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    STI Launches Consumer Segmentation System that Tracks Attitudes

    AUSTIN, Texas -- Synergos Technologies, Inc., a provider of consumer data products for retailers, is introducing a new neighborhood segmentation system into the geodemographic marketplace, that segments consumers according to three dimensions: their demographics, their geography, and the lifestyle attitudes that influence their purchases.

    AUSTIN, Texas -- Synergos Technologies, Inc., a provider of consumer data products for retailers, is introducing a new neighborhood segmentation system into the geodemographic marketplace, that segments consumers according to three dimensions: their demographics, their geography, and the lifestyle attitudes that influence their purchases.

    Called STI: Landscape, the system tracks attitudes such as technology adoption, political inclinations, and healthy-living factors. "While consumers' purchasing attitudes have evolved over the past three decades, the segmentation systems have not matured along with them," said Robert Welch, president of Synergos Technologies, in a statement. "Today retailers need a more technologically advanced segmentation system that not only groups consumers by geodemographic factors, but also by lifestyle attitudes.

    "By exploring consumer segmentation from this new perspective, we found that each household has a unique set of attitudes that influence its residents' buying habits -- including everything from their physical activity levels to their political support," added Welch. "For example, one household may be the first to purchase leading-edge technologies, while another household may wait years to adopt the latest technologies."

    Synergos Technologies said it developed its "lifestyles-with-attitude" analytic methodology by augmenting traditional geodemographic segmentation processes with non-demographic consumer lifestyle indices from organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Elections Committee.

    The result is the creation of 10 Lifestyle Indices in two categories: Health and Social.

    STI: Landscape's five Health Indices relate to lifestyle decisions that affect consumers' health. They are:

    -- Size Matters. Measures consumers' height-to-weight ratio, which is considered to be the primary statistic for health.

    -- Eat Your Veggies. Measures the number of servings of fruits and vegetables a person eats each day.

    -- Smoker Signals. Measures the number of smokers in a neighborhood.

    -- Bodies in Motion. Measures people's daily activity levels.

    -- Health Zone. Measures the general health of a population by combining the scores of the four other health indices.

    STI: Landscape's five Social Indices relate to the human condition and consumers' attitudes that form that condition. They are:

    -- Conservatism. Measures people's support of conservative and non-conservative issues in general elections.

    -- Power Brokers. Measures people's financial contributions to political activities and social issues.

    -- Technology Pioneers. Measures individuals who are either at the forefront of innovation or are early-adopters of new technologies.

    -- Gay Chic. Measures the likelihood that people are associated with a homosexual lifestyle.

    -- Urban Views. Measures the density of businesses within "residential" urban areas.

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