When a customer spends $500.00, $1,000.00, or even $5,000.00 and the only “product” they receive is an email with access to a web page, they will likely become disappointed — unless that web page is designed with customer success in mind. A monthly client since May of 2014, Michael Rozbruch has launched several successful products. Up until now, though, they each involved a large shipped deliverable. He just successfully launched a new product for tax preparers called an Audit Protection Plan. It uses the same principal as fast food restaurants, asking, “Would you like fries with that?” It’s a quick and easy way for tax preparers to increase their after-transaction size by selling audit protection to each of their tax preparation clients. The product includes a number of tools the tax preparer must download and use. Rather than deliver these via email, I worked with Michael and a graphic designer … Continued
Customer success determines retention rates in the membership economy. If your member does nothing with what you sell her, she’s going to cancel your subscription.
The old model of leaving it up to your customer to figure out how to get value from what you sell may have worked in the old one-and-done product sale world.
Your membership and subscription growth is determined by how well you ensure customer success. It involves helping your members find a lifetime value in subscribing to your product or service. I refer to it as turning your subscribers into a vibrant tribe of followers. And, it starts with how you attract your them.Continued
While pet owners enjoy spending money on their pets, the pet supply business is already crowded, cluttered and challenging to break through. But, with a keen eye to opportunity, Deena Bronz discovered an underserved group of customers that were a perfect fit for the subscription economy.
Deena Bronz is the co-founder of KitNipBox, a curated monthly box of cat products, including toys, treats, accessories and even Halloween costumes. Deena shares her advice for finding the right product or service to offer, building a community for the members, and focusing on retention. Continued
It’s not easy bringing you all this great member retention insight. Just last month, I spent a week in Northern California meeting with two clients. I was at the beach a full week for the Florida tourism marketing industry. And, at the end of October, I traveled to Mumbai to work with an Agora Global affiliate on subscriber engagement and retention. Northern California was beautiful. After spending three days in Sacramento working with the team at the California Chamber of Commerce, I moved on to Napa to work with Gene Kelly and his team at the Gun Club of America. The photo for this blog post is the team of the Gun Club of America. Gene Kelly started GCA in 2007 to create a community for people who love guns, know how they work, and enjoy collecting them. We worked together as a team to create a brand-new value proposition, … Continued
Within the middle of the huge subscription box boom is one person with a single website, MySubscriptionAddiction.com. Started from an obsession of subscription boxes, it’s become the single largest affiliate for almost all subscription boxes today. And, because their editors create so many unboxing videos, get feedback from followers and see what works from a sales promotion perspective, MySubscriptionAddiction.com is the perfect place to learn what’s working in subscription marketing today. Liz Cadman, founder of MySubscriptionAddiction.com, is one of the best sources for insight into success in the subscription economy. MySubscriptionAddiction.com provides reviews and a directory of subscription boxes. They publish unboxing experiences and feature customer reviews to a growing and eager audience of subscription box enthusiasts. Her website currently averages a million visitors a month, with over 10 million pages viewed each month. MySubscriptionAddition.com followers are the most informed and motivated subscription buyers today. According to Liz, the average … Continued
You may not like Lady Gaga’s music, outlandish fashion choices, or her lewd stage performances, but she’s grown her following so strong that she’s now called the “Queen of Pop.” And watching her this year on the Super Bowl halftime performance, it’s easy to forget that she signed her first record deal in 2007. This rise from complete obscurity to rock icon happened in less than 10 years. Lady Gaga’s current success also obscures the relentless work she put into building fans into a vibrant tribe she calls “Little Monsters.” I recently discovered the book “Monster Loyalty” by Jackie Huba, which details Lady Gaga’s efforts to build her career by a relentless focus on growing her community. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in building a membership, subscription business, or cause. In her book, Huba describes seven community-building lessons that Lady Gaga uses to grow her following. Here … Continued
It’s often a huge challenge to figure out what you should deliver to your subscriber members each month for maximum membership retention and renewal. Plus, you want to deliver something that’ll create referrals and social buzz. This challenge is even more difficult when you are a subscription box trying to negotiate with a company to deliver hundreds or thousands of items so you can ship them to your subscribers as part of their monthly subscription box. There must be a constant balance between getting your hands on products and investing the time and relationship capital to obtain the ones that’ll generate a huge impact. This is the same for a SaaS company choosing which new features to develop or a publisher working with editors to create content. In my recent interview with James Erickson, owner and CEO of Stridebox, a subscription box service for runners, we discussed his solutions to … Continued
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.
For 99 percent of the subscription economy, every subscriber receives the same thing. It would be unthinkable for a publisher to create a unique magazine for each subscriber, or for a SaaS company to create a unique software tool for each customer, or for an association to create a unique experience for each member. However, that’s exactly what the most forward-thinking subscription boxes such as PupJoy do every month. Continued
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