The impact of some marketing initiatives on sales is often felt not only at the time of the initiative, but also before or after the duration of the initiative. Consumers for instance may respond in anticipation to a price adjustment. Sales may dip after a promotion. Advertising campaigns take time to wear-in, and after they have been aired several times they begin to wear-out.

The *wear-in* effect is like an ad that grows
on you. Its effectiveness in generating sales increases after consumers are
repeatedly exposed to the advertisement, and messages start to register in
their minds.

After a prolonged period however, ads starts to *wear-out.*
The persuasive impact of advertising, which is important especially for new
products, is short term. The repetition of the same message is unlikely to
evoke a different response from consumers who are not persuaded to try it.
Wear-out also occurs when fatigue sets in — consumers start to get “fed-up” of
seeing the same commercial again and again.

Carryover effects may also occur due to various delay factors — consumers’ inter-purchase intervals, delays due to retailer pipeline/lack of adequate stock in trade, delayed consumer response, or the time interval before word of mouth effects kick in. These carryover effects tend to be short in duration.

Promotions are known to impact sales before, during and after the duration of the promotion. In Exhibit 34.2 for example, the sales of take home packs of a major FMCG brand are seen to dip significantly after festive periods. These post promotional losses occur when consumers stockpile goods, and are observed in markets after periods of intense festive promotions (e.g. mega sales during Christmas, Chinese New Year or Hari Raya). A brand may suffer post promotion losses not only when consumers stockpile the brand, but also when consumers stockpile a collection of competing brands. In other word, competitive or interaction effects also have a bearing.

Over time market dynamics also undergo change. The elasticity of demand for a market mix variable can change due to a variety of factors, including the intensity of competition, the magnitude, frequency and recency of prior marketing activities, and various exogenous factors.

All these effects that are spread over time are
referred to as *dynamic effects*. For the sake of completeness, it is
advisable to capture their impact into response models.

One approach to capturing
carry over effects is the use of *stock* variables, *adstock* for
instance. Adstock implicitly distributes the amount of an advertising exposure
over several periods. Advertising that is effective at a given time is equal to
residual adstock (what is “left over” from previous advertising), plus learning
(adstock gained from current advertising). Specifically if
A_{1}, A_{2}, ... A_{t} represent
the advertising effort (GRP) in periods *1* to *t*, then the adstock
is computed as follows:

Where, r is the retention (or decay) rate, and f (fade) is the impact in the first period. These two parameters may either be pre-fixed by the modeller or determined by the data.

Half-life, the time duration by which the advertising effort
has had half its total effect, is a commonly used benchmark for setting *f*
and *r*.

The overwhelming evidence from research studies suggests that the quality of the creative material is critical in advertising. It is important therefore to include advertising quality as a measure when modelling advertising response.

The advertising quality is specific to the
commercial, and it may be assessed in terms of consumers’ perception of the
advertisement on various measures. One approach used by research firm Millward
Brown is based on their Awareness Index (AI). This index
is essentially a measure of efficiency of a commercial in generating awareness.
It represents the incremental level of claimed ad recall generated per 100
GRPs. An adstock type variable called Adfactor is constructed by using ‘*GRP
× Awareness Index for the commercial’* as the measure for advertising:

Where, r is the retention rate, and f is the impact in the first period.

According to Hanssens *et al.* (2003), Millward
Brown has illustrated through examples that use of adfactor results in models
that reflect substantially higher contribution of short term advertising
effects.

Dynamic promotion effects can also be explicitly modelled by incorporating variables that capture lead and lag effects, i.e.:

$$ S_t=f(X_{t+k}), \, S_t=f(X_{t-k}).$$Commonly used in marketing, the *Geometric
Distributed Lag* *(GL)** model*
has a functional form that is structurally similar to that used for stock
variables, i.e.:

This relation, which is nonlinear, may be converted to a
linear estimation model by applying the *Koyck* transformation:

Where v_{t}=𝛿_{t}−λ𝛿_{t-1},
β_{0}=(1−λ)α and β_{1}=(1−λ)β.

In general for multiple marketing mix variables, the Koyck model becomes:

$$S_t=β_0+\sum_{k=1}^K β_k X_{kt}+\lambda S_{t-1} + v_t $$This model however captures only monotonically decaying carryover effects that do not have a hump. Moreover, estimating the carryovers is tricky when there are multiple independent variables, each with its own carryover effect. Even so the model may provide a fairly good approximation of the underlying response function.

The *Autoregressive Distributed Lag Model (ADL)* which
contains an autoregressive component for sales and a moving average distributed
lag component for the mix variables is a general model that captures all types
of carryover effects.

The rate at which the carryover effects peak and decay is controlled by λ, and the number of peaks and their heights is controlled by β.

The coefficients of the marketing mix variables in the response models we have discussed so far are assumed to be constant for the analysis period. It is a tenuous assumption considering that many of the dynamic effects imply that these parameters do vary. Parameter functions may be crafted to capture the impact of a variety of these effects, including:

- The magnitude, frequency and recency of prior marketing activities;
- Wear-in and wear-out of advertising;
- Quality of the creative material in advertising;
- Media effects (i.e. differences in ad response due to choice of TV programme, or section of newspaper).

For instance consider quality of advertising. We
know that the effectiveness of advertising is dependent greatly on the creative
material. One approach to capturing this effect is by means of a variable that
captures both quantity and quality, the adfactor for instance. We could also
capture the ad quality effect by means of a process function for the
advertising coefficient, i.e. β_{advt}=f(ad campaign).

Similarly the price-promotion elasticity (discount elasticity) of products can change due to the magnitude and frequency of previous discounts. If heavy promotions are repeated too frequently, their impact begins to fade. Frequent, attractive promotions also tend to induce an opportunistic behaviour — consumers lie in wait for the deals, resulting in the lowering of the base line. The parameters for price discount, promotion (e.g. display, co-op advertising) and baseline (i.e. store intercept) are therefore a function of historical levels of promotions.

One approach to capturing the dynamic nature of the market is by means of multistage models where the coefficients of the mix variables estimated at the first stage become the dependent variable in the next stage. In the second stage, where the coefficients of the mix variables are treated as the dependent variables, the independent variables are the characteristics that influence the coefficient.

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