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Customer Segmentation Toolkit

Financial service providers have traditionally categorized low-income customers into a single market segment. But many organizations are beginning to see expanded business potential as they learn that low-income markets are far from just a single segment. People’s worries, wants, needs, and behaviors are nuanced, and customer segmentation is the method that explores and identifies opportunities in these differences.

The CGAP Customer Segmentation Toolkit has been developed to help financial service providers identify subsets of customers that have common needs, interests, and priorities – then design and implement strategies targeted toward them.

The toolkit provides practical guidance on how to use segmentation to better serve customer needs and improve overall customer experience. It helps practitioners scope a segmentation, determine roles and functions required, work with timelines, and plan and implement budgets.

The toolkit offers learning opportunities through four main areas:

  • Case Studies: Evidence of the value of segmentation from organizations that have invested in this approach.
  • Experiments: Practical exercises to help financial service providers get closer to customers and add segmentation as a core competency.
  • References: Curated research and reference materials to build internal knowledge and help increase the impact of customer segmentation within an organization.
  • Tools: Robust project planning tools, key frameworks, and design method to help organizations integrate and manage customer segmentation initiatives.
CGAP is a global partnership of more than 30 leading development organizations that works to advance the lives of poor people through financial inclusion. Using action-oriented research, we test, learn and share knowledge intended to help build inclusive and responsible financial systems that move people out of poverty, protect their economic gains and advance broader development goals. We research and experiment to achieve proof of concept and extract lessons that can be built to scale by our partners, who apply our insights in the marketplace.

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