What is Predatory Pricing?

Posted by Rob Horton on October 26, 2023

When you sell any product or service, you want to strike a careful balance between charging a price that leaves you with a profit and one that encourages customers to buy. Charge too much, and you may price out customers. Charge too little, and you may end up losing money on each sale.

But what happens when you take pricing below the cost of production? This tactic – known as predatory pricing – aims to drive out your competition by forcing them to lower their prices.

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Topics: Pricing Strategy

Getting Pricing Right for Black Friday and Cyber Monday (Part One)

Posted by Philip Huthwaite on October 2, 2023

Black Friday and Cyber Monday, often abbreviated as BFCM, are two of the most significant shopping events of the year. They represent a golden opportunity for businesses to boost their sales, clear inventory, and attract new customers. However, achieving success during BFCM requires careful planning, and one of the most critical elements is pricing. In this ten-part series, we'll explore strategies for getting the pricing fit just right to maximize your BFCM sales. In part one, we cover the price tool needed.

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Topics: Pricing Strategy, Black Friday, Cyber Monday

What is Map Pricing and is it Legal?

Posted by Philip Huthwaite on September 27, 2023


Have you ever wondered why certain products never seem to drop below a specific price point online, even during sales? It's the same reason why some brands maintain consistent pricing across multiple retailers: MAP pricing.

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Topics: Pricing Strategy, RRP, MAP Pricing

6 Ridiculously Simple Ways to Price Effectively

Posted by Philip Huthwaite on August 18, 2023

Should Your Pricing Strategy be Simple or Complex?

There is undoubtedly a desire from both Sales and Marketing professionals and consumers for a simple, easily understood pricing strategy.

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Topics: Pricing Strategy, Pricing

Why Use Promotional Pricing?

Posted by Moira McCormick on July 20, 2023

What is Promotional Pricing?

Promotional pricing is a powerful sales tool, used to increase the demand for a product, particularly among price-sensitive consumers. This marketing strategy involves reducing prices by a certain percentage for a limited period, hence, positioning an item as on sale. This tactic is often employed when launching a new product line as a way to incentivise sales. Today, we'll explore promotional pricing in detail and take a closer look at its forms, benefits, and drawbacks.

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Topics: Pricing Strategy, Promotions

It's Time to Rethink Your Pricing Strategy

Posted by Moira McCormick on June 13, 2023

Change can be difficult; sometimes it's much easier to carry on as we are and not try to rock the boat.  However, when it comes to pricing it's not a good idea to stick with the same old, same old (or, indeed, to bury your head in the sand). 

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What's Decoy Pricing & Why Businesses Need It?

Posted by Philip Huthwaite on June 6, 2023

What is Decoy Pricing?

Decoy pricing is a clever strategy that guides potential customers towards a specific product by presenting an inferior alternative. This approach is achieved by creating an additional version of the product solely to make the higher-priced options appear more economically favorable. By compelling individuals to compare pricing options, the decoy effect comes into play, resulting in increased sales of the more attractive, higher-priced item.

Have you ever noticed how frequently products are offered in three different options? While part of it may be attributed to businesses wanting to provide varied choices to customers, astute marketing takes advantage of the decoy effect to steer customers towards the priciest purchase, rather than the one they might typically choose. Our brains tend to disregard the cheapest option, regardless of its suitability for our needs, as it seems inferior in comparison to the rest. This psychological bias is skillfully utilised by companies to influence consumer behavior and maximise sales.

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Topics: Pricing Strategy, Decoy

How to Compete Against Amazon with Optimised Pricing

Posted by Nick Witts on September 28, 2020

Amazon’s 2020 has been strong with accelerated growth during lockdown.  When online spending rose, 1 in 3 online sales in the UK was attributed to them.  Now,  with the expansion of their services to include grocery delivery, their growth has continued.

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Topics: Pricing Strategy, Amazon, Marketing Strategy, Holiday Season

How to Get the Most Out of Pricing Software

Posted by Philip Huthwaite on February 4, 2020


Find out how to get the most out of Pricing Software

So, your business has made the decision to implement a pricing tool such as BlackCurve. Fantastic! You’re well on your way to get an average 1% - 3%+ gross margin improvement.

This is because pricing tools help maintain pricing accuracy, make the pricing process more efficient and effective, as well as help you identify better price points for your goods and services that drive overall business growth.

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Topics: Pricing Software, Pricing Strategy, Pricing Solution, Pricing System

Why Your Pricing Strategy is Failing and How to Fix It

Posted by Moira McCormick on November 21, 2018


No matter what product or service you sell, the price you charge your customers or clients will have a direct impact on the success of your business.

A truly effective pricing strategy should:

  • Communicate your value
  • Position you in the market
  • Reinforce your revenue strategy
  • Allow you to invest in continuing innovation
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Topics: Pricing Strategy

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