Why Offering Alternative Payment Methods is Important for Subscription Businesses

Has this ever happened to you? You’re shopping online and want to make a purchase. But when you try to pay for your item, the payment method that you want to use isn’t available, and so you abandon the purchase. This can happen particularly in international e-commerce, where shoppers prefer to use a payment method that’s not commonly used in the merchant’s location.

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The Benefits of Bundling for Your Subscription Business

Subscriber retention is a cornerstone of successful subscription commerce, and one of the best ways to retain loyal subscribers is to ensure that your subscription delivers value. Because many subscriptions allow subscribers the convenience to set it and forget it, your subscription business might not always be top-of-mind. That’s one of the many reasons why it’s easy for subscribers to "peace out" and churn when they feel like they aren’t getting the value they desire from your product or service. 

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Subscription Commerce Cyber Monday Recap

Over the past number of years, Thanksgiving weekend has turned into an all-out ‘deal-apalooza’ with merchants offering discounts galore that begin earlier and earlier each year. Cyber Monday fell one week later this year, on December 2nd (compared to November 26th in 2018). This means consumers have only 26 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas to get all their holiday shopping done. And subscription businesses too have a similarly compressed timeframe in which to make their revenue goals for the year.

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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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Strategies for Improving the Subscriber Checkout Experience

We’ve all been there: waiting in line at the grocery store with one item behind someone with twenty. It’s frustrating. The checkout process in e-commerce can be frustrating too, and subscription businesses should do all they can to optimize and streamline this process for their subscribers. Why? Because eliminating friction from the checkout experience is a best practice and can increase conversions. What are some ways to do this?

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Winning Strategies for Subscriber Acquisition

The best things in life are free, or so the saying goes. In subscription commerce, free trial subscriptions are a proven customer acquisition tool. By letting prospective subscribers sample your product or service, they can experience your offering before deciding whether or not to subscribe. Offering free trials is particularly popular with digital goods, such as streaming video services, SaaS solutions, or other services accessed via the internet. But many businesses that ship physical goods to subscribers, such as “box of the month” businesses, also provide prospects with a free trial experience before asking them to commit.

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Subscriber Acquisition, Retention, and Loyalty


Subscription success demands a laser focus on providing subscribers with consistent value which leads to predictable recurring revenue. We recently explored the topic of subscriber acquisition. Now, in our newest e-book, we outline techniques, tactics, and best practices that subscription businesses can use to increase subscriber retention.

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Subscriber Acquisition: Best Practices and Key Metrics

Subscriber acquisition is both an art and a science—and it can be a complex undertaking. A business needs to know who its best customers are likely to be, have a thorough understanding of what it is they want and what the business can provide (their pain points and how best to solve them), and how much customers are willing to pay.

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