The Role of Channel Quality in Customer Equity Management
Boston University - School of Management
Scott D. Swain
Paul D. Berger
Bentley University - Department of Marketing
Journal of Business Research, Vol. 60, pp. 1243-1252, December 2007
Maximization of customer equity is a core objective of customer-company relationship management. We present an extended model of customer equity for determining the optimal allocation of marketing resources across acquisition and retention activities. Focusing on the negative relationship between acquisition and retention, we motivate channel quality as a relevant decision variable, explicate its role in the model, and demonstrate the existence of an optimal value. In addition, rather than making concavity assumptions about acquisition and retention rate response curves, we use the flexible ADBUDG model (Little, 1970), which allows for both S-shaped and strictly-concave relationships, and parameterize it using decision calculus. We show how to estimate and apply the model and then provide sensitivity analyses with respect to changes in the true values of model parameters as well as inaccuracy in managerial inputs. We conclude by comparing our model with extant models and discussing the implications of our research.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: customer lifetime value, customer equity, customer relationship management, acquisition, retention, channels, allocation
JEL Classification: M31, M10, C51, C52, C61Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 3, 2007 ; Last revised: December 5, 2012
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