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Book Review - The Psychology of Price: How to use price to increase demand, profit and customer satisfaction

Posted by PriceBeam on September 16, 2020

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The Ultimate List of Great Books on Pricing 

Individual Book Review:

 

The Psychology of Price: How to use price to increase demand, profit and customer satisfaction

Book Author: Leigh Caldwell.

 

The Psychology of Price , explains the science behind pricing and includes practical advice on pricing strategies and techniques that can be instantly applied, as well as expert recommendations to help businesses understand consumer behaviour and reach higher sales.

The Psychology of Price is one of the books selected from The Ultimate List of Great Books on Pricing we have compiled. Pick up a book or two - to help you charge the right price for your products or services. 

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7 Great Ways to Optimize Assortment With Price Research

Posted by PriceBeam on September 10, 2020

Maintaining an optimized assortment can have a positive impact on your pricing strategy and core business strategy. How many products should there be in an assortment, and how should they be priced individually? Does adding more products change the dynamics or psychology of customer choice? Or are there too many products that neither the customers nor the production department really can cope with? 

Finding answers to these questions and optimising your assortment has a number of benefits. It is a scientific process that combines both internal, external, past and present data. This is a challenge in many industries. Classically, consumer goods manufacturers go through an assortment optimization (read: reduction of number of products) every few years as they also add many new innovations. But all kinds of other industries have similar challenges: how many car models to offer? What kind of software packages / plans should a Software-as-a-Service vendor offer? 

 

If certain product categories are performing better than others, you can stock more of these products in your stores. On the other hand, if certain product categories aren’t performing well, you might want to consider creating reduction strategies for these products to clear stock. This will also improves customer satisfaction. By stocking top-performing products, you’ll be providing customers with the products they want to see on the shelf.

 

Assortment optimization drives sustainable growth, helping companies make informed decisions by understanding consumer purchasing behaviours and preferences between products. The following are 7 tips to optimise your assortment and boost top-line growth in your business.

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Topics: assortment optimization

Book Review - The Pricing Journey: The Organizational Transformation Toward Pricing Excellence

Posted by PriceBeam on September 8, 2020

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The Ultimate List of Great Books on Pricing 

Individual Book Review:

 

The Pricing Journey: The Organizational Transformation Toward Pricing Excellence

Book Author: Stephan Liozu 

 

The Pricing Journey provides a unified guide to the behavioral ,organizational, and social features of pricing ― making use of the priniples of socio-technical change. Building on broad qualitative and quantitative research on multiple firms around the world, Stephan M. Liozu provides a practical guideline for management teams that aim to reach a higher level in pricing power.

The Pricing Journey  is one of the books selected from The Ultimate List of Great Books on Pricing we have compiled. Pick up a book or two - to help you charge the right price for your products or services. 

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Book Review - The 1% Windfall: How Successful Companies Use Price to Profit and Grow

Posted by PriceBeam on August 31, 2020

The Ultimate List of Great Books on Pricing 

Individual Book Review:

The 1% Windfall: How Successful Companies Use Price to Profit and Grow

Book Author: Rafi Mohammed (2010)

 

Foremost pricing expert Rafi Mohammed shows businesses how to pick up a financial windfall and stimulate growth using the often-neglected strategy of setting prices. This book shows how moderate cumulative changes to an everyday business process- pricing- can yield important rewards.

The 1% Windfall is one of the books selected from The Ultimate List of Great Books on Pricing we have compiled. Pick up a book or two - to help you charge the right price for your products or services. 

Continue reading through our review for The 1% Windfall below!

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Ultimate List of Great Books on Pricing

Posted by PriceBeam on August 26, 2020

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Topics: Pricing, Pricing Strategy, teaching pricing, value-based pricing, pricing books

What does your Price Positioning say about your Brand?

Posted by PriceBeam on June 16, 2020

Your brand is your promise to your customers. It’s what they are expecting from you when buying your goods or services. Pricing is just as important to brand equity as other differentiators, as one function of a price is that it conveys a quality message and therefore, can influence the conceptual place your brand takes in the target consumer’s mind.

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Topics: Marketing, price positioning, market research, value communication

7 Interesting Reads About International Pricing

Posted by PriceBeam on June 1, 2020

Companies that sell to multinational clients or sell their products globally will have to decide how to price their product in each market .Purchase power, needs, and preferences differ between countries and so does willingness to pay for a given product or service; to maximize profit, pricing research must be conducted for each market.

Have a look at our selection of 7 Interesting reads About International Pricing below:

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Topics: willingness to pay, international prices, international pricing, global pricing study, market research

Get Ready for Post-Crisis Business Recovery with Pricing Facts

Posted by PriceBeam on April 2, 2020

While the immediate issue for most businesses and countries is the shutdown caused by COVID-19 pandemic right now, it is also prudent to plan for how business recovery must take place once societies open up again. Many industries have experienced a collapse in demand, though some such as remote working and home deliveries have experienced a boom. Do you know how your customers and consumers will react once the crisis is over? Will they demand the same products or services? What specific features will be more valued, and what features or benefits will be devalued? Will your product/service become more valuable to your target market segment in August or September?

Your answer lies in our consumer/customer insights. Shopper sentiment, consumer buying behavior and value perception are key parameters to follow once we move into the recovery phase.

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Topics: Pricing, willingness to pay, crisis management

8 Great Books About Pricing

Posted by PriceBeam on February 18, 2020

In today's hypercompetitive global marketplace, a company's pricing policy can make or break the bottom line. Yet a surprising number of firms attempt to increase profits without the aid of a carefully and creatively designed pricing strategy.

Have a read at our list of best books about pricing strategies below!

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Topics: Pricing Strategy, pricing books

5 Ways to Improve Success When Pricing New Products

Posted by PriceBeam on February 14, 2020

Fully 85% of all innovations fail, meaning that one year after the launch of the new product or service the company considers that expectations were not met, or that even the product has been pulled from the market place. Why is this? Well, one of the key reasons is that customers' perception of what the product is worth is not met, either because the product itself under-performs, or because the price is too high vs the value delivered to the customers. In other words, a mismatch between price and willingness-to-pay.

Here are five tips and suggested actions on how to improve the success of product launches by pricing more scientifically and aligned with customers' willingness-to-pay.

Success Factor 1: Understand your customers' real willingness-to-pay

What are customers willing to pay for a product or service? While it should be a very obvious question to ask at any point in time, also when launching new products, it often is a question that is not asked, or conclusions are given beforehand. And this is one of the key reasons that new product innovations fail: 

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If the price is higher than customers' Willingness-to-Pay then you will not sell enough. If the price is lower than customers' WtP then profit is missed and there is not enough to re-invest in the market development. 

Understand what your customers are willing to pay, both overall and by relevant customer segment. With modern cloud technology like PriceBeam's this can be done quickly and cost-effectively.

Success Factor 2: Test different concepts

Most products or services come in different configurations with specific features and benefits. During the innovation and development process it is the norm to consider different feature sets and decide on those that are deemed to matter the most for customers. However, also here don't rely on gut feeling, but test the willingness-to-pay of different concepts. In its simplest form, it could be something as simple as comparing to concepts:

Concept A Concept B

Feature 1
Feature 2
Feature 5

Feature 1
Feature 2
Feature 6

Willingness-to-Pay: $25

Willingness-to-Pay: $30


Such data indicates that Feature 6 is $5 more valuable than Feature 5.

When developing the product or service, make sure to have several checkpoints throughout the process, where different concepts are tested and customer valuations are estimated scientifically.

 

Success Factor 3: One Dollar/Euro/Pound/Yen spent 12 months before launch is worth 10 on the day of launch and 100 after launch

Launching a product and failing is very costly. Production or delivery needs to be stopped, customers and channel partners are upset and in companies with just a few products it may even cost the company everything.

Changing pricing just before launch based on gaining the understanding of the willingness-to-pay in the last days, weeks or month before launching can also be expensive, though typically not as expensive as when having to close a product or business down. But any last-minute pricing changes may still mean under-delivery of sales and profits versus the agreed business case: if you are expecting to sell at a price of $30, but then have to lower the price because last minute price research shows that customers are only willing to pay $20 can also cost a company dearly. Maybe the product should never have been launched if customers really only see two thirds of the value that the company believes in. But potentially millions have already been spent on R&D, and many internal stakeholders have put their name behind the launch, so they may still go ahead.

Now imagining having started testing concepts 12 months before launch: the product development is not finished yet, so adjustments can still be made without costing a fortune. The R&D team can even get hints as to what feature sets to target and develop further, that they may not even have fully considered initially.

So not only does early including of willingness-to-pay insights mean a better market alignment, that can lead in to many more millions in sales, but it also limits unnecessary costs for first developing and later selling a product with a price out of sync with what the market is willing to pay.

 

Success Factor 4: One price does not (always) fit all

While some product categories focus on just as single version of the new product, very often it is possible to launch different versions or editions of the product. Think different sizes or ingredients in packaged consumer goods, different technical specs in e.g. electronics or software, different levels of service/delivery speeds/certainty in service industries. Just as it is possible to have different product versions, it is also very common to see that some customers are actually willing to pay more than other customer segments. So what professional pricing teams must do is to segment the market along willingness-to-pay and match product feature sets to those customer segments. Those who want to pay extra for features/service/speed/etc get product A with a higher price and those who just want the basic feature set get product B with a commensurable, lower price.

 

Success Factor 5: Not all countries have the same willingness-to-pay

Just like the case where customers in a single country have differences in their willingness-to-pay, this difference becomes even more evident when comparing WtP between countries. What a German customer is willing to pay for the latest innovation may be more than twice as much as what a Brazilian customer is willing to pay; or half of what a Japanese customer wants to pay. 

Best practice is to collect pricing insights for a variety of markets and then differentiate the offering by country, like the example above. In each country, the demand curve has a different shape. This is absolute standard and norm for most industries. It is very rare to find in the real world products where all countries show the same or similar WtP.

For companies with local focus, this is straightforward. For global(ish) companies it can sometimes be more difficult to explain to customers why there are differences in internationally comparable prices, in which case the trick is to difference local deliverables, such as after-sales service, certain promotions, features, or other characteristics that may be local.

 

 


Are you facing challenges or issues when pricing your new products? PriceBeam world-class price research platform can help understand what customers are willing to pay for different options. You can directly test various concepts and use the willingness-to-pay comparison to decide which concept resonates most favourably with customers. Book at demo or sign up for a free trial to learn more. 

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Topics: Pricing, willingness to pay, new product pricing