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Confessions of the Pricing Man: How Price Affects Everything Paperback – 27 Oct. 2015
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The world’s foremost expert on pricing strategy shows how this mysterious process works and how to maximize value through pricing to company and customer.
In all walks of life, we constantly make decisions about whether something is worth our money or our time, or try to convince others to part with their money or their time. Price is the place where value and money meet. From the global release of the latest electronic gadget to the bewildering gyrations of oil futures to markdowns at the bargain store, price is the most powerful and pervasive economic force in our day-to-day lives and one of the least understood.
The recipe for successful pricing often sounds like an exotic cocktail, with equal parts psychology, economics, strategy, tools and incentives stirred up together, usually with just enough math to sour the taste. That leads managers to water down the drink with hunches and rules of thumb, or leave out the parts with which they don’t feel comfortable. While this makes for a sweeter drink, it often lacks the punch to have an impact on the customer or on the business.
It doesn’t have to be that way, though, as Hermann Simon illustrates through dozens of stories collected over four decades in the trenches and behind the scenes. A world-renowned speaker on pricing and a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 executives, Simon’s lifelong journey has taken him from rural farmers’ markets, to a distinguished academic career, to a long second career as an entrepreneur and management consultant to companies large and small throughout the world. Along the way, he has learned from Nobel Prize winners and leading management gurus, and helped countless managers and executives use pricing as a way to create new markets, grow their businesses and gain a sustained competitive advantage. He also learned some tough personal lessons about value, how people perceive it, and how people profit from it.
In this engaging and practical narrative, Simonleaves nothing out of the pricing cocktail, but still makes it go down smoothly and leaves you wanting to learn more and do more―as a consumer or as a business person. You will never look at pricing the same way again.
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“This is the best book I know to open your mind to the practical problems in setting your prices.” (Prof. Philip Kotler, S.C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University)
“Hermann Simon is ‘The Pricing Man’ and a giant within our discipline. With more than 40 years of experience in pricing research and practice with companies across the globe and across all major industries, he possesses the know-how to help organizations large, medium-sized, and small to improve their pricing acumen. This book will help you improve your pricing management skills, strategies, and tactics – and it will help your company also.” (Kevin Mitchell, President, The Professional Pricing Society, Inc.)
“Hermann Simon is a man who can get upset about being offered a 35 percent discount on a new digital camera. His fascination with ‘willingness to pay’ is infectious. As much as any individual, he is behind the professionalization of pricing in the past couple of decades.” (William Poundstone, Author of Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It))
- Publisher : Copernicus; 1st ed. 2015 edition (27 Oct. 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 236 pages
- ISBN-10 : 3319203991
- ISBN-13 : 978-3319203997
- Dimensions : 15.49 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 181,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You can read the book like literature almost. The title itself "Confessions..." indicates some personal and emotional aspect for the author. All this makes the book really worth reading by everybody.
Where I felt it was slightly lacking were some of the real life examples where pricing was assessed in isolation and over a short period of time without considering other market forces at play.