PROFIT RADIO..."Let's Grow Together"
Today I am wearing my C Hat - Customers. That means I am running or hopefully managing people who are running marketing, sales, and service.
The second issue is the Stage of Growth. We are at Stage V where the concern is to look at our portfolio of accounts to determine customer performance.
Last thought before we start, I want to invite you to my new group on our Community of Commerce - Living the Life . If you are a serial entrepreneur and looking to discuss how to build a business that runs itself so you can start running multiple businesses - this is the right spot.
Objectives - The WHY
Touchy subject and best practiced with the lowest risk/impact to the business. Since you have already Top Graded your accounts, the next step is to understand why the bottom 10% are the bottom 10%. Our experience: (1) bottom feeders looking for a deal that will never become profitable - they're gone, (2) very demanding customers that drive the cost of servicing them - you'll cover those costs - if they stay, (3) unsophisticated customers that require excessive hand holding to keep them satisfied - you'll cover the cost of time, (4) bad pricing decisions that were our fault, not theirs - getting it right.
Key Issues - Owner/Manager Perspective:
What You Need to Know - The WHAT
Pricing right is the fastest and most effective way to increase profits. A price rise of 1 percent, if volumes remained stable, would generate an 8 percent increase in operating profits - an impact nearly 50 percent greater than that of a 1 percent fall in variable costs, and more than three times greater than the impact of a 1 percent increase in volume.
A 5% price increase will drive profitability up by 22%, more than equivalent changes to other “tools of operational management”.
What You Need to Do - The HOW
The purpose of this show was to cover the essentials of getting right in your pricing relationship with customers and align their expectations with the new reality.
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