Segmentation of Theatre Audiences: A Latent Class Approach for Combined Data
40 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2018
Date Written: August 29, 2018
Theatrical productions are perishable goods, since the tickets for a particular play cannot be inventoried and sold after the time of the play. In the revenue management of a perishable good, price discrimination is widely used. Since the theatre audience is heterogeneous in terms of visit purpose, ability to perceive quality, willingness-to-pay, the strategy of price discrimination should be developed in the context of theatre segments. In this paper, we segment consumers of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre and propose marketing instruments to increase theatre revenue. Since the development of a detailed price discrimination strategy requires data on consumer purchase history, behavioral and socio-demographic characteristics, we combine two data sources: data on ticket purchases and survey data. Using a modication of a latent class logit model for joint revealed and stated preference data we identify four segments of the theater's audience. The study reveals theatregoer segments with dierent willingness-to-pay for performance and seat location characteristics, which allows the development of detailed recommendations on the pricing strategy for various theatre audiences.
Keywords: demand, performing arts, consumer segments, willingness-to-pay
JEL Classification: Z11, C53, D12
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