Are sales discounts hurting your business?
Having a traditional sale, offering your existing products at a discount, can actually be a dangerous habit. Here’s three reasons:
- Sales on big-ticket items actually reduce revenue, even if the sale is effective
- Sales on most popular items may encourage people to wait until the next sale to purchase more.
- Sales are always limited by the value of the item on sale. Deep discounts can drive sale prices below costs.
Alternatives to sales discounts or lowering prices
Increase Value – Rather than discounting 25%, try increasing the value by 25%. Give the customer more of your item, or a freebie contingent on sales.
BOGO – “Buy one, get one” gives people a discount on the second item.
Bundles – If you sell cameras offer a free or discounted tripod. Create bundles on any products that are closely related.
Freemiums – Give something away completely for free that draws people to your store or website.
Coupons – Coupons are another way to offer sale prices without mass advertising. You can limit the exposure of a coupon code.
Free Shipping – Offering free shipping or free delivery is a well-tested method of increasing sales without decreasing sales revenue.
Be creative and create your own deals, bundles or freebies. Experiment and mix it up for your best results.
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