Benefiting from what you already know about your customers

New information about your customers from surveys and focus groups is always exciting – and can often reveal needs or attitudes perhaps not fully expected.

A second source of exciting information about your customers is your own customer database. Analysis and reanalysis of that can often reveal additional opportunities.

We can’t tell you about other clients’ database analyses, but can tell you about our own reanalysis of Melbourne University’s Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey.

That database first showed that happiness, analysed by age, is U shaped. That is, people are happier when young, less so when middle-aged, and happier again when older. The first-run analysis stopped there.

Our reanalysis of this database found marked differences by commonly recorded database details.

These differences included varying satisfaction according to home type, home location and neighbourhood; age, gender; and the often-collected details of personal finances and personal health.

As examples, people living in separate houses were markedly more satisfied than those living in flats. The neighbourhood influenced satisfaction and perceptions of personal safety; and home type and health were linked.

This reanalysis of an existing database identified immediate opportunities for particular types of loan, for home security products, for specific types of insurance, for particular foods and beverages, for health services, and for modifications to existing products or services.

Surveys or focus groups that may be needed after can be more specifically directed because of the database analysis, which is a powerful step in identifying more customer opportunity.

The business opportunities are clear and database analysis can be rewarding for our clients just as other techniques can be.  As always, it is a matter of looking at the information need and using the more appropriate and the more cost-effective tool, as this double step ensures our clients benefit most from their investment in the marketing research process.


Philip DERHAM, DIRECTOR, Derham Marketing Research Pty. Ltd.

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1 Comment on Benefiting from what you already know about your customers

  1. Nice article Phil. Highlights the value of re-visiting data to provide additional insights which can also be helpful and influential for decision making and future research endeavours. A useful reminder for us as researchers!

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