My PhD, 10 years on

This month (November 5th to be exact) marked the 10th anniversary of my PhD viva. I did my PhD at LSE with Dr James Backhouse, and investigated the profiling of undesirable customers (or customer screening). I looked at how organisations define who is a desirable customer, and who isn’t one; and the process that they … Continue reading My PhD, 10 years on

Benefits and challenges of using social media to profile consumers

  A recent consulting assignment prompted me to revisit the findings from a research project that I conducted three years ago, with Moira Clark and Paul Fennemore. We looked at how business-to-consumer organisations were using social media to complement their segmentation efforts. Here is an overview of our findings.   The first part of our study … Continue reading Benefits and challenges of using social media to profile consumers

July round-up

July was going to be the month I was going to get on top of my to do list. It didn’t happen. It was nonetheless a good month, which included the following highlights.   Researching At the beginning of the month, I attended the Academy of Marketing conference, in Bournemouth. I presented 2 papers, including … Continue reading July round-up

The performative power of the score

There are two interesting articles in the news, today. They are about two very different companies but, essentially, the same issue: the performative power of the score. Or, in others words, about how much a simple number can influence our life.   The first article is about passenger transportation company, Uber. It was revealed that … Continue reading The performative power of the score

Research project completed: Customer data in the digital age

It has been a whirlwind, but we did it: the team has now concluded the research project investigating Customer data in the Digital Age. And one day before the deadline 😉   Together with 5 other colleagues from Oxford Brookes University, Open University and the University of Liverpool, we completed in-depth interviews with 15 senior marketing practitioners. … Continue reading Research project completed: Customer data in the digital age

Presenting my research on developing customer profiles

I am at Lancaster University, for the Management Learning conference. First impressions so far are great: a friendly group, and I even met another marketer 😉 I am presenting tomorrow morning on my research into how organisations develop profiles of their customers. My experience is that different employees presented with the same data set about a … Continue reading Presenting my research on developing customer profiles