To better understand the unrealized potential value of a customer, first take a close look at the attributes of customers with the highest lifetime values (your Most Valuable Customers, or "MVCs"). These attributes may include demographic details such as age, gender, income, number of children, or other descriptive characteristics. If you have a customer who has similar attributes to an MVC but has a lower value based on historic and predicted purchase transactions and costs, then you might have a customer whose value could be substantially increased.
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This was first published in February 2008