Posts tagged with Subscriptions

The future of ecommerce according to Mary Meeker

Last Wednesday, Mary Meeker presented the 2018 edition of her annual Internet Trends report – one of the most highly-anticipated pieces of research in the digital world.

As ever, the 294-slide deck encapsulates the most pressing and hotly-debated topics in the industry, from data and personalisation to on-demand work, retail innovation, and China’s continued status as a world leader in internet markets.

In particular, the report’s section on ecommerce paints a fascinating picture of the trends that are likely to define the future of online retail: social media, personalisation, and subscriptions.

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Why UGC is so important to subscription ecommerce brands

With unlimited product purchase choices at their fingertips, consumers across the nation are leaning towards the ‘click it, forget about it’ mantra.

It’s therefore becoming more important than ever for brands to ensure they drive loyalty and repeat purchases. 

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Four marketing lessons we can learn from subscription box brands

Subscription box services have continued to grow in popularity over the past few years. 

Data tells us that there were 37m visits to subscription brand websites in April 2017 – an increase of 800% in just three years.

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Google ditches first click free, embraces paywalls

This week, Google killed its 'first click free policy', which required that publishers employing a paywall offer Google Search and Google News users three free articles per day. Those that didn't saw their search rankings demoted.

For years, publishers complained that first click free policy made it difficult for them to maximize their subscription revenue. Yet many chose to follow it rather than give up Google referral traffic.

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Six big challenges Facebook's Instant Articles paywall will face

Facebook is reportedly planning to test a subscription offering built on its Instant Articles platform later this year.

But even as the world's largest social network works to iron out details for the new paywall initiative, there are a number of challenges it will face that raise questions about its likely viability.

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Amazon launches 'Subscribe with Amazon' to help companies sell subscriptions

Amazon's effort to take over the world continues unabated.

This week, the online retail giant announced a big push into a new market with the launch of Subscribe with Amazon, a new marketplace that will allow third parties to sell subscriptions through Amazon.

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Five things to know about the possible Twitter subscription service

It only took eight some-odd years, but faced with stiff competition that has dented user growth and monetization, Twitter is finally considering a paid subscription offering.

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The WSJ ditches Google's ‘First Click Free’, falls back on stronger paywall

In an effort to increase paid subscriptions, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) last year began experimenting with changes to the mechanics of its paywall.

As part of its experimentation, the WSJ began limiting access to its content through Google's First Click Free program.

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To win over millennials, brokerage firms rethink their digital services

One of the biggest challenges facing financial services firms is how they will win over millennials.

That's a huge challenge for brokerage firms specifically, as a recent survey conducted by Bankrate.com found that just one in three millennials has money invested in the stock market. 

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How can startups beat FMCG giants? An interview with Cornerstone's founder

Cornerstone is a classy UK subscriptions business offering shaving supplies.

I caught up with founder Oliver Bridge to discuss, inevitably, Dollar Shave Club, but also how startups are well positioned to disrupt FMCG markets.

Here's what he had to say...

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sylvie hall

A day in the life of... a food & drink startup entrepreneur

I always love hearing about food and drink startups, especially on Dragon's Den (or Shark Tank).

And with the rise of online subscription services in FMCG, food and drink brands are springing up all over the internet.

Sylvie Hall is co-founder of EatCleanTea, a brand of matcha tea that you can buy online, subscribe to, or look for (soon) in stockists on the high street.

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Times of London Weekly: Fantastic app, but I want it in... London

The Times launched 'The Times of London Weekly', its international digital offering, last month.

After investigating the app, I loved the idea of it and wanted to try a subscription for a month or two.

One problem, I can't get it in the UK. It's an interesting quirk of the all-or-nothing subscription model; let's take a look in more detail.

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