Phishing scams, new focuses and fury dominate the subscription headlines this week: phishing hackers are targeting PayPal accounts, Politico has a new FDA-focused subscription that will cost as much as $75,000 a year, and angry HP customers take to Twitter to rant about HP demanding people sign up for monthly ink subscriptions. Also, Apple is looking at acquiring MGM, BBC will be making cuts as it shifts its focus to digital news, and Penguin Random House pulls certain titles from their unlimited-reading subscription service.
Subscription Insider announced today its Call for Speakers for Subscription Show 2019. Subscription Show 2019, an industry conference focused on the business of subscriptions, will be hosted at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA, Nov. 4-6, 2019. Subscription Insider will be accepting speaker proposals through February 1, 2019.
How-to manage lapsed subscribers, how-to manage subscription customer service, how-to manage payments: these are just some of the how-to topics we covered in 2018. Here are the six most-read how-to articles from 2018.
If your teams are already out of the NCAA tournament, we've got you covered with some riveting subscription headlines: Crunchyroll raises its monthly subscription price for the first time since its 2006 launch, and Pinterest files for an IPO.The New York Times and Washington Post pass on becoming part of Apple News. Also this week, Zuora adds five new patents for subscription services, Google starts a subscription lab for local publishers to develop paid content, and the new LA Times owner sets a goal of 5 million digital subscribers
Last week, financial services technology firm FIS (NYSE: FIS) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with global ecommerce and payments provider Worldpay, Inc. (NYSE: WP) to merge the companies. With complementary services, the merger will help FIS significantly expand its capabilities while providing Worldpay with expanded distribution capabilities and will help the combined company provide best-in-class enterprise banking, payments, capital markets and global ecommerce capabilities to customers around the world.
One mistake that many SaaS businesses make is thinking that once a subscription management system is in place, they are all set. In this on-demand seminar, we will outline the strategies and tactics that SaaS companies should employ to grow revenue, by keeping customers engaged.
In this weeks subscription headlines, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette plans to go all digital, Meredith and NYT are teaming up to publish special edition magazines, and Netflix will offer cheaper subscriptions to customers in India. Also, this week, Ubisoft reveals the full line-up for its Uplay+ gaming subscription, set to launch in September, Finix raises $17.5 million to shake up the payment world, and First Look Media shifts strategy, creating tension with staff.
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.
Web and mobile payments startup Stripe is in the news again this week, this time announcing a $245 million funding round, reports TechCrunch. This infusion of capital brings the company's value to $20 billion. The latest funding round was led by Tiger Global Management. Thrive Capital, Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins and DST Global also invested during this funding round. Past investors include Visa, American Express, Peter Thiel and Elon Musk. The company said it will use the new funding to expand internationally, including the addition of an engineering hub in Singapore. Stripe originally launched in Singapore in 2016, but it will now be adding a hub there. This will be its fourth after hubs in Seattle, Dublin and San Francisco.
In this weeks edition of Five on Friday, PYMNTS tells us about fitness-as-a-service for business travelers using the subscription model, Zuora publishes the subscription economy index for the second quarter of 2018, Digital Commerce 360 explains why smooth payment processes are key to shopper satisfaction, Hubspot offers freemium success secrets, and LinkedIn posts a variety of top subscription jobs.