LP Lead Segmentation

LP lead segmentation strategy that enhances investor outreach by leveraging relationship dynamics and personalized communication.

Introduction to LP Segmentation:

In the dynamic landscape of venture capital fundraising, effectively segmenting potential Limited Partner (LP) leads is crucial for personalized engagement and optimizing outreach strategies. My universal LP segmentation framework categorizes contacts primarily based on their relationship to the fundraiser.

This primary segmentation is further refined by considering secondary dimensions such as connection degree, shared experiences, geographical proximity, and the contact’s professional background. Such a multi-faceted approach allows for tailored communication, prioritizing outreach efforts, and a deeper understanding of which strategies yield the best engagement.

Segmentation Categories

Primary Segmentation by Relationship

If you have worked in 5 companies and have a few educational experiences, on average, such an approach will outline around 50 primary segments.

Working Relationships

  • Former Colleagues: Direct colleagues and those who worked at the same organization during different times, potentially connected through mutual acquaintances.

  • Key Partners: Past and current clients or contractors, emphasizing relationships built through professional services or collaborations.

  • Current Colleagues: Individuals you're directly working with now, across projects or departments.

For example, you've worked at Google and are now working at Apple. That gives you 8 base segments:

  1. Google former direct colleagues

  2. Google former non-direct colleagues

  3. Google current employees

  4. Google partners

  5. Apple current direct colleagues

  6. Apple current non-direct colleagues

  7. Apple former employees

  8. Apple partners

Educational Alumni

Spanning universities, training programs, and other educational experiences, differentiated by attending the same cohort/year or different ones.

Family and Friends' Professional Networks

Leveraging personal connections to gain introductions or insights into potential leads. Keep in mind the fragmentation: each family member, each alumni group, or company represents a different segment.

Members of Groups and Clubs

  • Specific Sector Peers: For example, AI startups or SaaS enthusiasts.

  • VC-related Groups: Such as first-time VCs or angel syndicates.

  • Hobby and Personal Interests Clubs: focusing on the shared experiences that bind the members.

Portfolio Connections

VC's portfolio companies' team and advisor members, key clients, co-investors, and LPs of such investors.

VC's Sector-Specific Persons:

  • Investors at any stage

  • Founders, C-Levels & Executives, Heads & Seniors of exited or late-stage startups, depending on business size.

Secondary Segmentation

Each primary segment should be further defined by secondary categories, such as:

  • Connection degree: 1st, those I already know and can outreach directly, or 2nd, those who can be introduced or cross-referenced.

  • Shared years: same or different years of working or studying.

  • Location: Country or region, in terms of how it relates to the VC's location focus.

  • Professional background: investor, founder, C-Level/Senior, etc.

This approach facilitates targeted and personalized outreach, prioritization of leads based on relationship warmth, and refined communication strategies tailored to each segment's characteristics.

With a secondary level of segmentation, the total number of LP segments will reach into the hundreds. That's why using a marketing and relationship apps to manage segments is crucial.

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