Thursday 16 April 2015

A myth about your pricing strategy

There a number of myths about creating the right price for your customer and developing a pricing strategy that is right for your business – here is one of my favourites - If you are more expensive than your competitors then this will give them an edge and customers will choose them instead of you
It’s quite easy to see why the majority of business owners might believe this to be true - especially when you consider that most of them believe that people make their buying decision based on price and price alone
But let’s take a step-back from business and look at things rationally
When we look at business objectively we know that this just isn’t true - because if it was, car makers like Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche and all of the other premium makes would be struggling for business – and we know that just is not true – recent reports show that Rolls Royce increased their sales 5 years in a row smack back in the middle of a double dip recession while some of the cheaper car manufactures nearly went out of business and had to be bailed out by the UK government!
There are, of course, those customers who only buy the cheapest goods at the cheapest price – those customers who will move from supplier to supplier in order to get the price down – and there will be suppliers who will deliberately cut their prices in order to obtain work at any price.  But the majority of customers don’t - even if they say they do!
But then, on the other side of the coin, there are those customers who enjoy spending more on what they buy in order to get better quality products and services and a better overall customer experience
There are even customers who believe that you get what you pay for and who therefore won’t buy something because it seems too cheap!
Being cheaper than your competitors doesn’t give you an edge. Chances are you will be chasing a completely different customer from your competition.  Think about EasyJet and the other budget airlines – not to say that given the right circumstances a typical Virgin Atlantic customer would not travel with a budget airline – but in the main a Virgin Atlantic customer travels with them for a reason – and that reason is unlikely to be about price
When thinking about your own business always remember – good work is never cheap and cheap work is never good

Let your competitors fight with each other for those price buyers, while you target the VIP first class clients who want to spend more, buy more often and appreciate the true value of what you offer

Because the people that buy more often and appreciate the value of what you do tend to be your best clients - and the opposite is true for price buyers
I'm yet to meet anyone who actually enjoys working with 'price buyers'
The thing is if you're doing business with people that you don’t enjoy working with, two things are true:
1. It is your fault because you allowed them into your business and you keep them there
2. You don't have to put up with it.
If you do put up with it, then you're making a choice and if you don’t want to put up with it anymore, then you should fire them. It’s as easy as that  
If you want to make a difference in your business then price should not be your biggest concern.  Contact us today and see how we can help to solve your problems (and maybe even help you find ways to improve your business so that you don’t always have to focus on price!)

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Until the next time – be bold and do good business

Sunday 12 April 2015

Dealing with administrative tasks to ensure that your business runs smoothly

Welcome to this mini-series of posts about managing those pesky admin tasks in and out of the office

In this series of posts about business administration we will be looking at some of the different issues facing business administration staff when generating internal and external business documents. We will also be looking at the importance of having procedural documents in place for handling staff issues and business processes and of course debt collection.

In this weeks post we begin by looking at the top 3 benefits of having a planned and written structure in all aspects of your business:

1.      Whether you are in a manufacturing or a service industry in order to maintain quality and efficiency it is important to have a clear process for you and your staff to follow. It is important to break down each aspect of your business and set the process out and ensure each member of staff knows when and how they need to do certain tasks to avoid the repetition of tasks and wasted time, for example, there is no point putting a lid on a jar until the jar is full.

2.      If you have employees you should implement a staff handbook or at least a clear and concise contract. Whichever method you choose should lay out company policies on HR related issues such as absenteeism, disciplinary procedures, Internet usage policy, how and when the employee will be paid, not forgetting the realms  of their responsibility. You can also include any company benefits in this document.

3.      We have already looked at disaster management in some depth in a previous post. However planning in advance can be such an important factor in the survival of your business it is worth going over the main points to include in your disaster recovery plan such as, what will happen if you cannot use your premises or equipment for any length of time? Have you got enough money put by to carry you through a period where you are unable to trade? Have you got adequate insurance? All of these questions should be answered in a good disaster recovery plan.

When you have considered each of these points and created the documents your business is likely to run much more smoothly. This is because everyone knows what they need to do and it reduces the room for procrastination as the direction you need to take is planned for when those unfortunate unforeseen circumstances actually happen. Don't forget that a lack of planning for an emergency can spell the end of a business, but with good planning you can reduce that risk.

If you are struggling with any of the issues mentioned here, Blue Box Consultancy can provide a comprehensive business support package to existing and new customers

Join us next time for a brief look in to correspondence concerning debt collection.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss your business needs, then you can email us at or call us on 084 3289 3288

If you would like to know a bit more about Blue Box, the things that we do, and the people that we do it with then check out our website at

Until the next time, be bold and do good business