My First Book – Pricing Your Practice by Eric Greenspan

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Pricing. In particular, it’s about pricing for service providers namely accountants, bookkeepers and business owners. But it really can be applied to any service professional or really any profession. Woke up and there it was, my book cover.

Can you defend your pricing niche against your competition?

Berkonomics

There can be nothing more important in your business planning that selecting the proper pricing niche, making your story clear using that niche, and the defending your position against the competition. They are: Price. Service. The danger of competing on price.

Hulu Drops Pricing On Streaming TV

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Los Angeles-based Hulu said on Wednesday that it is dropping the pricing on its ad-supported service, Hulu Originals, and will offer up the service for only $5.99 The new pricing--which goes into effect in February--is a drop from the service's current price of $7.99 Hulu also offers up a premium, ad-free version, Hulu (No Ads), for $11.99, and another service which includes live TV for $44.99

Savings.com Pricing Comparison Service Targets Amazon

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Los Angeles-based Savings.com said this morning that it has launched a new, pricing comparison shopping service called PriceJump --which specifically helps consumers find better deals than Amazon.com. According to Savings.com, its new search engine will instantly compare Amazon product prices to prices from around the web. The company claims its service can find a better price than Amazon on items more than 50 percent of the time.

Real Startups Never, Ever Discount Their Prices

InfoChachkie

Avoid a simple pricing mistake which could sink your startup. Vendors often respond by discounting their prices at the 11th hour, in the hopes a lower price will spur a purchase. Protection – Consider offering “pricing protection” to users who are particularly price-conscious.

Disney's Entry Price To Streaming Services: $1.58 Billion

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Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company made the first move to create its own streaming service on Tuesday, saying it will launch two different video streaming services--one focused on sports, under the ESPN brand, and another direct-to-consumer service under the Disney brand in 2019. To help power those services, Disney also announced Tuesday that it will pay $1.58

Scoutfit Takes On Pricing Alerts, Promotions

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Looking to score the best price on that gift for the holiday season? A new, Los Angeles startup, Scoutfit , said today that it has launched a new, online shopping service which helps users track discounts and get price alerts on items during the holiday.

Geni Swizzles Pricing Tiers

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Geni has been shuffling its various pricing tiers since August, when the firm started encouraging users to move off its free service to one of its paid tiers. geni family history tree genealogy membership pricing

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Trump Budget Touts Lower Drug Prices, But No Medicare Negotiation

Xconomy

He vowed during last month’s State of the Union speech that drug prices “will come down.” ” Today, his administration’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal laid out what it calls a “comprehensive” strategy to lower drug prices.

Helping Consumers Name Their Own Price For Products, With Greentoe

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In real life, you can just about bargain a price for anything you want to buy--a car, a house, even that new stereo from your local electronics store. Joe Marrapodi: GreenToe is a name your own price marketplace for products. However, rather than travel services, it''s for products.

TrueCar Prices IPO

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Santa Monica-based TrueCar has priced its IPO, saying last night that it will sell 7.8 The pricing was below the company''s earlier, estimated IPO range of $12.00 The company offers up online pricing of news cars as well as powers affiliate car buying programs. truecar true buying service scott painter million shares of its stock at $9 per share. to $14.00 per share. The company raised around $71.1M in the IPO offering.

Nimble Cuts Pricing For Nonprofits

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Santa Monica-based customer relationship management (CRM) software developer Nimble is looking to bolster its customer base in the nonprofit sector, saying that it has started to offer a 30 percent discount on its service to nonprofits, for life. contact track sales management relationship customer nonprofit pricing nimble

Report: Uber Artificially Pushes Pricing In San Diego

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Is Uber manipulating the market for its UberX car service? According to a report Wednesday from TheVerge, Uber has been keeping drivers off the road in San Diego--to force "surge" pricing on the ride service. Uber''s "surge" pricing is an algorithm-driven feature of Uber, which dramatically increases the cost of rides on its system when drivers are at a premium. uber smartphone service mobile ride diego pricing manipulation controversey

SendGrid Sets Estimated IPO Pricing Range

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SendGrid , the developer of email delivery tools and back-end email services with operations in Irvine, has set its estimated IPO pricing range this morning, saying it is looking to sell 7,700,000 shares of its common stock at between $13.50 sendgrid merger acquisition send email delivery service server isaac saldana irvine

Losing “Scalps”? Despite Pharma Fear, A Split on Trump Rx-Price Plans

Xconomy

Department of Health and Human Services UCB Vital TransformationDespite angry presidential tweets and other anti-pharma rhetoric, the drug industry has benefited under the Trump administration, thanks in part to a massive corporate tax cut.

A Great Product Will Fail Unless You Price it Right

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the toughest decisions for a startup is how to price their product or service. The alternatives range from giving it away for free, to pricing based on costs, to charging what the market will bear (premium pricing). Product is free, but you pay for services.

Pick your pricing niche carefully. Defend it.

Berkonomics

They are: Price. Service. Companies that compete on price rarely compete against others who emphasize service or quality. Internet resellers have a better chance to combine price and quality than those with much more fixed overhead occupying a bricks-and-mortar physical presence in the community. Some examples: Wal-Mart is known for lowest prices, often for identical merchandise found in other stores for more.

Housecall Pro Rolls Out New Software For Home Services Businesses

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San Diego-based Housecall Pro announced on Tuesday that it has rolled out a brand new product, aimed at home services businesses, which helps them build their own website. According to Housecall Pro, its new Website Builder product is specifically aimed to help home services businesses create their own, professional websites, in under 10 minutes. housecall home services software website domain

Pharmaceutical Price Controls Might Be Closer Than You Think

Xconomy

Amid the hue and cry over the Mylan EpiPen pricing debacle , Hillary Clinton unveiled her “ Plan to Respond to Unjustified Price Hikes for Long-Available Drugs. ” Clinton’s plan calls for “dedicated oversight to protect consumers.” Clinton proposes to combat “unjustified price hikes.”

Growing A Services Business Requires Selling Yourself

Startup Professionals Musings

If your forte is a service, like consulting or web site design, it’s harder to find guidance on what will get you funded, and how you can scale your business. For example, both need to provide exemplary customer service, build customer loyalty, and provide real value for a competitive price.

Startup Pricing: Are You Selling A Giffen Product?

InfoChachkie

In his premier film appearance in the blaxploitation send-up “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” Chris Rock inadvertently addresses a key pricing challenge faced by most entrepreneurs. Watch this 93-second clip and see if you can identify the pricing pitfall addressed in this humorous snippet.

Bio Roundup: Alzheimer’s Fail, Drug Price Plan, Gene Therapies & More

Xconomy

Pharmaceutical companies typically raise prescription drug prices at the start of each year and this year was no different. The increases were the latest reminder that, despite President Trump’s fiery campaign rhetoric, the administration had done little to actually lower drug prices. Insurers, or their intermediaries, negotiate with pharma companies for pricing discounts. The Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday unveiled a plan that.

Exit timing and price: WHEN to sell? How long does it take?

Berkonomics

His Strategic Exits Corporation provides M&A advisory services, and he is much in demand as a speaker at angel and entrepreneur events worldwide. – Dave. We are pleased to host Basil Peters, perhaps the best known name in the world of early stage company exits.

Make It Work Swizzles Pricing

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Santa Barbara-based Make It Work , the on site technical support and computer repair service headed by Eric Greenspan, said Monday that it has switched its services to a new fixed-price, per-service model. The firm said it will now offer up its various computer services starting at $99.99, which includes services such as new computer setup, wireless network setup, and TV setup. makeitwork home technical support membership help services

Senators Grill HHS’s Azar on Drug Price Cuts That Have Yet to Come

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When President Trump signed legislation last month allowing seriously ill patients the “right to try” unapproved drugs without FDA oversight, he voiced a bold prediction: Within two weeks, he said, drug companies would announce “voluntary massive drops in prices.”

Trump Pledges Lower Drug Prices, But Blueprint Is Short on Details

Xconomy

[ Editor’s note: Corie Lok co-authored this report. ] In a much anticipated speech at the White House this afternoon, President Trump unveiled a long-awaited plan meant to cut the cost of prescription drugs in the U.S.

Ten Top Product Pricing Models for Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the toughest decisions for a startup is how to price their product or service. The alternatives range from giving it away for free (like Twitter), to pricing based on costs, to charging what the market will bear (premium pricing). Portfolio pricing.

SaaS Subcriptions Are Great – TranSaaSional Pricing Is Better

InfoChachkie

Software as a service (SaaS) is a popular business model because it facilitates the delivery of incremental value to customers, while allowing the vendor to adjust their prices over time. However, such price increases generally occur after new utility has been provided to the customers.

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Clutter Expands Into Moving Services

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Los Angeles-based on-demand, storage service Clutter is expanding into the moving business, saying on Wednesday that it will start offering up in-city moving services. The new service will be priced per move per hour, allowing users to move a room or an entire home across the cities Clutter offers its service. Clutter currently offers up its moving services in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, New York, , and New Jersey.

Dear Tom Price: Bundled Payments Help Patients and Reduce Costs

Xconomy

With all the talk of repealing Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), people have been taking a closer look at what the law has done for our healthcare system. It turns out the ACA is about a lot more than the problematic healthcare marketplaces.

CrowdStrike Launches New Services Offering

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Irvine-based cybersecurity software developer CrowdStrike said Monday that it has rolled out a new set of customer support and services options, to support the deployment of its CrowdStrike Falcon software. Pricing on its new services offerings were not announced. crowdstrike cybersecurity security software support customer services

Boingo Drops UK, Ireland Pricing

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Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless , the operator of a global network of Wi-Fi access points, said this morning that it has lowered pricing on its UK and Ireland access plan. The firm said it reduced pricing by 20% for its unlimited Wi-Fi plan.

Kumba Health Launches New Subscription Service

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Los Angeles-based Kumba Health says it has launched a new, subscription service, which helps consumers get pricing transparency from local doctors on their procedures. a month, or $99 per year for the service, which helps consumers get direct access to lower prices on services compared with insurance-based health services. kumba health healthcare marketplace physician doctor locator pricing self network

TrueCar Announces Used Vehicle Pricing Index

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Santa Monica-based TrueCar , the car pricing startup headed by Scott Painter, has announced a new product today, focused on used vehicle pricing. According to TrueCar, its new ClearBook service will provide a used vehicle pricing index, based on pure computational analytics, using the firm's ability to tap into aggregated used car listings. TrueCar said its ClearBook service is expected to launch by the end of the year.

CrowdStrike Expands Remote Incident Management Service

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Irvine-based CrowdStrike announced this morning that it has expanded its managed threat hunting service, offering up new levels for customers needing guided response and remote incident management. According to CrowdStrike, the new levels for its Falcon OverWatch service will include a "Standard", "Essential", and "Elite" level, depending on how much assistance CrowdStrike is providing to the company. Pricing on the various levels of service were not announced.