Armed with sufficient data, a Business Scientist would like to approach Customer Retention in two steps:
- Segmentation of customers into 'Loyal' or Engaged, 'Lost' or Attrited, and Customers that are 'At-risk' or that lie in the grey area of decreasing 'Engagement'.
- Developing an effective Retention strategy for 'At-risk' Customers.
Depending on whether it is a B2B or B2C business, magnitude of data capture, number of customers, frequency of purchase, etc. will vary. Typically, a B2B business will have lower numbers of customers and less transactions of higher value or contracts for a longer period; however such businesses tend to capture more details for each of their customers, their usage and purchasing patterns. A B2C business on the other hand will primarily capture sales data. In such a scenario, building the model parameters around recency of purchase, frequency of purchase, tenure with the business and transaction value will be key.
Once the PCR model has been build and factors identified, current customers are scored based on the model results to understand their engagement level and 'at-risk' Customers identified. ‘At-risk’ customers may further be segmentated on basis of geography, transaction size or industry segment to develop segment specific retention strategies.
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