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Direct Mailing Decisions for a Dutch Fundraiser

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  • Jonker, J-J.
  • Piersma, N.
  • Potharst, R.

Abstract

Direct marketing firms want to transfer their message as efficiently as possible in order to obtain a profitable long-term relationship with individual customers. Much attention has been paid to address selection of existing customers and on identifying new profitable prospects. Less attention has been paid to the optimal frequency of the contacts with customers. We provide a decision support system that helps the direct mailer to determine mailing frequency for active customers. The system observes the mailing pattern of these customers in terms of the well known R(ecency), F(requency) and M(onetary) variables. The underlying model is based on an optimization model for the frequency of direct mailings. The system provides the direct mailer with tools to define preferred response behavior and advises the direct mailer on the mailing strategy that will steer the customers towards this preferred response behavior.

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  • Jonker, J-J. & Piersma, N. & Potharst, R., 2002. "Direct Mailing Decisions for a Dutch Fundraiser," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2002-111-LIS, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  • Handle: RePEc:ems:eureri:260
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    1. Füsun Gönül & Meng Ze Shi, 1998. "Optimal Mailing of Catalogs: A New Methodology Using Estimable Structural Dynamic Programming Models," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 44(9), pages 1249-1262, September.
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    Keywords

    Markov decision process; decision support system; direct marketing;

    JEL classification:

    • M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics
    • M11 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Production Management
    • M31 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Marketing
    • R4 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics

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