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Five on Friday, March 20, 2020

Five on Friday: Concerts, Consumer Trends and Content Marketing

Five on Friday, Mar. 20, 2020: free online concerts, free sports subscriptions and free educational tools
Weekly Subscription News

Weekly Subscription News: Compost, Contracts and College Textbooks

While the world battens down the hatches to try to stop the spread of coronavirus, the subscription world marches on.

SoulCycle Launches a Bike and On-Demand Subscription to Rival Peloton

SoulCycle is mixing things up by offering an at-home, connected cycle for die-hard fitness fans at $2,500 plus tax. Though pricy, the bike includes many...

Kia Uses Zuora to Offer Connected Car Services via Subscription

Source: Kia Motors Last week, subscription management platform Zuora, Inc. announced that it has partnered with Kia Motors to offer UVO link, a suite of...

The Complexity of Billing After a Free Trial Expires

Offering free trials can be a successful acquisition strategy for subscription businesses. However, making it an effective tool requires adhering to billing best practices...

FORTUNE Pivots to Premium with Paywall and Subscription Tiers

FORTUNE Media, publisher of FORTUNE magazine, is pivoting to a premium model with big changes to how they do business. Last week, the company...
Weekly Subscription News

Weekly Subscription News: Data Platforms, DocuSign and Disney

In this week's subscription headlines, DocuSign acquires AI contract startup Seal Software for $188 million, ChartMogul launches the world's first subscription data platform, and the Boston Globe see its fastest online subscriptions in years. Also this week, YouTube might let creators sell their own ads, Blue Apron might be acquired by a competitor, and Disney prepares to launch in U.K. with promotional annual pricing.

Food Delivery Service DoorDash Files Confidentially for IPO

Source: DoorDash Streaming video on demand services are not the only subscription services vying for market share. Food delivery services like DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub...

Five on Friday: Competition, Coronavirus and Customer Retention

This week Super Tuesday, tornadoes and the coronavirus dominated headlines, all of which impacted subscriptions in some way, whether through news coverage or an impact on news advertising. In Five on Friday, we share The New York Times' belief that panic and uncertainty about the coronavirus will impact its digital ad sales. We've also got features on Walmart's bid to compete with Amazon Prime with its own delivery service, Rent the Runway's new "2 Swap" subscription tier, customer retention strategies to try now, and top subscription jobs.
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Grubhub Offers Unlimited Free Delivery and Cashback with Subscription

Source: Grubhub Grubhub is getting into the subscription game, following in the footsteps of competitors like DoorDash and Postmates. For $9.99 a month, the new...

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