Spreading Good Cheer Through Subscriptions This Holiday Season

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. 

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Recurly’s Promotional Toolkit Supports Subscriber Acquisition and Retention

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. 

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How Recurly Helps You Acquire New Subscribers

To be successful, subscription businesses need to retain subscribers and continually attract new ones. This is true for both the smallest startup and the largest enterprise. Recurly provides a number of tools to support our customers’ efforts to gain new subscribers.

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On Beer, Germany, and the Importance of Customer Retention

Recently, we wrote a blog that involved a London pub’s innovation in beer drinking that enabled a friction-free experience for its customers during the busy holiday season. The goal of course of frictionless commerce is to make it easier for your customers to shop, pay, and receive their purchases, and in return, you’ll gain more customers and sell more of whatever it is you offer, from beer to business services.

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For the Love of Retail, This Valentine’s Day

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Various statistics from the 2016 holiday season show that retailers’ holidays were bright, with strong sales both in-store and online. For example, a recent article from eMarketer highlighted data from Retail Metrics which showed overall holiday spending likely rose 4%. Similarly, retail consulting firm Conlumino’s data showed total holiday sales rose 3.8% to $196.1 billion—the biggest growth since 2011—led by a 17.1% increase in online spending.

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Hip Hip Hooray for Free Shipping Day!

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Procrastinators always do tomorrow what they could have done today. And procrastination runs rampant during the holidays, as evidenced by the number of people crowding the stores on Christmas Eve. If, in mid-December, you’re behind in your holiday shopping, you’re in luck, because this means you’ll be able to take advantage of Free Shipping Day, on December 16th. And if you’re a subscription business, such as a box of the month, that ships physical goods, you can participate in this once-a-year event too.

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Live Webinar: Powerful (and Profitable) Holiday Promotions That Drive Subscribers

This is the time when many marketers turn their attention to holiday promotions, to make the most of the revenue opportunities during this most wonderful time of the year. In this informative webinar, we’ll share the secrets of how subscription businesses can build powerful—and profitable—holiday promotions that drive revenue now and continue to grow their subscriber base in the new year.

Tuesday, September 23, 2016
10am PT / 1pm ET

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Planning Ahead for That Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s a little known fact that the idea of celebrating “Christmas in July” began in 1914 amongst a group of Vaudeville performers living in Freeport, New York. Far too busy travelling and performing in December to enjoy the holiday season, celebrating in July made perfect sense! Fast forward 100 years or so and there’s still a group of people who in the summer months are thinking about the winter holiday season: retailers.

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Increased Targeting and Engagement With Recurly’s Bulk Unique Coupons

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In 1965, American families began clipping coupons en masse and marketers realized how coupons convert prospects, upsell customers, and encourage brand loyalty. In 1990, the internet begat the era of online coupons, making it easier than ever for subscription-based and other businesses to reach an online audiences with their promotions.

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Live Webinar: Capitalizing on Coupons—Strategies That Drive Subscribers—and Profits!

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Coupons and promotions drive growth throughout the subscriber lifecycle—from customer acquisition to retention. Highly-targeted coupon campaigns enable subscription-based businesses to attract, convert, retain, and reclaim customers.

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