Dec 4, 2018
Common Listener Questions - Pricing
Another common set of questions we receive from those who listen
to our podcast, as well as potential clients and current clients,
revolve around pricing.
How should we price our product or service? Also asked as, How
should we approach price? These are two of the more common
questions around pricing. This week on the Catalyst Sale
podcast we discuss pricing, and wrap up the discussion with a
brief conversation on addressing the price objection.
- What is the difference between value and price?
- How can we make the price easy to understand?
- Market Response - using market data to iterate.
- How do you handle the price objection?
- Your pricing should be simple, but that doesn't mean it is easy
- Your pricing should be easy to understand
- Should be easy to work with
- When I buy coffee at Starbucks, I know what it will cost.
The price is on the board behind the barista.
- Is it (your product or service) worth the trade?
- B2B - the decision is most often on behalf of others
- Value & Price - Ask these questions when thinking about
- What is the value the customer will get?
- How can I make it easy to understand?
- What are the variables that influence or impact price?
- Value is a perception
- Price is what you pay
- Value may diminish over time and volume.
- Ask these questions on behalf of your customer
- What do they find value in?
- Why is this valuable?
- What are the costs of not solving the problem?
- Your perceived value of the solution may be different than
you’re the perceived value your customers have.
- You can make it easier to understand your pricing approach by
setting clear expectations. These expectations can be set
around costs, impact, volume, etc.
- Whiteboard out the variables, or use a tool like mindnode to
organize thoughts around the variables.
- Gather data from the market, do this by asking questions.
The information will help you iterate and evolve your approach to
- Leverage question to understand the perspective of the
customer. Don't simply respond to the pricing objection with a
discount, or an answer.
- Consider that the customer may be measured based on some
factor that you have not uncovered.
- Be empathetic, put yourself in the shoes of your customer.
- Be careful about the assumptions that the customer may
make based on their understanding of the pricing.
- Don't assume.
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