Serve different approaches of usage-based pricing

Dive deep into the different usage based pricing models to find the option that best suits your needs

Overview

Usage-based pricing models have gained traction in recent years, driven by customer demand to pay according to their actual usage or consumption of a product. This approach allows customers to begin with minimal costs, making it more enticing for them to start using the product, while also providing vendors with valuable insights into usage patterns.
However, this is not merely a pay and use method. It has evolved into a wide range of models supporting diverse use cases and creating new opportunities for expansion.

Usage based pricing model can be implemented in one of the following ways:

  • In-advance commitment - The customer gets to choose at which cost they’d like to start and keep this pricing for the determined period of time.
  • Pay-as-you-go - The customer can start at no cost, and purchase feature units upon request.

Here’s a description of the different pricing models offered on Stigg:

Flat rate

What is it? A single fixed price for each unit per selected billing period (month/year).
It is ideal for billing features or services with relatively stable delivery costs that do not vary significantly based on specific customer requirements.
Example: Seats/Users on an account, for example each seat costs $10/month, so 2 seats will cost $20/month and so on.

Learn more on how the Flat rate pricing model can be implemented in Stigg.

Tiered pricing

What is it? A progressive model where the unit price changes based on the “tier” it falls into. As the number of units purchased increases and moves into higher ranges, discounts increase, resulting in customers paying less per unit
This structure encourages customers to purchase more to achieve a lower price per unit, potentially boosting overall sales volumes.
Example: I want to buy 25 templates. According to the below table, it falls under the 21-unlimited tier, hence I’ll pay $105
Cost breakdown:
First 10 template cost $5/each
Next 10 templates cost $4/each
Next 5 templates cost $3/each

Learn more on how the Tiered pricing model can be implemented in Stigg.

Volume pricing

What is it? In this model, the per-unit cost decreases as the quantity purchased increases. Each unit range has a set price, and once the number of units reaches a certain threshold, all units are priced at the new, lower rate. This incentivizes customers to buy in larger quantities, thereby increasing sales volumes and overall profitability.
Example: I want to buy 25 templates. According to the below table, 25 templates will be priced at $3/unit, hence 25x$3=$75

Learn more about how the Volume pricing model can be implemented in Stigg.

Stair-step pricing

What is it? Stair-step pricing involves a flat rate for defined ranges of quantities, creating distinct pricing "steps." Each step represents a volume tier, with the price remaining constant within that tier, regardless of the exact quantity purchased. This pricing model drives customers to purchase units in bulks, rather than purchasing them one-by-one.
Example: I want to buy 25 templates. 25 falls in the second quantity range, so I’ll pay $60. As simple as that.

Learn more about how the Stair-step pricing model can be implemented in Stigg.

Key considerations

  • Ensure that pricing for each tier/unit is set for both monthly and annual billing periods if both options are available.
  • Offering discounted pricing on higher quantity tiers is recommended to incentivize customers to purchase more.

The bottom line

Usage-based pricing models offer flexibility and transparency for both customers and vendors, allowing for more tailored pricing structures based on actual usage.
The best pricing strategy for your business depends on the type of product you’re selling, what your customers are willing to pay, and what value your product offers.
Furthermore, remember that this is not a set-it-and-forget-it type of metric. Pricing strategies should be continuously analyzed and updated to ensure your company is maximizing profits and attracting customers in the most effective way.