But how much time have you spent reflecting on the fact that these revenues are generated by actual customers—the people who pull out their wallets and pay for your products and services? In The Customer-Base Audit: The First Step on the Journey to Customer Centricity, experts Peter Fader, Bruce Hardie, and Michael Ross start you on the path toward really getting to understand your customers’ buying behavior as well as the health of your overall customer base.
A customer-base audit is a systematic review of the buying behavior of a firm’s customers using data captured by its transaction systems. It will help you answer questions such as:
How healthy is your customer base? How realistic are your growth objectives?
How do your customers differ in terms of their behavior and value?
How has the quality of your customers changed over time?
What changes in customer behavior lie behind period-to-period changes in firm performance?
What is important to your high-value customers? Which products help you acquire and retain your best customers?
Fader, Hardie, and Ross present five “lenses” through which an executive can address questions like those above. The answers are often lurking in various parts of the organization, but it is rare to find all the relevant analyses in one place, let alone performed on a regular basis (as an audit should be). Yet without such a basic, systematic understanding of the foundations of the firm’s primary source of cash flow, how can executives make informed decisions?
Fader, a Wharton professor, is the author of Customer Centricity and coauthor of The Customer Centricity Playbook, both of which have helped businesses radically rethink how they relate to customers. In this first step of the journey, Fader, Hardie, and Ross assist leaders in gaining a fundamental understanding of their customers’ buying behavior—and thus their company as a whole.
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About the Author
In addition to his various roles and responsibilities at Wharton, Fader co-founded a predictive analytics firm (Zodiac) in 2015, which was sold to Nike in 2018. He then co-founded (and continues to run) Theta to commercialize his more recent work on “customer-based corporate valuation.”
Fader is the author of Customer Centricity: Focus on the Right Customers for Strategic Advantage (2020, 2012) and coauthor of The Customer Centricity Playbook (2018) with Sarah Toms. He has won many awards for his research and teaching accomplishments.
Bruce Hardie is a Professor of Marketing at London Business School. For most of his career, his research has focused on developing tools for analyzing customer and marketing data. He has worked with market research firms and their clients on the development of marketing analytics solutions for new product sales forecasting and marketing mix analysis. He has collaborated extensively with Pete Fader, developing a number of key customer analytics tools for computing customer lifetime value (CLV) that have been used by thousands of data scientists and researchers around the world. He teaches courses on customer and marketing analytics, and the data-driven enterprise.
Michael Ross is a data agitator: he is currently SVP retail data science at EDITED, and a non-exec director at Sainsbury’s Bank, Domestic & General and N Brown Group plc. He has co-founded businesses including ecommera, DynamicAction and figleaves.com, and was also a consultant at McKinsey and Company. Michael has an MA in Mathematics from the Universityof Cambridge. He is also an Executive Fellow at London Business School, and is on the commercial board of the Turing Institute.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why a Customer-Base Audit? 1
Chapter 1 Setting the Scene 9
Chapter 2 The Data Cube and the Five Lenses 19
Chapter 3 How Different Are Your Customers? 37
Chapter 4 What Changed Since Last Period? 55
Chapter 5 How Does Customer Behavior Evolve? 71
Chapter 6 Comparing and Contrasting Cohort Performance 93
Chapter 7 How Healthy Is Our Customer Base? 109
Chapter 8 Bringing Back the Product Dimension 131
Chapter 9 Variations on a Theme 157
Conclusion: From Audit to Action 175
About the Authors 205
About Wharton School Press 207
About the Wharton School 208