Volume 43, Number 1, January-February 2009
|Page(s)||119 - 137|
|Published online||14 November 2008|
Mathematical analysis of the optimizing acquisition and retention over time problem
School of Mathematical Sciences,
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel. email@example.com
Revised: 3 July 2008
While making informed decisions regarding investments in customer retention and acquisition becomes a pressing managerial issue, formal models and analysis, which may provide insight into this topic, are still scarce. In this study we examine two dynamic models for optimal acquisition and retention models of a monopoly, the total cost and the cost per customer models. These models are analytically analyzed using classical, direct, methods and asymptotic expansions (for the total cost model). In order to numerically simulated the models, an innovative numerical method was developed for solving ODE systems with initial/final value problems.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 34B15 / 34B60 / 34B93 / 34C11 / 34E05 / 49N05 / 65L10
Key words: ODE nonlinear boundary value problems; ODE applications; ODE growth / boundedness / comparison of solutions; ODE asymptotic expansions; optimal control; numerical methods ODE boundary value problems.
© EDP Sciences, SMAI, 2008
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