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How to Run a Pricing Market Research Study


Pricing research is one of the trickiest types of market research because you are asking customers to predict real-world decisions in a simulated environment. There are many ways to do pricing research wrong, so this article will show you how to do it right.

Pricing studies aim to discover what customers are willing to pay for a product or a service, and by doing so, determine the optimal price point to maximize profit, revenue, or market share. Pricing research also determines how an organization can increase revenues and profit margin by increasing or decreasing prices.

While there are many approaches to pricing strategy, three different methodologies generally emerge:

  • Conjoint Analysis
  • Van Westendorp Price Sensitivity Meter
  • Gabor-Granger Technique

Conjoint Analysis

Conjoint analysis is often considered the most accurate and reliable way to determine pricing. Through discrete-choice modeling, a specific type of conjoint analysis, researchers can determine the influence that both price and product features have on brand value.

Discrete choice modeling gives respondents a choice of two to five product configurations and then asks them to choose one of the configurations to help researchers determine packaging and pricing models. Ideally, a respondent’s choice reflects the value or utility he/she assigns to each attribute.

FIND OUT MORE: The Most Common Types Of Conjoint Analysis



Van Westendorp’s Price Sensitivity Meter

Developed by economist Peter Van Westendorp, the price sensitivity meter is a type of direct pricing research that constructs a range of acceptable prices for a given product. By asking the following four questions ,Van Westendorp’s Price Sensitivity Meter constructs a range of acceptable prices for a given product by asking four questions:

  1. At what price would you begin to think the item is too expensive to consider?
  2. At what price would you begin to think the item is so inexpensive that you would question the quality and not consider it?
  3. At what price would you begin to think the item is getting expensive, but you still might consider it?
  4. At what price would you think the item is a bargain – a great buy for the money?

Gabor-Granger Direct Pricing Technique

The Gabor-Granger technique is a type of direct pricing that asks respondents if they would purchase a product or service at a specific price. Researchers then change the price and ask respondents again if they would purchase the product or service. For example, researchers might ask respondents to respond to likelihood-of-purchase questions given the price would increase by an extra $5, $10, $15, $20, and so forth.

This direct pricing technique uses the results to determine demand at certain expected price points, which can then be used to determine an optimal price point within the market. Keep in mind that because direct pricing measurement asks about pricing directly, researchers assume that survey respondents have a certain level of familiarity with the product or service. Additionally, the Garbor-Granger technique does not take competitive pricing into effect.

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