If you do raise prices, how about also adding more value than price increase?
– More great features
– Close feature gaps
– Better support
– New integrations, partners
– Better API, security
– New stakeholders, dashboards, analytics
Turns a Rip-Off into a Good Deal
— Jason ✨Be Kind✨ Lemkin (@jasonlk) June 4, 2023
For the last few years, SaaS has felt less like a service than it used to. 2023 has become the year of not just the aggressive price increase, but the threatening renewal conversation. In turn, customers are trying to cut back on variable costs and vendors they don’t strictly need.
We’ve gotten into a bit of an arms race, where vendors that can raise prices, do … and those they can’t often are seeing cutbacks by customers looking to shrink the number of SaaS vendors they use.
Lost in all of this is the basic tenant of delivering more value if you charge more.
- Did you add a few truly compelling, new features when you raised prices?
- Does your app do radically more than it did 12 months ago?
- Maybe add features for new stakeholders, like analytics, dashboards, reporting, etc?
- Did you build a much larger ecosystem for customers in the past 12 months?
- Did you close a few key feature gaps your existing customers will really begging for?
- Is your service and services much better?
If so, feel good about raising prices. At least, feel better. You can genuinely explain it, and pair some positive news with a modest increase. Folks will get it.
If not … well, maybe your expenses are up, your VCs are stressed, the markets are pushing you. But none of that is the customers’ problem.
Add real value when you increase prices, watch a lot of friction go out of the process.
A random price increase without commensurate value increase almost always at least gets them to look at another vendor, however. Customers aren’t stupid. They always feel ripped off when prices go up for no reason other than to get more money from you. It may help you make the plan for the quarter. But is it worth it?
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