The BlackCurve 'Big Ben' Release is LIVE!

Posted by Philip Huthwaite on November 30, 2016

We're excited to announce that the next version of BlackCurve is now live. This release, called 'Big Ben', gives users more flexibility in setting up additional pricing levels (i.e. your price waterfall), as well as making it easier to bulk price customers by assigning them to customer profiles. 

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Topics: BlackCurve, Release Notes

9 Signs You Need to Review Your Pricing Strategy

Posted by Philip Huthwaite on November 29, 2016

Pricing is a journey, and you should always be looking to tweak and fine-tune your pricing, as well as seeking to understand if your overall pricing strategy is working. This post covers 9 indicators that may be telling you it’s time for a change in your pricing plan.

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Topics: Pricing Strategy

BlackCurve New Release - Big Ben

Posted by Philip Huthwaite on November 28, 2016

It's 28th November 2016, and we're pleased to bring to the world a series of enhancements to the BlackCurve platform which include:

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How to Use Quoting Software to Supercharge Your Company

Posted by Moira McCormick on November 28, 2016

Many industry leaders use Configure Price Quote (CPQ) software to inject speed and accuracy into their sales engines. Now could be the time for you to make a strategic investment in quoting software to increase your operational efficiency and give your company profits a real boost.

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Topics: CPQ, Configure Price Quote, Quote Manager, Quotation Software, Quote System, Configure Price Quote Software

14 Pricing Strategies to Help Grow Your Retail Company

Posted by Moira McCormick on November 24, 2016

Even if a lot of our high streets are suffering from the competition offered from ecommerce sites, shoppers are still willing to visit a "real-live" shop and be tempted to purchase if the prices to them seem reasonable and competitive.

It's a misconception that online prices will always be cheaper – and there's nothing tempts shoppers to part with their hard-earned cash more than an attractive shop window display or instore promotions.

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Topics: Retail, Pricing Strategies

How to Use the Monte Carlo Simulation

Posted by Moira McCormick on November 22, 2016

Monte Carlo Simulation (also known as the Monte Carlo Method) provides a comprehensive view of what may happen in the future using computerised mathematical techniques that allow people to account for risk in quantitative analysis and decision making.  It tells you not only what could happen, but how likely it is to happen.

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Topics: Monte Carlo Simulation

Use These Pricing Strategies to Grow Your Ecommerce Site

Posted by Moira McCormick on November 21, 2016

Feeling downhearted that you can't compete with the "major players" in the Ecommerce world? OK, so you're not going to take on Amazon anytime soon but there are other canny ways to compete - and it all starts with thinking about, then developing, a competitive ecommerce pricing strategy.

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Topics: Pricing Strategies, Ecommerce

Your 3 Step Guide to CPQ is Here!

Posted by Emmanuel Aremu on November 18, 2016

Ever wondered what Configure Price Quote (CPQ) is? Have you thought about using CPQ but don't know how to implement it?

Due to popular demand, the very best BlackCurve CPQ blog posts were expanded with additional strategies and put together in this practical pricing guide called 'Your 3 Step Guide to CPQ'.

You can download it here.

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Topics: CPQ, Configure Price Quote, Price Quote

6 Reasons Why Cost-Plus Pricing is Harming Your Company

Posted by Moira McCormick on November 17, 2016


Cost-plus pricing is a common approach to pricing used by many B2B/B2C businesses, probably because it's easy to calculate and implement: in order to reach your cost-plus price you simply add up all the costs of production or manufacture, set a desired margin for each unit and add that margin onto your cost. Voila, you have your price!

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Topics: Cost-Plus Pricing

The Ecommerce Pricing Guide is Here!

Posted by Emmanuel Aremu on November 15, 2016

Hot off the press is our latest guide for online retailers entitled: 'The Ecommerce Pricing Guide'.

You can download it here.

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Topics: Pricing Strategies, Ecommerce, Online Retail, Pricing Guide

19 Pricing Methods to Help Grow Your Company

Posted by Moira McCormick on November 15, 2016

Whatever business you are in you can use distinct or combinations of different pricing methods dependent on your business objective(s). A successful pricing strategy can be used to maximise profitability for each unit sold or from the market overall. It can also be used to defend an existing market from new entrants, to increase market share within a market or to enter a new market.

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Topics: Pricing, Pricing Methods

The New Pricing Guide for Manufacturers is Here!

Posted by Emmanuel Aremu on November 14, 2016

Our in-house researcher, Moira McCormick, has been working hard at producing the latest guide 'Pricing Guide for Manufacturers'. It is now available to download.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Pricing Guide

Use These Pricing Strategies to Grow Your Manufacturing Company

Posted by Philip Huthwaite on November 10, 2016

Manufacturers face their own unique pricing challenges with ever-changing products and demand.

It's a real conundrum to accurately estimate a fair market value for manufactured products whilst at the same time managing to keep a close eye on the bottom-line. Just keeping the whole process ticking over can be an achievement in itself ; looking forward to a healthy profit at the end of a revised pricing process should provide momentum and be an added bonus in these difficult times.

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Topics: Pricing, Manufacturing, Pricing Strategies

Why You Should Publish Your Pricing

Posted by Philip Huthwaite on November 8, 2016

This post was sparked off the back of a tweet I was shown by my good friend Doug Ayling, when we were debating, over a pint of course, why some software companies don’t show their pricing.

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Topics: Pricing, Transparency

Why You Need to Understand Competitor Pricing

Posted by Moira McCormick on November 2, 2016

Competitive-based pricing, or market-oriented pricing, involves setting a price based upon an analysis of what the competition is up to pricing-wise. You can choose to price-match - or price your goods higher or lower, dependent on what your overall business goals are and how you wish your product to be perceived.

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Topics: Pricing, Competitor Pricing

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