Archives tagged: product pricing

Is That Membership Paying Off?

By Kyle T. Westra October 16, 2019

My wife’s favorite holiday is Halloween. As such, we were in the market for a life-sized skeleton for the house. We also…


When Price Doesn’t Matter

By Kyle T. Westra March 26, 2018

If you find yourself in this situation, reducing price can help to clear existing inventory but it will not solve the fundamental problem of lacking a product that people want. Better to preserve what profits you can and invest them into developing a product that addresses a customer need.


The Process for 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.


When Shortage Is Strategic

By Kyle T. Westra February 23, 2018

Shortages can be signals of excitement, quality, even virtue. “Sold out” is a powerful story for the right kind of product. Musk’s goal isn’t optimizing his earnings from flamethrowers. His goal is building excitement and investment around his companies. Selling out a flamethrower, and even a hat, does that in a big way.

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Pricing is Product Management’s Responsibility Too

By Tim J. Smith, PhD November 16, 2017

Product managers undoubtedly can be held accountable for the profitability of their portfolio. It is reasonably possible to make portfolio profitability a key performance indicator of a product manager. And it reasonable to make this part of their compensation package, thus holding them not only accountable but impacting their own economic condition based on the quality of the decisions they make.

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If My Customers are Unique, Why Isn’t their Pricing?

By Mary DeBoni November 16, 2017

Assigning a list price is an arduous task—we want to make sure we get it just right to ensure good margins and profitability. But are we underestimating the importance of one key question? Who is(are) my end user(s) and how are they using my product? If you can think of various answers you may have various customer segments.


Strategic Movements: October 2017

By Tim J. Smith, PhD October 18, 2017

Sonos Inc. felt the heat of Amazon’s Alexa in the in-home wireless sound movement.  What to do?  If you can’t beat them, join them.  Working with Amazon, Alphabet, and Apple, Sonos is planning to make smart speakers for all of them.  Smart move Sonos for the increasing Smart Home.