Subscription Billing Terms Provide More Flexibility

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Subscription businesses benefit from having the flexibility to create different plans and pricing structures to meet market needs. Subscription businesses also need the flexibility to offer billing intervals that may differ from the plan length.  

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New Subscription History Data Illuminates Trends

Here at Recurly, we often talk about how the wealth of data available to subscription businesses is a key benefit of the recurring revenue model. This billing data becomes even more valuable when you combine it with data from subscriber events and marketing events. This broader view helps subscription businesses to better understand subscriber loyalty, campaign effectiveness, and what truly increases subscriber lifetime value.

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Credit Invoices Help Support Streamlined, Accurate Billing and Accounting

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On the surface, subscription billing may appear straightforward: just bill the same amount each billing cycle. The reality is that the subscriber lifecycle can involve a number of complex billing scenarios such as upgrades, downgrades, adding or removing additional products, changing quantities, or any combination of these billing events—each of which may then require you to prorate the invoice to accurately reflect the change in terms or usage.

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Increase Customer Retention and Expand Globally With New Multilingual Emails

Global marketing involves more than simply selling a product in other countries. You need to speak to subscribers in their preferred language and ensure that their experience signing up and paying for your subscription product or service is streamlined and optimized.

Recurly is pleased to announce support for 11 different languages and 22 dialects* in customer emails. By providing localized transactional emails, Recurly merchants can send email to their subscribers in the language they prefer. Recurly also provides localized checkout pages based on the location of the customer’s browser and the primary language associated with that location.

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Adyen + Recurly Helps Subscription Businesses Expand Globally

Subscription businesses that want to expand globally know they need to offer the payment methods that their prospects in different countries prefer. They need a gateway that can accept international currencies along with the a wide variety of payment methods global customers tend to use.

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New Billing Models for Changing Consumption Patterns

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The success of the subscription model has altered the e-commerce landscape. Numerous new and innovative businesses in a variety of industries are launching every week, focusing on the subscription model to provide a better customer experience and build loyalty. As well, a number of notable, ‘traditional’ businesses have transitioned, in whole or in part, to a recurring revenue model. Adobe, for example, no longer sells its software via a licensing model but provides access through a monthly SaaS subscription fee.   

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New and Improved Emails for Your Customers!

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A crucial aspect of successful subscription billing involves being able to communicate with customers. Recurly sends several million emails every month on behalf of the many subscription businesses that depend on our platform, and we are constantly seeking ways to improve this function. After listening to great feedback, we’ve made a number of changes in response. Here’s an overview of what’s changed along with screenshots to show how these changes appear in Recurly.

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New Recurly API Includes Many Useful Improvements

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A new version of Recurly’s API has been released! Version 2.5 comes with many improvements such as new endpoints, new request attributes, and new response attributes as well. Let’s dive in and take a look at what’s changed!

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“No Credit Card Required” -- Increase Sign-Ups With Cardless Free Trials

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In marketing, making it as easy as possible for your prospects to test out your product or service can be a winning strategy. For subscription businesses, a free trial subscription is one way to do that. Customers get a taste of what you provide without having to commit to anything. However, having to enter payment information for something that’s free can add unnecessary friction, making your prospects less likely to sign up. A lost prospect is a lost opportunity to acquire a new customer.  

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Recurly for QuickBooks Online: Streamline Your Accounting Process

In order to give our customers access to best-in-class applications in both subscription billing and accounting, Recurly has integrated with QuickBooks Online. Our integration will give you the ability to accelerate your month-end close process, automate your revenue accounting flow, and eliminate manual processes.

The QuickBooks brand is synonymous with entry-level business accounting and bookkeeping. While the QuickBook brand may be perceived as entry-level, anecdotal evidence, however, suggests that QuickBooks is used by companies with as much as $20M-$40M in revenue—underlining the stickiness of accounting software.

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