Smartphones have revolutionized many aspects of how we live our lives. From the convenience of text messaging to keep in touch, map apps which keep us from getting lost, immediate access to our favorite social apps to stay engaged, and always having a camera to document what we see and experience, the smartphone is an incredibly useful device. Most of us feel practically naked when we forget and leave it at home.Continue Reading
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One of the early subscription services that took off and became very popular very quickly is the box of the month. Early entrants include Dollar Shave Club, BirchBox, Loot Crate, BarkBox, Quarterly, and others. These services can be put into three broad categories: Replenishment, Sampling, and Curation.Continue Reading
Recently, PYMNTS featured an article on the continuing evolution of the subscription model and how it’s impacting new industries in some very unique ways. Recurly’s CEO, Dan Burkhart, joined Karen Webster at PYMNTS to discuss Cadillac’s new subscription concierge service, called BOOK, and what it means for the subscription commerce space.Continue Reading
Regular readers of this blog will know that we frequently highlight new and unique subscription offerings as a way to demonstrate that many different kinds of products and services can and are benefitting from a subscription model. We’ve discussed everything from luxury items such as high-end jewelry for $25,000 each shipment, to subscription airlines and legal services, movies, gym passess, and meals—all by subscription.
And today—subscription cars!Continue Reading
If you follow subscription commerce, you’re probably used to hearing about software companies transitioning to a subscription model (called Software as a Service, or SaaS) or new boxes of the month using the model to sell an unimaginable variety of things (subscription dirt, anyone?). Consumables such as razors, diapers and beauty products are of course a mainstay of the subscription model. Yes, these kinds of things sold by subscription are probably not surprising.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
As the subscription model continues to expand its share of the e-commerce market, more and more businesses see the revenue opportunities the model entails. Whether it’s subscription handbags or study aids, charitable giving or video streaming, businesses both established and upstart are adding a subscription component to the mix—or jumping in wholesale, having chosen the subscription model as the best way to meet their customers’ needs and desires.Continue Reading
In e-commerce, everyone is fighting for their share and more of consumers’ dollars. This is especially true during the holidays, where consumer spending is high and companies seek to find that extra competitive edge through sales and promotions. Subscriptions businesses are no different. But how best to make it onto Santa’s list? Read our new e-book for some ideas for lighting up your subscription business this holiday season.Continue Reading
When it comes to digital entertainment—video streaming and OTT—there are number of different ways to look at the market. There’s platforms and technology, advertising vs. subscription revenue, content (what it is and who’s producing it), trends, regulations, demographics…. The list goes on. One frequent narrative pits old-school cable and TV broadcast networks (big media) against upstart OTT streamers and content specialists (new media) for viewers’ attention and dollars.Continue Reading