Pricing Psychology and Proven Strategies for Accountants - Success in Accounting

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3rd May 2018

Pricing Psychology and Proven Strategies for Accountants

Mark Wickersham

Mark Wickersham is a qualified chartered accountant, public speaker and Group Chief Executive of the accounting network AVN. He’s the most in-demand profit improvement expert in the accounting community globally.

Mark is also a widely published author on practice issues. His YouTube Channel features a ton of videos on pricing and profit for accountants.In May 2011 his first book, Effective Pricing for Accountants was a number 1 Amazon bestseller.

Outside work, he’s into cycling and playing my guitar. His passion and deep knowledge about pricing in particular is what comes out in this interview. Here’s a flavour of what you’re in for:

  • A sobering story of an accountant who didn’t know how to price
  • Why it doesn’t matter how big or small an accounting firm it – they’re all clueless about pricing
  • The obsession with the billable hour, and how time tracking technology doesn’t help
  • “Cloud technology is automating compliance work so it will eventually disappear”
  • “As long as firms cling to the billable hour, there will be increasing downward pressure on fees”
  • Behavioural economics is the foundation of pricing methodology
  • How it’s the technology and software companies driving the pricing discussion
  • Why value pricing is NOT fixed pricing
  • “When accountants get past the adding up, that’s when they can start adding value for clients”
  • The two biggest reasons firms don’t deliver real value for their clients
  • The two main ways to price – cost plus pricing and value pricing
  • Value pricing starts by having a conversation with the client
  • The three reasons why value pricing is so difficult and hence avoided by accountants
  • Great example conversations an accountant can have in the value pricing conversation
  • The buyer’s reservation price – the highest price they are willing to pay. You can’t ask for this!
  • Why people won’t appreciate your price unless they understand your value
  • 3 value add statements for communicating to clients the benefit of reconciling bank accounts
  • Why fixed pricing is not value pricing and why a single fixed price is usually wrong
  • The power of choices and menu options to give you the opportunity to earn higher fees
  • Why too many options can confuse buyers
  • Critical: pricing is a face to face activity so you can guide them through the process
  • The powerful psychology behind why apple can make you pay £2000 for an £800 computer
  • Why upselling is a form of discrimination (hint: it’s where most of your profit comes from)
  • What accountants can learn from car dealerships
  • The single biggest myth that holds most accountants back with pricing
  • Truth: there are no price sensitive clients for accountants
  • Why price is not as important as profit on the deal
  • The three reasons why people say something is ‘too expensive’
  • Why winning more work is not the answer, but pricing better is
  • Why anyone that owns an Apple product is not price sensitive

…and much much more, all packed into 30 mins!

Contact Mark here:

Twitter: @wickersonabike

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Website: https://www.wickersham.co.uk

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About the Podcast

Success in Accounting
Insights, interviews and commentary for accounting, CPA, bookkeeping and finance professionals
SUCCESS IN ACCOUNTING is a weekly podcast for accountants, CPAs, bookkeeping and finance professionals, together with the networks, associations, fintech vendors and influencers who lead them, work in them and serve them.

The show is hosted by Rob Brown and Martin Bissett who are founders of the Accounting Influencers Roundtable (AIR) and have many years of experience serving the accountancy profession. The style of the show is not overly technical/technological/tax in nature but more on people, performance and success in the accounting world. Popular topics and themes covered include:

☑ leadership, executive presence, trust, integrity & reputation
☑ M&A, business models, future proofing, drivers of change & disruption
☑ performance, values, culture, vision & strategy
☑ employer brand, gen z/millennials & talent - succession, recruitment and retention
☑ industry trends, statistics and patterns
☑ growth, marketing, differentiation & positioning
☑ pricing & profitability
☑ digitisation, cloud, technology & automation
☑ advisory services, niches & emerging markets
☑ environmental & social governance ESG
☑ diversity, equity & inclusion DEI
☑ professionalism, career development & CPE/CPD
☑ business acumen & commercial awareness

Sources and guests come from:
★ EXPERTS - influencers, disrupters, consultants, gurus, podcasters and broadcasters in accounting and fintech
★ EVENTS - live coverage and interviews from exhibitions, conferences and a range of industry events
★ MEDIA - newspapers, online outlets, commentators, writers, bloggers and authors
★ VENDORS - suppliers and providers of accounting apps, platforms, fintech and software
★ REGULATORS - professional accounting bodies, institutes and associations
★ NETWORKS - alliances, associations, networks and communities of professional firms and accounting practices
★ SOCIAL MEDIA - opinion pieces, high engagement posts and controversial conversations

Hosts Martin Bissett and Rob Brown are founders of the Accounting Influencers Broadcast Network. Martin is the founder of the Bissett Group of companies that provide practice and personal growth communities, content, and continuing education exclusively to the accounting and bookkeeping professions worldwide. Previously he established a high six-figure consulting firm while serving as a keynote speaker with over 100 one-off and repeat engagements to his name, as well as becoming the most published author on his topics of specialism with 11 books including 1 bestseller.

Since 1998, Martin has played a major part in working with over 1800 accounting firms in over 40 countries. These projects have led to those firms acquiring over £500m of recurring fees before inflationary increases, referrals and upselling are factored in. He stopped keeping track of this number over 5 years ago. Martin now advises a range of accounting practitioners and fintech companies at board level.

Rob Brown is a renowned presenter, facilitator and chair of high level conferences, panels and events globally for the accounting and fintech profession. He is retained by many professional networks, alliances, associations, practices and vendors to chair their events and provide high-level interview content for their communities.

He is a dynamic speaker and accomplished expert on trust, reputation, employer brand, talent, career development, succession, gen z/generations, executive presence, referrals, networking and winning new business. He is also the bestselling author of Build Your Reputation (Wiley) and his TEDx talk ‘The Personal Brand of You’ has been viewed 320K times on YouTube.
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Martin Bissett

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Martin Bissett is the founder of the Bissett Group of companies that provide practice and personal growth communities, content, and continuing education exclusively to the accounting and bookkeeping professions worldwide.

Previously he established a high six-figure consulting firm while serving as a keynote speaker with over 100 one-off and repeat engagements to his name, as well as becoming the most published author on his topics of specialism with 11 books including 1 bestseller.

Since 1998, he has played a major part in working with over 1800 accounting firms in over 40 countries. These projects have led to those firms acquiring over £500m of recurring fees before inflationary increases, referrals and upselling are factored in. He stopped keeping track of this number over 5 years ago. Martin now advises both accounting practitioners and FinTech companies alike, at board level.

Rob Brown

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Rob Brown is a renowned MC, facilitator and chair of virtual and in-person panels, conferences and events globally for the accounting and fintech profession.

Rob is co-founder of the Accounting Influencers Roundtable (AIR) mastermind group and co-hosts the world’s most popular accounting and fintech podcast: Accounting Influencers.

Throughout the pandemic, he chaired 24 virtual panels with leaders of global accounting networks and alliances to discuss the key issues and challenges. Rob is retained by several associations and vendors to chair their events and provide high-level interview content for their communities.

He is the bestselling author of Build Your Reputation (Wiley) and his TEDx talk ‘The Personal Brand of You’ has been viewed 300K times on YouTube.