Starbucks & Amazon Streamline Checkout and So Can You

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Businesses are always looking for ways to make it easier for customers to interact and make purchases. Starbucks launched a mobile ordering system nationwide in 2015, letting customers avoid the long lines at the store by using the Starbucks app to place their order which is then waiting for them when they come into the store. Tesco, a UK grocery store chain, recently debuted their “Scan As You Shop” system where customers use a handset to scan their own items and then put them directly into their bags in their shopping cart.

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What Subscription Businesses Can Learn From a Busy London Pub

Last December, a pub in central London did something unique to help improve its customers’ experience. Bars and pubs in London can be crowded, especially during the holidays. They’re so crowded, in fact, that customers wait an average of 12 minutes per drink order at the bar. Depending on how many trips a patron takes, this can take a big bite out of their time for merriment and socializing with friends. Indeed, this lengthy wait time was a huge annoyance and the pub knew it.

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Recurly’s Account Updater Service Increases Revenue, Reduces Churn

What do you think caused 5.5 million people in Britain to cancel their credit cards last year? If you guessed fraud, you’d be right. Those 5.5 million people comprise a full 12% of the population—one million higher than last year and evidence that cybercrime has gotten worse in that country and people are taking action to protect themselves.

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Using Data to Identify & Acquire Your Most Profitable Subscribers

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At the highest level, three major hallmarks of a strong subscription model are:

  • predictable revenue
  • customer loyalty, and
  • the ability to harness a wealth of data for valuable subscriber insights

Predictable revenue and customer loyalty are key because, unlike traditional transactional billing models, subscription businesses frequently incur greater expense upfront to acquire subscribers. The payback on that acquisition cost happens over the subscriber’s lifetime. 

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The Internet of Things and the Transformational Power of Data

The Internet of Things is transforming how we live, work, and play. Beyond the familiar ‘smart’ devices in our homes, such as thermostats and fitness trackers, the Internet of Things (IoT) has applications in a wide-ranging realm. There are devices that can find our lost phones and luggage, monitor our heart rates and blood pressure, tell us when our cars need maintenance, help manage traffic when we drive, and help make our manufacturing sector and our cities more efficient. The web of connected devices that comprise the Internet of Things promises to bring convenience, efficiency, cost savings, peace of mind, improving our lives in any number of ways.

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Blueprint for Subscription Success: What to Look for in a Subscription Platform

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In e-commerce, transactions can fail for any number of reasons, and every time a transaction is declined, the business loses revenue. With subscription businesses, the problem is compounded by the fact that subscription revenue is recurring revenue. This makes effective management of billing and payments especially critical: any time a transaction fails, a customer can churn.

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Using Recurly Data to Fight Churn

In our previous post in this series, we talked about the difference between cancellation and churn. The post outlined the different actions you can take when a customer cancels to try to prevent them from churning and how Recurly helps to identify these customers.

Because we know you can’t prevent all churn, we want to talk about ways to analyze your subscriber churn rate to surface insights that you can then act upon. In particular:

  • Where does your churn rate stand in comparison to your competitors and/or to the market as a whole?
  • What are some of the meaningful data points related to churn that provide actionable intelligence?
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Blueprint for Subscription Success: New E-Book From Recurly

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The subscription model is one of the fastest-growing categories in e-commerce—which should come as no surprise given the many benefits that a recurring revenue business offers. While the model provides benefits, it also has inherent complexity.

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Best Practice: Automate the Revenue Recovery Process

Credit cards are an extremely convenient way to pay for online purchases. However, subscription businesses can face challenges in successfully completing recurring payments via credit cards. This is because after the initial payment at signup, various factors can cause the recurring payments to fail. The most effective way to repair the transaction—and thereby “recover” this revenue which would have otherwise been lost—is to employ automated tools and processes.

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Ditch Those Spreadsheets and Improve Revenue Recognition

In the best of circumstances, financial reporting can be a complicated and sometimes difficult task. Accuracy is critical but not always easy to achieve. Subscription-based businesses face added challenges in accurately recognizing revenue. The business may have different billing models with different terms, have numerous customer upgrades and downgrades that need to be accurately calculated, along with many other customer events each month which affect billing. And many high-velocity B2C companies will process a huge volume of transactions throughout the month. All this makes for a complicated daily revenue-recognition process.

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