It is hard to believe that we are four weeks into the new year already. We hope your year is off to a great start! As we look ahead to 2020, others are looking at 2019 results and planning for the coming year. In this week’s edition of Five on Friday, The Guardian and Digiday report that publishers are losing digital ad revenue because of blacklisted content, Amazon Prime grows to 112 million U.S. members, the governor of Kansas proposes taxation of digital streaming services, Americans spent more than $25B in home entertainment last year, and 2Checkout shares eCommerce trends to watch for in 2020. As an added bonus, House of Kaizen shares a new subscription job opportunity. Have a great week!
Subscription companies are starting 2020 strong with acquisitions, ad sales and inquiries into ad blocking companies. We’ll explore those topics in this week’s edition of Five on Friday: CBS All Access continues to do well with low subscription churn and higher ad sales; travel trends show that subscriptions and memberships are a solid strategy; Meredith will acquire crowdsourced recommendation platform SwearBy; The New York Times reports preliminary results for 2019; and Sen. Ron Wyden wants an investigation into the ad-blocking industry to see if Big Tech is buying them off.
We are just 10 days into the New Year, and the international headlines are grabbing everyone’s attention. Check out today’s Five on Friday for a pleasant distraction. In this week’s edition, the Boardroom Salon for Men has made unlimited haircuts possible with a barber shop membership in select markets; Zuora discusses its thoughts on how subscriptions might be the future of banking; Apple’s App Store made more than $50 billion last year, but can it keep up the pace; Forbes thinks the 2020s are finally the right time for ebooks; and LinkedIn shares top subscription jobs.
One of the things we enjoy most about the subscription industry is that it is always evolving. We love watching the trends, the course corrections and the innovation that come with the industry as it matures too. That’s why this week we are focusing on our subscription predictions for 2020: streaming video on demand, newspaper and magazine publishing, vehicle subscriptions, subscription boxes and regulations that affect subscription companies (e.g., privacy laws, business practices, etc.).
Looking back at 2019, we covered hundreds of subscription launches, mergers, subscription closures, financial triumphs and disasters, and much more. In this week’s Five on Friday, we’re going to take a look at the top five subscription stories of the year. Disney+ lands the mouse some serious cheddar, Apple tries to strike gold with subscriptions…but doesn’t find it, MoviePass finally fizzles out, broke and embarrassed, the government goes after subscription scams, and the GateHouse/Gannett merger creates a newspaper powerhouse that will be hard to compete with in the next decade.
We are less than a week away from the Christmas holiday, and the subscription news keeps coming. In today’s edition of Five on Friday, DoNotPay raises $4.6 million in funding and launches a virtual credit card that cancels free subscription trials. Also this week, Coca-Cola launches a beverage subscription to a limited number of subscribers, the FTC considers an injunction against Facebook’s app integrations, Apple Arcade adds an annual subscription payment option, and we share customer service stats to help you plan for 2020.
Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! We hope you have had a good week. In today’s edition of Five on Friday, Parks Associates announces the top 10 U.S. subscription OTT services for 2019, we share ways customer experience impacts retention, magazines are getting more attention via mobile and video, Google’s most recent algorithm is causing problems, and a subscription job opportunity from the NBA.
As we head into the holiday season and toward the New Year, subscription companies are making big moves. To prepare for the California Consumer Privacy Act, which will go into effect in January, Google is allowing websites and apps the ability to block personalized ads. Last weekend, Hulu made the most of the holiday shopping season by offering a screaming deal on its streaming video on demand service. Also in the news, Enpass is moving to a subscription model but promises to honor past ‘Pro’ purchases, streaming music services are on the most wanted list (are you listening, Santa?), and LinkedIn shares top subscription jobs.
TGIF. We’ve survived this week’s impeachment hearings and can now head into the pre-Thanksgiving weekend with Black Friday shopping on our minds. Before you go, check out this week’s Five on Friday features. Book by Cadillac car subscription is making a comeback, Meredith expands Coastal Living magazine using a new subscription model, and Patreon creators have been paid $1 billion by more than 4 million patrons. Also this week, Google Stadia suffers through a lackluster launch due to latency problems, and thousands of Disney+ accounts have been hacked and sold online.
In this week’s edition of Five on Friday, we review the FTC’s new advertising disclosure guidance for online influencers; Ken Doctor announces the 2020 launch of his new venture, Lookout Local; now live, Disney+ shares details about its bundled offer with Hulu and ESPN+; the ‘Hunt A Killer” mystery game is raking in $2 million a month in subscription revenue; and NewsGuild-CWA says the Gatehouse-Gannett merger will hurt journalism.
This week was nothing short of amazing, as we wrap up our very first Subscription Show. Thanks to our sponsors, keynotes, speakers, vendors and attendees for making this conference both useful and fun, chock full of great ideas and techniques to grow our subscription businesses. Here’s what else is happening in the subscription world: Amazon will earn close to $10B in net digital ad revenue this year, Dropbox is making its file transfer service available to all users, Netflix says it is compatible with certain Roku and Samsung devices, Apple plants seeds for subscription growth, and Hubspot shares social media marketing tips.
CNN to Create Digital News Subscription Service
CNN is stepping into the subscription game by adding another app to their portfolio. The AT&T-backed company currently has CNNgo, which allows you to log in through your cable provider to access the 24-hour cable news network on the go. Their stories are also available on voice-controlled devices, Samsung and Apple devices. Their newest venture? Adding a subscription news platform to allow users access to CNN stories at their…
Taking a break from the MLS conference semi-finals, the World Series or the kick-off of the NBA season? We’ve got some interesting subscription features for you. McClatchy lays off 30 employees as it continues its digital transformation, Meredith Corp sells the MONEY brand to Ad Practitioners LLC, and American Press Institute shares examples of how publishers have successfully retained subscribers through engagement. Also this week, Netflix is raising $2 billion in debt to pay for content, and the Financial Times adds consultancy to its list of services to help other publishers learn from their paywall success.
Last week, in an email to staff, McClatchy president and CEO Craig Forman outlined big changes coming to the organization as it continues its digital transformation, reports Poynter. The changes include leadership shifts and changes to functional areas (News, Finance, Customer and Product, and Operations). They also include layoffs of about 30 employees, or 1% of staff. None of the layoffs will come from reporting positions. …
We are busy preparing for our big Subscription Show next month, but that didn’t stop us from preparing a feature-filled Five on Friday for you. This week, Delta Airlines gets into the subscription business, Scribe launches a subscription greeting card service with the help of artists, EU regulators have concerns about Apple Pay’s possible anticompetitive behavior, Hulu adds like and dislike buttons to personalize suggestions and, everyone’s favorite feature, LinkedIn shares top subscription jobs.
If you are tired of impeachment news, check out our Five on Friday features instead: a new study shows that nearly half of U.S. broadband homes subscribe to more than one streaming service; in seven-and-a-half years, the subscription economy has grown by 350%; Stitch Fix goes beyond just subscriptions; the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the latest newspaper to pare down its print operation; and Facebook agrees to a $40 million settlement for misleading advertisers on the potential success of video ads.