Product Development

The subscription products we develop and build are our reason for being.  We build them to offer subscribers and members something they need or want, that we love to provide.  But while the inspiration for creating a new product is all around us, the mechanics of defining, developing and launching that membership or subscription product are both complex and daunting. We have you covered, from know-how to help beginners to articles keeping you up on the latest trends and developments for enhancing and growing exceptional subscription products.

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Vet Visuals International’s Innovative Content and Unusual Marketing Tactics Garner 7-Figure Revenues

Streaming video professional development is all the rage, and Vet Visuals International has been able to capitalize on it on a global level, earning million-dollar revenues. Publisher Andre Romijn spoke to Insider about the site's complex post-production, why he's foregone large events for small ones, and how the site is able to retain more than 90% of subscribers. Plus, discover email marketing tactics to grow your list and a few design elements to avoid.

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Profit-Savvy Digital Rights Management Best Practices

Many publishers miscalculate the importance of Digital Rights Management (DRM), choosing to either overprotect their content or avoid protection all together. In this How-To, we explain the two competing consumer behaviors that threaten any DRM strategy and help you craft a DRM policy that's customer-friendly and profit-savvy. Discover the five best practices for DRM and how it applies to three major niches -- news, entertainment and business information.

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HDI Keeps Membership Organization Going with Online Training and Local Offline Events

How does a membership organization survive in the era of social media, when the community aspects of association are so easy to replicate for free? Help Desk Institute (HDI) evolved its membership model for the online space not just by providing digital content and Web-based certification for IT support and help desk professionals -- it also launched successful in-person events and 63 local chapter meetings, providing a benefit social media can't. Managing Director Craig Baxter spoke to us about how these local volunteer chapters extend account lifetimes, and how events, trainings and subscriptions all cross-sell one another.

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Popular Science Profits from iPad App, But Struggles to Get Marketing Data

In 2010, Popular Science was one of the first consumer magazines to launch an iPad edition and has made more than $1.5 million from it to date. In this in-depth Case Study, Robert Cohn, Consumer Marketing Director at parent company Bonnier, reveals the many lessons learned from abandoning a free trial model for a composite prototype model that converts better, to the frustrations of getting data from Apple. This Case Study also includes tips and tricks for publishing and pricing tablet editions for Nook, Kindle, Android devices and Zinio. If you're remotely interested in tablet publishing, this is the a must-read!

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Profitable Subscription Websites: How to Build and Improve Them

Insider Editor Minal Bopaiah was recently a guest speaker on a Webinar for the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA), titled "Profitable Subscription Websites: How to Build and Improve Them." Watch this playback to learn about the strategy involved in creating an online subscription business. Includes tips on hiring, payment processing, tech requirements and management and content creation. GenomeWeb Publisher/COO Greg Anderson is also a guest speaker on this Webinar hosted by Dan Brown of Xponential Publishing Consultants.

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Subscription Site Critiques

Looking to revamp your site and improve conversions? Watch as Justin Rondeau, Editor of WhichTestWon, and Insider Editor Minal Bopaiah critique seven subscription websites. You'll learn conversion page design tricks, copywriting tips and general best practices, all of which can help you sell more online subscriptions and increase revenues!

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Surfline Turns Weather Updates into a 7-Figure B2C Subscription Business

Surfline started out as a pay-per-call telephone service, providing surf conditions to surfing enthusiasts, but entered the Internet age in 1995 with live HD streams of surf breaks. Vice President of Subscriptions and Product Marketing George Roletter spoke to us about how Surfline has used A/B testing to get 30% of visitors who enter the trial funnel to convert. Plus, discover how this B2C site is able to retain up to 93% of subscribers!

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How ArkansasOnline Makes Millions from Paywalled Local News

When the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette put all its local news behind a paywall in 2001, traffic dropped by 30% for three months... but then it rebounded and the site has gone from strength to strength since then. Executive VP for Digital Conan Gallaty spoke with us about the site's marketing, price tests, and subscription conversion tactics including one of the best-designed paywalls we've ever seen on a newspaper site.

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GenomeWeb Upsells Site Licenses With Clever 3-User Trial

GenomeWeb started off with a paid trial for single users, but then converted it into a 3-user trial, thereby turning every trial-taker into a site license prospect. Publisher/COO Greg Anderson spoke to us about the site's clever conversion process, as well as the site's multi-title pricing strategy. This is a great Case Study for anyone trying to increase its site license sales, especially B2B sites.

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JTS.tv Promotes and Profits from Original Internet TV with a Subscription-Only Model

JTS.tv founded a new network that offers original, online-only television programming exclusively through subscriptions. CEO Carter Mason spoke to us about how the site is curating original content through exclusive and semi-exclusive licensing deals and converting 80% of trial takers to paying subscribers.

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