- WHAT SHOULD WE MEASURE WHEN WE EVALUATE OUR MARKETING EFFORTS?
- WHAT IS THE VALUE OF A CUSTOMER?
- DOES CONTENT MARKETING WORK?
- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BRAND, BRANDING, A PERSONAL BRAND AND A COMPANY/PRODUCT NAME?
- WHAT IS GROWTH HACKING?
- HOW MANY « P » CAN BE FOUND IN THE MARKETING MIX?
- THE CUSTOMER VALUE CHAIN
- HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR UNIQUE PRODUCT OR SERVICE?
- CONFERENCE ON FINANCING - MAY 2, 2017
- WHAT IS DRIP PRICING?
- WHICH AMOUNT SHOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR PRICES?
- DETERMINING YOUR HOURLY RATE BASED ON THE VALUE YOU THINK YOU HAVE
- IS LOWERING YOUR PRICES A GOOD IDEA?
- TO OFFER OR NOT TO OFFER FINANCING?
- HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST EXCHANGE RATE RISKS
- WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO INCREASE YOUR PRICES?
- DEMAND BASED PRICING
- WHAT IS A LOSS LEADER?
- HOW TO ORGANIZE A DRAW THE RIGHT WAY?
- HOW TO HAVE REMOTE EMPLOYEES
- IS IT GOOD TO BE FIRST IN A MARKET?
- THE THREE TYPES OF CUSTOMERS
- EXPORTING TO MEXICO - QUERETARO REGION
- DEFINING BUSINESS SUCCESS
- ARE YOU USING REBATES? WATCH OUT FOR THESE
- IS THE CUSTOMER ALWAYS RIGHT?
- EXPORTS AND QUEBEC COMPANIES
- COWORKING SPACES
- YOUR PLACE OF BUSINESS AND INTERNET
- WHY IS SOCIAL MEDIA IMPORTANT FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
- HOW TO USE FREEBIES
- WHAT IS THE MAGICAL FORMULA FOR HAVING SUCCESS IN BUSINESS?
- DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE IN MY FIELD?
- WHEN CAN WE STOP OUR MARKETING?
- WHAT IS A CALL TO ACTION?
- WE ARE ALL SALESPEOPLE; HERE'S HOW TO GET THERE
- HOW CAN MARKETING AND SALES COLLABORATE?
- HOW TO SELL MORE TO YOUR EXISTING CLIENTS
- WHAT IS CROSS-MARKETING?
- WHY SHOULD I SEGMENT?
- WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING YOUR COMPANY'S IMAGE?
- HOW TO CHARGE FOR YOUR PRODUCTS / SERVICES?
- HOW TO DEFINE YOUR PRICING STRATEGY: PRICE POSITIONING
- HOW TO DEFINE YOUR PRICING STRATEGY: MARKET PRICING
- WHAT PRICE SHOULD YOU SELL AT? - COST-BASED PRICING
- WHAT IS A PRODUCT?
- HOW TO MARKET YOUR NEW BUSINESS?
- IS BUYING A FRANCHISE A GOOD WAY TO START A BUSINESS?
- HOW SOCIAL MEDIA HAS CHANGED WORD-OF-MOUTH
- HOW SOCIAL MEDIA HAS CHANGED PUBLIC RELATIONS
- WHAT IS BRANDING?
- WHY INCREASING SALES IS NOT THE SOLUTION
- HOW TO SELECT YOUR COMPANY NAME?
- WHY HAVING A WEBSITE IS ONLY THE BEGINNING?
- WHAT IS MARKETING?
- HOW TO MAXIMIZE THE VALUE OF YOUR SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP BUSINESS
- WHY SELLING IN MEXICO?
- LOW COST MARKETING INITIATIVES
- WHY IS PRODUCT DIFFERENCIATION IMPORTANT?
- hOW TO PRESENT OUR COMPANY
- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARKETING AND PUBLICITY?
- 50% OF YOUR ADVERTISING BUDGET DOES NOT PRODUCE AS MUCH AS THE REST
- RIGHT SELL AND OVER DELIVER
HOW TO DEFINE YOUR PRICING STRATEGY: MARKET PRICING
This month’s article is the second in our pricing strategy series, and in this installment, we will look at market pricing. It is important to note that this article is for managers of small businesses, self-employed professionals and those looking for advice on how to set their prices.
Market pricing is one of the simplest pricing strategies to use; in a given market, what are the prices of people or business doing the same or similar things as you. However, there is more to this. Why? Because not everyone is really the same.
For example, let’s take corporate accounting services. In one of your markets, there are five options;
- - A professional who has not completed his/her university degree, who is not recognized by his professional order and cannot sign financial statements: he/she charges $30 per hour;
- - A professional fresh out of university, who is certified by his/her professional order and is in the process of building his/her customer base: he/she charges $45 an hour;
- - Another professional just out of university but working in a large firm: he/she charges $150 an hour;
- - Another professional who is self-employed with 25 years of experience: he/she charges $75 an hour
- - One last professional who is part of a small firm of four partners: he/she charges $85 an hour.
You want to position yourself in this market. You are self-employed, you have 10 years of experience and you are starting your business (with experience gained in a professional firm). How much should you charge?
An important aspect in the market pricing strategy is the notion of what the market is willing to pay. In our example, the market seems to be able to support a wide range of prices. So this aspect of the analysis is done for us by the players that are already in place and enjoying success with their respective strategies (though it is important to validate the concept of success for each). In our example, according to what the market supports, you would be between $45 and $75 an hour. But where exactly?
Here are other factors to consider:
- Where are you in the development of your business?
- Sale volume needed to break even;
- The financial reserve you have to support your business development;
- Your ability to differentiate yourself from other competitors in the market.
Let's go a little further in our analysis.
You’re starting out and you want to build your customer base? A lower price is one way to "steal" market share. So unless you're well known in the market, the price variable can be used as a differentiation factor between you and the other options. But be careful, you have to stay within a certain limit. In our example, you shouldn’t fall below $45 an hour because you would void the "value" of your certification with your professional order.
What is the level of sales necessary to achieve your break-even point? Here, the cost-based pricing elements should be considered to answer that question. You need too many sales to break even? Your costs are too high compared to those of your competitors? You might have to consider another market with a higher price range or review your costs.
If you have the funds to allow you to be more patient, than you can set your prices more toward the high end of the price range. Good customers will soon be coming through the door as long as your communication strategy is sound and well executed.
Finally, the ability to differentiate yourself from your competitors is also essential. The actions that need to be taken here fall into the personal branding concept. In Economics, there is an important maxim that says, all things being equal, the thing that will influence the purchasing decision of the consumers will be the price. To get out of this, it is essential that you are able to highlight your competitive edge and market yourself accordingly.
Do you have questions or comments? Feel free to contact me.
Stéphane Elmaleh-Riel, B.Ed., MBA