Ten Years’ Worth of Learnings About Pricing

Why do we set prices? Setting aside the important reasons of generating revenue and maintaining solvency for a business, there are many other reasons to set price. Price reinforces brand because price telegraphs whether a product is a premium product or a value product. Price differentiates products in the market and can be used as a go-to-market strategy. Underprice the competition to gain share. There … [ Read more ]

It’s Price Before Product. Period.

Madhavan Ramanujam is to monetization strategy what Bob Marley is to reggae music. He’s managed over 125 projects for companies ranging from hot startups to the Fortune 500. Drawing from his talk at First Round’s CEO Summit, Madhavan Ramanujam explains why pricing is so paramount from the get-go and the four ways companies often trip up when trying to monetize. He also shares the three … [ Read more ]

The Price is Right: Essential Tips for Nailing Your Pricing Strategy

Price Intelligently Co-founder and CEO Patrick Campbell has seen startups and multinationals alike labor to perfect products only to casually raise their finger to the wind when it comes to determining pricing. In this exclusive interview, Campbell deconstructs and walks through the elements of a pricing strategy to enable startups to more effectively acquire customers. The foundational work behind pricing is to create, test and … [ Read more ]

A Founder’s Guide to Product Pricing

Figuring out the right pricing for your startup is a challenging, yet crucial, part of building a successful company. The way you price your product can make or break your startup. So, it’s important to understand the pricing landscape of your market and how your company fits into it to get your startup’s pricing right.

Dreamit recently hosted an educational panel on startup pricing for the … [ Read more ]

What Is the Ideal Price of a Product?

How can you optimize the price of a product or service? Julián Villanueva, José Antonio Segarra and Iciar Ferrer outline the variables to keep in mind and explain how to tailor your pricing policy. For starters, remember that most buying decisions are far from rational, as they are influenced by certain psychological factors.

The Promise — and Perils — of Dynamic Pricing

Changes in technology and a greater acceptance of dynamic pricing among consumers are prompting more industries to consider deploying this type of pricing mechanism, even though the concept has been around for more than 30 years. This article highlights four types of dynamic pricing and three criteria to consider if using it.

Name Your Price. Really.

Is it worthwhile for retailers to experiment with “pay what you want” pricing? Shelle Santana unmasks the surprising logic behind how much customers will pay, and when. One finding: sellers can dramatically change what some buyers are willing to pay.

A Refresher on Price Elasticity

Setting the right price for your product or service is hard. In fact, determining price is one of the toughest things a marketer has to do, in large part because it has such a big impact on the company’s bottom line. One of the critical elements of pricing is understanding what economists call price elasticity. To better understand this concept and how it impacts marketing, … [ Read more ]

8 Reasons Companies Don’t Capture More Value

Doesn’t every business want to maximize its profits? Pricing textbooks certainly all assume they do, or at least that they want to achieve a certain profit level under given constraints. But in truth businesses rarely focus on only profitability; most strive to satisfy various stakeholders and meet the goals of balanced scorecards. And even when a company is focused tightly on financial performance, there are … [ Read more ]

Seven Tips to Optimally Organize Your Pricing Page for Conversions

An important part of an optimized website is your pricing page. So how can you best structure it? How can you present the information in the most effective way to help your site visitors decide to start using your product or service? Here are seven rules for designing your pricing page for optimal conversion.

Smart Pricing Strategies for Generating Higher Conversions (Part 1 of 2)

Smartphones, tablets, even desktops have forced marketers to move on from age-old pricing models. They have had to dig deeper into buyers’ thought process to understand what persuades buyers. This article will explore some creative ways of pricing products for the digital age, backed by some sound research and practical applications.

Editor’s Note: find part 2 at http://www.marketingprofs.com/articles/2015/27822/smart-pricing-strategies-for-generating-higher-conversions-part-2-of-2

Using Big Data to Make Better Pricing Decisions

Harnessing the flood of data available from customer interactions allows companies to price appropriately—and reap the rewards.

Understanding Profitability: How Companies Can Improve Their Businesses with Profitability Analytics

Using price analytics could help companies in many industries do a better job of understanding the profitability of specific products and services. One cornerstone is ensuring the transparency of all associated costs. Price analytics also addresses areas such as organizational structure, business processes, customer segments and product characteristics.

Leading-Edge Pricing: Harnessing the Power of the Waterfall Model

Diverse offerings make it tougher than ever to associate prices with a product’s or service’s underlying costs. Developing pricing arrangements for specific customers or customer groups also is increasingly difficult. One possible solution is a fully allocated price and cost waterfall.

Get It Right: Pricing Strategies That Work

If you’re not exactly sure which pricing strategy will work for your business, these 6 steps can help you successfully set your company’s prices.

Pricing Strategy: Piercing the Veil of Value Exchange

Conventional management wisdom suggests that price should reflect value. But what is the value that prices should reflect? And just whose perception of value should determine price? As these questions and the answers to them suggest, pricing is no longer only an economic challenge. As this author suggests, pricing today is also a marketing challenge, and in this article he describes how managers should deal … [ Read more ]

When the Price is Right

Business executives involved in mergers or acquisitions face a full plate of prickly issues, from early due diligence to negotiating deal terms to organizational integration, including who ends up in the C-suite. However, one thing they typically don’t pay enough attention to is pricing strategy.

Setting Value, Not Price

The first task is to map benefits versus price—as the customer sees them. Bear in mind that equal value doesn’t mean equal market share. The key decision: do you stay on the line of value equivalence, or get off?

Are You Taking Full Advantage of the Pricing Window?

Prices tend to be seen as markers for individual transactions. In fact, the total realized price for many products and services takes into account the full set of related transactions that occur before, during and after the sale. It represents a window of opportunity that opens earlier, and stays open longer, than companies often realize.

Why Good-Better-Best Prices Are So Effective

When most managers think about pricing, they harken back to their days of Economics 101: a rote downward sloping demand curve and an asterisked point labeled “perfect price.” At this optimal price, elasticity is such that it does not make sense to raise price (because the extra per unit profit is overshadowed by lost sales) nor discount (because increased sales don’t compensate for lower profit … [ Read more ]