In the agency world, it’s fair to say that PowerPoint design sits somewhere at the bottom of the pile. Working with a specialist presentation design company will generally deliver better results, with less effort, and typically at lower cost. So why do some companies just go with their marketing agency for presentations?
We’re giving publishing prices online a try. For a B2B company, selling to other B2B companies, that’s a fairly controversial thing to do. But if it doesn’t work out, we’ll try to stuff the genie back in the bottle.
I read an interesting article on publishing pricing by Steve Woods of Eloqua a few years ago. Since then, I’ve noticed a trend for other B2B companies to publish their pricing online. But, most of those choosing to publish have been selling a product, not projects. So, some SaaS companies publish, but very few companies working on projects that need to be scoped have done the same. None of our competitors in the presentation market seem to publish their pricing online. So, are we stupid?
Why you shouldn’t publish pricing online
The reasons not to try publishing pricing online are typically held to be –
- Customers paying more will realise that others are paying less for the same service
- Some visitors will think the price is too high, without understanding the value on offer
- Visitors won’t need to contact sales to ask the price – so an opportunity to start a sales conversation will be lost
- Sales people need room to negotiate
- Competitors will find out our prices and be able to easily position against us
Why you should publish pricing online
Some of the arguments in favour of publishing pricing online focus on the fact that in the age of Google, prospects can find prices online if they search. Which is true for a company like Eloqua – not (yet) for one getting started like BrightCarbon. So, why did we decide to publish our pricing online?
- Visitors often don’t contact sales to ask for pricing. They get distracted and do something else instead
- We think (know, actually – after all, it’s easy enough to find competitor’s prices by asking directly, asking ex-customers, or subterfuge) that our prices are very competitive
- Some visitors will assume our prices are much higher than they actually are, and will therefore never engage with us if we don’t show them that their assumptions are wrong
- We offer a lot of value with each project – things like Carbon Aftercare, places on our great events, free templates for those who need them. A lot of companies in the industry charge extra for things we include as standard, and we wanted to make sure that was understood. We have a simple pricing model, but we don’t benefit if nobody knows. We offer a lot of value, and we think that we can explain some of that to an interested website visitor before they call us
- We don’t mind if visitors who think a great sales presentation is worth $85 never call us. They aren’t our potential customers. If they don’t call, we can focus sales effort more productively. We don’t have loads of spare sales capacity.
- We actually have a good range of price points. Our slide design service is very affordable, yet our pitch presentation support service can cost many times more. In a way, there’s something for everyone. Even a website visitor with just a small budget could find a project that they can afford.
- Finally, we drew on our own experiences as buyers for our own business. In nearly every situation, I check out pricing pages before engaging with sales. My colleagues (we discussed it) are the same. If the pricing isn’t right for us, we don’t call. But equally, if there is no pricing information – and a competitor does show pricing – we call the competitor, other things being equal.
Our pricing isn’t intended to be the start of a negotiation – it’s our pricing. We don’t offer different prices to different customers – we are fair to all. We are proud of what we offer, and aren’t embarrassed of what we charge – we think that it represents good value. That’s why we publish our pricing online.
For now, our pricing for each service is beneath the service description. I’m not totally sure that people can find it there easily enough – so maybe we need a separate section of our website called ‘Pricing’. What do you think? And, are we crazy?Leave a comment
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Choosing a presentation design agency is a lot harder than buying a product. With presentation design services, you don’t know what you’re going to get until the project is nearly finished. What you get from the studio isn’t the exact same thing as what any other company ends up with. So how do you choose the right business presentation design firm for your presentation work?
Great work combined with amazing service, gracias Team BrightCarbon!Mila Johnson InComm