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Six Sigma Pricing – 99% Good is Just Not Good Enough!

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“Basic human processes are 4 Sigma at best … 99% good is just not good enough.”

Greg Preuer – Former Pricing Director at Cooper Lighting and General Electric

 

The Power of the Last 1%

One glaring example follows about healthcare related mistakes. Using a standard process performance at 3.8 Sigma (99%) nets 200,000 wrong drug prescriptions per year. At 6.0 Sigma (99.99966%) the number is reduced to only 68 per year.

Use the following link to access a short video that highlights why 99% is just not good enough!

https://youtu.be/HWhOy2xfTkY

 

Why Six Sigma Pricing Training?

In short – graduates will improve margins by making better pricing decisions…with better processes and decision making tools. Graduates from this course will learn to chart a clear path to pricing improvement.

They will learn each of the following steps:
1) How to design and design goals which are consistent with their company’s pricing strategy.
2) How to measure and identify characteristics critical for pricing success.
3) How to analyze the current situation and steps along the way.
4) How to design an improved alternative which moves closer to the desired result.
5) How to verify that actions taken create the right results.

Click here to access more details and download our Six Sigma Pricing White Paper.

To learn how you can realize the benefits of SixSigma Pricing training online or on-site go here https://spasigma.com/pricing-mastery

 

Upcoming SPA Events

Set You and Your Team Up to Win Better Agreements at Battle For Margin

Your organization’s profits depend on the individual and collective negotiation skill of your employees – from sales to purchasing. The Battle for Margin negotiation intensive is a rare opportunity to dive deeper into negotiation strategy that will immediately drive for more profitable agreements. Don’t you and your team deserve to be set up for success? Don’t miss the Battle for Margin.

It will be held June 8-9 at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, NV.

Get negotiation intelligence you’ll find nowhere else:

Revolutionize how you and your team view negotiation. Give your organization the tools and knowledge to drive more profit than ever before with compelling and eye-opening case studies, critiques, and group exercises. Instill knowledge fast. The day will fly by because our seminars are purposefully entertaining and educational; people learn more when they’re having fun.

Attendee Testimonials

Here what our clients have to say about the power of strategic pricing tools from SPASigma Negotiation Training Seminars.

“SPASIGMA breaks the standard mold of slow pace seminars. It’s engaging, fun, and interactive in a setting that feels warm and comfortable.”

     — Mitch Koepp, Marketing Manager, All World Machinery

Other SPA Events

Click here for other SPA event dates and times including our upcoming webcasts.

Follow SPA

To easily keep up with the latest SPA announcements, events and resources you can follow us on LinkedIn or on the following major social media channels and file sharing platforms: Twitter, Google+, Facebook, SlideShare, and YouTube.

We also encourage you to join the Strategic Pricing discussions in our LinkedIn group and to sign up to receive our Strategic Pricing Newsletter by clicking here.

Paul Bickford Reveals 5 Reasons to Attend Battle for Margin and One Issue

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Paul Bickford knows world-class training, and he says that’s definitely what he found when he attended SPASIGMA’s Battle for Margin negotiation seminar, Feb. 9 and 10, in Miami. As Epicor Software’s  Senior Manager, Sales Training and Enablement, Paul is an award-winning senior learning and development professional, and selling and negotiation expert. We recently had a conversation with him about his experience at Battle for Margin. Here’s what he said makes this training stand apart…

5. Leading Training Techniques

While many negotiation seminars Paul has attended devoted most of the time to teaching theory, with a small opportunity to practice it at the very end, he was pleased SPASIGMA took the opposite approach.

“They had such high quality materials, and everything was real-world specific instead of broad-based academic techniques,” he said, noting that while what SPASIGMA teaches is academic, they showed attendees how to use this theory on the job.

“They made it bite-sized. They taught, then you practiced what they taught. And then they taught a few more techniques, and you practiced them in addition to what you touched on earlier,” he continues.

Their approach reminded him of what training professionals call “spaced learning over time” which maximizes learning retention. This is one of the reasons why everyone who attends SPASIGMA’s seminars are automatically enrolled in SPASIGMA’s 90-day online learning-management system. There is nothing like this in the industry. It uses highly professional, interactive online education to reinforce and expand on what is taught in the seminar.

 

Click here to access the full article and to learn more about SPASigma.

 

Follow SPA

To easily keep up with the latest SPA announcements, events and resources you can subscribe to our Strategic Pricing Pays blog or follow us on LinkedIn or on the following major social media channels and file sharing platforms: Twitter, Google+, Facebook, SlideShare, and YouTube.

We also encourage you to join the Strategic Pricing discussions in our LinkedIn group and to sign up to receive our Strategic Pricing Newsletter by clicking here.

 

SPA Featured in The Distributor Channel article “Applying Black Belt Principles to the Pricing Process”

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SPA was featured in a recent The Distributor Channel article, “Applying Black Belt Principles to the Pricing Process”, which discusses how distributors can apply Six Sigma methodology to the pricing function to generate repeatable margin gains and why a solid pricing process is an essential part of any strategic initiative.

Excerpts of the article follow.

“Initially, Black Belts worked entirely within the manufacturing process”

One person saw the advantage of putting the same principle to work on the pricing process.  Enter Greg Preuer of SPASigma.  Greg was certified as a Master Black Belt DMAK by General Electric.  He saw an opportunity to apply the same Black Belt methodology to the pricing used by companies.

The goal:  better pricing programs.

“Pricing is a big deal”

In an age when most companies find themselves facing competitive pressures, pricing policies have fallen into disrepair: special pricing abounds, discounting has grown rampant and operating margins have been pushed and squeezed.  Here’s where Six Sigma (Black Belt) efforts come into play.  Black Belts work to understand and leverage each specific customer’s willingness to pay a price slightly different from their peers.  Simply put, they focus on already existing price sensitivity variances between customers.

Most companies rely heavily on their sales teams for what little direction they may have.  But the reality of the situation is very few sales teams have the proper training or tools to determine price.  Because they place priority on closing the order at any cost (or price,) they tend to underestimate the proper price level.  With this approach in mind, it’s no wonder that pricing has fallen in to disarray.  What sales teams crave is an advanced scouting report on what each specific customer would be willing to pay for every (specific) product in the portfolio; real data that kills the guessing game they currently must play.

“One wholesaler described pricing in his organization as a visit to the wild west.”

Lone Ranger salespeople set pricing for their customers mostly without firm understanding of costs associated with handling or servicing the customer.  Gross margin numbers are used for the same customer regardless of order size or difficulty in providing the products.  Reviews of the pricing used by hundreds of distributors reveals sell prices using familiar numbers which predictably end in zero or five.  Profitability suffers.

“Quoting Greg Preuer:”

“While most formal Black Belt training uses case studies pulled from academia, we apply exercises using the student’s own company’s data.  We’re talking about real actions with real people and dynamic environments.  It’s not just busy work to flesh out the course material, our exercises are tasks developed to make an impact on your companies pricing organization.”  The Black Belt makes a real impact even before certification is achieved.

Click here to read the complete article.

About SPASigma Six Sigma Pricing Training

“Basic human processes are 4 Sigma at best … 99% good is just not good enough.”

Greg Preuer – Former Pricing Director at Cooper Lighting and General Electric

Click here to learn how manufacturers and distributors can apply Six Sigma methodology to the pricing function to generate repeatable margin gains.

Click here to read an interview of Greg about developing a program for training others in a Six Sigma Black Belt of Pricing program. Greg applied the same concepts while successfully serving as the Director of Pricing at Cooper Lighting.

Click here to learn how you can realize the benefits of SixSigma Pricing training online.

To learn how you can realize the benefits of Six Sigma Pricing Training on-site for your team, contact SPA today at info@strategicpricing.com or 216.455.1545.

 

Upcoming SPA Events

Set You and Your Team Up to Win Better Agreements at Battle For Margin

Your organization’s profits depend on the individual and collective negotiation skill of your employees – from sales to purchasing. The Battle for Margin negotiation intensive is a rare opportunity to dive deeper into negotiation strategy that will immediately drive for more profitable agreements. Don’t you and your team deserve to be set up for success? Don’t miss the Battle for Margin.

It will be held June 8-9 at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, NV.

Get negotiation intelligence you’ll find nowhere else:

Revolutionize how you and your team view negotiation. Give your organization the tools and knowledge to drive more profit than ever before with compelling and eye-opening case studies, critiques, and group exercises. Instill knowledge fast. The day will fly by because our seminars are purposefully entertaining and educational; people learn more when they’re having fun.

Attendee Testimonials

Here what our clients have to say about the power of strategic pricing tools from SPASigma Negotiation Training Seminars.

“SPASIGMA breaks the standard mold of slow pace seminars. It’s engaging, fun, and interactive in a setting that feels warm and comfortable.”

     — Mitch Koepp, Marketing Manager, All World Machinery

Other SPA Events

Click here for other SPA event dates and times including our upcoming webcasts.

Follow SPA

To easily keep up with the latest SPA announcements, events and resources you can follow us on LinkedIn or on the following major social media channels and file sharing platforms: Twitter, Google+, Facebook, SlideShare, and YouTube.

We also encourage you to join the Strategic Pricing discussions in our LinkedIn group and to sign up to receive our Strategic Pricing Newsletter by clicking here.

Learn the Keys to Setting and Getting Optimal Prices at Battle For Margin in Las Vegas June 8-9, 2017

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Watch a short video about the “Battle for Margin” two day event in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees will learn valuable lessons on how to increase their competitive advantage and improve financial performance with the SPA Solution portfolio and negotiation training services.  


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This big-picture seminar is focused on strategic topics of importance to the owners, CEOs, CFOs, and general managers of distribution, manufacturing, technology and services companies.

Experts will address the topics essential to accelerating the customer value proposition, competitive positioning and market value of any distribution or manufacturing business.

The seminar addresses the strategic, analytical, process and cultural issues that are fundamental to maximizing shareholder value.

The seminar will focus on the high-level, strategic and structural issues that are easily neglected in the hustle and bustle of daily business demands. It will help you to re-focus your organization on the drivers of economic value.

Watch the following short video to learn more about the upcoming Battle for Margin event in Las Vegas.

 

 

EVENT AGENDA

Thursday, June 8

7:00 – 7:45 am: Breakfast

7:45 – 8:00 am: Registration

8:00 – 8:15 am: Welcome to BFM Vegas

  • Overview, Agenda, Introductions

8:15 – 9:15 am: Keynote Address

9:15 – 9:30 AM: Introduction to Group Activity

9:30 – 9:45 AM: Break

9:45 – 11:30 am: Group Activity 1: Tactical Negotiations

Participants will tackle an entertaining negotiation case designed to provide a deeper understanding of the negotiating process. Once completed, the case will be critiqued based on class outcomes.

  • Identify typical negotiating blind spots
  • How to increase power
  • Tactics and countermeasures

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Thought Provoking Planning Session

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm: SPASIGMA Personality Quotient (PQ)

Learn hands-on tools for quickly and easily recognizing personality types. Employs the Jung Myers-Briggs “MBTI” model used by 89 of the Fortune 100.

  • Quickly identify different personality profiles
  • Communicate naturally and effectively with each personality type
  • Win over and earn the trust of various personalities in the workplace
  • Tailor your negotiation tactics based on personality type

2:30 – 2:45 PM: Break

2:45 – 4:30 pm: SPA Analytics and Tools

  • SPA Overview
  • SET vs. GET Tools
  • SPA Analytics Concepts: Core Status, Visibility, Cost-to-Serve, Price Environment Score, Price Bands
  • SPA Tools: SPA BI, SPA Contract Management, SPA Price Bands

4:30 – 5:30 pm: Roundtable – The Power of Analytics

  • Conversation with existing SPA customers
  • The scoop on how to get the most out of SPA tools and training

7:00 – 8:00 pm: Cocktails and Networking

8:00 – 10:00 pm: Dinner – LAGO at The Bellagio

 

Friday, June 9

7:15 – 8:00 am: Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05 am: Welcome Back

9:00 – 10:30 am: Group Activity 2 – Relationship-Focused Negotiations

Use what you have learned from the Tactical Negotiations workshop. Dive into a fun, complex, multiple-issue negotiation.

  • Discover the difference between Transactional and Win-Win bargaining
  • Strategies for crafting better long-term agreements
  • How Personality Quotient relates negotiation

10:30 – 10:45 AM: Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Group Activity 3 – Strategic and Long-term Negotiations

What’s after Win-Win? Take a look at leveraging your power and working through disputes in long-term relationships:

  • Use analytics and scoring to identify your best-case scenario and most effective concessions
  • Apply personality theory when framing your persuasive argument
  • Deepen your conflict resolution skills

12:00 am – 12:30 pm: Conclusion and Wrap Up

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 – 4:30 pm: Breakout #1 – SPA Existing Client Demos

  • “What’s App” Discover what’s in store for existing clients

1:30 – 4:30 pm: Breakout #2 – SPASigma Clients/Seminars

  • “Show and Tell” Experience the future of learning with the SPASIGMA creative team

1:30 – 4:30 pm: Breakout #3 – Prospective Clients Demos/Sales Networking

  • “Ask Me Anything” Q & A plus demos with the SPA business development team

4:30 – 5:30 pm: Cocktails

 

Registration

If you are responsible for sales, profits, or pricing related decisions at your company you will benefit from this seminar. Register soon as enrollment is limited.

You will receive additional information once you enroll.

 

Other SPA Events

Click here for other SPA event dates and times including our upcoming webcasts.

 

Follow SPA

To easily keep up with the latest SPA announcements, events and resources you can subscribe to our Strategic Pricing Pays blog or follow us on LinkedIn or on the following major social media channels and file sharing platforms: Twitter, Google+, Facebook, SlideShare, and YouTube.

We also encourage you to join the Strategic Pricing discussions in our LinkedIn group and to sign up to receive our Strategic Pricing Newsletter by clicking here.

Webinar: Maximizing Profits – You Get What Your People Can Negotiate | 11-April

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In business, as in life, you don’t necessarily get what you deserve, rather you get what you can negotiate.

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 2:00 PM Eastern

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Many Distribution professionals are at a negotiating disadvantage because they have never been trained in the set of skills that effective negotiators have mastered.

Whether you are negotiating a major contract with a new client, a small add on deal with an existing customer, or a new supplier agreement with a manufacturer it is critical that you have the requisite skills to increase the likelihood of a satisfactory outcome.

SPASigma has created a fast paced, entertaining, and informative approach to developing your negotiation skills.

Join us for an informative webinar on a new approach to negotiation training.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to win at the game of negotiation
  • Strategies to uncover the other party’s pressures
  • Powerful negotiation tactics and countermeasures
  • Concession making strategies
  • Strategies to build and maintain long-term business relationships
  • Proven ways to increase the other party’s satisfaction

Click here to register

 

Set You and Your Team Up to Win Better Agreements at Battle For Margin

Your organization’s profits depend on the individual and collective negotiation skill of your employees – from sales to purchasing. The Battle for Margin negotiation intensive is a rare opportunity to dive deeper into negotiation strategy that will immediately drive for more profitable agreements. Don’t you and your team deserve to be set up for success?

Don’t miss the Battle for Margin – it will be held June 8-9 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas.

 

Follow SPA

To easily keep up with the latest SPA announcements, events and resources you can subscribe to our Strategic Pricing Pays blog or follow us on LinkedIn or on the following major social media channels and file sharing platforms: Twitter, Google+, Facebook, SlideShare, and YouTube.

We also encourage you to join the Strategic Pricing discussions in our LinkedIn group and to sign up to receive our Strategic Pricing Newsletter by clicking here.

SPA Featured in The Distributor Channel article “Every Silver Cloud has a Dark Lining: Things to Consider in a Growth Economy”

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SPA was featured in a recent The Distributor Channel article, “Every Silver Cloud has a Dark Lining: Things to Consider in a Growth Economy”, which discusses the fact that a strong economic growth business environment can “distract from strategic thought” and why a solid pricing process is an essential part of any strategic initiative.

Excerpts of the article follow.

“Every Silver Cloud has a Dark Lining”

Not to be a perennial bummer, but all this growth stuff presents a few issues for distributors.  For the next couple of weeks we will explore issues tied to operating in a good economic times.  So, without further ado, let’s explore the dark lining in what most view as a silver cloud.

“Issue One: Brisk Business Masks Process Breakdowns”

Surging sales provides stealth cover for many problems.  You lose market share, but since the numbers are looking good you don’t notice competitors poaching business from some of your accounts.  Mediocre sellers post growth dollars and their lack of skills go unnoticed.   Sellers announce they are too busy for CRM data input.  Warehouses get dirty, shelves get cluttered.  Customer returns languish for months before suppliers are notified and credit received.

“Issue Two:  Great Business Climates Distract from Strategic Thought”

Without the right kind of discipline, distributor types find themselves consumed by urgent issues and procrastinate strategically critical issues.  It feels good to be busy and even better when busy is tied to the instant gratification of big business.  But our world is changing… Actually spinning faster than ever before.  Investing in strategic issues during good times is more important during upticks in the economy.  Experience dictates, those with solid strategy go into recession better positioned and rise faster with the next upturn.  Let’s think of strategically important topics.

“I believe a solid pricing process is an essential part of any strategic initiative.  There’s three big reasons why:”

> Pricing Process drives bottom line results.  The typical distributor using David Bauders’ Strategic Pricing Associates improves gross margin by two points.  In some industries, this nearly doubles the bottom line results.  For most distributors the gain is still in the 50 percent range.  You can’t ignore this size of an increase.

> Company value is dramatically improved.  Distributor businesses are valued on a multiple of bottom line profits before tax and interest (EBITA).  Here’s a simplified example of how it works.  A company putting $1M to the bottom line could be valued at 6 times earnings or $6M.  That company increases the bottom line via pricing by 50 percent to $1.5M.  Using the same formula, the company is now valued at $9M.  Further, our research indicates companies with higher performance than industry norms often attract a higher multiple of earnings.  So, the process may actually improve the value substantially more think multiple of 8, which means a value of $12M.  Yep, pretty strategic.

> Processes in the sales department tend to interact.  Building a credible pricing process requires detailed customer and supplier segmentation; marketing improves.  Salespeople are forced to think more critically about the customers they invest time with.  Targeting improves.  And, sales teams with well-developed targets are 47 percent more effective in reaching their goals

Click here to read the complete article.

 

Upcoming SPA Events

Set You and Your Team Up to Win Better Agreements at Battle For Margin

Your organization’s profits depend on the individual and collective negotiation skill of your employees – from sales to purchasing. The Battle for Margin negotiation intensive is a rare opportunity to dive deeper into negotiation strategy that will immediately drive for more profitable agreements. Don’t you and your team deserve to be set up for success? Don’t miss the Battle for Margin.

It will be held June 8-9 at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, NV.

Get negotiation intelligence you’ll find nowhere else:

Revolutionize how you and your team view negotiation. Give your organization the tools and knowledge to drive more profit than ever before with compelling and eye-opening case studies, critiques, and group exercises. Instill knowledge fast. The day will fly by because our seminars are purposefully entertaining and educational; people learn more when they’re having fun.

Attendee Testimonials

Here what our clients have to say about the power of strategic pricing tools from SPASigma Negotiation Training Seminars.

“SPASIGMA breaks the standard mold of slow pace seminars. It’s engaging, fun, and interactive in a setting that feels warm and comfortable.”

     — Mitch Koepp, Marketing Manager, All World Machinery

Other SPA Events

Click here for other SPA event dates and times including our upcoming webcasts.

Follow SPA

To easily keep up with the latest SPA announcements, events and resources you can follow us on LinkedIn or on the following major social media channels and file sharing platforms: Twitter, Google+, Facebook, SlideShare, and YouTube.

We also encourage you to join the Strategic Pricing discussions in our LinkedIn group and to sign up to receive our Strategic Pricing Newsletter by clicking here.

SPASigma Featured in The Distributor Channel article “The Dog Ate My Customer List (and other Excuses from the Sales Department)”

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SPASigma was featured in a recent The Distributor Channel article, “The Dog Ate My Customer List (and other Excuses from the Sales Department)”, which discusses how many organizations’ sales people – “Simply stated, distributors are giving away money by the bushel”.

Excerpts of the article follow.

I Know the Market and This Won’t Work- Pricing Process

During in-depth interviews with dozens of distributors who have instituted successful pricing processes, the story always comes back the same. They experience very little, if any push-back from customers, but they get plenty of push-back from their team.

The excuses are so predicable, I can almost mouth the words. “This pricing stuff works in big cities/small towns/west coast/east coast/ anywhere but here. Our customers will react negatively. They will immediately recognize we are gouging them. And the competition will have a field day.” When all else fails, the sales guy will look their boss in the eye and say, “I’m paid on gross margin, I’m doing everything in my power to maximize that gross margin. Don’t you trust me?”

Simply stated, distributors are giving away money by the bushel

David Bauders’ team at Strategic Pricing Associates has developed some powerful tools to analyze price data. In an interview with him sometime ago, David produced dozens of analytical graphs showing market price, order size and product discounts. Amazingly, they all looked the same. Customers making very small purchases are getting price levels well below the natural market. Simply stated, distributors are giving away money by the bushel.

a simple test to determine if a distributor’s team actually understands market pricing

David recommends a simple test to determine if a distributor’s team actually understands market pricing. He takes the top 20 SKUs from a company and asks the sales team to provide a best estimate of the market price. Fewer than 25 percent of the sales team gets anywhere near a passing grade. The guys who claim to be maximizing your margin can’t.

There are some root causes to this whole issue with pricing. First, most distributor salespeople really do believe they understand the market. The question becomes, where do they get their information?

 “in our world, customers have been trained to mislead us on pricing.”

Let’s face it, in our world, customers have been trained to mislead us on pricing. When was the last time somebody said, “Wait a minute, Jim, your price is too low?”  Purchasing departments see their role as trimming just a few percentage points off of the buy price. Their goal is the best service at the lowest price. Secondly, most customers really are nice folks. Rather than tell us our service is rotten or we lack the follow through required to earn their business, they let us down gently with a well-placed, “It looks like your price didn’t line up this time.”

What’s a mother to do? We believe that using a scientifically driven analytic tool will begin to give you an idea of your company’s pricing in the market. On top of that, pricing process metrics allow the manager to measure, coach and enforce a process that adds significantly to the overall bottom line.

Click here to read the complete article.

 

Upcoming SPA Events

Set You and Your Team Up to Win Better Agreements at Battle For Margin

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Your organization’s profits depend on the individual and collective negotiation skill of your employees – from sales to purchasing. The Battle for Margin negotiation intensive is a rare opportunity to dive deeper into negotiation strategy that will immediately drive for more profitable agreements. Don’t you and your team deserve to be set up for success? Don’t miss the Battle for Margin.

It will be held in Miami at February 9-10 at the Grand Beach Hotel Surfside.

Get negotiation intelligence you’ll find nowhere else:

Revolutionize how you and your team view negotiation. Give your organization the tools and knowledge to drive more profit than ever before with compelling and eye-opening case studies, critiques, and group exercises. Instill knowledge fast. The day will fly by because our seminars are purposefully entertaining and educational; people learn more when they’re having fun.

Attendee Testimonials

Here what our clients have to say about the power of strategic pricing tools from SPASigma Negotiation Training Seminars.

“SPASIGMA breaks the standard mold of slow pace seminars. It’s engaging, fun, and interactive in a setting that feels warm and comfortable.”

     — Mitch Koepp, Marketing Manager, All World Machinery

Other SPA Events

Click here for other SPA event dates and times including our upcoming webcasts.

Follow SPA

To easily keep up with the latest SPA announcements, events and resources you can follow us on LinkedIn or on the following major social media channels and file sharing platforms: Twitter, Google+, Facebook, SlideShare, and YouTube.

We also encourage you to join the Strategic Pricing discussions in our LinkedIn group and to sign up to receive our Strategic Pricing Newsletter by clicking here.