Deciding how to monetize a product and then attaching a price to it can be quite challenging.  This is particularly true if you don't have the inputs that you need to do this effectively.  Over the years of me doing this for multiple products at multiple companies, I've developed the process below for optimum price mechanism and price point setting.  Below the overview picture, I'll break-down each one of these steps for you.

  1. Leader Sponsorship – A product should have agreement from an Leader that it is worth investigating before it goes forward for Product Approval
  2. Product Vision – Description of the product, mock-ups, etc
  3. Market Analysis – Competitors, Trade-Offs, Trends, Other Industry Examples, etc
  4. Product Positioning – Does it have pre-reqs?  Is it a pre-req?  Are there synergistic/bundle products?  Will it cannibalize other products?  What pillar is it in?  Likely to be packaged or standalone?  etc
  5. Product Roadmap – What is planned with this product in terms of value adding features, possible “Plus” versions or price increases, etc.
  6. Operational Impact – How much effort will it cost to make this product and to keep it running?  Including development, servicing, etc.
  7. Value Story – Which customers would want this?  Why would they want it?  Sell quicker?  More per sale?  Etc.  Requires product testing
  8. Monetisation Strategy – What is the best way to make money from this product
  9. Shareholder Impact - “Size of the Prize”, Rough multi-year revenue, volume, cost, forecast
  10. Product Approval – Product Owner presents at the Product Approval Meeting to get agreement to progress further
  11. Stakeholder Alignment – Ensure OLT and other relevant stakeholders know the status of the product
  12. Value Staircase – How is this better or worst than competing alternatives?  What about internal alternatives?  Requires product trialling
  13. Market Strategy – Going for High Price, Low Penetration?  Low Price, High Penetration?  Free?  Packaged?  Etc
  14. Rate Card – Draft rate card to be approved, for all relevant segments and customer size
  15. Discounting Rules – When, if at all, can this product be discounted beyond the rate card?  For any rate card discounts, when can they be applied
  16. Business Rules – Commercial T&Cs relating to the product
  17. Offers/Promotions – Any proposed offers or promotions to launch with the product, or after the product is in place
  18. Pricing Approval – Pricing Lead presents at Pricing Steering to get agreement to progress further
  19. Stakeholder Alignment - Ensure OLT and other relevant stakeholders know the status of the product
  20. Launch Approval – Approval from the business to go live with the product and/or proposition
  21. Review – Analysis of product performance, strategy shifts, market shifts, etc and then feeding back through Pricing meetings with any recommend adjustments
  22. Launch Planning – Separate Stream to ensure adequate preparation happens before the product launches.

Of course, each company might need a tweak here or there to make this fit, but most of these steps are fairly generic and relevant steps in the journey.  Hope you can use this in your company and making product pricing (particularly on new products) more effective!

I'll be writing in much more detail about some of these steps in the future.