Reconciling and Clarifying CLV Formulas

Peter T. Fader

www.petefader.com

Bruce G. S. Hardie

www.brucehardie.com вЂ

March 2012

1

Intro

A standard component to many modern-day Marketing programs is a case or physical exercise in which college students are expected to compute client lifetime value (CLV). Commonly they are presented an average retention rate ur, an average net cashflow of $m every period (having accounted for " account maintenance” costs), and an assumed discount level d. Given these advices, they are asked to determine the lifetime value of any customer; observe, for example , Mart´ınez-Jerez and Dillon (2007) and McGovern (2007).

Although these inputs are fairly related across these types of exercises, the formula which the students are expected to use in order to complete this task will depend on which in turn CLV studying has been presented to these people.

• In the event that given Blattberg et approach. (2008) or perhaps Steenburgh and Avery (2011), they will make use of

m(1 + d)

CLV =

.

(1)

1+dв€’r

• If presented Capon (2007), Kotler and Keller (2012), or Lehmann and Winer (2008), they will use

mister

CLV sama dengan

.

(2)

1+dв€’r

• If given Ofek (2002) or Davis (2007), they will make use of

CLV =

вЂ

m

.

1+dв€’r

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(In accounting for right after in notation across the over references, customer acquisition costs have been ruled out from these kinds of formulas. ) What is rather disconcerting is the fact a large number of each of our colleagues around the globe who are teaching consumer lifetime benefit in Promoting courses are unaware of the existence of these " competing” formulas and for that reason do not phone attention to the interesting and important factors that underlie these kinds of differences. With this note, we all cast light upon these types of differences and, in so doing, stimulate the need for learners to better know what they are learning (and, in some cases, for instructors to better know what they are teaching).

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Learning the Different Remedies

The answer to the question which formula is the " correct” one is determined by two elements: i) whether we range from the customer's 1st payment in the calculation, and ii) whether the net cash flow associated with each period can be " booked” at the beginning or perhaps the end in the period. This leads to the three cases illustrated in Figure 1 )

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Period 2

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Period three or more

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t=0

t=1

t=2

t=3

m

m

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m

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m

m

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Case 2:

m

Case 3:

meters

m

Determine 1: Three CLV computation scenarios

Prior to we look at each situation, let us notice the basic statistical result to get an endless geometric series which is used in all of the three circumstances: в€ћ

kn =

n=0

1

, 0 < t < 1 )

1в€’k

(4)

• Circumstance 1: We all receive $m when the " contract” with all the customer is definitely initiated (i. e., by time t = 0). The customer renews their deal at the beginning of Period 2 with probability ur, in which case we all immediately acquire another $m, which we discount simply by 1/(1+d), and so forth. Therefore , the expected consumer lifetime value is calculated as follows: one particular 1

Provided the probabilistic nature associated with an individual's " survival” being a customer to period to, we are calculating the anticipated customer life-time value (given the various underlying assumptions) and therefore write E(CLV ), certainly not CLV. All of us strongly recommend this change of notation in all discussions and demonstrations of customer life span value.

2

mr

mr 2

+

+В·В·В·

(1 + d) (1 + d)2

E(CLV ) = m &

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=m

t=0

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1+d

to

which, remembering equation (4) with e = r/(1 + d),

=

m(1 + d)

.

1+dв€’r

Neglecting acquisition costs, this variety represents the expected life span value of an as-yet-to-be-acquired buyer, and is an uppr bound intended for how much we might be ready to spend to be able to acquire a fresh customer.

• Case 2: This is the identical to Case you except that we do not include the primary net inflow of cash ($m) associated with the initiation of the customer...

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