Email Segmentation: 15 Segments to Break Your List Into

Email marketing is one of the most effective marketing strategies to build a solid business. Email marketing segmentation represents the grouping of email subscribers into subgroups divided by various criteria, such as preferences, interests, location, activity, and more. Email segmentation can dramatically improve the conversion rate from email marketing activities.

A quick intro to email segmentation

Email list segmentation is the process of dividing your subscribers into smaller groups for better-personalized emails. Rather than sending the same email to all your subscribers, segmentation will foster better engagement and hence better click rates. In all, segmentation will help improve the effectiveness of your campaign.

Upon segmentation of subscribers, your automation will work better, as you have different autoresponders for different segments of your audience. 

Segmenting your email list starts when the users submit their data. You need to know why and how they got on your list, their names, location, and lead magnets that attracted them to your list. This will enable you to personalize emails to them that will trigger their interest.

15 Segments to Break Your List Into

New subscribers

Send new subscribers a series of welcome emails during, and after sign-up.


Subscribers who want to hear about blog posts vs. those who only want sale notifications.


The purchase history of subscribers is an indication of interest. Send customers recommendation emails about related products.


When you have events happening in a location, you should notify your subscribers who live in that area about the event, they may not be able to attend, but it helps you build goodwill. Also, if you have a physical store as well as an online store, you can inform customers about their closest walk-in store for promotions that are in-store only.

Open rate

Reward subscribers that engage your emails with special offers to maintain their loyalty.


Let inactive members know what they have missed since their last activity; using analytics on how more people are benefitting from your offers may just remind them of how much they are missing out on, and they get active again.

Lead magnet

Send content to your subscribers on their lead magnet preference. Different people have their choices for consuming information. Some subscribers may put in for more than one lead magnet, so it is important to include them in separate lead magnet lists so that they can get information for all new information.

Shopping Cart Abandonment

This is quite common for E-commerce businesses as some customers will fill up carts without checking out due to many reasons best known to them. It is important to remind them to complete their purchase and to offer a freebie if necessary. E.g., “complete your purchase and get a 15% discount off your next purchase”.

Abandoned Form

Some visitors will appear on your website but will not complete their registration. It is important to make their email address the first detail you will ask for so that if they don’t even complete the sign-up, you can always reach out to them some other time. You can also use WordPress’ WPForms Form Abandonment Add-on to save emails even if they don’t submit.

Customers Who Didn’t Buy

You might have launched a product with limited quantity, and your visitor missed out on the opportunity to buy. You can try to compensate them by offering really valuable offers to them that salvages your relationship with them. 

Segment by Purchase

Treat customers who purchase large amounts by offering them appreciation coupons or free gifts that will make them attached to your brand. Also, customers who have returned to make more orders – say 3 times, have shown some sort of loyalty and you should reward them by giving them cheaper offers on their next few purchases. You should also take note of certain purchases that are seasonal. If a customer purchases a weatherproof jacket for the snowy period, you should be able to suggest lighter cotton clothes in your promotional emails during the start of the summer season.

Change in Purchase Pattern

If you have a virtual product or service where you need the customer to regularly subscribe, if they stop suddenly, you should check in with mails to ensure you aren’t doing anything wrong. Always ensure to conduct a survey on why the user canceled as it will help build user experience for other subscribers.

Segment by Reviews

Testimonies of your customers can never be overestimated, as they propel other skeptical users to make their purchases. Sometimes customers are too lazy and selfish to drop a review, but constant friendly reminders with targeted emails can do the trick and boost your brand reputation.

Segment By Website Activity

You can monitor your visitor’s activity on your website to know what exactly what they are looking for, using tools to extract their browsing data and sorting similar users together to create personalized offers and products for them just as if they are inside of you.

Segment by Gender

If your business sells separate items for men and women, most notably fashion, you should segment your subscribers by gender to exclusively give them relevant updates. You definitely do not want to update women about men’s clothing and vice versa.

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