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Paperback | $32.00 X | £26.95 | 152 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 9 figures, 8 tables | March 2016 | ISBN: 9780262529051
eBook | $32.00 X | March 2016 | ISBN: 9780262333467
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Customer-Centric Marketing

A Pragmatic Framework


The revolution in big data has enabled a game-changing approach to marketing. The asynchronous and continuous collection of customer data carries rich signals about consumer preferences and consumption patterns. Use of this data can make marketing adaptive, dynamic, and responsive to changes in individual customer behavior. This book introduces state-of-the-art analytic and quantitative methods for customer-centric marketing (CCM). Rather than using a snapshot from the data to plot a single campaign-centric marketing plan, these methods draw on cutting-edge research in optimization and interactive marketing with the goal of maximizing long-term profit from data collected over time. The aim is to teach readers to apply optimization tools to derive analytical solutions leading to customized, dynamic, proactive, and real-time marketing decisions.

The book develops the CCM framework and illustrates it with four cases that span the life cycle of marketing: pricing, win-back, cross-sales, and customer service allocation. The text walks the reader through real-world examples of applying the framework (supported by spreadsheet models available online), then explains the key concepts: modeling consumer choice; segmenting customers into latent classes based on sensitivity; computing customer lifetime value (CLV); and dynamic optimization. The reader then learns to incorporate the continuous learning of customer preference into an adaptive feedback loop for marketing decisions. The book can be used as a text for MBA students or as a professional reference.

This book is based on joint research developed at Carnegie Mellon University when both authors were on the faculty at the Tepper School of Business.

About the Authors

R. Ravi is Andris A. Zoltners Professor of Business, Rohet Tolani Distinguished Professor, and Professor of Operations Research and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

Baohong Sun is Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of Marketing, Associate Dean of Global Programs, and Director of the Customer Information Management Center at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (New York).


“The current practice in customer centricity focuses on having customer-level behavioral data and using those data to construct customer lifetime values from which allocation decisions can be made through segmentation. In this book, the authors go beyond current practice in marketing decision making by developing state-of-the-art dynamic optimization models that help to make allocation decisions that maximize long-term profit.”
Russ Winer, William H. Joyce Professor of Marketing, Stern School of Business, New York University
“Ravi and Sun show how cutting-edge methodology can be employed to maximize customer lifetime value, not merely measure it. The authors delineate four critical steps to doing so. They show how this process is enhanced by learning how each customer evolves over time, and how firms can manage that evolution.”
Scott A. Neslin, Alfred Wesley Frey Professor of Marketing, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College