Managing Customers as Investments: The Strategic Value of Customers in the Long Run
- By Sunil Gupta, Donald Lehmann
- Published Jan 19, 2005 by Pearson Prentice Hall.
- Copyright 2005
- Dimensions: 6x9
- Pages: 224
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-13-142895-0
- ISBN-13: 978-0-13-142895-9
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About the Authors
SUNIL GUPTA is Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School, Columbia University, New York. He has also taught at UCLA and the Harvard Business School; conducted seminars and consulted with companies worldwide; appeared on CNN, BBC, and PBS; and been quoted in publications, including The New York Times, The Financial Times, and The Washington Post.
Gupta's expertise is in marketing strategy, pricing, and customer management. He has published extensively on these topics. His research papers have won several awards. He serves on the editorial boards of six journals.
He is the cofounder and president of the EX Group, a strategic consulting group that specializes in customer management. He also served as an academic trustee of the Marketing Science Institute. He holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
DONALD R. LEHMANN is George E. Warren Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School, Columbia University, New York. His research interests include modeling individual and group decision-making, empirical generalizations and meta-analysis, the introduction and adoption of new products and innovations, and measuring the value of marketing assets such as brands and customers. He has taught courses in marketing, management, and statistics at Columbia and has also taught at Cornell, Dartmouth, New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Lehmann has published in and served on the editorial boards of several journals and was founding editor of Marketing Letters. His books include Market Research and Analysis, Analysis for Marketing Planning, Product Management, and Meta-Analysis in Marketing.
He served as executive director of the Marketing Science Institute and as president of the Association for Consumer Research. He is the recipient of many awards, including the 2000 Paul D. Converse award and the AMA McGraw Hill-Irwin distinguished marketing educator award. He holds an M.S.I.A. and Ph.D. from the Krannert School of Purdue University.
Gupta and Lehmann, along with Joel Steckel, are coauthors of Marketing Research.
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What's a customer really worth? Can you find out, without endlesslycomplex modeling? And once you know, what should you do with thatknowledge? Managing Your Customers as Investments has the answers.You'll learn simple ways to get reliable customer value information--ina form you can use. You'll discover how to use it to measure marketingeffectiveness, generate improvements throughout the entire customerrelationship lifecycle, and improve decision-making. Everyone tells youto manage your business around customers. This book gives you the toolsto do it.
47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
The Do It Smarter Book,
This review is from: Managing Customers as Investments: The Strategic Value of Customers in the Long Run (Hardcover)Understanding that a businesses customers are one of it's greatest assets is not a new or novel idea. After all these are the people that pay the bills. But how can you fairly asses what the true value of any one customer is? Is it all based on total revenue, profit margin or market share? Questions that are difficult to answer and not really a black and white issue. This book teaches the readers how to see the link between customer value and firm value. It also does a great job of showing you which aspects of customer management are the most critical. One of the rules they want you to look at is long term relationships and strategies and not just the short term fix.
There were two great aspects of the book that made it one that can easily be used. First the authors made the decision to keep the approaches simple. You did not have to work through some multiple step process with NASU like calculations. The authors theory is that simple and intuitive concept can be... Read more
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Aligning Customer Value and Business Value,
This review is from: Managing Customers as Investments: The Strategic Value of Customers in the Long Run (Hardcover)Ultimately a business is worth only as much as the value of its customers.
Sunil Gupta, and Donald Lehman, both Columbia Business School Professors of Business, present a practical view of marketing that weaves both its financial and customer aspects.
The concept of lifetime value of a customer is presented in a straightforward way. The information is useful to anyone charged with improving financial accountability and managing ROI.
Although the concept of customer value is not new, the two professors argue it is better to be "vaguely right, than precisely wrong" when getting started. The book shows how to use publicly available information and a simple formula to estimate the lifetime value of a customer for a publicly traded firm.
Unlike the internet age, the two professors show that for most firms, the lifetime value of a customer rarely exceeds 4.5 times his or her annual margin.
By the time you finish this book you will... Read more
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Making Marketing Matter to Your CEO and CFO,
This review is from: Managing Customers as Investments: The Strategic Value of Customers in the Long Run (Hardcover)The need for a company to be customer-oriented is today a widely accepted idea, not just by marketers but by all executives. By my count, in 2004 alone, there were at least 15 major books published on the importance of managing all organizations with customer focus. But that's easier said than done. Thankfully now, in 2005, a new book can help you close the gap between knowledge and results by using vocabulary, processes and metrics to drive a customer-centric strategy. It should be on the very top of your reading list.
Managing Customers as Investments, by Columbia Business School marketing professors, Sunil Gupta and Donald Lehmann, and published by Wharton School Publishing, is practical and accessible. Rare among academics, the authors, who have published many papers in scholarly journals where complexity and precision are revered, have the ability and wisdom to make their subject simple, clear and useful to marketers in all industries. With examples and case studies,... Read more
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Table of Contents
1. Customers Are Assets.
Importance of Customers.
The Gap Between Beliefs and Actions.
Bridging the Gap.
The Plan of the Book.
2. The Value of a Customer.
Customer Lifetime Value.
Creating Metrics That Matter.
Illusion of Precision.
A Simple Approach.
How Reasonable Are Our Assumptions?
Modifications and Extensions.
Finite Time Horizon.
3. Customer-Based Strategy.
Traditional Marketing Strategy.
Value to the Firm vs. Value to the Customer.
The Two Sides of Customer Value.
Key Marketing Metrics.
Traditional vs. Customer-Based Strategy: A Case Study.
Drivers of Customer Profitability.
4. Customer-Based Valuation.
Customer Acquisition via Firm Acquisition.
AT&T’s Acquisition of TCI and MediaOne.
Acquisitions in the European Utility Industry.
From Customer Value to Firm Value.
The Rise and Fall of Internet Gurus.
The Eyeballs Have It–or Do They?
Drivers of Customer and Firm Value.
Impact of Marketing Actions on Firm Value.
Impact of Marketing and Financial Instruments on Firm Value.
5. Customer-Based Planning.
Step 1: Customer Objectives.
The Case of Evergreen Trust.
The Case of Lipitor.
Step 2: Understanding Sources of Value to Customers.
Step 3: Designing Marketing Programs.
Marketing Mix–the 4 Ps.
Managing Customer Touchpoints.
Step 4: Customer Metrics for Assessing Effectiveness of Programs.
Choosing and Using the Right Metrics.
6. Customer-Based Organization.
The Case of L.L. Bean.
Employee Selection and Training.
Who Needs to Do What: Tasks for Various Parties.
Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.: A Winning Hand in a Dicey Business.
Common Mistakes in Implementing a Customer-Based Strategy.
Appendix A: Estimating Customer Lifetime Value (CLV).
Appendix B: Impact of Retention on Share and Profits.
Appendix C: Value of Customer Base.
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