fixed cost pricing model
Last updated on June 11th, 2024

The Fixed Cost Pricing Model: Yay or Nay in 2024?

Key points

  1. The fixed cost pricing model offers stability and simplicity in highly competitive markets, promoting price transparency and customer trust, but may lack flexibility in response to market changes.
  2. Despite providing predictable revenue and ease of automated selling, the fixed cost model can result in lower profits if costs vary significantly, offering little room for price negotiation or service customization.
  3. Fixed fee pricing is not universally suitable; agencies with predictable service costs may benefit, while those valuing flexibility and customization might consider alternative strategies such as tiered or value-based pricing.

Your company’s pricing strategy is a pillar of the entire business: the key element that drives profits, influences cash flow, and ultimately determines success or failure. So it should align with your business goals and objectives. It should take into consideration factors such as target market, competition, cost of goods sold, desired profit margin, and positioning in the market.

Deciding on the right pricing matrix, however, isn’t easy. For instance, for the longest time, the fixed-cost pricing model was the de facto, most common pricing strategy in the market. However, with changing times and increasing competition, businesses have started shifting towards more dynamic and flexible pricing models.

Is the fixed price strategy still a good option for you, though?

What is a fixed cost pricing model?

A fixed cost pricing model sets a fixed price for a product or service, regardless of the production or operational costs associated with it. This means that the price remains the same no matter how many units are produced or sold.

This type of pricing model is often used in industries where there is high competition and products or services are perceived as commoditized. Examples of such industries include telecommunications, utilities, and transportation. However, the model has cross-pollinated other industries as well, since it provides quite a lot of benefits for both sellers and buyers.

Pros and cons of fixed pricing models

Fixed pricing models are quite attractive from many points of view, and you should definitely consider them. However, it’s worth noting you should be aware of both advantages and disadvantages before you change (or choose) to a fixed pricing model.

Here’s what you need to know about both.

Pros of fixed fees

Some of the main benefits of opting for a fixed pricing model include the following.

Stability

The most significant advantage of a fixed cost pricing model is stability. When the price is fixed, both buyers and sellers know what to expect. This eliminates the uncertainty factor, which can be crucial when making long-term business decisions.

For example, if you’re a buyer, knowing that the price of a product or service will remain constant allows you to plan your budget accordingly. If you’re a seller, it gives you more control and predictability over cash flow.

Simplicity

Fixed pricing models are simple and easy to understand for both buyers and sellers. This makes them attractive and convenient for use in various industries.

For instance, if you sell products or services that require minimal effort to produce, a fixed pricing model is perfect for you. It’s also easy for your customers to choose what’s right for them, making the purchase process more straightforward.

Level playing field

In a highly competitive market, fixed pricing models can create a level playing field for businesses. By setting a fixed price, companies can avoid undercutting each other and focus on providing better quality products or services instead. This promotes healthy competition and ultimately benefits the customers.

For instance, in an industry with multiple competitors, setting a fixed price can help you compete based on price, which only leads to lower profits for everyone involved.

Customer trust

Fixed pricing models can build and maintain customer trust by ensuring price transparency. This removes any concerns of price manipulation or hidden costs, as customers know up front exactly what they will pay. This predictability often leads to higher customer satisfaction and loyalty, as it reinforces their confidence in the brand.

Ease of automated selling

Additionally, fixed pricing is highly compatible with automated selling systems, such as those used in productized agencies. With a set price, it’s easy to sell recurring services, predict revenue, and streamline the checkout process.

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This allows businesses to efficiently scale up operations and serve more customers without a proportional increase in transaction complexity.

Cons of fixed fees

Despite the advantages mentioned above, there are also some drawbacks to using a fixed cost pricing model.

Lack of flexibility

One significant disadvantage of a fixed pricing model is the lack of flexibility. Once a price is set, it’s challenging to change it without risking negative consequences. If costs increase or decrease significantly, a fixed pricing model may not be able to adapt and can result in lower profits or even losses.

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Another downside is the fact that you will have to sell services exactly as you offer them, without the possibility for easy customization. However, if your clients require a more custom approach, the project-based pricing strategy might be a better fit.

Less room for negotiation

In some industries, negotiating prices can be common practice. However, with a fixed price, there is little to no room for negotiation. This may not be an issue in highly competitive markets where customers have many alternatives available. Still, in industries where there are a limited number of providers, this could result in lost sales opportunities.

Difficulty in responding to market changes

In industries where there are frequent fluctuations in supply and demand, a fixed pricing model can be challenging to manage. If market conditions change, businesses using this model may struggle to adjust their prices accordingly and may end up losing customers or revenue.

Perception of low value

There is a perception among some consumers that products or services with fixed pricing are of lower quality compared to those with variable pricing models. While it might not always be true, this kind of positioning can harm the reputation and credibility of a business, leading to a decrease in customer trust and loyalty.

The exact opposite effect has the so-called premium pricing strategy. It’s being used by agencies that have successfully identified their unique selling point, and are asking a premium for their services. Another alternative is the value-based pricing strategy, which requires agencies to offer services that clearly bring an advantage to their client, and are priced accordingly.

Examples of a fixed cost pricing model

As an agency owner, you’re probably interested in examples of fixed-fee pricing models. Let’s look at a few below so you can get inspired and create your own.

Oliver Meaking’s Roast My Landing Page

Oliver Meaking’s Roast My Landing Page fixed cost pricing

Oliver Meaking explained in our case study how he made over $300,000 roasting landing pages. The reason his service gained popularity, apart from his knowledge of course, is the simplicity of the service offering: for a fixed price, you get a landing page roast. There is even a demo video on his website, giving leads an idea of what to expect, how long the video will be, and how it will be delivered.

GMB Gorilla’s GBP optimization service

GMB Gorilla’s GBP optimization service fixed cost pricing

Garrett Smith from GMB Gorilla talked in our case study about their highly automated and optimized Google Business Profile management service. It started out as a simple MVP, and grew thanks to SPP’s features into a full service offering. While the main service is the monthly recurring management service for GBP profiles, Garrett and his team also offer a fixed cost service: a one-time optimization service. It targets companies who already have a GBP profile, but are not sure if it’s set up in the best way.

Loganix’ niche edits

Loganix niche edits fixed cost pricing

Loganix offers many different SEO services, from link building to content writing. One of their fixed cost services are the popular niche edits. The offering is clear and simple: the link is delivered via an edit on an existing content piece. The only pricing difference between the two options is the relevancy. The more expensive one comes from a niche-specific site instead of one covering multiple topics.

Conclusion

Building your offering around fixed fees is not the best choice for every service provider. And they are not a must, especially when your entire business model is built on flexibility, customization, and agility.

However, for agencies that offer services with fixed costs and predictable demand, a fixed pricing model can be a viable option to consider. It’s crucial to weigh the pros and cons carefully and assess your business needs before deciding whether this model is suitable for your agency.

If it is, congrats—you’re in for a smoother and more predictable pricing journey. If not, there are many other options out there, such as tiered pricing, that might better suit your business goals and needs.

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Founder of SPP
Chris started Service Provider Pro back in 2014 as a way to help automate a video production agency he was running at the time. Being early to productized services, he was frustrated with having to piecemeal different tools and services and ended up building an all-in-one client portal platform for himself and a few friends. That eventually took off and now Chris helps agency owners scale through software and systems.

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