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Set prices or "Get a Quote" ?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by mqs1000, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. mqs1000

    mqs1000 Power Member

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    Creating a website with the basic online services which include web design, social media management, and SEO. My biggest problem right now is trying to determine whether to create set prices or to just make a form in which people give me some info about their requirements and then I deal with them personally to set a price.

    The benefits of the "Get a Quote" form is that it allows me to determine exactly what they need and how much work needs to be done so I can give an accurate price. But at the same time, people like to see prices right away and are more likely to convert if everything is in front of their faces.

    Any advice on what I should do?
     
  2. imperial444

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    Nobody from big players set the prices, they mostly have their individual plans for everybody. But if you target small customers you can make a list of prices.
     
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    Beven Elite Member

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    Having set prices makes you look like more of an authority in my opinion.
     
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  4. mqs1000

    mqs1000 Power Member

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    Thanks for the responses, anyone else?
     
  5. slybear

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    If you think the typical ticket will be under say $700 then you need to come up with a few packages with fixed prices -- say a $300, $500 & $700 package. Before people start to rave that no one should price a site at $300 PLEASE be advised I use these prices as an example of what the low end can look like. But if you are hunting bigger game and capable of dealing with more complex back ends then you should probably focus on your capabilities and let the potential customer know you will be pleased to consult with him at no charge to determine his needs and see if there is a fit.

    In general the small spender is looking for a fixed price and a package deal and the buyer with more complex needs wants a relationship with the right guy and realizes that price will be a function of how complex his needs are after the vendor understands those needs.

    Tommy
     
  6. b1step-ahead

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    First, determine what your going to pay your self and come up with a hourly rate, 20-50 a hour or more. Decide if your going high volume, minimum customer interaction or full service and getting several calls or emails a day. You can try to have both. I try to offer full service and be available 7 days a week. I'm working on scaling efficiently, there are some great threads here on how others have succesfully scaled and grown. If your going high volume, your best off with set prices, less bs, if they want the service, just sign up and pay. Quotes are good, get some basic packages available with different options, some niches do great with manual forum posts while others do great with video marketing, so be flexible.
     
  7. Ricky Roma

    Ricky Roma Regular Member

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    Price is set if service is standardized and same for all clients. Quote is used for services that depend of client's needs, complexity of project...

    Examples:
    selling baclinks/pyramids... = price;
    providing SEO = quote (depends of kw,competition...);

    doing webdesign = quote (depends of complexity);
    selling templates = price;

    selling fans/views... = price;
    real SMM = quote (depends of niche, demographics, client goals).
     
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  8. mqs1000

    mqs1000 Power Member

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    I'm targeting small local business in all aspects. In that respect, set prices would be better? I'm not looking to take on a project from a fortune 500 company or anything. It just sucks if someone picks a package, pays for it, and then says something like "I need a flash program on my site that blah blah blah." I guess I can always ask for more after they've paid or refund their money.
     
  9. slybear

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    You'll tell them what the package includes. If there is no flash ... then there is no flash!!
     
  10. Ztak07

    Ztak07 Regular Member

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    Quote because you can probably make more money. With set prices you can only charge so much. A quote you can guage someones budget and charge based on that.
     
  11. mqs1000

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    But I am willing to do flash if that's what they want