A sequence analysis approach to segmenting credit card customers

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Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 2021, 59
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© 2020 Elsevier Ltd This research examines the longitudinal relationships between patterns of customer loyalty behavior and firm financial outcomes in the context of credit card use. By examining credit card users' transactions with a focal bank and its competitors, this study creates a typology of loyalty behavior and employs a sequence analysis to segment customers on the basis of their behavioral patterns exhibited over time. The analysis results in six distinct customer segments: Loyalist, Switching Loyalist, Switching Defector, Defector, Dormant Loyalist, and Dormant Defector. We subsequently estimate the revenue, servicing costs, and profitability associated with each segment, and assess differences across segments. We discuss the implications for managing distinct credit card customer segments and optimizing the bank's marketing resource allocation.
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