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Adopting Competitive Pricing Strategy in Healthcare: What to Keep in Mind

For healthcare companies to attain a healthy profit margin and ensure quality outcomes, it is essential to connect their pricing strategy with the day-to-day operational concerns. With the rising healthcare market competition, healthcare companies must be cautious while creating and implementing their competitive pricing strategies as overlooking even small factors can cause them to lose out on their competitive advantage. Competitive pricing strategy in healthcare does not necessarily mean a race to the bottom in order to offer the lowest prices. In this blog, experts at Infiniti explain the key factors that enable healthcare organizations to create a robust competitive pricing strategy.

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Building a robust competitive pricing strategy in  healthcare

competitive pricing strategyEstablish market identity

Many healthcare organizations are under the misconception that a competitive pricing strategy has got to do primarily with becoming a low-cost or low-price player. Although some low-acuity services such as imaging may require a low-cost option structure, healthcare systems may continue to provide care at historical rates for other services. Moreover, organizations must also seek to understand what their current market identity is and what they want it to be in the future.

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Proactive process to maintain margins

Healthcare organizations need to proactively review prices in order to isolate and resolve any potential margin issues before risk to revenue or compliance occur. It is vital to emphasize on improving key service lines and identifying margin and compliance risks by payer and service lines. Healthcare organizations must also focus on educating their staff on key issues so that charge capture violations can be easily prevented.

Engage in meaningful interactions

Several organizations resort to the practice of using tools to establish their competitive pricing strategy. However, these tools often fail in terms of adjusting to price sensitivity in the market. Although tools prove to be beneficial in building a competitive pricing strategy, it is insufficient to create an overall competitive advantage in the market. While interacting with consumers online, healthcare companies have a unique opportunity to deepen consumer relationships. Providing value messaging, online scheduling, or a live chat option are ways to create meaningful interactions with customers. Furthermore, healthcare organizations can also create a seamless customer experience with flexible payment options as a part of their competitive pricing strategy.

Price transparency to create value

Giving patients a clear idea of what exactly they are being charged on is an effective competitive pricing strategy that can induce patient loyalty. Being transparent with prices can also help healthcare organizations to increase their customer base on a larger scale. Ensuring transparency is pricing is one of the best ways to communicate value to customers and increase consumer confidence towards the organization.

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Pricing a New Product: The Right Product Pricing Strategies to Follow

Charging a lesser price for a new product may not always be a good decision.

One of the key questions to answer while launching a new product is- how much should the product be priced at? But the dilemma that most companies face here is that if they charge too much for a new product it won’t sell, and if the product is priced too low the product’s market value proposition becomes low. Moreover, once companies decide on their initial product pricing strategies and a price is set for a product, it becomes extremely difficult to raise prices.

Today, businesses and consumers alike are demanding more for less, making it even more difficult for brands to formulate product pricing strategies that are favorable to all the parties involved. Global competition, increased pricing transparency, and lesser market entry barriers across industries are forcing brands to rethink their new product pricing strategies. Before zeroing in on their product pricing strategies, companies must have a clear estimate of the highest and the lowest price that they could charge for a product. Then a detailed price-benefit analysis must be undertaken during the preliminary stages in the product development cycle. This not only shows companies whether price barriers might make products unfeasible but can also guide their development by indicating the product attributes for which customers may be most willing to pay for.

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Product pricing strategies for a new product

Product pricing strategiesSome of the key product pricing strategies that can be used for a new product include:

Segmentation pricing

Pricing a new product could often prove to be a challenging task. An important tactic that can be followed by companies is to set different prices for different market segments. In order to enhance profits, markets can be split into sectors based on differences in price sensitivity. Higher prices can be charged to those who are impervious and lower prices to the more price sensitive customers.

Penetration pricing

Companies often get tempted to build market share, especially with the launch of every new product, through aggressively low prices. This competitive product pricing strategy is known as penetration pricing. However, a fixation on volume could reduce profitability and consequently ignite a price war. As a result, it is generally advisable to keep upward pressure on prices and promote good industry pricing behavior. On rare occasions, however, the price lever may be an effective tool to undermine competition.

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Cost compression curve pricing

Cost forecasting for pricing new products is based on the cost compression curve, which relates the actual manufacturing cost per unit of value added to the cumulative quantity that is produced. This cost function is mainly the consequence of cost-cutting investments to discover and achieve internal substitutions, automation, worker learning, scale economies, and technological advances. Usually, these move together as a logarithmic function of accumulated output. Such product pricing strategies are highly effective when the product superiority over rivals is minimal and when entry and expansion by competitors is easy and probable.

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Competitive Pricing Analysis Helped a CPG Company Surpass the Competition by Regulating and Benchmarking their Pricing Strategy

Despite a growing economy, consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands in Canada are reeling under the pressure from shifts in customer behaviour and buying patterns. Also, with the advent of e-commerce, it has become easier for customers to easily compare prices from various vendors. With this, developing accurate pricing strategies have become imperative for companies in the CPG industry. Furthermore, continuously monitoring the price changes employed by competitors and constantly making changes in pricing strategies are becoming vital for CPG companies to drive profitability. This is where companies realize the importance of leveraging competitive pricing analysis.

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Business Challenge

The client is a CPG company based out of Canada. As the client was new to the market, they were facing difficulties in competitively pricing their products. Also, the client lacked data on their competitors’ pricing and promotional strategies. This made it difficult for them to build strategic pricing plans to support their product’s pricing and promotional strategies. They even ignored changes in cost, competitive environment, and in customer’s preferences. With this, the company struggled with meeting their sales target for the initial year. Also, they were losing their customers and market share to their competitors. The client, therefore approached Infiniti Research to leverage their expertise in offering competitive pricing analysis solution.

Other challenges the client was looking to address by leveraging Infiniti’s competitive pricing analysis were:

  • The client set prices for their products based on their manufacturing and distribution costs. They did not analyze their customers’ perceptions of value. This gradually resulted in prolonged sales cycles and affected the company’s profits. With Infiniti’s competitive pricing analysis, they wanted to analyze how their competitors set prices for their products according to the perceived value of the product.
  • The client was facing difficulties in analyzing unexpected price fluctuations in the market. With Infiniti’s competitive pricing analysis, they wanted to monitor the prices employed by their competitors.
  • With Infiniti’s competitive pricing analysis, they wanted to measure customers’ sensitivity to price changes and identify the price gap with their competitors.
  • The client realized that pricing is one of the main factors behind customers’ purchasing decision. By leveraging Infiniti’s competitive pricing analysis, they were able to accurately price their products and meet the fluctuating market demand.

Our Approach

  • The initial phase of competitive pricing analysis engagement involved gathering detailed insights into client’s key competitors in the Canadian CPG market. This also involved analyzing the niches they deal with, pricing strategy that they follow, their profit percentage, and their growth rate.
  • The second phase involved identifying the explicit cost (the cost incurred by the company for making all the physical payments and the contractual obligations) and implicit cost (costs on which the firm waives any opportunity of earning a profit from the use of its internal resources by third parties). This helped the client to understand the total cost of ownership of the product.
  • The third phase of this competitive pricing analysis engagement involved identifying customers’ sensitivity to price changes and developing effective strategies to meet their demands.
  • The final phase involved analyzing competitors’ strengths and weaknesses to help the client differentiate themselves by offering products and services that fill gaps that their competitors have not addressed.

Results Obtained

With Infiniti’s competitive pricing analysis solution, the client was able to competitively price their products relative to the competition. Also, Infiniti’s competitive pricing analysis helped the client to adapt to dynamic pricing, which allowed them to compete much better in the industry and maximize profit with each pricing change. This helped them surpass the competition and achieve their annual sales target. The competitive pricing analysis also helped the client to develop flexible pricing strategies and respond to unexpected price fluctuations in the market. As a result, they were able to enhance their profit margin by 23%. Furthermore, the solutions helped the client to enhance customer experience and keep their customer base stable.

The competitive pricing analysis solution also provided benefits that helped the client:

  • Fine tune their pricing strategies and profitably price their products.
  • Develop robust competitive pricing strategies
  • Compare the prices of the competitors and identify opportunities to differentiate their products and services

CaptureWhat is competitive pricing analysis?

Competitive pricing analysis refers to pricing the products or services relative to competitors’ prices for similar products/services. Competitive pricing analysis empowers businesses to regulate the competition by preventing loss of consumers and market share to the competitors. By employing a competitive pricing strategy, businesses can competitively set prices for their products/services according to the market demand. Furthermore, it helps companies to dynamically adapt to competitors pricing strategy and gain a leading edge in the market.

What are the four types of pricing strategies?

Let’s have a look at some of the major pricing strategies implemented by organizations:

  • Competitive pricing – setting a price based on what the competition charges
  • Value-based pricing – setting a price based on how much the customer believes what you’re selling is worth
  • Price skimming – setting a high price and lowering it as the market evolves
  • Penetration pricing – setting a low price to enter a competitive market and raising it later

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Building Better Competitive Pricing Infrastructure

Effective pricing strategies ensure that businesses are maintaining a good profit margin while keeping up with the market competition. When it comes to building the right marketing strategies, pricing is one of the most important components as the price of the product is one of the first things that a customer notices about a product and plays a vital role in the purchase decision of customers. There are several pricing strategies available for businesses today. Some of the common pricing strategies include –

Cost-plus strategy: A prefixed profit margin is added over the total cost of the product

Demand pricing: The price is set by establishing the optimal relationship between volume and price

Markup pricing: A percentage is added (as profit) over the wholesale price of the product

Competitor pricing: Prices are fixed based on competitor prices

Competitive pricing strategy has caught the fancy of most players across industries. This article provides comprehensive insights into what a competitive pricing strategy and its role in competitive pricing analysis.

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What is competitive pricing strategy?

Competitive pricing refers to a pricing strategy in which prices of a product are fixed in accordance with that of the competitor prices for similar products. In this type of pricing strategy, the purchasing behavior is an important criteria considered to fix prices. Some of the other factors taken into consideration include price sensitivity, costs, and competition. In competitive pricing, the business has three options to price their products in relation to the competitors- price the product higher, lower, or at par with that of the counterparts in the market. However, this is one of the most strategic decisions to be undertaken by key decision makers of the company as any fault in the pricing strategy could lead the company to lose out customers to the competitors.

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competitive pricingCompetitive pricing strategy in pricing analysis

Competitive pricing is all about choosing strategic price points to leverage the best advantage out of a product/service when compared to their counterparts in the market. In the modern marketplace, a successful pricing strategy requires large amounts of historical and competitive data which takes into consideration myriads of market information. Experts at Infiniti Research have observed that a good majority of buyers compare offers by several stores/brands to ensure that they get the best bargain. Retailers that can collect and analyze market data, map their position against that of the competitors, and offer optimal prices. This would not only grab more customer attention but also gives brands a first mover advantage. Furthermore, competitive pricing strategies attract more customers by using competitor product and pricing data to increase sales and thereby boost revenues.

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