HOUSTON & BRUSSELS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PROS® (NYSE: PRO), the revenue and profit realization company, together with the European Pricing Platform (EPP), today announced survey results that highlight opportunities to improve pricing performance and help organizations meet their top- and bottom-line objectives. Conducted by the EPP and sponsored by PROS, the survey illuminates current and target pricing maturity levels of more than 200 European companies across six key areas: pricing strategy, policy, implementation, reporting, organization and systems.
The survey connects pricing maturity with organizational expertise in executing profit-oriented strategies. A full 81% of the respondents reported they operate with a lack of pricing maturity, indicating less than 20% realized the power of pricing and its ability to improve profitability.
“This survey showcases how organizations can tap into the power of pricing to realize their profit potential,” said PROS Chief Marketing Officer Patrick Schneidau. “The survey is especially noteworthy despite some of the wide differences in how companies perceive their own pricing maturity today. Companies that accelerate their pricing maturity progress can succeed in today’s hypercompetitive global macroeconomic environment, and we are encouraged to learn that more than half of the European respondents plan to further their pricing maturity over the next year.”
“The EPP survey highlights the state of pricing maturity today and the risks of inaction,” said EPP President Pol Vanaerde. “It also offers change management recommendations for pricing initiatives, so companies can successfully use pricing to close the gap between their existing and expected revenue and profit growth. By adopting the survey’s pricing insights, companies can make substantial progress in driving revenue and profits with mature pricing skills.”
The results offer greater insight into how companies view their pricing maturity levels today and also provide suggestions for improvement:
- Among companies surveyed, a full 55% believe pricing maturity is a competitive advantage and are creating action plans over the next year to develop the necessary skills.
- While 70% of organizations indicate their pricing and sales teams work together to determine price guidance, less than 10% use a cross-functional approach with marketing, sales and finance to achieve pricing maturity.
- Fewer than 5% of the European respondents employ advanced pricing practices, which highlights a strategic opportunity for companies to use pricing as a profitability lever.
- Today 65% of participants allow unconditional discounts, a clear indicator that these organizations are missing opportunities to improve margins.
During a recent webinar, the EPP, PROS and Simon-Kucher & Partners shared additional survey results and offered insights on how increasing a company’s pricing maturity helps realize greater revenue and profitability. To listen to the replay and download the presentation slides, visit the website.
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