Segmentation is a very useful market research approach. Traditional segmentation methods have been widely adopted throughout the marketing community. They have been successful in providing a way to organize and learn more about valued consumer segments.
Unfortunately, important changes are happening within these communities that are bubbling up to influence the whole. Given that many communities grounded in culture + identity are growing in both influence and size at the same time that more traditional populations are stalling, approaches that can capture shifting attitudes and/or lifestyles become increasingly important. As this transition occurs, it is clear that in order for marketers to succeed moving forward, the sub-culture of these communities and their impact on other groups must be understood in greater depth than ever before.