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Direct and Indirect Effects of Retail Promotions

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  • D. VAN DEN POEL

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  • Jan J. DE SCHAMPHELAERE
  • G. WETS

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In this study, we measure complementary effects of retail promotions for a large number of product pairs. For this, we make use of market basket analysis. We argue that failing to take these cross effects into consideration, may lead retail managers to severely underestimate the impact of promotional efforts. Moreover, we provide guidelines for optimizing promotional strategies. To this end, we introduce lift, a measure for the strength of a complementary relationship, as a moderator in explaining the variation in complementary effects of retail promotions across product pairs. We show that the stronger the complementary relationship (higher lift), the stronger is the cross impact of retail promotions. On the contrary, in case of simultaneously promoting two complementary products, larger promotional impact is seen when weaker product pairs (lower lift) are considered.

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  • D. VAN DEN POEL & Jan J. DE SCHAMPHELAERE & G. WETS, 2003. "Direct and Indirect Effects of Retail Promotions," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 03/202, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
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    1. B. Vindevogel & D. Van Den Poel & G. Wets, 2004. "Why promotion strategies based on market basket analysis do not work," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 04/262, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
    2. B. Vindevogel & D. Van Den Poel & G. Wets, 2004. "Dynamic cross-sales effects of price promotions: Empirical generalizations," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 04/276, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
    3. Juan C. Gázquez-Abad & Manuel Sánchez-Pérez, 2009. "Factors influencing olive oil brand choice in Spain: an empirical analysis using scanner data," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 25(1), pages 36-55.
    4. Sandro Shelegia, 2008. "Pricing Interrelated Goods in Oligopoly," Working Papers 014-08, International School of Economics at TSU, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

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