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Title: Audience Segmentation and Climate Change Communication
Contributor(s): Hine, Don W  (author); Phillips, Wendy J  (author)orcid ; Driver, Aaron  (author)orcid ; Morrison, Mark (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.390
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Abstract: Scientists and policy makers face significant challenges when attempting to engage the public about climate change. An important first step is to understand the number and nature of the audiences one plans to target-a process known as audience segmentation. Segmentation involves identifying, within an audience or target population, homogenous subgroups that share similar demographic and/or psychographic profiles. After segmenting an audience, climate change communicators can target their messages based on the unique characteristics of each subgroup. For example, to stimulate engagement and behavior change, messages aimed at audiences that are skeptical about climate change may require different content and framing than messages aimed at audiences already deeply concerned about climate change. The notion of matching message content to audience characteristics has a long history, dating back to the Ancient Greeks. More recently, audience segmentation has played a central role in targeted advertising and also social marketing, which uses marketing principles to help 'sell' ideas and behaviors that benefit society. Applications to climate change communication are becoming more common, with major segmentation and communication initiatives being implemented across the globe.
Publication Type: Entry In Reference Work
Source of Publication: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science, v.Climate Change Communication, p. 1-67
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
HERDC Category Description: N Entry In Reference Work
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