Friday, March 09, 2007

Ways To Raise Prices Without Loosing Sales

If you can successfully raise your prices, it will put more cash in your pocket than anything else you can do -- including selling more products. Why? Because every cent of a price increase is pure profit.

For example: a 1% price increase would results in a 12% profit increase for most large corporations, given their profit margins. That's because you dont' have any additional costs associated with a price increase. A 5% price increase? That's a 60% increase in profits. Assuming, of course, that you don't lose a large number of your customers!

Your customers aren't as cheap as you may think!
You may think your customers all want to buy the offering with the lowest price, but I can tell you from personal research that this is not true for most of your customers - be they consumers or businesses.

I just conducted a very large study of 12 different consumer products and on only one of them did most consumers prefer the cheapest offering -- a shirt. On all the other 11 products, ranging from eggs, HDTVs, MP3 players, tires, vitamins, watches, and more -- most people preferred either the 2nd from the cheapest offering or the middle-priced offering (out of 5 different prices).

Exception -- "Bargain Hunters"

Of course, there is a small group of "bargain-hunters" out there. People who enjoy the thrill of finding the cheapest deal. You can win these customers if you're cheaper than all alternatives, but they will never become loyal to you. The first alternative that undercuts your price will get them. If you're Wal-Mart, you have to care about these customers - they're your targets. But many, possibly even most, companies will have fatter profit profits if they leave this group to others.

Exception -- selling products with model numbers:

If you sell Sony digital cameras, model XYZ, then you're between a rock and a hard place trying to compete against another retailer selling Sony digital camera, model XYZ. That's because a quick look at will get any customer a look at your price compared to everyone else selling the same model.

But... even then a retailer charging a little more may win the sale over the cheapest offering -- if that retailer has a better reputation or better-known brand name than the cheaper alternative. But the price difference can't be much. For example, I've bought a number of items beyond books from even when they were a little bit more expensive -- because I trust with that I won't have a hassle if there is a problem with the product.

Price increases that go unnoticed:

You may not know this, but there are 12 different ways you can raise prices without your customers even noticing! See, pricing isn't all logic. Our brains are set up to notice some things in our environment and not others -- even when they're right in front of us. For example, you've probably already noticed that many merchants price at $9.99 instead of $10. Those who have tested the two prices have found that they can increase orders 5-15% by dropping that penny.

Is this logical? Should a penny difference in price cause 10% more people to buy the product? No way. Proof: Try changing your price from $9.99 to $9.98 and see if you get 10% more buyers! (Hint: I've tested those two exact prices and there was no difference in buyers.) Now... suppose your current price is $9.98. Or $9.90. And suppose you raised it to $9.99. Or suppose your price was $88 and you raised it to $89.

Would your customers notice the difference? Probably not:

Memory tests with have shown that human beings ( whose written languages read left to right) remember $9.90 OR $9.99 as "9 something." And most of them remember $88 OR $89 as either $80s or high $80s. Could you use an extra buck or two profit from each sale? But you already know this tactic? Well... fortunately there are 11 more "hidden" tactics that use what we know about consumer psychology to find opportunities to raise prices.. Get It Here..

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