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Misty River Consulting. Improving Organizational Performance Assisting organizations learn why and how to continually improve their effectiveness and efficiency. Maximize Your Income and Client Retention. By Donald A. Kerper Misty River Consulting www.mistyriver.net.

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misty river consulting
Misty River Consulting

Improving Organizational Performance

Assisting organizations learn

why and how to continually improve

their effectiveness and efficiency

maximize your income and client retention

Maximize Your IncomeandClient Retention

By Donald A. Kerper

Misty River Consulting

www.mistyriver.net

main theme providing superior value drives increased revenue and client retention
Main ThemeProviding Superior Value Drives Increased RevenueandClient Retention

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

what you re selling
What You’re Selling

Benefits - Your core product is the benefit

Wood Pile – split and stacked nicely

Product/Services -Items that provide the benefit

Sharp axes and hardworking respectful workers.

Augmented Product/Services- Additional but non essential & value enhancing features or benefits that accompany the Product/Service

Cleans the yard of wood chips,

disposes of small useless pieces of wood,

places spacer under wood pile to facilitate wood drying, etc.

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

point 1 contractual fee alternatives and impact on perceived value
Point #1Contractual Fee Alternativesand Impact on Perceived Value

Small consultancy’s have a variety of contractual fee alternatives to choose from that vary in their utility to create a perception of value.

Select the alternative that has the best opportunity to facilitate the creation of perceived superior value.

Doing what is inappropriate harms that perception of value.

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

contractual fee alternatives
Contractual Fee Alternatives
  • Time Based Arrangements
  • Event Based Arrangements
  • Project Based Arrangements
  • Retainer Arrangements

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

time based arrangements
Time Based Arrangements

Hourly or Daily Fee Focuses on Efficiency of Time Based Revenue Generation

  • Hourly Work - Undefined or Specific Project
  • Daily Work - Undefined or Specific Project

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

time based arrangements advantages disadvantages
Time Based Arrangements- Advantages & Disadvantages -
  • Advantage – You are paid for your time
  • Disadvantage – Difficult To Emphasize Value

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

event based fee arrangements
Event Based Fee Arrangements
  • Event Based Arrangement Focuses On Clearly Stated Objective With A Definitive Start & End.
  • Pricing Options
    • One Price for Event
    • Price Per Event Participant
    • Minimum Price for Event with Upside Growth

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

event based fee arrangements advantages disadvantages
Event Based Fee Arrangements- Advantages & Disadvantages -
  • Advantage
    • Simple
    • Can Leverage Value To Some Degree
  • Disadvantage
    • Can Suffer if Fee Linked to Number of Participants
    • Has Definitive End Point

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

project based fee arrangements
Project Based Fee Arrangements

Project Based Arrangement Focuses On Clearly Stated Objectives That Can Have Real ROI’s.

  • Specific Project – One Price plus Expenses
  • Specific Project – One Price
  • Specific Project – % of Return

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

project based arrangements advantages disadvantages
Project Based Arrangements- Advantages & Disadvantages -
  • Advantage
    • Simple
    • Measurable Return on Investment
    • Can Leverage Value
  • Disadvantage
    • You are accountable for the outcomes
    • Scope creep very difficult to avoid

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

retainer fee arrangements
Retainer Fee Arrangements
  • Retainer – One Price for Estimated Work Within A Specified Time Period
      • Future Work Charged Against This Fee
      • Non Refundable
  • Retainer – One Price for Specified Time Period
      • Creates Availability not Work
      • Future Work Is Additional Fee

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

retainer based arrangements advantages disadvantages
Retainer Based Arrangements - Advantages & Disadvantages -
  • Advantage
    • Simple
    • Provides Ease of Mind for the Consultant
    • Can Leverage Value
  • Disadvantage
    • If something better comes along, you are not available
    • If client doesn’t use you within the specified time period, you might not be considered in the future.

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

point 2 use the contractual fee alternative that provides the highest degree of utility
Point #2Use the Contractual Fee Alternative That Provides The Highest Degree of Utility
  • Example #1
    • Large scale organization change initiative should not be time and materials; it should be a project
  • Example #2
    • A single workshop on Action Planning should not be time and materials, it should be an event that has a set fee and extra fees for session size larger than some maximum threshold.

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

point 3 transitioning to and solidifying value based fee structures
Point #3Transitioning to and SolidifyingValue Based Fee Structures

The Goal:

- Be Perceived As The Provider Of Superior Value -

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

the definition of value
The Definition of Value

Value = Benefits – Cost

Superior Value =

The Value You Provide >

The Value Your Competitors’ Provide

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

creating the perception of value
Creating The Perception of Value
  • Avoid Hourly or Daily Work Like the Plague
  • Always search for the true need – not the stated need – from the accountable manager (not the HR or purchasing manager).
  • Collaborate with and gain consensus with the client on the project objectives, key measures of success, potential strategies of action, etc. prior to proposal creation or fee discussion. 
  • Work with the client to determine the potential return for the project proposed.

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

creating the perception of value1
Creating The Perception of Value
  • Create a proposal that emphasizes the value being provided and that deemphasizes the cost of the project.
  • Emphasize that the project’s cost are an investment that has an expected return.
  • Insist that the client setup and review the key measures of success themselves – not you.
  • Insist that the client track the return on investment from the project, not you!
  • Guarantee your work.

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

creating the perception of value2
Creating The Perception of Value
  • If the project implementation is actually not achieving the agreed to objectives, change the implementation strategy or plan and reimplement without additional cost, if possible.
  • Include other work as needed to keep the initial project on track without additional cost to the client if at all possible.
  • Think of and behave like this project paves the way for many new future projects with the client.
  • Turn down business that is not value based in nature.

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

creating the perception of value3
Creating The Perception of Value
  • Ask Clients To “Brag You Up” with members of their networks
  • Write Articles and Get Them Published – That Impresses People
  • Write A Book and Get It Published – That Really Impresses People
  • Become A Celebrity – People Pay To Rub Shoulders With Celebs

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

creating the perception of value4
Creating The Perception of Value

- Bottom Line -

Focus on maximizing the value that your client is getting from you

  • Do not focus on minimizing your costs
  • Do not focus on charging for services provided that are outside your contract scope unless absolutely necessary.

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

clients have choices respect that and leverage it
Clients Have Choices- Respect That and Leverage It -
  • Clients, like any customer, have the right to choose
  • Clients will choose that which provides the most value and/or ROI
  • Clients will continue to return to “The Well” that provides the most “perceived” value to them
  • Be the Best Value Delivery Consultancy!

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

conclusion
Conclusion

 Small consultancy’s have a variety of contractual fee alternatives to choose from that vary in their utility depending on the situation.

Use The Alternative That Best

Provides Superior Value For You

and Your Client!

By Donald A. Kerper

www.mistyriver.net

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Misty River Consulting

Donald A. Kerper511 South Vine Ave.Marshfield, WI 54449Phone: (715) 387-0718Email: misty@mistyriver.netWeb: http://www.mistyriver.net

For updated presentation notes, go to

http://www.mistyriver.net/IMCnotes