A) Unicist Segmentation


The Universal Segmentation of Human Behavior

The unicist approach to human behavior and communication is based on the fact that human actions are driven by the concepts they have. Therefore, any time an influential communication is posed, the “Conceptual Short-Term Memory” (CSTM) becomes activated to apprehend the “gist” of the message.

This apprehension is based on an instantaneous projection of the pre-concept individuals have in their long-term memory (LTM). Thus, individuals begin to access the message that is finally transformed into functional knowledge if the “gist” can be structured.

The knowledge of the fact that concepts work as behavioral objects, allowed defining a universal segmentation model of human behavior. The Unicist Semiotic Research Methodology was developed to define the perception of communications in order to be able to segment accurately.

Behind any communication there is a “Hard” need that establishes the wide context, a Life-style that establishes the restricted context and a Behavioral Segmentation that is integrated by a conceptual, a functional and a psychological segmentation to define the target of a communication.

Learn more: https://www.unicist.net/marketing/unicist-segmentation

Diana Belohlavek

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The Power of LinkedIn for B2B Marketing (Part 2)

The functionality of LinkedIn as a B2B marketing vehicle depends on the capacity the participants have to build an interest group. It can be very helpful for those who decide to use this vehicle to learn from the origins of the Rotary Club.

The Unicist Ontology of Interest Group Building If you haven’t read Part I of this report we, recommend accessing it at:
http://unicist.net/marketing/the-power-of-linkedin-for-b2b-expansion-part-1/

An interest group looks for building social influence for the use of the participants in order to build a strong “social capital”.

To do so, it is necessary to foster participation to provide a more influential place that allows sustaining this social capital. But these actions can only be functional if the authority conflicts among the members of the group are avoided.

Closed groups are weaker than open groups to be used as marketing vehicles. Closed groups establish an explicit influence among their members, which generates “antibodies” to marketing activities. The power of LinkedIn is given by the possibility of building open groups based on personal and institutional influence.

LinkedIn as an “institutionalized” vehicle establishes an implicit segmentation of its members. We have identified these segments, which are:

  1. The action driven segment
  2. The recognition driven segment
  3. The trust driven segment
  4. The optimism driven segment
  5. The subjectivist segment

The Unicist Ontology of LinkedIn for B2B MarketingA short description will help to give a guiding idea of these segments.

1) The action driven segment

This is the segment of those who participate in LinkedIn to generate added value in the environment. These are innovation driven people whose goal is to generate value without expecting a counterpart. They are not focused on being recognized by others. They are more interested in the deeds than in the opinion on the deeds. They use LinkedIn with a conceptual approach.

2) The recognition driven segment

This segment uses LinkedIn to influence the environment and to be recognized by others for having added value. They are individuals who look for security and also for “likes” of their work. They are diplomatic in the management of criticism of other members and always find a bridge to avoid conflicts. They use LinkedIn with a systemic approach.

3) The trust driven segment

This segment assumes an authoritative role in LinkedIn, which makes them worth of trust. As a result, the relationships they establish are based on mutual trust. They seek for discussing ideas to expand their own activities and the activities of other members. They follow strictly the rules of the environment and look for “likes” of their ideas. They use LinkedIn with an analytical approach.

4) The optimism driven segment

This segment believes in LinkedIn as a media that opens the world for them and for the community. LinkedIn is a vehicle of opportunities for them. They are permanently looking for news that opens new pathways for their activities. They believe in the information posted on LinkedIn. They use LinkedIn with an operational approach.

5) The subjectivist segment

This is the segment of the individualists that use LinkedIn to sell themselves. Individuals in this segment are over-adapted, which drives their dominant or oppositional roles, participating in order to demonstrate that they are right. They look for benefits from others and evaluate opinions with two different criteria: the opinion of others based on facts, and their own opinion based on intentions.

The Art of Marketing – The Unicist Object Driven Approach

The description of the nature of marketing allows organizing commercial processes including the roles that are necessary to achieve its purpose. The objective of this introduction is to establish the basics that need to be integrated in order to ensure the growth of businesses.

The Unicist Ontology of MarketingMarketing takes place in the mind of the potential buyer. Therefore, it is necessary to know how the buying process works before a marketing strategy can be defined.

The purpose of marketing is to provoke buying decisions. This implies that marketing, working as a complex adaptive system, can only be measured by results. What needs to be defined is what the market needs to buy. It might be a product or a service but it can also be the buying of an idea, a brand, an image or a person.

The first step to be achieved in marketing is the positioning of the value proposition as a first choice. Individuals always choose first choices when they buy. This is applicable to products, services or whatever is being sold. When the election of the first choice cannot be achieved by the buyer, individuals discard the inaccessible alternative and choose the next first choice they can buy within the rest of the alternatives.

This happens only if a critical mass of a proposal has been achieved. Without having the necessary critical mass there is no possibility that the proposal be considered as an alternative. Critical mass in business implies that a value proposition has the necessary aesthetics, influence and credibility in order to be bought.

Marketing actions save energy by catalyzing buying processes. This acceleration is possible when the value proposition satisfies needs, there is a strong influence in the market and the marketing actions have the necessary timing to follow the buying processes of the prospective customers.

The Art of MarketingMarketing results are achieved when these aspects – positioning as first choice, catalyzing buying processes and provoking buying decisions – are given. To make this happen marketing needs to integrate the scientific knowledge provided by behavioral sciences and the technological aspects provided by communication techniques.

Marketing needs to use the knowledge of the mind set of potential buyers in order to segment them according to the different approaches they have. This requires understanding the functional, psychological, conceptual and lifestyle segmentations in order to manage the segments as autonomous universes transforming them into manageable profiles.

The understanding of the communication techniques is basic to allow building the necessary commercial, semantic and semiotic objects to influence buying decisions. The quality of these objects is the core of a marketing process.

These objects need to be segmented unless the value proposition is focused on a unique segment. It has to be considered that a segment is not a part of a market but the market is the sum of segments. This implies treating each segment autonomously in order to have the necessary critical mass to provoke buying decisions.

About Ambiguous, Figurative and Subliminal Communication

The communication techniques are the core of a marketing strategy. It has to be considered that it is necessary to integrate ambiguous communication, figurative communication and subliminal communication to make buying processes happen. This is an art that needs to be managed.

TThe Art of Communication Ambiguous communication is what allows customers to participate in the decision process. It is a communication that opens alternative options and fosters the freewill of the customer. This type of communication is evident in successful advertising.

On the other hand, the use of figurative communication is needed to achieve true consensus on what is being proposed. It allows achieving the first choice position. The use of figurative communication allows buyers to “buy the concept” of what is being proposed, which makes them rely on the value proposition.

Lastly, subliminal communication is needed to catalyze the buying process. Explicit catalysts are unbearable for the customers. To develop subliminal communication there are several conditions that must be given:

  1. The positioning of the value proposition has to be true.
  2. The entity that proposes this value proposition has to have an authoritative role.
  3. This type of communication has to foster the use of the potential buyer’s freewill.

Conclusion

The art of marketing is what sustains the unicist object driven marketing and makes it fully reliable.

This art requires integrating behavioral sciences with communication technologies, which means that those that manage this process need to become aware of behavioral sciences driven segmentation and the use of ambiguous and figurative languages in order to design messages that need to include the necessary subliminal stimuli to build marketing catalysts.

The use of LinkedIn as a B2B vehicle requires knowing the customer profiles and which segments of LinkedIn participants allow establishing a value adding relationship. Using LinkedIn as a B2B vehicle requires using an institutionalized stable approach. The core of the success is the adequate integration of ambiguous, figurative and subliminal messages. The segment of subjectivists is dysfunctional for establishing any type of stable relationship.

Peter Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.net/marketing/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/turi-1.pdf

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Discovery of the Unicist Psychological Market Segmentation

The Unicist Psychological Market Segmentation was discovered at The Unicist Research Insititute. It has been applied for more than 25 years until it could be integrated in the Conceptual Psychology as a behavioral object.

Psychological SegmentationIt is the segmentation that defines the type of relation an individual has with a product/service. An individual adapts to reality within limits. Psychology established the limits of an individual’s context. You can access a synthetic document on Unicist Market Segmentation at:
http://www.unicist.org/repo/#Marketing

Psychology defines the personal myths of individuals. Fallacious myths produce stereotypical behaviors. True myths describe human typologies.

Psychological segmentation shows four segments in the relation of the individual with the product or service:

  • Emotive
  • Affective
  • Protective
  • Authoritative

Emotive

This typology establishes emotional relations with products and services. These relations are naturally unstable. When “emotive” individuals are in the expansive cycle they establish pleasure-driven relations. When they are in the contractive cycle they establish a “child-child” relation with products.

Affective

The affective typology seeks stable caring relations with products and services. There is an implicit fear of abandonment. They cannot let go. When they are in the expansive cycle they establish interdependent relations. When they are in the contractive cycle they establish a “child-parent” relation with products.

Protective

“Protective” individuals protect the goods they buy. They care about them. When they are in the expansive cycle they establish dominant relations. When they are in the contractive cycle they establish a protective “mother-child” relation with the product. They need to possess products so they feel they are in charge of them.

Authoritative

They use products and services functionally and carefully. They respect the identity of objects. When they are in the expansive cycle they establish functional relations. When they are in the contractive cycle they establish a “father-child” relation with products. They change the products/services when they do not fulfill the implicit promises.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.net/marketing/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/turi.pdf

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Discovery of the Ontogenetic Structure of Psychological Segmentation (*)

The Unicist Psychological Segmentation is based on Conceptual Psychology. It is the segmentation that defines the type of relation an individual has with a product/service. An individual adapts to reality within limits. Conceptual psychology established the limits of an individual’s context.

Psychological SegmentationPsychology defines the personal myths of individuals. Fallacious myths produce stereotypical behaviors. True myths describe human typologies.

The unicist ontology of the psychological segmentation can be defined as:

Psychological segmentation shows four segments in the relation of the individual with the product or service:

  • Emotive
  • Affective
  • Protective
  • Authoritative

Emotive

This typology establishes emotional relations with products and services. These relations are naturally unstable. When “emotive” individuals are in the expansive cycle they establish pleasure-driven relations. When they are in the contractive cycle they establish a “child-child” relation with products.

Affective

The affective typology seeks stable caring relations with products and services. There is an implicit fear of abandonment. They cannot let go. When they are in the expansive cycle they establish interdependent relations. When they are in the contractive cycle they establish a “child-parent” relation with products.

Protective

“Protective” individuals protect the goods they buy. They care about them. When they are in the expansive cycle they establish dominant relations. When they are in the contractive cycle they establish a protective “mother-child” relation with the product. They need to possess products so they feel they are in charge of them.

Authoritative

They use products and services functionally and carefully. They respect the identity of objects. When they are in the expansive cycle they establish functional relations. When they are in the contractive cycle they establish a “father-child” relation with products. They change the products/services when they do not fulfill the implicit promises.

(*) This development is one of the “100 major unicist discoveries that are changing the world”
http://www.unicist.org/repo/index.php#Unicist

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Segmentation is the core of successful marketing actions

Unicist Object Driven Marketing is based on a segmentation that allows, on the one hand, an accurate definition of the “what”, “what for”, “why” and “how” a segment buys, and on the other hand, the transformation of this abstract knowledge into objects to influence the clients and expand the markets.

Unicist Market SegmentationSegments necessarily preexist to segmentation. They cannot be invented, they have to be discovered. The unicist approach to segmentation includes all the levels of processes that happen in the consumer’s mind when making a purchasing decision.

Unicist Object Driven Marketing is the most effective way for marketing because it follows the nature of the consumer’s mind and uses the most powerful technological tools to communicate.

When dealing with human behavior, fundamentals lay the grounding of human attitudes but the environmental and materialistic needs define the drivers of what people desire, want, need and buy.

Unicist ontology considers that the ontology of a functional reality is unique and cross-cultural but its operation varies according to the culture.

That is the reason why “Design globally, operate locally” gains a strong meaning. In this sense, the cross-cultural concepts are called invariables, while the operational shape such invariables take, varies from culture to culture.

Unicist Market Mix is an approach to influence the markets, its segments and individuals in the most profitable way: approaching their nature.

Understanding cultures, segments and products makes the unicist marketing mix approach possible. The unicist marketing mix establishes the successive and simultaneous actions to influence the consumer’s or user’s purchasing decision.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. http://www.unicist.org

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Sell more, using the unicist universal market segmentation

The universal market segmentation describes the basic attitudes that drive individuals when they are buying. If you are able to approach each individual based on her/his basic attitude all what you are proposing will become credible.

Universal Market SegmentationThe attitude of individuals defines the first reaction of a person when a proposal is made. These segments are valid for any process where an individual is buying a product, service or idea.

This defines cross-cultural segments which behave within the structure of the myths, taboos and utopias of each culture. That is why it is necessary to design globally but operate locally.

Such cross-cultural segments are:

Independent

The independent seeks concrete personal benefits or utopias. He exercises pressure to accommodate realities to obtain benefits. When independent individuals are expansive, they seek benefits; when they try to avoid contraction, they foster utopias.

Conservative

Conservative individuals try to adapt to their external reality by choosing one of the two ways they consider feasible:

  1. Following the rules of a culture (when they are expanding)
  2. Approaching reality rationally (when they try to avoid contraction)

Dominant

Dominant individuals establish the rules of the environment. They build the necessary micro-cultures to be in a leading position. They are representatives of the culture (when they are expanding), or foster the evolution of their environment (when they try to avoid contraction).

Influential

Influent individuals base their influence on their innovation capacity. Their creativity and idealism drives them towards two different ways to exert influence:

  1. Propose innovations based on ideas (when they are expanding)
  2. Propose innovations based on creations (when they try to avoid contraction)

Conclusion

Take your time to grasp this segmentation because it is extremely functional. You have to consider that we all belong to one of these segments and are believable when talking with equals. Therefore it is necessary to be aware of the segments we belong to in order to avoid projecting ones attitudes on others.

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Market Lab: Developing a Referral based Distribution (URD)

A Unicist Business Residency is taking place to develop a referral based distribution for a partner of the Unicist Healthcare Confederation (USA).

The objective is to empower the differentiation and expertise of the Company in order to build a Network of associates covering the US healthcare market.

It is focused on the delivery of solutions for the organization and integration of physician groups.

The Unicist Business Residency is the approach that has been chosen to install the Unicist Referral Distribution (URD) model. It is expected that this technology will drive the company to become a national provider in its segment.

The approach uses Commercial Business Objects to sustain the operation of the nationwide distribution. January 3, 2013 is the first day of the new organization.

Access a synthesis on the “Discovery of the Unicist Ontology of Institutional Selling” that is available at the Scientific Dissemination Program. You will find there other syntheses that might be of your interest: https://www.unicist.net/marketing/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/ontology_institutional_selling.pdf

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Object Driven Marketing of ethical products and services

Ethical products are those where duty prevails in the buyer’s decision.

“Ethical products are not sold but bought.” That is why, when dealing with ethical products or services, only the first step of the selling process is considered legitimate.

Therefore it is necessary to have influential products with a powerful brand. It is the only way to influence the potential client to decide to buy the product or service without active selling.

When a selling process of ethical products or services is being designed, the definition of an active selling process produces paradoxical effects. Active selling is perceived as an unethical influence.

To build a positioning strategy for ethical products it is necessary to be aware of the brand attributes and the myths of a segment. It is important to understand that all those actions that collide with the myths of a culture hinder the buying process.

As there is no influence beyond the stage of interest, and considering the limits of the ethical products selling process, any conflict with the myth of a culture hinders the buyer’s decision.

We invite you to be our guest at the Unicist Library to learn about “Hyperrealism in Business”: http://www.unicist.com

Diana Belohlavek
VP Global Markets
& Market Labs

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The Unicist Standard in Market Segmentation

The Unicist Market Segmentation presented by Peter Belohlavek implies recognizing and defining the different aspects that are included in the buying arguments and in the marketing and selling actions.

This segmentation deals with the functional, psychological, conceptual and life-style segmentation. Its outputs are hard identifiable aspects to include in the marketing mix to influence the target market.

Access or request a Unicist Tweetinar on this subject at:
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Learn more about the trend of ontology based solutions for businesses:
http://www.unicist.net/obs.shtml

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What is the Unicist Standard for Market Segmentation about?

The Unicist Standard in Market Segmentation presented by Peter Belohlavek implies recognizing and defining the different aspects that are included in the buying arguments and in the marketing and selling actions. This segmentation deals with the functional, psychological, conceptual and life-style segmentation. Its outputs are hard identifiable aspects to include in the marketing mix to influence the target market.

To learn more, access a video on Youtube.

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Request more information: n.i.brown@unicist.org

Diana Belohlavek
VP Knowledge Management
& Communication

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