Approaches to price management
In the following section we go into more detail on the different approaches to price management and show you how our methodology and support lead to a measurable increase in revenue.
1. Defining and implementing an optimal pricing strategy
Pricing strategies are very industry-, company- and market-specific and are based on the prior analysis of the following questions:
- Which pricing strategies do our most important competitors pursue?
- What are our customers’ pricing strategies in the different markets?
- What are our unique selling points (USPs)?
- How can the added value be presented to certain customer groups in terms of price?
- Where are our manufacturing costs and where do we stand in the product life cycle?
These and other questions provide information about the initial situation. This is now linked to the weighted, strategic goals of your company. These goals can be:
- Increase in turnover
- Profit increase
- Expansion of market share
- Increase sales
- Improve liquidity/cash flow
2. Exploit the possibilities of price differentiation
Achieve higher profit margins with the right price differentiation! The goal is to sell the products or services offered by your company on the markets at different prices based on the same costs. There are basically different forms of price differentiation – and you are certainly already using some of them:
- qualitative (performance-related)
The so-called “bundling” of services is also counted among them. All these different strategies are preceded by a conclusive market and customer segmentation. It is crucial to recognise the true willingness to pay of individual customer groups.
How can we help you determine the appropriate strategy for price differentiation?
We identify the different customer groups on the basis of their willingness to pay prices and effectively delineate them from each other. The demarcation between the customer segments should be clear and, if possible, pose little or no risk to communication between the customer groups. The potentials of coherent price differentiation are worth dealing with this strategic topic in detail – the experience of many successfully implemented projects shows this.
An essential aspect of successful implementation lies in recognising the real price willingness of a customer group. There are very different methods for this:
- Targeted conjoint analysis: complex implementation and customer survey with mass data necessary
- Price-stat method: simple implementation for medium-sized businesses with good results.
The “Price-Stat-Method” is based on the consideration of unique selling propositions with an objective evaluation of the added value for the customer. This added value is analytically evaluated in a second step and assigned an additional price (see also Value-based Pricing Method).
3. “Applying the value-based pricing method correctly
This is the most effective method of pricing – but it is still not used effectively enough. The classic cost-based approach to pricing does not take into account the real customer benefit and thus added value from the customer’s point of view. However, this can be significantly higher than the purely cost-based approach to pricing. This involves the pricing of existing additional benefits for a specific customer group that is also willing to pay for them.
For which products/services is the value-based approach suitable? It is an effective tool for products that stand out from the competition due to unique selling propositions or where the marketing company per se can demonstrate competitive advantages in the market environment that are rewarded by the customers. Thus, it is possible to implement this added value positively in terms of price for certain customers simply because of the existing technological leadership in a sector. In order to successfully implement the value-based approach in practice, two fundamental questions must be clarified:
- How does a customer perceive the value of our product? The customer’s understanding of the end customer is also very helpful here.
- How can this added value be translated into a price?
The pragmatic approach to successfully implementing a value-based pricing approach lies in the decision between the goal of maximising profits and increasing market share. In our experience, pursuing both goals at the same time proves difficult to reconcile.
Where have you positioned your company in pricing? A distinction should be made according to the following corporate pricing goals:
- Premium pricing (permanently high price)
- Skimming strategy (decreasing price along the product life cycle)
- Penetration strategy (low price with increasing market share)
The companies with a very good knowledge of their customers and markets benefit the most in these considerations.
The correct transfer of the added value into a price or a price premium on the basic product remains decisive. This is always quantified in direct comparison to the competitive product and added to the basic product of the next best competitive product. The results are worked out in a SWOT workshop with those responsible from sales, product management, technology and service.
4. Standardisation and optimisation of your conditions system
Often there are very different conditions and framework agreements that have “grown historically” to the detriment of profitability. Together with you, we analyse the optimisation possibilities in your condition system and the header conditions: WKZ, bonuses, discounts, rebates and show the effects on your margin and profitability in different scenarios.
We prepare the price and conditions negotiations with you and accompany you during the implementation. In this way, we improve your profitability step by step and ensure the long-term success of your company.