Using Bayesialab in the Classroom Experience of Teaching Marketing Mix Models

Using BayesiaLab in the Classroom — Experience of Teaching Marketing Mix Models


The Master of Science program in Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University consists of 15 courses taken over 15 months. One of the courses is Marketing Mix Modeling, which focuses on relating marketing spending variables to a criterion variable, usually sales, for the purpose of effectively planning future marketing activity spending. Preparing appropriate data is a major component of the course, as is considering different analytical approaches. The course has traditionally focused on regression-based techniques, but now it also adds Bayesian Belief Networks through the application of BayesiaLab. Students find the software easy to apply and solve some of the problems found in the regression-based approach. Students use the software to solve cases and in a term project. The use of BayesiaLab opens the door to discussions about causality and interactive managerial applications.

About the Presenter

Martin Block is a Professor in Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University and a Director of the Retail Analytics Council. Prior to 1985, he was Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Advertising at Michigan State University. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Market Analyst in Corporate Planning at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Co-author of Understanding China’s Digital Generation, Media Generations: Media Allocation in a Consumer-Controlled Marketplace, Retail Communities: Customer Driven Retailing, Analyzing Sales Promotion, and Business-to-Business Market Research. He has published in many academic research journals and trade publications and has several book chapters. Paul has a Ph.D. from Michigan State.

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