Impact Pricing Podcast

#522: Pricing Table Topics: Queen of Diamonds – Create Perceived Value with Marketing

This one is the Queen of Diamonds from the Impact Pricing card deck.

 We often talk about how we want products that are different from our competitors. And if we think about what we want to build, we want to build products that are better, that are somehow differentiated. And when we do that, we’ve truly built value for our customers because our products are better than our competitor’s products.

However, sometimes our customers don’t know that our products are better. And if they don’t know our products are better and they’ve never used our product before, then we’re not going to get paid more because our products are better. And so, that’s a customer’s perception. We need to make sure that our customers perceive our products to be better.

“Our job really should be, let’s create products that are better than our competitors and let’s communicate that to our customers.”

– Mark Stiving

In the ideal world, we build products that are better. We communicate that ideal differentiation to our customers. And our customers then choose to buy our product because they’ve perceived that value.  

Now, it’s possible that we can communicate value that may not be true, or we could communicate value that may not be differentiated.  One of my favorite papers I read when I was a doctoral student was titled something like, Meaningful Differentiation from Irrelevant Attributes.  

The example they like to use was Folgers Mountain Grown Coffee. I mean, it turns out all coffee is grown in mountains, so Folgers isn’t differentiated with that. But the fact that they tout it, the fact that they talk about it and communicate it, almost makes it feel like they’re differentiated. So, you could think of that as perceived value, even if it isn’t real value.

So, our job really should be, let’s create products that are better than our competitors and let’s communicate that to our customers.

We hope you enjoyed this example of Pricing Table Topics. What you just heard was done without a script. If you want to get better at speaking about pricing and value, grab a deck of our playing cards, pick a card, read the saying, then talk for one to two minutes about what that card says. You’ll become a better speaker and expert. And, you can play card games.

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