IntroductionThe ability for marketers to make use of user generated content from social networking sites such as Facebook enhances the chances of developing personalized and targeted advertisements and promotional content to specific customers, thus increasing profitability through acquisition of larger market share and competitive advantage. Targeted, personalized and interactive marketing helps to increase customer retention and enhances customer loyalty making a company’s products and services increasingly irresistible leading to repeat purchases and higher profitability as well as reduced customer servicing costs. Netflix Incorporated: An OverviewAccording to Allen & Vicente (2012), Netflix was co-founded in 1998 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. Hastings came up with the idea of disc-by-mail service after he was forced to pay a $40 late fee for a VHS movie rental of Apollo 13. In 1998, Netflix began offering disc-by-mail rental services for $4 per rental plus a postage fee. In 1999, Netflix modified its revenue model from a per-rental charge to a monthly flat subscription charge model that included all shipping fees and abolished the late penalty charges.
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