Buyer targeting optimization: A unified customer segmentation perspective

Jingyuan Yang, Chuanren Liu, Mingfei Teng, March Liao, Hui Xiong

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Abstract

In marketing analytics, customer segmentation (clustering) divides a customer base into groups of similar individuals, while buyer targeting (classification) identifies promising customers. Both customer segmentation and buyer targeting help the business to improve marketing performances by allocating resources to the most profitable customers. Due to the heterogeneity across the customer groups, some studies have been made on combining the tasks of customer segmentation and buyer targeting for tailored marketing strategies. However, these efforts usually combine these two tasks in a simple step-by-step approach. It is still unclear how to implement these two tasks in a more integrated and optimized way, which is the research objective of this paper. Specifically, we formulate customer segmentation and buyer targeting as a unified optimization problem. Then, the customer segments are adaptively realized during the targeting optimization process. In this way, the integrated approach not only improves the buyer targeting performances but also provides a new perspective of segmentation based on the buying decision preferences of the customers. The unified customer segmentation and buyer targeting method not only quantifies the purchase tendency of a specific customer but also characterizes the buying decision behaviors at the segment level. We also develop an efficient K-Classifiers Segmentation algorithm to solve the unified optimization problem. Moreover, we show that the customer segmentation based on the buying decision preferences can also be consistent with the features on customer profiles. Finally, we have performed the extensive experiments on several real-world Business to Business (B2B) marketing data sets. The results show that our approach offers not only more accurate targeting of promising customers but also meaningful customer segmentation solutions with interpretable buying decision preferences for each customer segment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2016
EditorsRonay Ak, George Karypis, Yinglong Xia, Xiaohua Tony Hu, Philip S. Yu, James Joshi, Lyle Ungar, Ling Liu, Aki-Hiro Sato, Toyotaro Suzumura, Sudarsan Rachuri, Rama Govindaraju, Weijia Xu
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1262-1271
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781467390040
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Event4th IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2016 - Washington, United States
Duration: Dec 5 2016Dec 8 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2016

Other

Other4th IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington
Period12/5/1612/8/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture

Keywords

  • Buyer Targeting
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Optimization

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