About MaxDiff Segmentation
Maybe your brand is more popular with soccer moms, so it’d be most valuable to please them. Maybe you’re trying to figure out what millennials want so you can break into that market. Segmentation is a method that helps you narrow down the preferences of different “segments” of the population. Rather than conducting a MaxDiff analysis and making trade-offs based on the needs of your entire respondent pool, segmentation allows you to figure out what different populations want from your products.
Preparing the Survey
Before you can use segmentation, you have to make sure that the survey of your MaxDiff Project is asking the right questions. This means you need to set up certain features before you collect data.
Block 1, with all its demographic questions, is located right above the MaxDiff block, although you can move it as desired.
Once you’re finished adding questions, don’t forget to publish.
Segments can be created from two places:
- On the Overview tab, in the dropdown next to the Preview Analysis button.
- On the MaxDiff Analysis section of the Reports tab, under the Total Population dropdown.
Click Manage Segments to create a new one or edit an old one.
Once the Manage Segments window is open, you will be able to add the conditions under which someone belongs to a segment and name these segments for convenience.
Building a Simple Condition
- Click New Segment on the lower-left if you have created segments in the past.
- Click Insert New Condition.
- Choose the question or survey metadata you’d like to base a condition off of.
- Determine the values from this question that set the conditions.
Example: Let’s say you want to filter by respondents who have been to college, but not finished. In your survey, you asked for the highest degree the respondent achieved. If the question is “What is your highest level of education,” then you’d set the value to “Equal to Some college but no degree.” (See screenshot in Step 3.)
- Click Insert New Condition or the plus sign ( + ) to add another condition.
- Set your new condition.
- Use Any to denote that the respondent can meet either condition to qualify, or All to suggest both conditions must be met.
- Click Generate Report to finish.
Building Advanced Conditions
When building conditions, the “All” and “Any” options allow you to decide how the conditions you’ve created should be combined. You can also nest condition sets to create advanced logic. For more on these functions, see the linked pages below:
Once you’ve created segments, you can apply this in two different places.
On the Reports tab, you can apply segments to your MaxDiff Analysis Results to see how package preferences differ for this population. Click the Total Population dropdown to select another segment.