Subway Sandwiches: Identifying Segmentation Criteria That Affects Target Market Selection

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Marketing Plan Phase II: Identifying Segmentation Criteria That Affect Target Market Selection Introduction For Subway Sandwiches, the global leader in franchised subway sandwich shops, the segmentation criterion that affects target market selection varies significantly within each community, city and metropolitan area chosen for expansion. At their most fundamental level, segmentation strategies at Subway are based on a broad base of assumptions with regard to socio-economic and demographic factors including age, income, mix of genders in a given region, ethnic composition of a community, vehicle ownership versus mass transit use, and media habit including social media use. All of these factors are included in the foundational elements of the Subway Sandwich market planning, marketing strategy and store planning. Additional factors that segmentation strategies are often based on are discussed in this analysis. How Segmentation Criteria Affect Target Market Selection Relying purely on socio-economic and demographic data only provides a partial glimpse into the needs, preferences and wants of a given target market. Psychographic-based segmentation research is often used for determining how potential customers' self-assignment to groups, unique interests and preferences for retail products and services influence and often predict their purchasing behavior and long-term loyalty (Bearden, Teel, Durand, 1978). Psychographics is the study of how customers assign

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