The Last Mile of Pricing is NOT Selling but Buying

I recently gave a one day workshop on at the Professional Pricing Society on “Value Creation and Enhanced Pricing: Increase Profits through Right Customer Value Pricing at Orlando, Florida in October, 2012

One breakfast speaker stated that the Last Mile of Pricing is Selling. This shows that companies are still inward looking and are not looking at the Customer’s buying propensities and the Value Customer perceives

The moment you think the last mile of Pricing is Buying, you will start to look at the Value you are creating for the Customer and the psychological and other barriers to buying and at neuro marketing. But because pricing is normally a separate department (or silo), the pricing department does not have the support of marketing, nor do they have the clout, nor do they have the knowledge of the Value the Customer perceives (and often neither the sales and marketing department has this information in detail except through satisfaction studies), nor do they have access to neuro marketing or psychic selling, and they cannot influence much of what sales and marketing does. So they are forced to look at pricing from a technical angle.

So, the first step in making buying the last mile of pricing is to break silos in companies. Breaking silos in companies is also needed for creating Customer Value, and for innovation. Thus this alignment of departments must become a corporate imperative.

The next step is to get an outside in understanding of what Customers think and perceive.

Then understanding what customers are willing to pay for and why they buy will help make buying the last mile of pricing. This can be done through a Customer Value Added study. The relative weights (what is important to a Customer) can help you price various components of your offering from a Customer’s point of view and get you a better price. Soon, you will note that price is not everything, and as you create Value, your price and profitability will go up.

Customer Value Foundation will be conducting a seminar in Mumbai, In February 2013 on Value Creation and Enhanced Pricing: Increase Profits through Right Customer Value Pricing. Click the image below for more information.

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Gautam Mahajan
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One Comment on “The Last Mile of Pricing is NOT Selling but Buying”


  1. I could only smile reading your message; I’ve been discussion the client’s buy-side requirements and buy cycle for years. Some days I actually see where I’m making progress…

    Mr Bill Ezell
    CEO and Founder
    Client Success Group Inc


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