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Behavioral Economics Powered by Machine Learning and AI Techniques | Pricing Matters

Behavioral Economics Powered by Machine Learning and AI Techniques | Pricing Matters

There is a growing focus among pricing practitioners to use price science to drive pricing decisions. It’s a fabulous trend with many recent innovations in the use of advanced techniques such as machine learning and AI. It is important however to consider behavioral economics because our economic decision making is often shockingly irrational. Naturally, we […]

Can Tariffs Disrupt Your Pricing Strategy? Short answer: YES! | Paul Greifenberger

Can Tariffs Disrupt Your Pricing Strategy? Short answer: YES! | Paul Greifenberger

Commodity market fluctuations that whipsaw product margins are a persistent downstream pricing challenge. Should you take price now, incrementally, or eat the cost change? What will your competitors do? How many times can you change customer pricing this year? Get it right or you risk locking your margins into that corporate “unhappy place.” If you’ve […]

Pricing: Does Fortune Favor the Bold or the Prepared? | Paul Greifenberger

Pricing: Does Fortune Favor the Bold or the Prepared? | Paul Greifenberger

With every sales bid, there are new data that can be used to improve pricing. Yet, much of this potential remains untapped. Why? Because data gaps and uncontrolled sales cycle data variables are significant roadblocks. Find out how Vistaar’s leading edge pricing practices and price science techniques can help you overcome the roadblocks. It’s worth the effort because […]

Machine Learning—a “Next Level” Pricing Element | Paul Greifenberger

Machine Learning—a “Next Level” Pricing Element | Paul Greifenberger

For a pricing strategy to be truly successful, it must be a “win-win-win” for sales, marketing, and finance. This calls for a revenue and margin balancing act consistently performed over time. Vistaar’s SmartQuote  pricing software enables pricing strategies and tactics to efficiently and rapidly adapt as market conditions change. SmartQuote is powered by advanced machine learning techniques […]

New Year’s Resolutions for Pricing 2018 | Strategic Pricing Solutions

New Year’s Resolutions for Pricing 2018 | Strategic Pricing Solutions

I resolve to: Set prices according to the value we bring to customers, not according to my costs. Use the rich data I have in my transactions and CRM interactions to better understand my customers’ needs, how they react to prices and offers, how their prices compare to similar customers and situations, the reasons we […]

A Post-Christmas Carol | Strategic Pricing Solutions

A Post-Christmas Carol | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Customers are smart, they’re cagey and quick; They know their vendors can be like St. Nick. When quotas are missed in the first period or two, Gifts and discounts for customers old and new. “Hey Dasher, hey Dancer, hey Prancer and Vixen, It’s time for your sales team to be a blitzin’. Come to my […]

The Problem With Fake Discounts | Strategic Pricing Solutions

The Problem With Fake Discounts | Strategic Pricing Solutions

If you are a seller employing the large discount strategy, you should analyze your transactions to see what proportion of your sales are transacted at the full list price.  If only 10% to 15% of your sales are at list price, it is pretty clear your customers recognize the fake discounts.  Unfortunately, it is not […]

Dynamic pricing: An efficient solution for true demand response enabling | Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy

Dynamic pricing: An efficient solution for true demand response enabling | Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy

ABSTRACT A dynamic pricing scheme, also known as real-time pricing (RTP), can be more efficient and technically beneficial than the other price-based schemes (such as flat-rate or time-of-use pricing) for enabling demand response (DR) actions. Over the past few years, the advantages of RTP-based schemes have been extensively discussed for DR purposes in electricity markets; […]

How to Value-Price Durability | Strategic Pricing Solutions

How to Value-Price Durability | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Recently I had a conversation with a friend (let’s call her Helen) who wanted to buy a new iPhone, however she was frustrated that the iPhone 8 offers little in enhancements from her current iPhone 6.  She was contemplating ordering an iPhone X.  When I asked why Helen needed a new phone at all, she […]

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 […]