When is a customer ‘lost’? – Segmenting by activity rate.

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Central to the principles of strategy dynamics is knowing how quickly resources are being won and lost. This is easy enough for most – you know when you close capacity, hire or lose staff, or discontinue products – but can be surprisingly tricky with customers. You would imagine that banks or telecoms firms, for example, know exactly when a customer is lost because that’s when they close their account – not so!

Often, the customer is really lost much earlier, when ...

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Losers from the down-turn

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Whilst business schools are seeing more applications by analysts and execs being down-sized from banks and other sectors, I see from the Economist [Giving advice in adversity] consulting firms are not faring so well. I hope they were expecting this and prepared their staffing plans for it over the last couple of years, as it’s exactly what happened after the dot-com bubble. Last time round some messed up so badly they withdrew MBA job offers within weeks of making them, and ...

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