Understanding and defining the characteristics of environmentally conscious or concerned consumers has received attention from academic researchers, commercial sector, and policy makers. The purpose of this paper is to identify distinct market segments in three countries (China, Germany, and Turkey) based on several “green” attitude and behavior variables.
A survey was administered in three countries, yielding a total of 1,415 valid survey responses.
Four clusters, ranging from the “greenest” to the “least green” segment, were identified and characterized for each country. Inter- and intra-country similarities and differences are discussed. Existence of cross-national segments was confirmed.
There is a potential gap between actual behavior and reported behavior.
The segment profiles can be valuable to firms, particularly to those competing in multinational markets. By delineating areas of similarity among international diversity, enterprises can develop effective global marketing strategies.
Understanding market segments in this respect is critical for policy makers who try to focus their policies that seek to promote green consumption.
This is the first study that uses cross-national data for segmenting the market based on “green” criteria, to the authors’ knowledge. Methodologically, the paper uses techniques and instruments that have not been used in this context before.
The authors wish to thank anonymous referees and the editor of the journal whose comments greatly helped to improve an earlier version of this paper.
Yilmazsoy, B., Schmidbauer, H. and Rösch, A. (2015), "Green segmentation: a cross-national study", Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Vol. 33 No. 7, pp. 981-1003. https://doi.org/10.1108/MIP-12-2013-0201Download as .RIS
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