Using P2p Sharing Activity to Improve Business Decision Making: Proof of Concept for Estimating Product Life-Cycle
Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, Forthcoming
16 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2005
Estimating the life-cycle or duration of a product can be an important input into a firm's decision-making related to production and marketing. In the music industry, online Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks have attracted millions of potential music consumers and have had substantial impact on the music business. In this paper, we investigate the possible use of P2P information in estimating product shelf-life, in particular the duration of a music album on the Billboard 100 chart. We identify and track the music albums that appear on the Top 100 of the Billboard Charts, spanning a period of six months. We show that P2P sharing activity can be used to help predict the subsequent market performance of a music album.
Keywords: P2P sharing, Billboard Charts, Product Lifecycle, prediction, market performance
JEL Classification: C15, D83, L15, L82, 033, Z1
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