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How to set a pricing strategy for your business

How to set a pricing strategy for your business

Pricing is one of the most important things to get right for your business; it affects everything from how your brand is seen by customers to the amount of income your business brings in.

 So, how do you set prices so you can attract the right customers as well as drive revenue?

1. Cover your costs

A good place to start is to work out how much it costs to run your business. This will help you see how much you need to make to cover your outgoings so your business breaks even (when your costs are outweighed by sales income and your business makes a profit).

2. Understand customers’ buying decisions

Different customers respond in different ways to pricing, so getting to know your market is quite important. Why are your customers shopping with you? 

Some customers might be highly price sensitive whilst others value quality and service, so they’re willing to pay more. Think about the ‘value’ you’re offering customers through convenience, service, customer experience and product quality.

Also, if you want your customers to know your brand is ‘premium and aspirational’, your pricing should reinforce this.

Retail insight: Almost 7 out of 10 shoppers say quality is more important than price and 5 out of 10 say they will pay more for products and services tailored to their needs.

3.    Keep searching and comparing

Digital has changed the way customers’ shop, which means searching and comparing the price of products immediately across the world is easy. This adds importance to pricing competitively and also aligning your pricing across channels (website, social media, and in-store) for consistency.

Retail insight: 57% of people compare prices online before they buy, with a similar number spending a great deal of time researching to find the best value.

4. Have clear objectives

A plan that sets out your short-term and long-term pricing objectives can help your business work towards its goals. Common goals include driving revenue, increasing profit margins or building market share. Document your business goals and check in regularly to make sure you’re on track.

While setting prices in line with the market can be straightforward, it can also mean letting your competitors effectively decide your pricing strategy for you, according to CommBank National Manager - Retail Industry, Jerry Macey. By setting clear goals and measuring them, you take back some control over your pricing.

5. Discount the right way

If you constantly discount there is a risk that customers will think there’s always a sale on. This has two potential outcomes; shoppers will wait and only shop with you during sale times or they may question the quality and value of your product or brand – perhaps now seen as cheap. The impact of mispricing your product or service could be damaging to your business’ brand reputation.

Retail insight: Any sales and promotion strategy needs to first and foremost align with the long term strategic objectives of your business, its brand positioning and an understanding of your core target markets.

Our Retail Insights report looks into customer behaviour, pricing, sales and promotions and trends. With a focus on leading retail sectors it gives you insights that you can put into practice in your own business. 

This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. It does not have regard to the financial situation or needs of any reader and must not be relied upon as financial product advice.