I’ve written in this Klaviyo Review before about why I think it’s the best email marketing solution for Shopify store owners (and probably for WooCommerce too).
If you’re already using Klaviyo, then this post is for you.
The Fundamentals — Segments vs Lists
Segments are dynamic and the people that fill segments are those that meet the requirements you set. Segments are useful because it can answer questions about who are opening your emails, those that have opened but have not bought anything, those have have purchased at least 3 items for a total value of greater than $500.00, those that are receiving your emails but not doing anything with them.
Lists are static and they can grow when someone signs up or if you add someone manually.
Segments will look at all of the profiles/users including those that have unsubscribed (“suppressed profile”). So even if you send an email to that segment, the unsubscribed won’t get anything.
Why Bother Segmenting?
- More targeted messaging
- If you’ve been doing blasts to your whole list regularly, your deliverability will improve exponentially once you start segmenting (I might do a detailed post on this)
- Better conversions and overall performance
- Greater customer experience
Building A Segment
You can build a segment based on the following properties
- This can be about what they’ve done or not done e.g. placing an order in your Shopify store or starting a checkout
- Based on person’s details like the country they’re in or a custom field like whether the customer came from Facebook or Google
- Whether a person is on a list
- Predictive analytics about your customers — there are few minimum requirements for Klaviyo to be able to make this prediction like having at least 500 customers and at least some of them having ordered 3 or more times
Thinking About Customer Value
When thinking about segmentation, it’s useful to refer to RFM: Recency (when did they order on Shopify?), Frequency (How many times did they buy?), and Monetary (How much did they spend?). The importance is also ranked in this order. Someone that ordered yesterday but spent only $20 versus someone that spent $60 but several years ago; the person that spent $20 is far more likely to purchase again and therefore more likely to be a valuable customer going forward.
You can measure within Klaviyo all of these things as well as purchase, email and website engagement.
The easiest way to start to not feel overwhelmed are the Engaged Subscribers, Unengaged Subscribers, and VIPs.
If you have a very large list, then you should spend time to think about all of the different segmentations that you can do in the customer engagement tiers. For smaller lists, it makes more sense to do some broad sweeps.
Engaged Klaviyo Subscribers
These are the ones that have recently shown interest in your product. They are also the ones that you should talk to regularly whether it’s newsletter campaigns, product launches or promotions generally.
An engaged subscriber can be someone that has clicked or opened emails in the last 60 days and they’ve been on the list for at least 2 months so they had a chance to engage.
You can adjust the settings depending on how your open rates or clickthrough rates are doing.
Unengaged Klaviyo Subscribers
You can suppress or delete them from your Klaviyo account. Suppressed profiles are not included in the Klaviyo Pricing.
You can define this as someone that hasn’t engaged with your last 5, 10 or 15 emails (no opens, no clicks) for example. Another thing you can do is phase them out slowly with the sunset flow.
These are your most loyal customers. I’ve noticed that Klaviyo automatically create a segment called VIP Customers and the definition is customers that have purchased X times or more. Klaviyo will also create a Repeat Buyer and Potential Purchasers segment. You can further define your VIP segment as someone that has purchased at least 3 times the average order value in the last 3 months and they’re in your regular email list — especially if you’re planning to email them regularly. So if customers typically order $100, then you’ll make this $300.
The VIP customers are the ones that you’ll want to reward with a loyalty program, send surprise thank you gifts, offer bonuses, encourage them to tell their friends about you — basically anything to let them know that they’re special.