Archives tagged: Pricing Done Right

Pricing Governance and Culture Change

By Tim J. Smith, PhD November 30, 2018

In order for any pricing improvement project to deliver its potential value, price governance and pricing culture must intersect. Some may want to dismiss this as “too much to take on,” but the results of addressing fundamental questions from both sectors creates the difference between the companies that slog-along and those that thrive.

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Are You Raising Prices Fast Enough?

By Tim J. Smith, PhD September 29, 2018

Learning from companies in other countries, we find common imperatives to undertake in response to price volatility. These imperatives are related to building the organizational ability to flexibly adjust prices in response to changing market environment.

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Pricing Innovation

By Tim J. Smith, PhD February 23, 2018

A good pricing decision is two-fold: One defines an aspirational list price and a commercial policy that deducts from this list price known discounts, which lead to the expected target prices by customer segment and perhaps channel.

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Changing of the Pricing Guards

By Mary DeBoni February 23, 2018

If you can successfully explain why implementing a value-based pricing strategy will be instrumental in moving your company towards their goals and targets, you should be in a pretty good position to get buy-ins.

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Give-Get

By Tim J. Smith, PhD August 24, 2017

I have seen three or four multinationals, and four to six local suppliers sell the same core product in the same country, at roughly the same price. Because there is so much competition in these markets, customers ask for discounts and drive suppliers to bid against each other to win their business. It is hard to make a stable supplier business in these situations. How can one win? And, what does value-based pricing have to contribute to these markets?

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Strategic Movements: August 2017

By Tim J. Smith, PhD August 24, 2017

What better way to attract customers than with a discount? I’ll tell you what is a better way: Redefine your business into something customers actually want to engage as a first resort, not as a cheap resort.

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Sales, Marketing, Finance and Pricing in Price Management

By Tim J. Smith, PhD June 16, 2017

Our own research—that of Homburg, Jensen, and Hahn—as well as research by Hinterhuber and still other works by Liozu, repeatedly indicated firms that engage sales, marketing finance, and pricing leaders in pricing decisions outperform those that don’t. At this point, we may even call this settled managerial science.

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Strategic Movements: April 2017

By Tim J. Smith, PhD April 12, 2017

What can sales managers do to reduce the risk of account loss? According to their research, putting top salespeople on the account doesn’t do the trick at all. Rather, putting a person familiar with the account’s industry on it, even if their past sales performance is average or even below average, can almost eliminate the risk of account loss.

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Is Pricing a CEO Level Issue?

By Tim J. Smith, PhD February 7, 2017

CEO’s are responsible for organizing productive operations, and ultimately generating revenue. When it comes to their pricing responsibility, CEO’s manage pricing decisions by defining the culture, structure, and routines necessary for producing sound decisions that align with their strategy.

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Price is a Verb

By Tim J. Smith, PhD January 3, 2017

So what do executives get wrong about pricing? They treat it as a noun not as a verb. Treating price as a verb drives executives to define the culture, organizational structure, and process for making pricing decisions. Leading firms do this. Failing firms don’t. Executives, you have a choice.

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