During my Lotus years, I’ve been given the opportunity to meet Mike Zisman our CEO at the time. One of his statement stayed with me since then: “The purpose of any enterprise is to acquire new customers and retain existing ones. Product an services are only a means to that end.” It sounded a bit simplistic initially, but my experience in several companies since then reinforced my conviction of the importance and truthfulness of this statement.

During my marketing journey, I discovered the notion of customer lifetime value (CLV), more complex to comprehend and so effective to coin what your marketing focus should be and furthermore how to present it to your team. It also allows to present to CEOs and shareholders the real value ($) of customer loyalty.

Here comes customer equity that definitely coins the term that best represent all of this. You now can think of CLV as an an additional equity to the shareholders or the brand ones.What if you could revise Marketing ROI and fine tune your marketing course of actions based on this equation coming from Roland T. Rust in Advertising Age : “The ROI is simply calculated as the projected increase in customer equity minus the discounted [marketing] investment divided by the investment.”

But how do you calculate customer equity with real numbers? Now we’re talking 😉
Well, a number of tangible and intangible enters into this and I do not necessary agree with Roland Trust in his article. I’d refer you to Customer Equity Calculations dedicated site, and will come back on this later on. To approach it, just think of customer equity as the total of the discounted lifetime value of all of its customers. I know, not that intuitive.

To be continued …

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