What are things customers could do for a discount?


I have a friend who runs a business that decorates special events. He deals a lot with customers who's budget is much less than his normal prices, but he normally just gives them huge discounts because he prefers to get little money than no money (he has a very high profit margin). Now, he wants offer actual offers customers wanting a discount, so that on one hand he doesn't seem shady, and actually gets something of value, along the lines of writing reviews (although that's not nearly close enough in value to the 100$-200$ discount he gives). I thought that if they get a friend to make a deposit before their job, or putting a link to us from their site might repay, but both of those (customers with friends are too rare to be consistent. We had some ideas about asking them to call talk shows and the like.

What can he get from customers more or less reliably that would cover discounts?

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asked Nov 19 '12 at 10:59
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Our local newspapers have a section with "thank you" posts (for a small fee). If such a thing is available have them post one with their name (even if you need to cover the fee). "I want to publicly thank BlahBlah for helping me with "whatever" almost for free" (you get the idea).

Huge value!

answered Nov 20 '12 at 11:08
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If you feel it hard to get something from customers with providing discount, why not keep the price unchanged but offer something more as bonus to customers? By this way customer don't need to do anything and would still feel this is good deal, and you also make more money.

answered Nov 20 '12 at 02:52
Billy Chan
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  • A customer with a $200 budget who wants a $500 job generally won't give you $500 if you offer him 600$ of goods. He just doesn't have enough money to pay the full price [in this case]. – Glycan 7 years ago
  • Yes, you are right at this point. It's hard to make a good suggestion on your case. There are two more considerations. Firstly, if you offer $300 discount with some easy work by customer, they will think this is not an honest deal. How come a review or a link worth $300? Secondly, How do you advertise? If you told me XXX is at 60% discount, I'll say "WOW! Good deal!". But when I come, I'll find I need to do something to get this discount, sounds not so nice. – Billy Chan 7 years ago


Customer reviews, website mentions, website links, Facebook mentions, Facebook likes, new customer referrals, allowing him to promote his business at the event (think a small sign, a business card holder with cards in it), willingness to act as a phone referee. There's a few.

answered Nov 20 '12 at 08:55
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