As entrepreneurs start up their businesses, they quickly learn one of the most challenging aspects of business ownership: How to price a product or service so that it is attractive to customers but still profitable for the business.
Pricing is like a tug-of-war: All customers want to pay as little as possible for a product or service; all businesses want to charge as much as possible for a product or service. Somewhere in the middle is the right answer — a price that is attractive and fair to the customer and a price that is profitable and fair to the business.
Here is a collection of some of my best advice on pricing.
HOW TO PRICE A PRODUCT OR SERVICE
Understand how prices and pricing works: One of the first things you’ll need to do is understand how pricing products and services actually works. It’s not a matter of randomly assigning a dollar value! There is an actual science to the creation of a product’s or service’s price. There are two key elements that go into any price, and there are three kinds of price-based businesses. Read more about it in my blog post Prices and pricing strategies: How to price your offerings more effectively. (Don’t miss the pricing tactics at the bottom of that post).
How to monetize digital content: If your business is selling digital content, it is critical to understand how content monetization works. The web has enabled new business models to be developed so that people can earn money in various ways, but not all of these business models require pricing services or products. There are 5 ways to monetize your content and only 2 of them require pricing. Read more about the 5 levels of online content monetization.
Competing with low-price providers: One problem in many industries is the problem of low-price providers who enter quickly and undercut your prices. It’s a problem for everyone because most of these low-price/low-cost providers will only compete for a short time before they run out of money and have to fold. But along the way, they may potentially do a lot of damage to your business. If you find yourself competing with low-priced providers, check out my blog post: Pricing your sales funnel: How to avoid competing with low-cost providers.
A competitive analysis tool to find the best price for your product or service: What entrepreneurs need most is a way that they can use to find the best price for a product a service. By doing some simple competitive research, business owners can find the best price for their products or services in comparison to their competitors’ offerings. I’ve developed a tool for entrepreneurs to find the best price for their offering. Read about it at How to easily discover the best price for your product or service.
A customer-based, needs-analysis tool to find the best price for all of the products or services in your sales funnel: I’ve also reated another tool to help you know how to price your products and services while you are developing your products, based on what your customers are wanting to buy. By mapping out your products and services against customer needs, you’ll easily see how to price your products and services in the context of your sales funnel — pricing “entry” products for brand new Customers and then pricing follow-up products or existing Customers. In my blog post, you’ll read how product development, pricing, and sales funnels all work together to create a very profitable business! Read more about it at Product development, pricing, and sales funnel strategy made easy.