The STP process is an important concept in the study and application of marketing. The letters STP stand forSegmentation, Targeting, and Positioning.

The STP process demonstrates the links between an overall market and how a company chooses to compete in that market. It is sometimes referred to as a process, with segmentation being conducted first, then the selection of one or more target markets and then finally the implementation of positioning. The goal of the STP process is to guide the organization to the development and implementation of an appropriate marketing mix, as highlighted in the following picture: