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The book presents the theory of value long established in economicsand details how any business can use various pricing strategies to create, communicate, and capture the value of their products and services. It takes a new approach of focusing on the external value as perceived by the customer and advocates matching price to value. Written in everyday language so it's valuable to beginning executives as well as professional pricers and marketers, it covers:
Complete with examples from a multitude of industries and successful entrepreneurs and peppered with quotes from business experts as well as economists, the book is not a dry treatise on an ethereal economic theory. It's lively and down-to-earth, using examples such as the high cost of popcorn in movie theaters, 99? pricing, and the way love-struck couples purchase engagement rings. It gets down-to-business, providing proven strategies and tactics CEOs, CFOs, marketing managers, and professional pricers can implement as a part of a value-based pricing architecture. If the purpose of your business is to add value to customers in order to earn profits, Pricing on Purpose can be incredibly valuable to your business!
"With Pricing on Purpose, Ron Baker had made an enormous contribution to the better understanding of pricing that will be accessible to anyone who wants to learn. People are intrigued by instances of what they see as idiosyncratic pricing. Sometimes it is idiosyncratic, but oft-times it is fiendishly clever and well researched. So is this book. There are examples that at first sight seem to have nothing to do with the subject at hand, but the learning points are all made and explained in any number of interesting and memorable ways. Pricing on Purpose is a welcome and valuable addition to the learning on pricing and I recommend it to professional pricers, marketers, and anyone interested in capturing the value their business creates."
—Eric G. Mitchell, President, Professional Pricing Society, www.pricingsociety.com
"Ron Baker is what I'd call a 'thought giant.' In his first two books he literally began a revolution in the accounting and legal professions. Thousands of professionals in public practice now lead far better, more rewarding lives thanks to him. Now he's broadened his impact in a huge way. Read this book, implement the ideas and you'll never look at your prices or your pricing policies in the same way again. You'll be richer in many ways because of it."
—Paul Dunn, founder and CEO, ResultsNet Australia, coauthor, The Firm of the Future: A Guide for Accountants, Lawyers, and Other Professional Services, www.resultsnetaustralia.com
"As a reader of hundreds of business books, I am thrilled when I come across one that has something new to say. Pricing on Purpose does just that. Instead of presenting a set of feel-good items to check off a list, Ron Baker encourages us 'to think with him, not like him.' He methodically builds his argument leading us through the labyrinth of pricing theory and encourages us to look at pricing as the strategic tool that it is rather than taking the lazy cost-based tactical approach of most businesses. To paraphrase Karl Marx in terms of Baker's book, 'Cost-based pricing is the opium of business.'"
—Ed Kless, Director, Partner Development and Recruitment, Sage Software
"Baker has done it again! Building on the core principles that he advanced in Professional's Guide to Value Pricing and The Firm of the Future, Ron Baker has again evolved thought leadership on the critical dynamics of value and pricing. Baker's latest work, Pricing on Purpose: Creating and Capturing Value, provides real-world examples and practical strategies that provide a framework for pricing optimization. His clarity of purpose and passionate call to action resonates in today's intellectual capital economy."
—Thomas Finneran, Executive Vice President, American Association of Advertising Agencies
"We love this book! With detailed research, thorough references, and recommendations for further reading, this could be considered a textbook. That it is so readable and engaging is a triumph. The chapter providing the epitaph for cost-plus pricing is worth many times the price of this book. 'Got price-sensitive customers? Wonder why? Read and stop weeping. Who's in charge of value in your company?' Baker asks. If you can't immediately answer, you'd better read this book. Bravo, Baker!"
—Paul O'Byrne and Paul Kennedy, partners, O'Byrne and Kennedy LLP, Chartered Accountants, United Kingdom, www.obk.co.uk
"Ron Baker is nothing short of brilliant, and his enthusiasm for pricing is contagious. Pricing on Purpose will add more value to your firm than anything else you could do. As usual in Ron's books, he presents cutting-edge ideas. There is no greater value to your company than to read Pricing on Purpose and implement its ideas."
—Scott Abbott, entrepreneur, former regional business development, manager, BDO Dunwoody, LLP, Manitoba, Canada
The anecdotes, historical background and theories made sense. The execution of the ideas will require much discipline.Published 9 months ago by George Nicholson
Pricing on purpose argues against cost-based pricing. The arguments put forth are well researched and discussed in depth. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andreas
Where as I absolutely love previous Baker offerings. I was looking to round out my collection of his works. Ends up this book is almost a duplicate of Implementing Value Pricing. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Insight
I bought this book to gain information on how to price packages in my small business.
It is very informative and valuable information which you can use/not use. Read more
This is a good book to read if you're looking to better understand pricing. This book offers great information and several examples of well known businesses and entrepreneurs. Read morePublished on November 7, 2012 by Romeo Richards
I love this book. I have lots of side-notes written on almost every page. It quickly became my textbook for pricing. I found myself slowly re-reading its pages over again. Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by Michael Gass
Ron Baker, your book is under-priced.
The book mainly revolves around Value Pricing and Intellectual Capital being the source of all wealth. Read more
I found this book to be very interesting. The author builds an extremely strong case through the words of some of the greatest economic thinkers of all time. Read morePublished on May 16, 2010 by Michael Elam
An interesting idea this...letting your client decide what to pay for your services. Mr. Baker's examples are closely tied to his experience in the accounting industry, one in... Read morePublished on September 23, 2009 by Michael F. Herrmann