The new year is a time of new beginnings, and subscription businesses should take this opportunity to reexamine their strategies for combating CNP fraud. Whether accepting orders that are fraudulent (which often results in chargebacks) or denying legitimate orders on the mistaken belief that they may be fraudulent, merchants stand to lose a lot of money if they aren’t able to effectively mitigate fraud.Continue Reading
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We all know that the holidays are a time of gift-giving—with Black Friday and Cyber Monday being two of the busiest days of the year for both brick-and-mortar and online sales. But there’s another kind of giving that’s promoted during the holidays, one that doesn’t have anything to do with shopping.Continue Reading
Recently, we wrote about the trends expected this holiday shopping season. We discussed tips and best practices related to gift subscriptions, coupons, and free trials which can be very effective tactics that subscription businesses can use to acquire new subscribers during this most wonderful time of the year.Continue Reading
Last week, Recurly was a sponsor at the first annual SUBSCRIPTION SHOW, hosted by Subscription Insider and held in the beautiful if chilly downtown Boston. The show featured presentations and panels from some of the top in the industry including Worldpay, JPMorgan Chase, the NBA, A+E Networks, Sirius, Marvel, and Intuit, along with a number of other other Enterprise businesses and SMBs. The primary subscription verticals represented were OTT/streaming media, publishing, SaaS, and box of the month, and most attendees are from companies looking to mature their subscription product offerings or transition their product/service into a subscription model, rather than businesses that are completely new to subscriptions.Continue Reading
That time of year is approaching, when sleigh bells are rung, dreidels spun—and retailers look forward to making their revenue numbers for the year.
For retailers and shoppers alike, the holiday season officially kicks off on Black Friday followed by Cyber Monday, an even more popular shopping day. Last year, 67 million shoppers stole time away from work to make a dent in their holiday gift list on Cyber Monday. Overall, online purchases account for around 20% of holiday sales.Continue Reading
Recurly is pleased to announce a new partnership with GoCardless, the leading global fintech for recurring payments, which will allow our customers to provide additional payment options to their subscribers and prospects. These new bank debit options include SEPA (Eurozone) and Bacs (UK), along with ACH (USA). More than 30% of Recurly’s customers are either selling globally or have immediate ambitions to grow globally. These new payment options, available in Q1 2020, will enable Recurly merchants to grow their international subscriber base, increase revenue, and reduce the fees associated with using other payment methods.Continue Reading
The first subscription box service appeared in 2004. Called The Sampler, if offered samples of products from independent, web-based artists and shops. Various other boxes emerged soon-after. Early successes include Quarterly, Birchbox, NatureBox, and BarkBox (Recurly is proud to count the latter two as customers!).Continue Reading
Subscription businesses, like any other business, need to continually attract new customers—and of course, keep their existing customers happy. When businesses exceed all expectations, they may find themselves lauded in the trade press over these results, as AMC Theaters and Spotify were recently. AMC’s Stubs A-List movie ticket subscription service reported signing up over 900,000 subscribers last quarter, just 100,000 short of its one-year goal. Spotify reported reaching 108 million premium subscribers in Q2, representing a 31% increase year-over-year.Continue Reading
Is your business ready for PSD2? Come September 14th, the answer to this question will determine your ability to accept online payments in the European Economic Area (EEA).Continue Reading
Did you know that 15% of online shoppers have signed up for one or more subscription services? Or that the subscription e-commerce market has grown by more than 100% every year over the past five years? In fact, this market generated more than $2.6 billion in sales recently, and 2019 will likely continue this upward trend as more businesses discover the power and performance of the subscription model.Continue Reading