Pricing excellence has made a major contribution to Westrock’s bottom line. Here we speak with pricing leader Bob Vezeau on how he has developed pricing capability for a company that brings innovative solutions to a commoditized market (packaging) and does so at scale.
Our recent research on how people price innovations found different pricing methods for sustaining versus disruptive innovators. Sustaining innovators tend to use value-based pricing. Disruptive innovators are more likely to price relative to the market alternative. We explore why this might be using the Clayton Christensen model of disruptive innovation.
We see a lot of market segmentations in our work. Often these segmentations are the weakest part of the marketing plan. Many segmentations are limited to firmographic data and in some cases are simply a list of industry verticals. They are meant to find a market that fits the offer. Instead, we should segment based on emotional and economic value creation to build an offer that fits a market.