This Week’s Subscription Headlines: Big Bucks, Big Deals and Brexit

Big bucks, big deals and Brexit are all in the subscription news headlines this week. In addition, YouTube says it is in investment mode, not profitability mode; nerd boxes Loot Crate and Funko fuel another subscription box boom; and Facebook's Instant Articles and Google AMP are actually making it harder, not easier, to publish to the web.

Add New Online Tools, Not Just New Content, To Retain Subscribers

The eCard industry is pretty flush with free product, but U.K.-based eCard site Katie's Cards is turning a profit with paid content and subscribers across the globe. What are they doing differently from the naysayers who think there's no market for high-quality, artistic content on the Web? Well, a number of things, including a unique pricing model that combines B2B one-off sales and B2C subscriptions. But one of the things I like the most is that…

Walmart to Offer Delivery Unlimited Grocery Subscription for $98 a Year

Retail giant Walmart is upping its grocery game with two new offerings: an unlimited grocery delivery subscription service for $98 a year, or $12.95 a month, and InHome store-to-refrigerator personal delivery. Walmart has not officially announced or confirmed its unlimited grocery delivery service yet. However, TechCrunch reports that Delivery Unlimited allows Walmart grocery customers to pay an annual or monthly fee instead of a per-order grocery delivery fee, following a 15-day free trial period. Customers will order their groceries online or through the Walmart app and choose a timeframe for grocery delivery.

Gamers ‘Jump’ for Joy with On-Demand Subscription for Indie Games

Indie game lovers are jumping for joy over Jump, a new, unlimited, on-demand video game subscription for indie games. The new subscription app launched last week, offering subscribers more than 60 games from different genres, including The End is Nigh, Disco Dodgeball, Rashlander, Gunhouse and Astervoid 2000, for $9.99 a month following a 14-day free trial. No credit card is required to sign up, and players can cancel anytime. According to Jump's FAQs, there are no in-game ads or microtranscactions.

6 Tips to Avoid a “Netflix-Style Backlash” From Price Increases

Everyone's talking about Netflix's price increase and the backlash around it. If you're in the same situation as Netflix and facing rising costs, what can you do to either make an effective price increase or find revenue elsewhere? Subscription Site Insider has the following tips: A/B test price increase: An automatic price increase should be the last line of resort for a subscription site, because it may lower acquisition and retention enough to lower overall revenues.…

NetMedNow Subscription Service Offers Online Medical Treatment 24/7

Patients can now get healthcare advice and medical treatment by subscription through NetMedNow and its telemedicine partners, says Bossier Press. NetMedNow offers online care 24/7 through U.S. board-certified physicians who specialize in internal medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine, or pediatrics. An entire household can access the service and unlimited chats for just $12.95 a month for the basic service or $17.95 a month for the preferred service. There is a one-time application fee of $5.95, but…

New Subscription Launches from Amazon Prime and Pocket

Amazon Prime is adding streaming music to its subscription service, while Pocket just launched a premium subscription service. Five music industry sources have confirmed that Amazon plans to add a streaming music subscription by July of this year, reported GeekWire. The service would provide Amazon Prime Subscribers with music six months after release, which seems like a bit of a delay (and counter to subscription marketing best practices that state that consumer media sells best when subscribers…

Top Five Payment-Processing Challenges in 2016

In this on-demand version of "Five Payment-Processing Challenges in 2016: How to Reduce Their Impact and Keep More of Your Recurring Revenue" you'll get details on the five biggest subscription payment-processing challenges and the and best practices you can use to mitigate the negative impact these trends could have on your bottom line.
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Learn the Right Way To Automate Your B2B Subscription Billing

As you refine product-market fit, you need to plan your B2B subscription billing for success and make sure you are mapping your operations across teams in order to scale properly when you are ready. In this on-demand webinar, we will explore what you need to plan for to scale B2B subscription billing.
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What does the future hold for OTT video subscriptions?

According to PwC, the global OTT video market will double in size between 2019 and 2023, when it will total $72.8 billion. A rapidly expanding marketplace means increased competition for OTT video service providers, who must find the right go-to-market (GTM) strategy.

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