Blogs & Articles

Execute Your Plans with Courage, Not Hubris | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Execute Your Plans with Courage, Not Hubris | Strategic Pricing Solutions

If the team has identified certain products as being superior to competing alternatives, and has quantified how that superiority creates value for customers versus the alternatives, those products should have higher prices than the competitors’.  If that means raising some prices more than expected, so be it.  If the team is afraid to execute the […]

Customer Value: The Price of Paradise | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Customer Value: The Price of Paradise | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Earlier this year, my wife and I moved to Florida.  With year-round nice weather, palm trees and white sandy beaches, it seems like Paradise.  Last week Hurricane Irma came through and reminded us of the true price of paradise.  It also reminded me that buyers make trade-offs in every purchase decision, and your pricing strategies […]

Segmentation Is a Critical Part of Channel Management | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Segmentation Is a Critical Part of Channel Management | Strategic Pricing Solutions

The challenge that Under Armour is facing is the exact reason most luxury brands limit their channels to high-end stores where shoppers are not price-sensitive.  If the luxury brands want to target more price-sensitive customers, they develop new products or brands that do not have the same cachet or premium pricing.  By doing so, they […]

Lower Concession Prices May Backfire | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Lower Concession Prices May Backfire | Strategic Pricing Solutions

The Atlanta Falcons have established a new concessions pricing strategy for the coming season, and they will have the lowest prices in the NFL.  They are lowering most prices in an effort to be more fan friendly. I am not a scrooge, but I think it is a bad decision. At best, they will make […]

Focus on the Segments Before Lowering Prices | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Focus on the Segments Before Lowering Prices | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Last week there was an article in the Wall Street Journal, So Long, Hamburger Helper: America’s Venerable Food Brands Are Struggling which discussed the declining market shares of some of the largest packaged food companies.  It is not a surprise; the large CPG companies have been losing customers for the past few years on multiple […]

Books

Book: Dollarizing Differentiation Value – A Practical Guide for the Quantification and the Capture of Customer Value

Book: Dollarizing Differentiation Value – A Practical Guide for the Quantification and the Capture of Customer Value

Summary: Now is the time to answer that “value” question so well and so completely that your organization thrives. The biggest winners in the 21st century will have value-based strategies, value-based innovation, value-based marketing, and value-based pricing. There has never been a more exciting and lucrative time to pay attention to value and turn a […]

Book: Pricing and Human Capital

Book: Pricing and Human Capital

Summary: The pricing profession has come a long way: from having a pure clerical function back in the 1970s to a more strategic one today, pricing professionals are increasingly accepted as fully fledged members of marketing and finance teams. However, in many of these organizations, pricing professionals are often misunderstood and neglected from a career […]

Book: 8 Keys to Price Optimization

Book: 8 Keys to Price Optimization

Summary: Price optimization enables companies to move beyond cost-plus pricing and determine the range of prices that could be charged for a variety of customers and products. Price optimization can increase current operating income by 1 to 4% of sales, which in many cases will translate into a 20 to 50% increase in operating income. The most sophisticated […]

Book: Collection of the Best Pricing Books and E-books

Book: Collection of the Best Pricing Books and E-books

As a service to pricing professionals, we have compiled a collection of the best pricing focused hard-copy books and e-books available. The entries for each book are tagged by subject matter, include the author(s), publisher, date of publication, a picture of the front cover, and a brief summary. For your convenience, we have also included a […]

Book: Pricing and the Sales Force

Book: Pricing and the Sales Force

Summary: Pricing and the Sales Force is the first book to link pricing strategy and the sales force together. Pricing strategy is now well established as an important means of driving profits for many organizations. Countless companies are now mastering price-setting. But what about “price-getting” – converting those list prices into the realized sales, and […]

Reports

How retailers can improve price perception–profitably | McKinsey & Company

How retailers can improve price perception–profitably | McKinsey & Company

New methodologies, powered by big data and advanced analytics, can help retailers attract value-conscious consumers without sacrificing margins. As retail executives know all too well, most pricing decisions require a trade-off between margin and price perception. To avoid a “race to the bottom”—the self-defeating exercise of trying to beat every competitor’s price on every item—retailers […]

Report: Disruptive strategy: Usage-based pricing | Deloitte University Press

Report: Disruptive strategy: Usage-based pricing | Deloitte University Press

Today, pay-per-view isn’t the only thing you buy on a per-use basis. Companies are now offering usage-based pricing on everything from cars to car insurance, giving them rich insight into how, when, and where customers use products and threatening to upend traditional business models where revenues depend on ownership. OVERVIEW Align price with use Reducing […]

Report: You Can Charge Women More, but Should You? | Harvard Business Review

Report: You Can Charge Women More, but Should You? | Harvard Business Review

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (NYDCA) recently released a well-researched report documenting similar products having different prices based on the target customer’s gender. Target, for instance, charged $24.99 for a red scooter and $49.99 for a scooter that appeared to be identical — except for its pink color. (Note: that’s a 100% difference!) […]

Report: Holiday pricing: Making sense of the madness | Bain & Company

Report: Holiday pricing: Making sense of the madness | Bain & Company

Holiday sales are growing in line with expectations, although the level of promotional activity raises questions about the most important outcome: profits. In this issue, we recap November and early-December sales results, take an in-depth look at the volume of promotions and its implications, and offer ideas for infusing more profitable strategies into holiday pricing. […]

Report: ALM: 2015 Law Firm Pricing Report | Patrick on Pricing

Report: ALM: 2015 Law Firm Pricing Report | Patrick on Pricing

For the third year in a row, ALM Legal Intelligence has investigated the pricing activities of law firms (mostly BigLaw). Like last year, the focus is again on pricing professionals. This year’s report, Pricing Officers: Some Firms Still Want to Make the Jump (May 2015), picks up where the 2014 survey left off, focusing on […]

Videos

VIDEO: SALES TIP – Number One Way to Avoid a Discount | The Sales Hunter

VIDEO: SALES TIP – Number One Way to Avoid a Discount | The Sales Hunter

Do you really believe you can’t sell without a discount? I argue that if you are always defaulting to using a discount, then you are not really selling.  I hear from people all the time who ask me, “How do I sell without discounting?!” You have to stop thinking that your customers are buying, when in reality they […]

Video: Volkswagen Passat – The [Lemonade] Stand | Volkswagen

Video: Volkswagen Passat – The [Lemonade] Stand | Volkswagen

A fabulous car commercial that covers perceived value, customer segmentation, and dynamic pricing. It uses the proven pricing training ground of the lemonade stand pricing problems.  VolkswagenCanada Passat owners beware: People will think you paid more than you did. Starting at just $23,975, the Volkswagen Passat comes with standard features (18″ alloy wheels, Kessy Keyless access and […]

Video: Ten Pricing Lessons from Cartoons

Video: Ten Pricing Lessons from Cartoons

A wonderful collection of pricing wisdom found in popular cartoons and comic strips.    PricingProphets This is the sixth in a series of “Ten Things” presentations, in which Jon Manning, the Founder & Managing Director ofhttp://www.PricingProphets.com, looks at ten pricing lessons from cartoons

Video: Pricing Manager’s First Day

Video: Pricing Manager’s First Day

A very popular pricing animated video that captures the struggles that come with being a Pricing Manager. Pricing Manager’s First Day  Tanglethatch

Video: THE WICKED SICK PROJECT – BMX

Video: THE WICKED SICK PROJECT – BMX

One of our favorite videos that take a unique route to explain how much perceived value is at the heart of successful premium pricing programs.  jimboingo A rad to the power of sick test that sets out to prove the power of creativity by George Patterson Y&R Melbourne. We bought a BMX off ebay, then […]

Training

Conference: Pricing & Revenue Optimization Executive Forum 2017 | IQPC

Conference: Pricing & Revenue Optimization Executive Forum 2017 | IQPC

Date: August 23-24, 2017 Location: Chicago, IL Blending Art and Science to Spark the Next Pricing Evolution – A More Meaningful Way for Qualified Senior Pricing Leaders to Share Strategic Insights A Series of Facilitated Executive Roundtables for the Senior Pricing Professional Bringing together a roster of master innovators in the pricing space, the inaugural Pricing and Revenue […]

Conference: 28th Annual Fall Pricing Workshops & Conference | PPS

Conference: 28th Annual Fall Pricing Workshops & Conference | PPS

Date: October 24-27, 2017 Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California Hear from our President, Kevin Mitchell, give insight on the conferences we offer.   Please make plans to join us and well over 500 of your peers for the best event anywhere as we discuss Data, Change Management & the Profit Landscape — […]

The Ultimate Negotiation Strategy Checklist | Strategic Pricing Associates

The Ultimate Negotiation Strategy Checklist | Strategic Pricing Associates

Negotiation is like any sport. The best negotiators, like the best athletes, never stop training. They learn new skills and work to develop them. They welcome the coaching and equipment that can improve performance. We’ve trained thousands of master negotiators over the years, and if there’s one common trait among those who become expert negotiators, […]

Training: Dollarizing Differentiation Value Workshop | Stephan M. Liozu, CPP at PPS Spring Conference

Training: Dollarizing Differentiation Value Workshop | Stephan M. Liozu, CPP at PPS Spring Conference

The dollarization of differentiation value is at the heart of value-based pricing. Join this one-day workshop to learn the 6 steps of value-based pricing and to discover a realistic approach to the science and art of dollarization. You will discover multiple case studies and go through short dollarization exercises. At the end of the workshop […]

Six Sigma Pricing Training | Strategic Pricing Associates

Six Sigma Pricing Training | Strategic Pricing Associates

A disciplined process is needed to achieve Pricing Excellence – SPA’s Six Sigma Pricing training drives real results focused on achieving profitable growth. Measure of success at strategic pricing is not how much it increases price but how much it increases profitability. Thomas Nagle – Professor, University of Chicago Six Sigma Master Blackbelt, Greg Preuer, […]