Opinion: Is Immoscout24’s pricing model for agents effective?

Javier Etxebeste

February 21, 2017

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Property portals across the world are pushing innovation in all areas of their offering and operation, but in my view, there is one area where effective innovation has not been particularly relevant and that is: basic pricing models.

The basic portal pricing package is the inclusion model; this is where agents pay a monthly fee, usually on a per office-branch basis or a package basis: 30, 50, 100 listings.
On top of this basic package, portals can add new options: visibility, branding…

There are still new entrants who are pushing the performance model (charging per lead) or freemium model (free inclusion, and then visibility packages per listing) that seem to work better with horizontal services than with pure vertical players (i.e. Leboncoin).

This is why we, at Daybat, think that the Immoscout24 approach is innovative and unique in a non-exclusive market like Germany.

Under Greg Ellis’ leadership, and based on his experience in the Australian market, the company adopted a new pricing scheme in 2014.

This is my understanding of the essence of their model:

The key changes of the new pricing model:

• So long as the agent keeps their former spending (i.e what they paid last year), inclusion of all listings have no additional cost.
• Agents can then allocate that spending to promote any of their listings with four products:
o Showcase listing with a cost of €999 per month
o Premium listing with a cost of €149 per month
o Top listing with a cost of €79 per month
o Free listing. There is a forth one that has no cost.
• Each product has a different visibility package associated with it;higher price; higher visibility.

The process that encourages agents to adopt the new model is shown below.

Immoscout1

Source: Jefferies, Scout24, Company Note, 10 November 2015.

What was the logic of implementing this pricing model?

In our view there were three main factors pushing the change:

Comprehensiveness.

To ensure that all listings available in the market were present at Immoscout24. The former model pushed agents to select listings, and therefore excluded some listings. That was bad for users and therefore bad for Immoscout24. This is, in our view is,a major reason for the company changing its pricing model. Having full availability tremendously re-inforced their position and, more importantly, forced competitors to follow a similar model.

Revenue protection

To ensure that revenue is maintained and increased over time. For a publicly-listed company or soon-to-be IPO, this factor should have been included in their previous model

Revenue growth

Again essential. This required that Immoscout24 delivered on two fronts
o Value for Money. Significant incremental value delivered with higher price charge.
o Rivalry. Among agents for each query or Search Engine Result page, SERP (location, price range…) to lock prominent position or enough audience to ensure selling of the property.

With this top line intro, and with the data we collected,we sat down and performed our analysis.

These are the results and what we learnt.

Evolution of featured sales listings over 2016

Immoscout2

As the data suggests, there is no growth in the number of listings being displayed as featured (Showcase, Premium or Top) neither as a % or in absolute numbers over the period analysed in 2016. None.

Is the new pricing model a success?

We think it is still too early to tell.

The real estate industry in Germany was under pressure in 2016, mostly due to the lack of enough inventory. The number of agents has not grown, quite the opposite. Therefore; Immoscout24 has been a very strong leader (with a very high penetration) and had a difficult job growing revenue when customers are closing shop.

The company wanted to protect its previous revenue (that was probably a requirement) and therefore agents had to allocate their spending into premium products regardless of their need. In a market with lack of supply, there is no need nor enough incentive to spend more than the committed budget.

And lastly, without competition, (not enough demand from agents), there is no way to create rivalry.

In the case of the Immoscout24 pricing model, we don’t  think that other countrys leaders will follow the pricing initiative in the near future, but it´s too early to call it a failure. In practice, if the market turns and agents start to compete with each other for buyers, (and not for sellers), we think it might work.

Javier Etxebeste is the founder of DayBat: a B2B competitive intelligence venture focused on helping horizontal and vertical companies compete in global classifieds markets. He was also the founder and CEO of Nestoria (acquired by Mitula Group), a property search engine operating in nine countries. He has more than ten years of digital classifieds experience in global markets. From 2002 to 2004, Javier was the Managing Director of Search and Marketplaces for Yahoo!

Javier Etxebeste

February 21, 2017

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As former CEO/MD of the REA Group for 8 years, Simon led the group to its current market-leading position. When he joined REA Group in 2001, it had $4m in revenues, $6m in losses and an $8m market cap.
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