How you can raise prices- right now- promise…

I know what you might be thinking- “how could I possibly raise prices right now with what’s happening in the economy?” The “sky is falling” down on Wall Street and banks are imploding.  In fact my little brother works for Lehman Brothers and still has a job- for now- thank goodness.  But the real deal, is you can’t get sucked into the negativity and mind set that all businesses are going to go under.  This is actually NOT TRUE.  There are many businesses who are making tons of money.  The fact is, you just might have to dig a little deeper and change the way you’re marketing or change the way you get new clients.

Let’s get back to the real point at hand- raising prices.  The one main factor why people don’t raise prices- is they think they’ll end up losing clients and just be another statistic.  Well here’s the reality- if you’re business is one that’s creating value for your customers and clients, and if you’re focused on the market that’s affected least by this tumultuous economy, then you’ll be just fine…

One of the biggest ways you can raise prices is by changing “who” you are selling to.  The key again is to go after those least affected by the downturn in the economy AND focus on their passions, not their needs.  The market that I’m talking about is the mass affluent. In fact in this  months printed newsletter I spent a few minutes talking about the new book I was reading-  No B.S. Marketing to the Affluent: The No Holds Barred, Kick Butt, Take No Prisoners Guide to Getting Really Rich by Dan Kennedy. This is a wonderful and inspiring book.  There’s tons of great information in here that you can take all the way to the bank.  Don’t delay, you need to get your copy now!

Here are 7 smart ways to raise your prices-

1) Charge for things you now give away for free (& others still give away for free)

2) Upsell with your sale- add on more value and bonus and increase your original sale

3) Always give away a premium version of what you’re offering- in fact the best thing is to give people a choice of three- hence Silver, Gold and Platinum memberships are offered more often than not.

4) Bundle products or services together to force a higher transaction sale

5) Upsell after you make the sale

6) Change what you’re selling or the way that you are selling it

7) Use forced continuity- charge monthly fees automatically- for example- online memberships or newsletter

There are many other ways to do this, but these are actually right on the money and are from Dan Kennedy when he spoke at the 2008 Marketing & Money-Making Superconference.  If you only do one or maybe even 2 of the things, your could be makingmore money.

I know what you might be saying, “But Shannon, you don’t understand, if I raise my prices that my clients might leave and find it cheaper elsewhere.”  Well here’s the deal- that’s fine, in fact, that’s good!  Because the reality is you after you raise your prices, you won’t need as many clients ANYWAY!  So just stop “yeah butting” me and just do it! I know you’re not charging what you’re worth, that’s really hard, so just don’t think about it anymore- you’re not your client- raise your prices.  Ok, I hope you heard me- go forth and reap your rewards.  Remember- surround yourself with positive people who are making as much as you, if not more.  You will become who you spend the most time with- so beware… (Ok, I don’t think my dog counts though.  Yet, if I were more like my dog, that might be a good thing!) [digg=http://digg.com/business_finance/How_you_can_raise_your_prices_right_now_promise]

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You are who you hang out with…

Have you ever heard this statement before? “You are a product of who you spend the most time with.” I’ve heard this a number of times in the past two years since I started my own business. In fact my friend and Master Coach, Rob Berkley just wrote about this and tells me and our Mastermind group this all the time. I think I finally get it now…

Me and Kristi Frank at the GKIC Superconference in NashvilleI just came from a very inspiring and idea filled event- Glazer-Kennedy Insider’s Circle Marketing SuperConference in Nashville. It was amazing to me how being surrounded by immensely successful people really elevated my thinking and opened my eyes to a much bigger way of thinking and doing things. Instead of figuring out how to grow my business incrementally, I left with some much larger ideas on how I can grow my business fast in a much shorter time frame. This is what happens when you hang out with incredibly successful people more often. That’s me in the photo with Kristi Frank, she was one of the original members of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice.

I have to admit, it did take me a while to get this. I really had to take a hard look at myself and who I was spending time with on a regular basis. I really needed to get rid of those people that, to put it bluntly, sucked the life right out of me. I realized if I wanted to move forward in my work and my life I needed to try to upgrade my friends and colleagues. It takes immense courage to be able to look at who you’re spending time with and ask the question- are these the people who are going to lift me up in work and life or are they going to bring me down? If you want to become really successful, the best thing you can do is hang around with hugely successful people.

The next courageous step is to move towards letting go of those folks who are bringing you down. Take a look at who you’re spending the majority of your time with and seriously look at upgrading your colleagues and friends. Take it from me, you deserve to be incredibly successful and happy. Why not have people in your life who are supportive and want to help you get there.

When you do this exercise, you are basically focusing on your soft skills. You know, how self-aware are you to “see” who those people are that you need to let go of. Are you willing to take that risk?

One thing I did was join a Mastermind group that meets every other month. Hanging out with these successful business owners has improved my business tremendously. In addition I also travel to two – three conferences a year where I get to hang out with entrepreneurs, like Kristi Frank, who are making thousands and millions of dollars. As I said earlier, you are who you hang out with, so why wouldn’t you want to hang out with people who are hugely successful. Don’t wait, upgrade your colleagues and friends now. Join a networking group, a mastermind group, go to a conference that attracts people you want to hang out with that can help you be successful- you deserve it! [digg=http://digg.com/business_finance/You_are_a_product_of_Who_you_hang_out_with]

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