Willingness to pay (WTP) is one of the most abused terms in pricing work. Lazy consultants use it as a proxy for value. It is not. Market researchers think of it as something to be measured. Pricing strategists look for ways to shape WTP through marketing segmentation, value communication and a pricing model that connects price to value.
Discounting can be a touchy subject. Sales people often claim that discounts are required to make the sale. Pricing is philosophically opposed to discounts as they undermine profitability and signal lack of pricing power. Marketing worries about how discounts will impact value perception but at the same time desire the increased attention that a well-managed discount campaign can generate. Ouch. How do you manage all of these different imperatives?
We are opening a LinkedIn Group on Pricing the Internet of Things. Why do this? There are many excellent LinkedIn groups on pricing. The Professional Pricing Society has a particularly good one and we are active on it. There is also a good group Internet of Things Strategy and Innovation. So why another LinkedIn Group?
The freemium revenue model is the go-to-market strategy for many web-based software solutions. Unfortunately, it can turn into a costly trap for the service provider. We saw this happen in June of this year with the Photobucket freemium to fee-based service migration debacle. Let's delve into what went wrong with Photobucket's fee introduction and contrast this with the lessons to be learned from Meetup's successful migration to a paid subscription model.
Customers want choice. That is a fact. According to a global Nielsen survey, 63% of customers around the world want manufacturers to offer a new product.