Recommending products to attract customers and meet their needs is important in fiercely competitive environments. Recommender systems have emerged in e-commerce applications to support the recommendation of products. Recently, a weighted RFM-based method (WRFM-based method) has been proposed to provide recommendations based on customer lifetime value, including Recency, Frequency and Monetary. Preference-based collaborative filtering (CF) typically makes recommendations based on the similarities of customer preferences. This study proposes two hybrid methods that exploit the merits of the WRFM-based method and the preference-based CF method to improve the quality of recommendations. Experiments are conducted to evaluate the quality of recommendations provided by the proposed methods, using a data set concerning the hardware retail marketing. The experimental results indicate that the proposed hybrid methods outperform the WRFM-based method and the preference-based CF method.
- Collaborative filtering
- Customer lifetime value (CLV)
- Data mining
- Product recommendation
- Recommender system