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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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
In my right hand I have a mug of Brazilian coffee (Fruit and Nut Espresso).
The coffee was delivered through my letter box yesterday, courtesy of Pact Coffee, one of many coffee subscription services.
However, Pact doesn't like to think of itself as a subscription service. Its founder, Stephen Rapoport, believes many subscription services work for the business but not for the customer.
So, if the model is often abused, just what makes a good subscription service?
For publishers, few topics are as pressing as the rise of ad blockers.
And for good reason: ad blockers are disrupting publishers' ability to monetize their content through the model that was largely responsible for fueling the rise of online publishing in the first place.
Sky TV might be getting a lot of bad press for its kafkaesque cancellation process, but its online service, Now TV, is demonstrating best practice.
We covered the UX of subscription cancellation back in 2013, but I thought I'd post an update here, showing you Now TV's simple but resourceful cancellation process.
It's at the point of cancellation that a customer is potentially most frustrated. The challenge is to ease them to the exit whilst offering them compelling reasons to stay.
How do The Sun, The Times, The Guardian, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal manage subscriptions through their mobile news apps?
I've taken a tour through each, despite their slightly different paywall or subscription models. See which you think is finessed and which could do better.
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