Banning the Word Cheap
Rule seven: Never tell anyone your product is cheap. Yuck. Nothing major to dwell on here, really, but never ever describe your products as cheap. Competitively priced – yes, the best price for that service – yes, cheap – no way. That just devalues your product full stop. More often than not, people don’t want cheap. They want quality at a good price, especially in online business.
Rule eight: Don’t be afraid to experiment with pricing strategies. I can understand how you might be worried that customers, who bought your product costing four hundred dollars, would be annoyed that they receive an e-mail for a special seasonal offer cutting that cost in half, but it seriously doesn’t work that way. You’re not offending anyone by doing this, and it’s the only way you’ll come up with new techniques and tactics yourself, through testing.
The fact is real world businesses do this all the time. They have super sales, then they put prices up at Christmas time and particular times of the year when their products are going to be more in demand, discount things daily, add and remove discounts and so on. It’s not a wrong thing to do. It’s not unethical. It’s business. And if your customers have ever left their houses to go and purchase something from a store, they’ll know this too.
So here’s the deal. If you need some extra cash, why not offer a limited number of members, a long subscription at a discount of a month or so throughout the year? I have to say this one works real well, and I had a large percentage of my member base from my previous site hand me large up front wads of cash that I could put to good use making more cash. If I’d left them at their twenty dollar per month fee, I might have made an extra few hundred dollars, but at a slower pace.
There’s nothing wrong with you adding discounts to the end of five or six day follow-up messages, so on and so forth. In fact, there’s nothing wrong with changing your price on your main page without any warning or notice. Don’t fall into the trap of worrying what previous customers are going to say, because seriously, this happens in the real world all the time. I know in all my experimental days I’ve never had someone come to me and shout or complain because I pulled a quarter off the price a day after they bought it. If you have a quality product, that’s good enough, not to mention you owe it to yourself to try different methods like in the above examples until you get things dead perfect.
Rule nine: Always add value. We’ve got a whole section that talks about adding value in a moment, through bonuses, different approaches, promo’s, and the like. But for now, remember when coming up with a price for your product, don’t let it be the only product. Strange sentence indeed, but look at it this way, what kind of things are going to allow you to increase your price and actually persuade people to buy your stuff at the same time?
The quality of your product and sales system are the obvious, but how about bonuses? What about testimonials from known and trusted people in your field? It’s not just material things either. What about your reputation and how others see you? So here’s a final tidbit of advice for you. If you feel that your product isn’t worth the four hundred dollars you’re charging then increase its value through these methods. If you still don’t feel it’s worth it, then at this point, you know that you’re charging too much for it.
Ok, I’ll be honest with you. If you want to succeed and get your price just right, without being ‘cheap’ you have to do a little work. A little research and a little brain work. It’s not all straight forward one two three. Understand that it’s not about being cheaper than anyone else, it’s about pricing your product correctly depending on competition, who you’re aiming your product at, its quality, and your research and tracking results.
By now you should have a clear idea how much you want to charge, and how you’re going to go about it. If you have, great. Just remember, the price you put up there on launch day doesn’t have to be set in stone by any means. It’s there to be tinkered and played with by you until you feel it’s correct, and your testing shows you that it’s correct. Have a little confidence in your stuff. Next time you create that amazing info product, membership site, or piece of software, try to avoid selling it at rock bottom prices, because I assure you, it’s not gaining you sales, it’s losing you them.
Next post: Pricing Strategies. Until then see ya later…