Pricing and the Sales Force

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Pricing and the Sales Force is the first book to link pricing strategy and the sales force together. Pricing strategy is now well established as an important means of driving profits for many organizations. Countless companies are now mastering price-setting. But what about “price-getting” – converting those list prices into the realized sales, and as a result, greater profitability? This is the domain of the sales force.

A selection of the world’s leading specialists explore different aspects of sales force and pricing strategy integration:

  • Introduction: overview on the state of the art
  • Building key capabilities: best practices for building sales force capabilities in pricing and value quantification
  • Engaging the sales force: driving organizational change processes with the sales force
  • Designing effective selling processes: designing and implementing processes that enable superior performance
  • Aligning sales force incentives and building the infrastructure: insights into how to align sales force incentive schemes; tools and instruments to enable the sales force to perform.

The third in Hinterhuber and Liozu’s successful pricing series, this book is essential reading for pricing strategy and sales scholars and practitioners.

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Pricing and Human Capital

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The pricing profession has come a long way: from having a pure clerical function back in the 1970s to a more strategic one today, pricing professionals are increasingly accepted as fully fledged members of marketing and finance teams. However, in many of these organizations, pricing professionals are often misunderstood and neglected from a career and talent perspective. Furthermore, the literature is still silent on how to manage and develop pricing teams.

Pricing and Human Capital explores the specific nature of pricing human resources and focuses on how to manage pricing teams, pricing talent, pricing careers and how to organize the pricing function for success. It is dedicated to the pricing function and is aimed at helping pricing professionals manage their career within marketing, finance, sales or IT departments.

By focusing on specific practical tips, tools and recommendations that pricing and HR teams can adopt to improve their relationships, and including extensive interviews with senior pricing executives, it is the perfect toolkit for both HR and pricing professionals. This valuable textbook with its collection of cases in pricing will also be essential for students and tutors of marketing and sales.

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The Pricing Journey

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Innovations in pricing can be transformative, but to reach their potential companies must devote equal attention to technical and organizational capabilities. Most firms, however, only pay attention to the technical dimensions of pricing, which severely limits the success of their initiatives. To remedy this, The Pricing Journey provides an integrated guide to the organizational, social, and behavioral aspects of pricing—drawing on principles of socio-technical change. Based on extensive qualitative and quantitative research in an array of firms around the world, Stephan M. Liozu provides a practical roadmap for management teams that aim to reach a new level of pricing power.

Liozu introduces the 5 C model of transformation, which relies on change, capabilities, champions, confidence, and center-led organizational design to create effective and lasting pricing strategies. Rooting his recommendations in research and practice, Liozu proposes specific capabilities to develop on the road to pricing excellence. This book prepares pricing and marketing professionals to be true strategic partners, while contributing the study of pricing transformation.

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The ROI of Pricing

The ROI of Pricing

As with executives and managers in so many other business functions, pricing specialists are being challenged more and more to substantiate the added value of their activities. Pricing is a core function of every business and needs not only to contribute positively to short- aand long-term results but also to document its impact on the bottom line. A fundamental part of this is the pricing return on investment (ROI) calculations.

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This second book, edited by globally renowned thought leaders Stephan Liozu and Andreas Hinterhuber, is the first to outline contemporary theories and best practices of documenting pricing ROI and make the case for pricing investments. It provides proven methods, practices and theories on how to calculate the impact of pricing activities on performance. Marketing ROI is now a common concept; this collection aims to do the same for pricing. Liozu and Hinterhuber introduce the concept of pricing ROI, documenting and quantifying the return on pricing activities and on the pricing function, which itself is of increasing relevance today and in the future, in times of budget constraints. Twenty world-class specialists explore the concept of pricing ROI from both a theoretical perspective and a managerial perspective to shed much-needed light on how to measure and increase pricing ROI.

This ground-breaking book will enlighten students and specialists of marketing and sales, pricing managers and executives alike.

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Innovation in Pricing

Innovation in Pricing Liozu

Pricing has a substantial and immediate impact on profitability. Most companies, however, still use costs or competition as a main basis for setting prices. Product or business model innovation has a high priority for many companies whereas innovation in pricing has received scant attention. This book examines how innovation in pricing can drive profits.

The text examines innovation in pricing from four complementary perspectives. Innovation in pricing strategy illustrates how companies implement innovative pricing strategies, such as customer value-based pricing. Innovation in pricing tactics deals with innovative tools to measure and increase customer willingness to pay and to communicate value to B2B and B2C customers. Innovation in organizing the pricing function looks at state-of-the art approaches to embed the pricing function in the organization. Psychological aspects of pricing illustrate how companies can influence customer perceptions of value and price in their question to implement innovation in pricing.

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This edited volume brings together 26 articles from academics, business practitioners and consultants. Authors are from the world’s largest companies, leading research-based universities and consulting companies specialized in pricing.

This book is the only book dedicated to innovation in pricing and an essential read for business executives and pricing managers wishing to treat innovation in pricing as seriously as they treat product or business model innovation.

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