Read “1% Windfall” and Build a Profitable Small Business

If you were to think of your small business as a human body, then let’s carry the analogy a little further and say that your revenue stream is the bloodstream of your business.  It flows through your business “body” and nourishes all the “cells.”  I won’t take this analogy too much further other than to say that when we aren’t paying attention to the pricing component of the marketing mix, we are starving our business-body of the nutrients it needs to live a long and healthy life.

1% Windfall by Rafi MohammedAs small business owners, we tend to look at the pricing component of the marketing mix the same way we look at diet and exercise – fun to read about and buy products around, but not actually to IMPLEMENT.

Please read this review of “1% Windfall” as my urgent plea for you to actually make a commitment to take what’s offered and implement this in your business.

1% Windfall: How Successful Companies Use Price to Profit and Growis Rafi Mohammed’s follow-up book to “The Art of Pricing.”  I discovered Rafi as I was doing some research to create pricing strategy for a client.  I picked up “The Art of Pricing” and was blown away.  Rafi and I connected after I reviewed the book and he told me that there would be a follow-up.  And here it is.  I received my copy about a month ago.

Business Challenge?  There’s a Pricing Strategy for That!

Whatever your business challenge, there’s a pricing strategy for it.  For example:

  • Not enough new customers? More price points can actually attract more customers.  Try a “differential” pricing strategy.  One of the KILLER features of “1% Windfall” are these “voice of the customer” statements that Rafi has all through the book.  What I love about these is that you can literally pull them right out of the book at put them into a survey that you give your customers to see what they would prefer.  I pulled these from the “Pick a Plan” Chapter.  Do any of these statements sound like something your customers might say?
    • I am willing to fill out forms, mail them, and wait several weeks to get a lower price.”
    • “Will you match the discount price that is offered by a rival?”
    • “I am willing to trade convenience for a discount.”
    • “I’d like a break if I purchase two or more products.”
  • Prospects that don’t turn into customers? You’re probably not turning prospects into customers because you’re not offering enough price points or alternatives for all the potential customers who are interested in some version of your product at a price they are willing to pay.
    • “I don’t need to own the whole product, but I’m interested in owning some of it”
    • “I’m interested in your product, but am concerned about performance”
    • “I’d like to use and sample as much as I want without having to consider every purchase.”
  • Not making enough money from existing customers? Maybe you should consider “Versioning” from Chapter 3:
    • “I’m willing to pay more to go to the head of the line.”
    • “I value speed”
    • “I’m interested in your product: do you have a discounted version with fewer features?”

What Does 1% Windfall Mean?

I’ve been so excited about how this book can help small business make more money and reach more customers that I haven’t even begun to tell you about what the title to the book refers to!

“A study by McKinsey and Company of the Global 1200 found that if they increased their prices by just 1%, and demand remained constant, on average each company’s operating profits would increase by 11%.”

Here’s a picture of a chart that I pulled from the book:

It shows that just a 1% increase in price yields these incredible increases in Operating Profit!  I’d say – if it’s good enough for these top companies – it should be good enough for small businesses.

A Blueprint for a “Culture of Culture of Profit”

In the last chapters of the book, Rafi gives very specific instructions on how to create a “Culture of Profit” in your company.  Instead of running away from talking about pricing and profit, run toward it with your arms wide open.  If you’ve been hesitating because you don’t know where to begin, purchase “1% Windfall” for yourself and everyone in your company.  Then read it together, follow the blueprint and experience profitability in any economy.

It’s Fun to Read Too!

Maybe you’re thinking that a book on pricing is a snooze.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Rafi’s style is engaging.  After all, he’s actually an economist which means that if you liked “Superfreakonomics” you’ll like this too.  You can see that Rafi is passionate about pricing and curious about what motivates people to turn from prospects to customers.

Now, I’ll free you up to get your very own copy of “1% Windfall.” The book is on the shelves and on Amazon.  That’s my not-so-subtle hint that you should be clicking over to Amazon or visiting your local bookstore as soon as you’re done reading this review because you will be able to increase your revenue, earnings and profits guaranteed – but only if you DO what it says and not just read what it says.  If you are selling anything, this is THE book you should have to set pricing strategy and build a profitable business.

Ivana Taylor Ivana Taylor is the Book Editor for Small Business Trends. She is responsible for directing the site’s book review program and manages the team of professional book reviewers. She also spearheads the annual Small Business Book Awards. Ivana publishes DIYMarketers, where she shares daily do-it-yourself marketing tips, and is co-author of "Excel for Marketing Managers."