Consumers are getting used to receiving free services in many different fields, and the popularity of the mobile app industry is feeding this phenomenon. Historically, advertising—a typical two-sided market mechanism—is the primary method that companies relying on a free-to-consumers business model have used to appropriate value in digital environ- ments. But new strategies are needed to make free services sustainable and profitable in the long term. At the same time, companies are gathering a huge amount of data from consumers, especially through mobile apps, by leveraging the sensors embedded in smartphones; this data represents a powerful new source of value. Through a case study analysis, we show how leveraging a two-sided structure can enable companies to capture value from user-sourced data, enabling a sustainable free-to-consumers business model. In this model, users are more than eyeballs to be targeted with advertising; they become data providers, and companies may capture value by using that data to customize advertising messages, lever- age e-ethnography to improve their own core offer, serve as fodder for research, or create knowledge for third parties

Give Away Your Digital Services: Leveraging Big Data to Capture Value

Daniel, Trabucchi;Buganza, Tommaso;Elena, Pellizzoni
2017-01-01

Abstract

Consumers are getting used to receiving free services in many different fields, and the popularity of the mobile app industry is feeding this phenomenon. Historically, advertising—a typical two-sided market mechanism—is the primary method that companies relying on a free-to-consumers business model have used to appropriate value in digital environ- ments. But new strategies are needed to make free services sustainable and profitable in the long term. At the same time, companies are gathering a huge amount of data from consumers, especially through mobile apps, by leveraging the sensors embedded in smartphones; this data represents a powerful new source of value. Through a case study analysis, we show how leveraging a two-sided structure can enable companies to capture value from user-sourced data, enabling a sustainable free-to-consumers business model. In this model, users are more than eyeballs to be targeted with advertising; they become data providers, and companies may capture value by using that data to customize advertising messages, lever- age e-ethnography to improve their own core offer, serve as fodder for research, or create knowledge for third parties
2017
Big data, Two-sided market, Free services The
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