McDonald’s recent acquisition of the Tel Aviv-based AI startup, Dynamic Yield, is an exciting move, demonstrating that the 63-year old fast-food chain is looking for ways to stay competitive. Like many large enterprises, McDonald’s has long recognized the value in data, collecting large amounts of data on everything from tractions to customer behavior. However, data is only as valuable as what you can do with it. The acquisition of this new machine learning and AI technology demonstrates the company’s intent to put customer data to work.
As pricing technology becomes more and more sophisticated, incorporating complex data analysis and using AI and Machine learning to optimize and deploy pricing, we’re seeing a wider acceptance of Dynamic Pricing.
Industries like airlines, hospitality, and ride-sharing have led advances in dynamic pricing, but other industries are now opening up to the possibilities. Both B2C and B2B companies are looking at incorporating Dynamic pricing into their strategies. We’ll talk about less obvious industry examples like Vail Resorts’ dynamic ticket pricing, and Lyft’s B2B strategy.
True Dynamic Pricing goes hand in hand with AI, as the real-time analysis and automated deployment of prices go beyond the physical capabilities of a pricing team. Whether pricing is being adjusted hour-to-hour or only week-to-week, AI can simulate and predict demand to optimize pricing for changing market conditions.
Dynamic Pricing software takes data and turns it into actionable real-time prices. At Perfect Price, we've learned a lot about how executives assess and decide on using our software. We think this process could work well for evaluating any software that an enterprise is trusting to make decisions on its behalf.
Netflix raised prices $2 yesterday, and as a direct result, their shares added 6.5%. As a CEO, CFO, or controlling shareholder, wouldn't it be nice to do the same thing? Add $2 to prices and add $9.5 billion to your market capitalization? Move over Warren, I get the cover shot on Barron's this month.