Multicriterion market segmentation

A new model, implementation, and evaluation

Ying Liu, Sudha Ram, Robert F Lusch, Michael Brusco

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Abstract

Market segmentation is inherently a multicriterion problem even though it has often been modeled as a single-criterion problem in the traditional marketing literature and in practice. This paper discusses the multicriterion nature of market segmentation and develops a new mathematical model that addresses this issue. A new method for market segmentation based on multiobjective evolutionary algorithms, called MMSEA, is developed. It complements existing segmentation methods by optimizing multiple objectives simultaneously, searching for globally optimal solutions, and approximating a set of Pareto-optimal solutions. We have applied and evaluated this method in two empirical studies for two firms from distinct industries: descriptive segmentation of the cell phone service market from a dual-value creation perspective and predictive segmentation of retail customers based on profit and customer sociodemographic attributes. The results provide decision makers with compelling alternatives and enhanced flexibility currently missing in existing market segmentation methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)880-894
Number of pages15
JournalMarketing Science
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

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Evaluation
Market segmentation
Multi-criteria
Segmentation
Optimal solution
Profit
Marketing
Mathematical model
Value creation
Decision maker
Retail
Evolutionary algorithms
Industry
Multiple objectives
Empirical study
Cell phone

Keywords

  • Descriptive market segmentation
  • Multicriterion market segmentation
  • Multiobjective clustering
  • Multiobjective evolutionary algorithms
  • Multiobjective optimization
  • Pareto-optimal solution set
  • Predictive market segmentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Marketing

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Multicriterion market segmentation : A new model, implementation, and evaluation. / Liu, Ying; Ram, Sudha; Lusch, Robert F; Brusco, Michael.

In: Marketing Science, Vol. 29, No. 5, 09.2010, p. 880-894.

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