Inaugural lecture of newly appointed professors: “Dynamic Marketing Budget Allocation..."

On Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 Prof. Dr. Sönke Albers (THE KLU) will give a lecture on the topic “Dynamic Marketing Budget Allocation across Countries, Products, and Marketing Activities”. The lecture is open to the public. Space is limited, so please register ahead of time.

Past event — 23 February 2011

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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Sönke Albers

Professor of Marketing and Innovation

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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Previous research on marketing budget decisions has shown that profit improvement from better allocation across products or regions is much higher than from improving the overall budget. However, despite its high managerial relevance contributions by marketing scholars are rare. In practice, the allocation is very often based on gut feeling and subject to politics and tension. To close this research gap, an innovative and feasible solution to the dynamic marketing allocation budget problem for multi-product, multi-country firms is introduced. Specifically, our decision support model allows determining near-optimal marketing budgets at the country-product-marketing-activity level in an Excel-supported environment each year. The model accounts for marketing dynamics and a product’s growth potential as well as for trade-offs with respect to marketing effectiveness and profit contribution. The model has been successfully implemented at Bayer, one the world’s largest firms in the pharmaceutical and chemical business. The application shows a large profit improvement potential of more than 50%. The model is applicable for any company that faces an allocation problem of marketing spendings.

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