An innovative approach to pricing – life cover at a fixed price
Any business needs to understand its costs to be able to set a price – at least that’s one of the key things I would tell my students when I teach management accounting. Of course, another key point to mention is that sometimes the price will be dictated by the market the business is in.
If you read any of my posts, you know I like to give examples of topics I am interested in or teach. The Irish economy is not doing the best still, so I think it would be fair to say that consumers are price conscious and looking for a good deal. This means the market is leading the price to an extent. So what can you do as a business in this case. One thing is to try to reduce costs so that you make a profit at the market price. Another option is to change the product/service you offer – and I cam across a great example of this recently.
A new website emerged called www.10eurolifecover.ie. Normally, if you want to buy life assurance, you go to a broker/website and give the amount of cover you want – say €100,000. Based on things like your age and health, you get a price for the amount of life assurance cover requested. What this website does is fixes the price at €10 per month, and then tells you how much cover you can get for that amount. The idea seems like a great way to price in a market where consumers are probably more concerned with what they can afford than with the amount of cover they get.