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When trying to establish who your target audience is and how to sell to them, use demographics to help you determine the age, gender, location, race, occupation, educational level, and much more about your potential customer. 

A target market refers to a specific group of people that a business aims to reach with its products or services. To identify the target market, a business must consider the demographic, geographic, and psychographic characteristics of its potential customers. Once the target market is identified, a business can tailor its marketing efforts to appeal to that group using specific language, channels, and visual elements. 

Targeting a specific group of people can save time and money for the business while providing more effective marketing and a higher return on investment. Furthermore, understanding the needs and preferences of the target market can lead to increased customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Businesses can use demographic information to develop marketing strategies that cater to different consumer groups. Creating tailored marketing efforts for each individual market is an effective method to entice and retain customers.

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What are Demographics

Demographics help you create marketing plans and/or campaigns that are targeted toward your target market’s ideal customers. Demographic research is used to assist in defining who your ideal client is, if you’re seeking to contact people of a particular city, age group, or gender.

Some demographics organizations use when marketing and communicating with their ideal customers include:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Location 
  • Occupation
  • Income
  • Education
  • Family Lifestyle
  • Marital Status
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Target Demographics vs. Target Market

You cannot create a target market without understanding the traits of your target demographic. The target demographic reflects particular characteristics. Based on the characteristics of the desired audience, your target markets are more precise. 

An example of target demographics might be a 25-year-old married male with an annual income of $82,000. 

Target markets, on the other hand, serve as a representation of the client. Your ability to define and establish target markets is aided by demography. A target market example based on the previous target demographic illustration might be: married men between the ages of 21 and 30, who earn between $70,000 and $90,000 per year.

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The Importance of Demographics

The use of demographics is crucial in targeting a specific audience for businesses. Using target demographics, businesses can save on advertising expenses by concentrating on a more specific audience instead of broadcasting messages to a larger population that may not be interested in their products or services. Demographic data can also help identify where the target market spends their time, allowing businesses to advertise in specific channels or platforms that appeal to their audience. 

For example, targeting an older audience may require advertising in newspapers or on Facebook and LinkedIn, while targeting millennials or younger audiences may require using Instagram or TikTok.

Demographic Example

Imagine you are a brand-new entrepreneur who runs a yoga studio and retail store in Philadelphia. Your target market’s demographics would be tailored to people who are interested in yoga, yoga equipment, and workout apparel. These characteristics might resemble:

  • Age: 18+
  • Gender: Women
  • Race: All
  • Location: Philadelphia area

Your target audience’s demographics will vary depending on who you are trying to attract.

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