Cost based pricing is relatively simple. The simplicity of cost-based pricing is what attracts many companies. But we think companies would benefit from slowing down before adopting such a pricing strategy.
If a consumer is shopping for an exclusive brand and likes the idea of buying smart, then many would conclude they can save some money by buying online from a country that sells it cheaper. However, the truth is that they probably won’t succeed; at least not online.
Just when things were looking bleak for Netflix they caught a break as Bank of America came along with their debit card pricing fee. Bank of America has taken such a beating for that decision that if there was such a thing as a Pricing Piñata it would have their logo emblazoned all over it.
It’s no wonder that Fortune 500 Companies are kicking off pricing initiatives at such a tremendous pace. The fruits of their efforts are continuing to make headlines. In last Friday’s Bloomberg’s Business Week there was a prominent article about the gains Goodyear has made by managing mix.
For the average business, a mere 1% increase in price leads to a whopping 12.5% improvement in profitability. That’s the single most powerful lever a company has for boosting the bottom line. The pricing waterfall, a tool for identifying hidden costs and expenses, is one of the most effective ways of capturing that 1% – or more!
A consultant at Pricing Solutions recently presented some learnings he took away from an IBM conference on the topic of analytics. An important topic was the emerging frontier of using real time data to make real time decisions. From a pricing perspective, how could this level of data analytics move companies forward in their ability to be good value based pricers?
If your segmentation isn’t leading you into a discussion about behaviour, price structure, innovation and offer design, you probably have a large untapped opportunity. Read how segmentation can be the backbone of your pricing strategy.