If you sell a product, then the secret to your success will be to offer a great value proposition. That means that your product should improve people's lives in a way that they deem more valuable than the price you're asking for when you charge them.
Now that you have a better understanding of your prospect's goals and challenges, the next step is introducing yourself in a way that gets their attention and opens the door to a conversation.
In How to Avoid the Low Price Trap we talked about focusing on the tops of the trees, the hard to get clients with the best paying projects. But how do you build that ladder to reach them?
Your pricing strategy is one of the key components of your marketing message. It speaks about things far beyond your cost. It communicates value, customer attentiveness and how you view the relationship, both short and long term. It's not something you should just stumble into.
Why are there so many talented freelancers willing to work for minimum wage?Because most of them are competing for the same low budget projects using the same entry level advertising.
There are many important aspects to running a business, but perhaps the most important of all is your pricing strategy. At the end of the day, whether customers are willing to keep spending money at your business and whether you can afford to stay in business comes down to your prices. Here are five steps to get you on the right path for an effective pricing strategy.
One of the most difficult elements of marketing for most people is the art and science of pricing. There's a lot of science to it—but it's also an art. How do you price your goods and your services? Where do you start?
It's a major sales error to use pricing actions to break a stalled deal lose. Pricing actions are meaningless until the customer decides, "I want to buy." Pricing actions are meaningless until pricing is the only issue keeping a customer from buying.
Instead of chasing the lowest price, you must develop customers who are loyal to you because you have provided them the value they need. Just remember that it is up to you to spell out this value so they understand what they are receiving.
When I started out my own business, I made so many mistakes. A year and a half later, the company's revenue has increased by over 300% and my personal profit has increased by more than that. Want to know the reason? I did two things: I raised my rates and got pickier about the clients I work with.