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Optimal risk in marketing resource allocation

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  • Vidal-Sanz, Jose M.
  • Balbás, Alejandro
  • Esteban-Bravo, Mercedes

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Marketing resource allocation is increasingly based on the optimization of expected returns on investment. If the investment is implemented in a large number of repetitive and relatively independent simple decisions, it is an acceptable method, but risk must be considered otherwise. The Markowitz classical mean-deviation approach to value marketing activities is of limited use when the probability distributions of the returns are asymmetric (a common case in marketing). In this paper we consider a unifying treatment for optimal marketing resource allocation and valuation of marketing investments in risky markets where returns can be asymmetric, using coherent risk measures recently developed in finance. We propose a set of first order conditions for the solution, and present a numerical algorithm for the computation of the optimal plan. We use this approach to design optimal advertisement investments in sales response management

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  • Vidal-Sanz, Jose M. & Balbás, Alejandro & Esteban-Bravo, Mercedes, 2009. "Optimal risk in marketing resource allocation," DEE - Working Papers. Business Economics. WB wb090868, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía de la Empresa.
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