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“Too expensive” and “Doesn’t provide enough value” are the same thing
16 January 2018, by , in Executive, No comments

I recently came across a one-question service from a service provider (I think it was some kind of online software…) that asked why I had discontinued my subscription to their service. Among the choices were “Too expensive” and “didn’t provide enough value.”

I had to read it three times to make sure I was reading it right.

Because those are the same things, stated two different ways. If something doesn’t provide enough value, even if it’s only a couple cents, it’s “too expensive” by definition.

I’m raising this issue because I’ve been part of too many discussions with association executives who have said “we’re not getting enough members because our dues are too high” when what they’re really saying is “We’re not providing enough value for the price we’re charging.”

So before you rush to cut prices, stop and ask yourself what value you’re providing for that price. What is the value of your membership? It’s possible your prices ARE too high. But lowering them may not get you anywhere if you’re not providing any value at all.

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