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Defining an optimal price for a medical device is a key challenge for product managers. Purchasing decision makers want the most desirable features at the lowest possible price, while you want to maximize profit and market share.
Read on as we explore three market research methodologies that can provide insights on pricing and value – alternatively, click here to access our eBook on medical device pricing which includes a detailed analysis on how these methods can be used for B2B marketing and designed for guaranteed success in your future pricing projects!
A simple model that evaluates the percentage of respondents that would be likely to buy a product or service at different price points. Respondents are asked whether they would buy the product at a certain price and then the question is repeated if they make a negative response, typically starting with a high price and going lower. It looks to establish the maximum price each respondent is willing to pay for a product and can also measure price elasticity.
This model results in a demand curve for the product that shows the percentage of respondents interested in buying at each price point. It is then possible to determine the optimum price point to obtain maximum revenue.
This model is used to evaluate the range of price points that a customer might consider for a specific product or service. It requires respondents to come up with price points according to a scale of perceived expensiveness.
For this model participants are typically asked 4 questions, broadly in line with these:
By plotting the cumulative curves for each of the four prices, the crossing points are used to inform price setting. The resultant "space" between the curves helps to determine the range of acceptable prices and identifies optimal price points, for example:
This technique helps determine how people value different attributes and how these should be priced, by presenting a series of combinations of attributes to see which one is most influential on a respondent’s decision making.
There are different conjoint methods, which we have covered in our detailed eBook on conjoint methodologies but the most commonly used by IDR Medical for Medical device pricing is Choice Based Conjoint (CBC):
With this method, respondents see a series of choice tasks, comparing concepts each with limited attributes. The respondent is then asked to select one of the ‘products’ (sets of attributes). Optionally, a "would not choose/ none," option may be offered. Analysis from the options that were chosen shows which combination of attributes is preferred.
Where a client wants detailed and robust pricing guidance and needs to develop a resilient market model, IDR Medical recommends a conjoint study, which can be supplemented by another approach. Where the client is looking for directional information about purchase intent, we recommend Gabor Granger.
If you are planning a new medical device or service launch and you would like advice or guidance on which pricing methodology to use, please contact us and we would be pleased to offer a primary consultation free of charge.
If you liked our blog, why not explore these three methodologies in more detailed in our eBook titled “How to Price Your Medical Device”!