Designing a robust customer segmentation — Evaluation of Potential Schemes

In my first blog post on the topic of customer segmentation, I shared with readers that segmentation is the process of dividing customers or prospects into groupings based on similar behaviors. The more similar or homogeneous the customer grouping, the less variation across the customer segments are included in each segment’s custom model development. A thoughtful segmentation analysis contains two phases: generation of potential segments, and the evaluation of those segments.

Although several potential segments may be identified, not all segments will necessarily require a separate scorecard. Separate scorecards should be built only if there is real benefit to be gained through the use of multiple scorecards applied to partitioned portions of the population. The meaningful evaluation of the potential segments is therefore an essential step. There are many ways to evaluate the performance of a multiple-scorecard scheme compared with a single-scorecard scheme. Regardless of the method used, separate scorecards are only justified if a segment-based scorecard significantly outperforms a scorecard based on a broader population. To do this, Experian® builds a scorecard for each potential segment and evaluates the performance improvement compared with the broader population scorecard. This step is then repeated for each potential segmentation scheme. Once potential customer segments have been evaluated and the segmentation scheme finalized, the next step is to begin the model development.

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