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Customer lifetime value in the entertainment industry

Experts Don Peppers and Martha Rogers explain how to calculate customer lifetime value (CLV) in the entertainment industry.

I work in the media/entertainment industry and need to calculate customer lifetime value (CLV). Can you give me some tips on how to do this?
Customer lifetime value (CLV or LTV) is the net present value of the future stream of cash flows a company expects to generate from the customer. In your business you first need to choose whether to concentrate on the LTVs of the consumers of your media or the LTVs of your advertisers, who likely pay a greater share of the bills.

Either way, the actual value of a customer to a business can be defined and calculated in different ways. Is LTV the net present value of the future stream of fully allocated profit from a customer? Or, would it be more appropriate to talk about the marginal financial contribution of the customer? Or, should we instead stick to free cash flow? Each of these economic values has its advantages and disadvantages.

However you decide to allocate profits and costs, we strongly recommend you pick up a book on the subject. Our own book, Return on Customer, has a number of sections and more than one appendix on the subject of modeling LTVs and the changes in customer LTVs that might be caused by your current actions.

Hear more in Creating Customer Value, a SearchCRM.com monthly podcast series with Peppers and Rogers.

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