This one is the Jack of Clubs from the Impact Pricing card deck.
There’s almost never a good reason to lower prices. We’ve seen that a 1% price increase can lead to a 10% improvement in profitability. Well, the opposite is true too. A 1% price decrease could lead to a 10% decrease in profitability. And that’s painful.
As a general rule, I would never ever lead a price decrease. I’m not lowering my prices. And the only thing that would ever prompt me to, is if my competitors lowered their price first and I had to keep up with them. I had to match whatever price decrease they put out because they were taking too much of my share. But even if my competitors lowered their price, I wouldn’t do an across the board price decrease.
“As a general rule, I would never ever lead a price decrease. The only thing that would ever prompt me to, is if my competitors lowered their price first and I had to keep up with them.”
– Mark Stiving
Instead, I would look at where is it that my competitors are taking my business. And can I do a price decrease just on that piece of business? Let’s start thinking about price segmentation and market segmentation, understanding where that competitor is powerful, is available, and only lower prices in those places where we have to in order to keep our market share.
But a great rule is just never lower your prices, unless you have to.
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