Four Reasons Subscription Boxes Fail and How to Grow Your Subscription Recurring Revenue

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Four Reasons Subscription Boxes Fail and How to Grow Your Subscription Recurring Revenue

Subscription business are growing 19 times faster than the S&P 500. The most obvious attraction to entrepreneurs is the subscription recurring revenue. This makes the subscription economy the single fastest-growing business model today. And within the subscription economy, the fastest-growing segment are subscription boxes. With new subscription box offerings each week, the segment has grown by more than 50 percent in just the last few months.

Subscription boxes are hot. Even Walmart is looking at getting into the game by meeting with Birchbox. The rumors are swirling that Walmart will buy Birchbox to get into the subscription business themselves. Continued

Believe It or Not, You Can Grow Your Recurring Revenue Without Adding New Members, Plus Enjoy These Advantages

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Believe It or Not, You Can Grow Your Recurring Revenue Without Adding New Members, Plus Enjoy These Advantages

I have two clients that add, on average, the same number of members each month. One client just came on board, and has been holding steady at a respectable 15,000 members for the last three years. My other client has been with me for three years and is at over 50,000 members. The only difference between these two memberships is the rate at which members quit their subscription, and this directly impacts their recurring revenue.

Big Transitions Often Force a Renewed Focus on Membership Retention and Growth

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Big Transitions Often Force a Renewed Focus on Membership Retention and Growth

The toughest part of dropping our son off at college is that we miss having him around. Now, Kory and I have our home to ourselves again. It’s a lot simpler to shop for groceries, and preparing meals is easier when you are cooking for two. And while we certainly talk a lot, our son was another good conversation starter. For my wife, she’s thinking about him all the time, wondering if he’s getting to class, eating, and making friends. Evidently, he is getting along well enough, because he isn’t calling or texting her much. Kory has had to transition from being the mom who reminds her son about deadlines or places he’s supposed to be, to being the mom who supports her son silently from afar. Our son was one of 600 students accepted to the University of Florida Honors program. He’s living at the honors dorm, and his … Continued

Subscription Economy Experts Reveal What It Takes to Grow Your Monthly Recurring Revenue

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Subscription Economy Experts Reveal What It Takes to Grow Your Monthly Recurring Revenue

The Membership and Subscription Growth Podcast is now on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher! This podcast will help you attract new subscriber members, keep them longer and grow a vibrant tribe. You’ll learn easy-to-implement shortcuts for fast membership and subscription growth. You’ll discover how to get more new members to join and what to deliver that improves membership retention and creates membership growth. You’ll discover the best membership practices, proven retention strategies and unique insight into the membership and subscription economy from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the subscription economy and membership economy, including specialized information publishers, associations, subscription boxes, digital subscriptions, SaaS, loyalty programs and more. My mission is to serve you with the most current and useful information available. Each of the episodes will include a summary on my blog page with a link to the podcast and the interview transcript. You’ll receive an abundance of … Continued

A Cancellation Process That Increases Member Retention

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When members quit, I take it as a personal insult. Here’s someone who tried my service and is now telling me she no longer wants what I’ve been delivering. It’s extremely disappointing. However, it’s damaging to your brand, reputation, and long-term membership growth to make the member cancellation process difficult or convoluted. When I conduct a membership program assessment, one of the 47 items I review is their cancellation process. Many times, they require members to phone or go through a challenging process to cancel. Some call this “speed bumps” on the cancellation process. Erecting a barrier between your member and that subscription cancellation button may make you feel better, if your subscriber wants to cancel, he’s going to find that button. And if you make it difficult on him, he’s going to be angry, and you’ll lose any opportunity you had to win back a long-term subscriber. Take a … Continued

What We Can Learn About Turning Subscribers Into a Vibrant Tribe from FitFabFun Subscription Box

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Turn your subscribers into a vibrant tribe of supporters by growing a relationship.

There’s a recurring problem I face when subscription companies ask me to help them lower their churn rate, improve renewals, and break through subscription rate plateaus. And in the growing subscription box world, this problem is worse than anywhere else. Subscription boxes are exploding in popularity. The number of subscribers is increasing, and this demand has caused a lot of growth within the industry. The problem, however, is that subscription boxes allow their value to be measured based on the value of the products inside the box. If the retail value of the box’s contents is $95 and the cost of the box is $25, then that’s a great value. However, this thinking doesn’t work for boxes. It’s like measuring this Sunday’s sermon based on the retail value. Or measuring the impact of the football game based on the number of great plays compared to a basketball game. Or measuring … Continued

Retention Is the Key Element of Growth

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Bonus, I learned something about membership retention to share with you.

I took the family to Ireland for more than a week this summer, and learned a lot about the people, the land, and the country’s history. It is a beautiful place, and there were friendly people everywhere we went. Bonus, I learned something about membership retention to share with you. One of the recurring narratives you hear, especially in the western part of the country, is about the Great Potato Famine. It’s hard to imagine that a nation of people can be defined by the events of 150 years ago, but it’s as real to the Irish as if it happened yesterday. In the early 19th century, the population of Ireland exploded to more than 8.2 million. Because of a number of historical reasons, more than two-thirds of the population was solely dependent on potatoes. Potato blight, a mold that destroys the plants, wiped out crops between 1845 and 1852. … Continued

Three Ways Specialized Information Publishers Boost Membership Retention

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Strategies used to improve membership retention and increase member value.

In the world of publishing, members (subscribers) are hard-won, and membership retention is even more difficult. The goal is that, once members are brought onboard, a publishing business can run like a locomotive—with unstoppable momentum that builds over time. That feeling is the magic of membership retention. On the other hand, when publishers lose members faster than they sign up new ones, it feels more like bailing out a leaky boat. So how do they run like a locomotive? I talked with leading specialized information publishers about strategies they use to improve membership retention and increase member value. Their insights will help you develop loyal members who continue to buy your services year after year. To maintain your member’s interest, you need to keep your publication content unique and necessary. Don’t simply forget about a member once there’s an order in hand. Ryan Dohrn, founder of SalesTrainingWorld.com, makes sure his … Continued

Four Ways Specialized Information Publishers Generate New Customers

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Generating New Publication based subscriptions

Business readers will invest to get specialized information that gives them the edge against a competitor. But how do publishers who sell subscription-based newsletters, magazines, reference manuals and training programs get those business readers to invest in their publications? The usual methods of direct mail and online ad campaigns figure into their marketing strategy. But the publication itself is also a powerful tool to reel in buyers, and specialized information publishers often use part of their own content to generate future sales. I asked top publishers to share the methods they use to sign up new subscribers. You will learn their tactics, many of which can be adapted for other types of subscription-based businesses. Back-to-basics marketing is a strategy many subscription publishers still use. Guy Cecala, CEO and publisher for Inside Mortgage Finance Publications says direct mail, and even old-fashioned word-of-mouth, remain part of his marketing strategy. “We get a … Continued

Essential KPIs for Monitoring the Health of Your Subscription Program

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KPI to diagnose the fastest ways to grow membership programs.

Each year when I visit the doctor for my annual physical, the blood test results come back in a multi-page report detailing blood cells, cholesterol, liver enzymes, and more. A human body requires dozens of interconnecting systems to work properly and be healthy. Same with subscription programs. Subscription programs often reach out to me when they’ve hit an invisible ceiling. They reach a barrier that prevents their subscription program from growing. Even though they may have enjoyed a fast growth rate for months or years, when their membership reaches a certain point, they never seem to be able to push through. At that point, when they add new members, it just seems to increase the rate at which members quit. Often this ceiling is evident for many years before someone reaches out to me. It’s a shame anyone waits as long as they do — I could save them a … Continued