Title

Push or Pull? Design of Content Delivery Systems

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

10-1-2015

Abstract

Advances in information technology, especially the expansion of cellular and WiFi networks, are dramatically changing how people consume digital content. These changes in user access behavior present a challenge of delivering content to a diversified consumer base. This article addresses this challenge by identifying the key factors for the design of content delivery systems (gross value of content, delivery delay, sensitivity to delivery delay, accessing cost, and processing cost) and explicitly modeling their interactions. We investigate two content delivery systems-push and pull systems, and solve for the content provider's optimal push frequency decision and consumers' push versus pull decisions. We show that the content provider's selection of push frequency plays a critical role determining the segmentation of the consumer market into the push group and the pull group. Our findings suggest that firms should set a relatively high push frequency to cater to high-type consumers, which leads to two consumer groups with low-type consumers belonging to the pull group and high-type consumers belonging to the push group.

Publication Title

Decision Sciences

Volume

46

Issue

5

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