I just heard the most ridiculous statement from a subscription economy* owner who should know better: “The value of what I deliver to my members drives retention.” The value of what you deliver is less than 20 percent of the reason your member renews or not. There’s a value- and quality-driven brand within the motorcycle industry, Honda. The quality of their product is exceptional. The value for the investment is excellent. Yet, they represent a fraction of the sales that Harley-Davidson generates in the categories where Harley-Davidson chooses to compete. In those categories, Harley-Davidson has more than 50 percent of the market share for their products. Yes, customers buy Harleys more than any other motorcycle, even though Harley-Davidson is the premium priced product. Can you name another industry where the premium provider owns more than half of the market share? In retail, this would be comparable with a company such … Continued
Too many people create a subscription business because they heard it’s a lucrative business model. While it’s true that the membership model can help you scale your company faster, generate long-term stability and enable you to grow a vibrant tribe of thrilled members, generating revenue can’t be your only priority. Instead, when you focus on generating a positive impact on your members lives, they’ll reward you with membership and subscription growth. In a recent interview for the Membership and Subscription Growth podcast, I spoke with Tim Broom, the co-founder and CEO of ITPro.TV. Tim transitioned to a subscription business model four years ago and is set to hit $8 million in revenue this year. What he has done, you can do. Your product may be much different than his, but the keys to his success can be applied to any subscription model. ITPro.TV is, as Tim describes, “a Netflix for … 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
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
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
Recurring revenue is the single biggest growth factor and stability for businesses today. Rather than having a revenue that is dependent on individual transactions, subscription revenue grows as you add new subscribers to the continuing revenue from subscribers that were added last month, and the month before. Yet, many subscription businesses struggle and fail.
Perry Marshall, one of the world’s most expensive and sought-after business consultants, endorsed by FORBES, INC Magazine, and the most respected marketers in the world, recently interviewed Robert Skrob about the subscription economy. In addition to a wealth of information and advice for the subscription economy, Robert revealed what subscription businesses must do to grow recurring revenue including: how to launch a new subscription business to generate recurring revenue, how to generate new subscribers, and how to onboard new members to increase lifetime customer value. 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.
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