How To Seize The Membership Economy Opportunity To 5x Your Company

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HOW TO SEIZE THE MEMBERSHIP ECONOMY OPPORTUNITY TO 5X YOUR COMPANY

Why would your company want a member instead of a customer? Studies show the valuation of companies in the membership economy are anywhere from five to 10 times the size of similar companies which use transactions. That’s according to Robbie Kellman Baxter, author of The Membership Economy. Baxter is a Silicon Valley marketing consultant whose clients have included Survey Monkey, Netflix, Yahoo, Oracle and eBay. I recently talked with Robbie about what she calls “the forever transaction,” a customer who sticks with you forever. You will learn insights she’s gained from advising nearly 100 organizations on growth strategy. Long-term members give entrepreneurs a more predictable cash flow, says Baxter. Also, companies are able to invest more time and money to acquire a new member than they could for a one-time sale. “So many transaction-based companies invest in acquisitions, and then don’t retain the customer,” Baxter says. “They’re on a constant … Continued

Increase Your Recurring Revenue by Delivering 10X Value

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Increase Your Recurring Revenue by Delivering 10X Value

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 48:59 — 30.6MB) Subscribe: Android | Email | RSS | How to Subscribe Using Different Platforms The subscription economy is exploding and everyone is wanting the benefit of recurring revenue. Today the world is awash with subscription options-Netflix, Amazon Prime, SalesForce.com, Dollar Shave Club, and so on. Sure, you offer a dynamite software as a service company, a great training program, a unique product, or vital business intelligence, but how can word of your business cut through all the noise? To gather some insight from an expert in the subscription economy, I talked with John Warrillow, author of bestselling books like Built to Sell – Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You and The Automatic Customer – Creating a Subscription Business in any Industry. John is also the founder of a subscription-based company called The Value Builder System, where advisors help … 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

How to Accelerate Your Subscription Growth – Insight and Advice from Zuora

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How to Accelerate Your Subscription Growth Insight and Advice from Zuora

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 48:02 — 23.2MB) Subscribe: Android | Email | RSS | How to Subscribe Using Different Platforms How would you like to know the secrets of the fastest growing subscription companies? Subscriptions are exploding for everything from information, software, to monthly boxes. This growth has attracted new resources for analytics, software, and marketing to learn what works and how to grow the largest subscription companies today. These tools can give you more visibility, control and monthly recurring revenue for your subscription program. This interview reveals what the largest players in the subscription economy do to attract new customers, understand their subscribers to reduce churn, and grow their monthly recurring revenue. For starters, Zuora offers products, resources, and cloud technologies to help subscription businesses attract and retain members. Zuora has sophisticated monthly billing systems that increase revenue with better pricing models and international acceptance … 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

Why Donald Trump Won’t Make America Great Again and Neither Will Trump’s Critics

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Donald Trump identified a silent movement of fear and loathing within white America that delivered him to the White House. But, Trump didn’t invent fear-based movements; he’s simply a current practitioner. There’s evidence that fear has been used to lead and control people since the beginning of human history. The primary purpose of public crucifixions for Roman emperors was to make subjects fear the authorities. In the 19th century, whites in the South justified killing blacks by sowing the fear that they would rob whites or dishonor their women. And today, Donald Trump is using the fear of Islamic terrorists to order a travel ban. He’s stirring fears of Mexicans taking American jobs, burdening our hospitals with unpaid medical care, or taking advantage of welfare to justify building a wall. He claims news reporters who write unflattering stories are mentally unbalanced people with an agenda. Many of Trump’s critics are … Continued

How Much Money Do Failed Credit Card Transactions Cost You Each Month?

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How Much Money Do Failed Credit Card Transactions Cost You Each Month?

I remember, early in my monthly continuity days, waking up on the first of the month, looking at my Blackberry, and seeing hundreds of emails from my credit card processor — one for each transaction, indicating all of the credit card pre-approved subscription payments getting processed for the month. It was a moment of sweet appreciation. Even now, as I see the monthly credit card charges flow through, I take a few moments to express my appreciation for the members who have confidence and faith in me to subscribe. It’s an honor. Then it all goes off the rails when you log in and discover how many pre-approved transactions failed. The credit card number was correct last month. The card expiration date is still valid. But the card declines for some reason. This is often 7–10 percent of total charges each month. And, unless you have an active system for … Continued

How to Communicate Your Benefits in a Compelling Way so Members Want and Appreciate What You Deliver

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“What are the benefits I can offer to stop members from quitting?” is the most frequent question I hear. Yet, for the most part, the benefits these clients deliver to their members are just fine. But there’s usually a huge problem in the way benefits are communicated. You may have an understanding of your benefits, how they’ve helped other members in the past, and how they can help your current members. However, your new member has no idea about any of this. And she’s not going to read a bunch of stuff to try to learn about everything, either. You’ve got just a few seconds to pique her curiosity and get her engaged, even if she invested in buying your subscription. Most importantly, rather than talk about what the benefits are, such as discounts, publications, or a subscription box, illustrate how each benefit helps your member. There should be a … Continued

The Secret for Faster Recurring Revenue Growth, Invest More on Member Retention

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It’s been exhilarating working with several $100 million — and larger — publishers over the last couple of months. These companies spend millions of dollars on member acquisition. They track their numbers and know what’s working — and what’s not — within their marketing and sales funnels. Some have weekly training seminars for copywriters. They get together, analyze promotions that are working, talk about what’s effective, and consider how they can use these ideas to improve their own promotions. They make a tremendous investment in new-client acquisition. Many of the top copywriters are paid more than $1 million a year to create winning subscriber-acquisition promotions. And these great promotions are art; they are interesting to consume, and I can feel myself get excited when I look at them. I agree that customer acquisition is important, but what about the art of keeping subscribers? It’s one thing to make a sale. … Continued

Your Business Could be Stopped Tomorrow, How You Can Prevent It

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What is the one thing that can bring your business to a screeching halt?  I’ve been on the phone with guys who were doing $10 million a year in revenue yesterday, who today are closed, frantic, trying to figure out what to do next. It’s easy to take it for granted once you have it, but it’s the greatest vulnerability in your business. And, even if you think you understand and have great relationships, those can all change.  I’ve seen it a couple of times. If you receive your revenue through credit cards then your business is vulnerable. Most believe they are fine. Their bank is making money, charge backs are low, no one has said anything in a while, what could go wrong? If it’s been a while since you’ve done any investigation then your merchant services could easily be ready freeze-up like a brand new Macbook Pro. I’m … Continued