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Competition Analysis, for RETAILERS


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CAS/R enables marketing users to browser and analyze competition in terms of pricing on specific products. Beyond competition insight, CAS/R offers powerful tools for actionable decisions on your pricing policies, loyalty programs, personalized offers and more.

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CAS/R can be defined as an analytics framework for modern online retailers offering a wide range of marketing applications including product management, market analysis, Business Intelligence and predictive modeling. It is based on a powerful pricing database against your product catalogue and the ‘market’.

CAS/R includes several additional components enabling real-time, activity-based proposal generation for existing customers, dynamic product pricing schemes, personalized discount models, interactive market analysis and the intelligent alerting suite.

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Competition Analysis, for RETAILERS

  1. 1. Analytics for Retailers No part of this document may be reproduced. Datamine owns patents, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property rights in this document and the presented products. This document does not give you any license to these patents, trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property. Datamine is a registered trademark. ‘’ is a registered trademark October 2011, datamine ltd CAS/R
  2. 2. www.datamine-it.com2 Outline Analytics for Retailers CAS/R main functions CAS/R overview Reporting & Analytics Integration with 3rd party sites Dynamic pricing Recommendation Engine In browser proposal wizard The marketing data mart Campaign management
  3. 3. www.datamine-it.com3 Analytics for Retail Loyalty platform Specialized platform enabling personalized offerings, bonus & rewards depending on behavioral data and corporate policies Competition Analysis Tools for accessing & analyzing market data, enabling decisioning on pricing and product release information Analytical models Association Rules, Market basket analysis, trends, seasonal patterns for management & marketing purposes Customer Segmentation schemes Modelling towards a global segmentation scheme for analysis and marketing actions Online Components & mobile apps Product Recommendation engines, integration with portal/ site Campaign Management Tools for defining intelligent campaigns, designing target groups, and personalized communication for certain products ETL components Data handling, transformation, cleansing & normalization packages Customer DBProduct DB Product info Additional data files corporate data sources Specialized database, enriched with customer meta data, statistics, optimized for analysis Customer Data mart InfrastructureCustomerIntelligencelayer Consumers Touch-Points POS Network Shops Portal/ online Online Communication Channels Call center Inbound/ outbound Email Electronic communication Personalized offers, prices Automated recommendations Better customer handling, personalized offers, loyalty scenarios
  4. 4. www.datamine-it.com4 CAS/R at a glance Online market scanner An intelligent engine able to gather online product info  Configurable set of target online stores  Hosts 10s of thousands of products, scales easily to 100s  Synchronizes products (price & status update) multiple per hour  Maintains a rich database with product info, price and availability history  Invisible to system administrators Price comparison engine Search engine, similarity matching, price analytics  Automated product Matching using text mining, > 90% in accuracy  Enables dynamic pricing models  Rule-based price alerting engine  Sophisticated reporting & Business Intelligence infrastructure  A compact, interactive application layer  Numerous online components and add-on's CAS/R  Post-processing & aggregation  Search & comparison functions  Analytics & Business Intelligence The web On-line retailers Public domain info Retailers  Used for product management  Price strategies  Customer handling & Loyalty
  5. 5. www.datamine-it.com5 CAS/R main functions  Organize product catalogue data into a rich, report-optimized data store  Browse and model detailed price history  Able to accept feeds with competitor data  Able to scan the market (enlisted competitors) every hour  Able to automatically match products based on fuzzy similarity measures 1 With formal specs, prices from product catalogue 2 Fuzzy algorithm able to match products even with significantly different naming structure and representation
  6. 6. www.datamine-it.com6 CAS/R overview 1 3 Product navigation tree, search as-you-type functionality, list management (user defined lists of products) Clickable stats on matching outcome, market availability & stock information 2 The set of products satisfying user defined criteria against with configurable set of columns
  7. 7. www.datamine-it.com7 1 3 Product search & navigation engine Working product set, overview, key- statistics 2 The set of competitors offering the product, along with prices etc. 4 The actual product as offered by the selected competitor CAS/R overview
  8. 8. www.datamine-it.com8 Reporting & analytics  Standardized reporting on price history, catalogue etc.  Competition analysis reporting  Dynamic reporting and analysis through cubes  Able to integrate with standard BI Environments 1 Each product is listed and highlighted against competitor offerings and price distance
  9. 9. www.datamine-it.com9 Integration with 3rd party sites  Automated product release every hour to or similar  Ability to define rules/ select and monitor the products to be released 1 2 Specialized reporting enabling overview and analysis of the products to be released to CAS/R also generates impact analysis/ filtering evaluation Detailed listing of each of the product included in the list, colored depending on release eligibility (according to predefined rules)
  10. 10. www.datamine-it.com10 In-Browser proposal wizard A sophisticated toolbar add-on enabling automated (rule-based) offerings to each of your existing customers, as they browse competition:  Customer completes the first (online) purchase with Retailer Y  Upon order confirmation, Retailer Y promotes the ‘In Browser wizard’ providing certain benefits for the customer in order to download it  Upon installation, the add-on operates in a passive mode, until the user visits one of the predefined competitor sites  Assuming that user navigates on Competitor A, for product X then the system automatically performs the following: 1. Checks the price at which product X is offered by Retailer Y 2. If the product is cheaper in Retailer Y then a friendly notification informs the user that the product is actually available and cheaper, promoting a ‘GO’ button (which gets back the customer to Retailer Y site) 3. If the product is more expensive in Retailer Y, the system triggers the Loyalty policy and depending on customer’s value generates a special offer for the specific customer. Suitable notification is generated instantly 4. If the product is not available, the system finds ‘similar’ and informs the customer Additional business rules may be defined in order to handle special cases
  11. 11. www.datamine-it.com11 In-Browser proposal wizard Proposal generated according to (a) customer’s profile (b) timing – customer’s web navigation (c) Retailer’s Pricing/ customer-handling policies 1 Your Your Brand
  12. 12. www.datamine-it.com12 In-Browser proposal wizard 1 Quick information focusing on (a) product pricing / offering and (b) customer classification/ reasoning for the offering 2 Depending on rules combining customer & segmentation data, the message can be formal, casual, in the preferred language and tone 3 Configurable description of the specific proposal. Under certain rules this may inform the user that this is the best price in the market, or that this is a special price/ deal 4 Could be online, offline (for instance, send the customer to specific shops with a proposal ID), with a specific offer validity period Able to release info/ invite friends to register to Retailer Y Loyalty program, utilizing Proposal Wizard 5 Your Brand
  13. 13. www.datamine-it.com13 CAS/R extensions & apps In-Browser Wizard Automatic personalized proposals while browsing competition Mobile apps* Price comparison applications for smart phones Loyalty extensions* Able to setup loyalty schemes for special offerings via In-Browser wizard Market Analytics* Specialized environment for analyzing competitors strategies & market dynamics Data mining models* Ad-hoc projects analyzing/ predicting customer behaviors & market changes Marketing datamart Centralized database for reporting and analytical purposes able to host:  Customer data, orders, sales, online behaviour data  POS network, corporate organizational structure  Product database  Customer feedback streams Analytical applications Several applications/ models can be developed above the ‘marketing datamart’:  Customer segmentation schemes/ clustering models  Loyalty models  Specialized KPIs denoting customer base health  Complaint handling (featuring text mining for automated classification and handling)  On-going customer satisfaction monitoring (against time per POS/ channel, product category, employee)  Advanced data mining models  Advanced OLAP model/ BI environment
  14. 14. www.datamine-it.com14 Dynamic pricing schemes Design pricing policies –business rules leading to specific offerings, based on any combination of:  Competitor Pricing: if competitor A offers products of category C1 below a threshold then change prices by Ffunction (absolute or relative or any valid function)  Market State: if products of category B (or specific set of) are more than D% expensive from the lower market price, then change prices according to Ffunction  Demand indicators: if search trends/ order trends exceed a specific threshold , then change prices according to Ffunction  Internal policies: priorities promotional logic for certain products, categories or channels Pricing alerts Design pricing policies –business rules leading to specific alerts, based on any combination of:  Sudden massive changes in a competitor: significant changes from competitor A on certain product categories  Pricing strategies: patterns such as cycling price changes  Extreme price: identification of price lying outside of normal price ranges  Market trends: alerts based on grouped (competitor level) changes on certain category products
  15. 15. www.datamine-it.com15 Applications Analytical models Statistical & data mining techniques against historical customer data  Market Basket analysis, association rules, purchase behavior insight. For Cross/Up sell, marketing action design, campaign promotions, customer analytics  Sales Analytics, such as models depicting trends, seasonal patterns. For marketing & management purposes. Customer Segmentation Organize your customers through clustering and statistical modelling  Macro segmentation schemes, a common corporate language across all customer touch-points  Micro segmentation schemes empowering certain marketing activities or promotional campaigns  Involves advanced profiling, thus providing customer insight and better understanding of the involved typologies  Based on statistical modeling & business expertise  Can be integrated via data warehouse and suitable APIs – become available throughout the enterprise
  16. 16. George Krasadakis Head of engineering & product development No part of this document may be reproduced. Datamine owns patents, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property rights in this document and the presented products. This document does not give you any license to these patents, trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property. Datamine is a registered trademark. ‘’ is a registered trademark datamine ltd Decision Support Systems 22 Ethnikis Antistasis avenue 15232 Chalandri Athens, Greece T: (+30) 210 6899960 F: (+30) 210 6899968 Contact