product or service vulnerable to attack by competitors who target smaller sectors of the market. In time this could mean the 'homogenous' product or service appeals less and less to the total market whose needs are being satisfied elsewhere, and leaves them with fewer potential customers.
This article was created by --Philip Collard 14:48, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
HAB is a bridge design concept which incorporates an integrated hydraulic system in order to carry more weight.
ICE publish a discussion paper looking at the role of the engineer in creating inclusive cities.
A PQP describes the activities, standards, tools and processes necessary to achieve quality in a project's delivery.
How Lidl has been actively working to reinforce their brand through sustainability.
Association of British Insurers describe full-scale cladding tests as 'utterly inadequate'.
This article examines the changing policy commitments and evolving definitions of the zero carbon home.
Researchers believe they may have created a 'game-changing' new form of concrete using graphene.
Grouting refers to the injection of materials into a soil or rock formation to change its physical characteristics.
Part of Designing Buildings Wiki, BREEAM Wiki will advance knowledge sharing for the BRE family of sustainability tools.
From the decorative to the utilitarian, and from the photographed to the forgotten.
New BRE book considers the progression from project-based knowledge creation to whole-life urban knowledge management.
This CIOB article explores the concept of value in building design and construction.