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Using research to identify the ideal customer for a subscription based business


Is your current customer base the audience with the greatest revenue potential, or the one you find easiest to market to?

That's a challenging question.

A company's customers may not always be the ideal ones. In the case of a subscription-based business, loyal customers tend to be more sustainable compared to customers who generate high-ticket but short-term growth.

FFS is a market leader in the subscription razors sector. Initial research found that the client's customer base consists mainly of

Don't assume

Research is about asking the right questions.

So we asked ourselves this: Is the audience described above the optimal one for the client?

Are customers in their 30s attracted to the company because they use these products more than other age groups?

Or are the sales and marketing channels attracting a certain type of customer, irrespective of age?

Research aims and objectives

Attracting certain customers is important, but not all customers have the same long-term value or opportunities for cross-selling.

For instance, numerous companies view young families as a valuable target audience because becoming parents often results in higher consumer spending. You are purchasing for yourself AND your newborn(s).

Focusing the question further

The research aimed to identify which age groups are most likely to purchase beauty products on a subscription basis, and which specific products are preferred by different age groups.



The research suggested the likelihood of purchasing razors via subscription declines with age and younger participants report a greater willingness to spend on subscription beauty products.

As seen in the below graph, the group past their mid-thirties has subscription rates 50% less than younger audiences.

The younger stay longer

Before this research, it was unclear why the client's audience consisted mostly of individuals in their mid-30s.

A quick glance at the above descending bar graphs in red, green and yellow show the current mid-30s customers decreasing their product usage over time.

Ruling other factors out

How can we be sure that the findings were not simply because younger people are more likely to subscribe to healthy beauty products in general (AKA ‘cohort effect’)?

We know this because the subscription rates for other similar products, such as dental care and vitamins, were the same across different age groups – see below.

The learnings

Younger audiences have a greater lifetime value as they tend to use these products for a longer period. This is likely due to specific marketing channels, messaging, and content that resonate more effectively with this demographic. Even though these customers may not have the highest initial sales value.

With the results of a well-designed survey, the company can now allocate marketing budgets towards audiences that will provide a higher return on investment, as they are more likely to use the products for a longer period of time.

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