Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

Evaluating Channel Performance in Multi-Channel Environments

Gensler, Sonja
Dekimpe, Marnik G.
Volume: 14
Number: 1
Pages: 17 - 23
Month: January
ISSN-Print: 0969-6989
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2007
Keywords: Multi-channel management; Loyalty; Colombo and Morrison model; Marketing metrics
Abstract: Evaluatingchannelperformance is crucial for actively managing multiple sales channels, and requires understanding the customers’ channel preferences. Two key components of channelperformance are (i) the existing customers’ intrinsic loyalty to a particular channel and (ii) the channel''s ability to attract switching customers. We apply the Colombo and Morrison (Colombo, R., Morrison, D., 1989. A brand switching model with implications for marketing strategies. Marketing Science 8, 89–99) model to assess channelperformance along these dimensions. Using data from a large home-shopping company, we analyze the evolution in the performance of its main channels over time, and test for differences in channelperformance among different product categories offered by the company, as well as between different customer segments. Based on the results, we derive implications for managers to operate a company''s multiple sales channels more effectively.