How do airlines, hotels, resorts and other organisations manage their prices? Why are these prices apparently unrelated to costs and different for each consumer? And what are the underlying reasons and processes behind these prices?
Open the black box of pricing strategy and revenue management
This free online course will open the black box of revenue management – the widespread pricing strategy that the travel, leisure and other industries use to generate additional revenue, by setting prices according to people’s preferences and willingness to pay.
You will explore the methods at the core of many revenue management systems, discovering the answers to questions such as:
- Do all customers have the same sensitivity to price?
- How can a firm use its knowledge on demand, to charge different people different prices for the same product?
- Why do the prices vary over time?
- How can a firm slightly differentiate its product in order to charge widely different prices to different people?
- How can you define the right set of prices to increase the firm’s profit?
- What is the outcome for the individual consumer? And for consumers as a whole?
Step into a pricer’s shoes and set your own pricing strategy
Throughout the course you will practice what you learn through practical pricing problems, pricing simulation games and interactive case studies. For example, you will step into the shoes of a pricer and set an airline’s pricing strategy over a period of time.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of pricing strategies;
- Compare and evaluate different pricing schemes in different sectors of industry;
- Design a pricing framework in a real-life revenue optimisation situation;
- Implement revenue management in your business, and experiment with price setting and capacity allocation.
Learn with revenue management specialists from aviation and other industries
The course has been developed by ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile) – a university specialising in the economics and strategy of the aviation industry, where revenue management originated.
Throughout, ENAC educators will also be joined by experts from other sectors that are successfully using revenue management techniques, giving you a variety of perspective and experiences.
This course is designed for professionals who want to adopt pricing strategy and revenue management techniques in their organisation. You could be working in an industry where this practice is already common – such as at a travel, rental, catering or leisure business – or in a sector where it is emerging – such as at a mobile app developer or an e-commerce retailer.
The course is open to anyone, so may also interest consumers who are keen to understand why prices vary and how revenue management – which gives discounts to many and high prices to a few – works in many areas of their everyday’s life.