Revenue Streams the building block where the cash comes in.
It is important and should match the Cost component of your business model. The difference between the revenue streams and Cost is the profit or loss of your business.
In other words: This is where you confirm the profitability of your business model.
There are many ways to generate revenue. Think of usage or subscription fees, sales, leasing, licensing, brokerage fees for advertising. This is transactional revenue (one-time payment) or recurring revenue. Where the value proposition generates ongoing payments.
Depending on your business model you can have different revenue streams. Two-sided business models can generate revenue from both the demand and supply side. Think of online marketplaces or comparison websites.
It is important to define your revenue streams as clearly as possible. Understand the development, production and promoting cost of the product. It should match the price the customers willing to pay for it.
This gives the business sense to continue with your idea or pivot. Pivot to different market segment, pricing models or towards another solution.
Focus on value instead of cost
In many business ideas we see that the production cost determines the selling price.
It is better to look at the value of your product creates for your customer and his willingness to pay for it.
If production cost is the starting point for your pricing strategy larges revenue might be missed.
For example: After programming cost is earned back, the production cost for a copy of the software program is 1% if the selling price. Where the customer value (the willingness of the customer to pay for it) is much higher.
A continuous focus on the customer value is a more successful revenue strategy.
Demand and supply dictate the pricing mechanism. It can be fixed (think of List pricing ) where the influence of the buyer is little.
Market conditions dominate dynamic pricing models. This of the taxi rate. During peak hours this is higher.
In other cases the the power of the buyer a big enough to influence the price. Tailored pricing or flexible discounts are examples of dynamic pricing too.
How to determine the best pricing mechanism?
These brief steps help you determines how to setup your revenue streams.
- Review your Customer base (from your stakeholdermap if you have created that)
- Determine who has the biggest need and the budget and for your products (Revisit the ‘TEST your idea’ step as part of the Innovation Curve)
- Which of your potential customers is willing to pay most for your service? Estimate these amounts or find evidence from your Prototype your solution step.)
- How do they pay for current alternatives?
- What other pricing mechanisms can you apply to their needs?
- Estimate cost for development, production and promotion. Does this match with the revenue potential?
- Determine the impact on other parts of your Business Model
Your last step is to test your pricing mechanism. Find the evidence it works. Update your Business Model accordingly.
How to Build a Great Business Model Canvas – The FREE Course
- Lesson 1 – Customers
- Lesson 2 – Value Propositions
- Lesson 3 – Marketing & Distribution Channels
- Lesson 4 – Customer Relationships
- Lesson 5 – Revenues
- Lesson 6 – Key Resources
- Lesson 7 – Key Activities
- Lesson 8 – Key Partners & Suppliers
- Lesson 9 – Costs