Read Recurly’s Latest Report on Key Metrics for Subscription Businesses

Recurly is pleased to announce the release of our latest industry report—our Subscription Snapshot—in which we examine a sample set of 25 million subscription transactions to identify the key metrics that a subscription business should monitor and optimize in order to maximize revenue and maintain healthy growth.

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GatherContent Garners Subscribers with Recurly

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Customer Case Studies

GatherContent was developed specifically to meet the content creation and workflow needs of today’s businesses. The platform helps companies create and manage content that’s both structured and portable—and then publish it to any CMS or platform. They launched in London in September 2012 and now have thousands of customers in over 130 countries managing millions of pieces of content.

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Automated Tax Solutions Help Subscription Businesses Go ‘Back to School’

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Best Practices e-commerce Tax

For most of us (okay, everyone in the northern hemisphere), summer is here. We’re thinking about our vacation plans, longer days, warmer nights, and general fun in the sun. Retailers however are thinking about back-to-school. Most consumers do their back-to-school shopping in July and August, so now is crunch time for retailers to get ready. This is because the back-to-school season is the second-busiest time of year for retailers (yes, the holiday season is first), reaching $68 billion in sales in 2015, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).  

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Recurly to Support Apple Pay on the Web

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New Features Apple Pay

The e-commerce world is abuzz over Apple’s recent announcement from their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) held in San Francisco last week. The big reveal is that Apple Pay will finally be available on the web, beginning this fall. Recurly is excited to announce that we will support Apple Pay on the web, and we are working with our contacts at Apple on the implementation details.  

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From Insurance to Loan Collateral, Financial Services Sees the Potential of IoT

By now, most of us are likely familiar with the Internet of Things (IoT), that network of “smart” devices, embedded with sensors and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. Our Fitbit is an IoT device, as is our Nest home thermostat. And Amazon Prime users have their “Dash” buttons. Phillips makes a smart toothbrush, and there’s even a Bluetooth-enabled thermometer on the market, for those so inclined.

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The Deal Awakens: Movies on the Big Screen by Subscription

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Subscriptions Trends

One of the side effects of the rise in streaming media services like the Netflix and Hulu is how they’ve impacted ticket sales at movie theaters, which have been flat over the past several years (with the exception of 2015 which saw a small spike due to the release of Jurassic World and the long-awaited Star Wars sequel). Why pay to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster or Sundance indie film in the theater—and then deal with lines and crowds, people kicking the back of your seat or talking on their cell phones? Why, when you can watch movies from the ease and comfort of your own home?  

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Live Webinar: Optimizing Your Subscription Business with Data-driven Insights

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analytics webinar

Subscription management serves as the nexus for your most powerful business data: billing, marketing, and data related to customer events. This session will show you how to unlock the power of subscription data to speed business decisions, optimize revenue, and improve customer lifetime value.

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Lag Kills and Doods Rule: the World of eSports, Coming Soon to a TV Near You

Have you heard of “eSports”? If you haven’t, it’s probably because you’re not a gamer. But get ready, because while it might be a niche industry at the moment, soon it won’t be. Current estimates indicate that a billion people will be familiar with eSports by the end of 2016. And two to three-hundred-million people will participate—either as viewers or players—growing this market to an astounding $463 million in 2016. This is an increase of 43% over 2015.

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Convenience and Curation: Subscription Boxes Deliver the Goods

Admit it. You or your business have been thinking about launching a box of the month. And why not? It’s one of the most successful subscription models for consumer-facing businesses! Some of the most popular box categories are fashion, beauty samples, organic food, eco products, and kids’ crafts and activities. There’s also boxes for daily needs, such as coffee, tea, razors, socks, and underwear.  

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How the Amazon Prime Effect is Leading Retailers to the Subscription Model

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Subscriptions Trends

Jeff Bezos recently opened his company’s annual shareholder meeting with the news that Amazon had reached an impressive milestone: $100 billion in annual sales. What’s more, they reached this number faster than any other company in history. Along with this impressive stat, Bezos reported on their Amazon Prime offering—their annual subscription service that gives subscribers free two-day shipping along with unlimited access to movies, TV shows, music streaming, and other perks for $99 a year.

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