Tag Archives: marketing

MIT Sloan grad on the “sharing economy,” the next big trend in social commerce

My first entrepreneurial venture in the so-called “sharing economy” happened accidentally. It was 2009, and I had just moved to Cambridge, MA to start at MIT Sloan. I brought my car with me because I was sure I would need it. As it turned out, the only time I used it was to go grocery […]

Duncan Simester on customer response: Why guess and get it wrong when you could do a little experimenting and get it right?

The business pages are filled with examples of companies that have taken big hits to their brands because they’ve made marketing decisions that ran afoul of customer expectations. Take Netflix, and its aborted scheme to divide its streaming and DVD video offerings. Netflix could have avoided its embarrassing reversal if it had experimented on this […]

Retaining or losing customers as they “churn” — Professor devises new competing risk model

Businesses often spend a lot of money trying to retain customers. Many direct their retention activities toward all of their customers and hope that enough respond for the effort to pay off. But some customers leave anyway.  A more effective approach recognizes that customers are different and their likelihood of departing—a phenomenon known as churn […]

Facebook “Frenemies Like These”: trustworthiness of advice on Social Media

Log on to Facebook or Twitter any time of day, and you’ll find a familiar scene: people asking questions. “In a book rut – can anyone recommend a good novel?” “Boyfriend and I had a fight – should I dump him?” or “Am shopping for a new suit — which color would look best on me?” […]

The big question for online advertisers: To personalize or not to personalize?

We use the Internet to research things all the time. Whether it’s a big purchase like a vacation or something smaller like a pair of running shoes, we often begin with a search for the topic online, eventually drilling down to find specific product reviews and details. But what happens when the pattern of websites […]