The following is from the May 2009 Drilling Down Newsletter. Got a question about Customer Measurement, Management, Valuation, Retention, Loyalty, Defection? Just ask your question. Also, feel free to leave a comment.
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Q: First of all thank you for your help. I have some questions I would be pleased if you answer them for me.
A: No problem!
Q: 1. RFM analysis – is it possible to use some other ranking technique rather than quintiles? Using quintiles for bigger databases will cause many tied values, isn’t it a problem?
A: Sure, you can use it any way it works best for you. There is no “magic” behind quintiles, you can use deciles or whatever works best. It’s the idea of ranking by Recency, Frequency, and Value that is the key concept in the model.
I’ve seen dozens and perhaps hundreds of variations on the core RFM model, depending on how you classify a “variation”. One change that’s common is changing the scaling, as you mention above, to accommodate the size of the database. Smaller databases use quartiles or even tertiles. Larger databases, choose the ordered distribution that meets the need.
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I was in Vancouver for a presentation to CAUCE [kay-yoose, thanks Raquel] and was able to grab a quick dinner with fellow WAA BaseCamp stakeholders Andrea Hadley, Raquel Collins, and Braden Hoeppner. We’re rolling out a new 2-day format for BaseCamp and got to talking about web analytics education in general.
We started talking audience segmentation and content at the eMetrics Summit, and specifically the “shootout” format from the old days. You know, 10 vendors on the stage at the same time taking questions from the audience. Those sessions were both educational and hilarious at the same time, as the vendors side-swiped each other on topics like accuracy, how visitors are counted, cookie structures, and so forth.
But that was back when the technology was in flux, and now that issue has settled down a lot. Braden brought up the concept of returning the “shootout format”, but more on the business side. You know, get some practitioners, vendors, and consultants up on stage and have them thrash out stuff like:
1. Attribution – does it really make sense to even bother with attribution at the impression / click level when there is often not a strong correlation to profit? I mean, just because someone sees or clicks on an ad does not mean the ad had a positive effect; in fact, it may have had a negative effect. Why not go straight to action or profit attribution, instead of using creative accounting?
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