How is it that businesses consistently fail to see the relationship between price and profits? What I suspect is that many businesses believe that it’s easier to compete on price than to differentiate.
Nearly every small business wants to sell more stuff— stuff being whatever your product or service is. After all, your business can’t survive if you aren’t selling stuff and generating revenue. But not all sales are the same, and selling the wrong way can ultimately hurt your small business.
The great thing about being a small business owner is getting to know your customers. The folks who come into your shop frequently or contact you on a regular basis are the ones whose stories you remember and whose favorite brand of leather boots you keep in stock.
Many small and medium-sized businesses have conducted promotional marketing campaigns on sites like Groupon and Living Social and in direct mail coupon value packs. You’d think these coupon deals would be bringing in new and repeat customers like crazy. But are they?
The right price is something of a moving target for many companies. You may need to change the tag on a given product multiple times during the period of time you offer it and the more detail you can offer on the decisions to do so, the happier your customers will be.
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.
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