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Identifying cross‐selling opportunities, using lifestyle segmentation and survival analysis

Jake Ansell (The Management School, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK)
Tina Harrison (The Management School, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK)
Tom Archibald (The Management School, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK)

Marketing Intelligence & Planning

ISSN: 0263-4503

Article publication date: 19 June 2007

Abstract

Purpose

To demonstrate the successful use of lifestage segmentation and survival analysis to identify cross‐selling opportunities.

Design/methodology/approach

The study applies lifestyle analysis and Cox's regression analysis model to behavioural and demographic data describing 10,979 UK customers of a large international insurance company.

Findings

There are clear differences between the lifestage segments identified with respect to customer characteristics affecting the likelihood of a second purchase from the company and the timeframes within which that is likely to take place. The “mature” segments appear to offer greater opportunities for retention and cross‐selling than the “younger” segments.

Research limitations/implications

The study was limited by the type of data available for analysis, which related mainly to life insurance and pension products characterised by low transaction frequency. Different results might be expected for banking or credit‐and‐loan products. The findings could be enhanced by incorporating a wider range of customer characteristics into the analysis.

Practical implications

The findings show clear differences in behaviour across the segments identified, providing a basis on which marketing planners might differentiate marketing and communication strategies for particular products market segments.

Originality/value

The paper illustrates the adaptation of survival analysis methodology, familiar in other disciplines but comparatively rare in marketing, to the cross‐selling of financial services. It shows how planners cannot only identify customers most likely to repurchase but also predict the timeframe in which that will take place.

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Citation

Ansell, J., Harrison, T. and Archibald, T. (2007), "Identifying cross‐selling opportunities, using lifestyle segmentation and survival analysis", Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 394-410. https://doi.org/10.1108/02634500710754619

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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