Numbers don’t have intrinsic meaning. What would 10 mean to you if you didn’t understand the number 1? Numbers have meaning because you’ve learned context or relationships. When a kid first learns numbers, they just learn the names of the numbers. When they learn to count, they see various groupings of objects and the word … Continue reading Dread Falling Revenue? Uncover the Stories Behind It
Creatives, Knowledge-based Professionals, Specialists or SMEs–When your firm factors competitor’s prices into your prices, you’ve chosen the one thing that is guaranteed to kill your revenue. How? Your firm: Becomes a commodity without differentiation Is subject to every downward trend in pricing Needs more and more volume to increase revenue Three Pricing Points of View … Continue reading Do This One Thing and Kill Your Revenue
Do you ever ask yourself “Are we leaving money on the table?” Many firms successfully cover their costs and make a profit. And yet—they wonder “are we leaving money and profit on the table?” The answer is too often “yes,” and the cause is their choice of pricing model. While a solid strategy, brand and … Continue reading Value Based Pricing Cold Feet? Warm Up This Way
Do a search for cost plus pricing and you’ll get 75 million hits. The vast majority of these will state that cost plus pricing is a terrible pricing model and to avoid it like the plague. These writers assume the worst about companies’ ability and interest in doing the hard work required to price effectively. … Continue reading What Critics Have Wrong about Cost Plus Pricing
“How do we calculate the fee that’s commensurate with the value delivered?” That is THE question every services company asks when contemplating the value based pricing (VBP) model, and it continues even for firms who have adopted VBP already. Value Based Pricing is the only pricing model that compensates the provider for the life changing … Continue reading What’s the Value of an Intangible?
You’ve come to realize that not all clients or prospective clients desire, need, or want the same value, so your firm offers three options: Good, Better, Best. (Or Platinum, Gold, Silver) What if Good, Better, Best shortchanges your clients—and your company’s bottom line? I started thinking about the harm of Good, Better, Best during a … Continue reading Good Better Best is Not Value Based Pricing
Profits are the end goal of every company. It’s seems straightforward–if we just focus on profits, we’ll succeed beyond our wildest dreams! We all know from experience that it’s not so easy. I find that the best way to profits is to understand their meaning, not just their dollar value. Profits have different meanings within … Continue reading What Visions of Profit Dance in Your Head?
I read a post about how personality assessments create boxes around people. The test or assessment says “I am this or that”—and therefore I must conform to it. Whether months or years later, people continue to identify in whatever way the assessment told them to. The writer, Mark J. Silverman, made the point that any … Continue reading How Will You Break Out of Your Box?
I’ve been seeing a sudden increase is articles, blogs, and podcasts urging every business owner and associate to find their why. If you’re deeply focused on profit and revenue, does this make sense? Your “why” may get you out of bed every morning but it is unlikely to be the reason people become your customers … Continue reading It’s the WHAT Not the Why that Makes Money
Ed and Diane built and built and built their tax practice until they had more than 2500 tax return clients every year. Talking to them in late May, I learned they were exhausted and ready to get out of the business. Why were they exhausted and why did they want to sell their firm? Because … Continue reading Have You Inadvertently Created a Rock-Hard Revenue Ceiling?