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.

Here are some of our most popular & evergreen content focused on Subscription Product Development:

Interested in on-demand training? Check out:

  • Subscription Fundamentals: RETENTION, with Robert Skrob.Learn the essentials and tactics of retention, including teaching you how to develop a membership growth plan, optimize your member’s journey, deliver what your subscriber truly wants, and a primer on how to track and measure it all for maximum profitability!
  • Subscription Fundamentals: PAYMENTSwith Melanie Stout. Learn about involuntary churn and the essentials of how recurring payments work, starting with basics and work through to sophisticated topics such as chargeback handling and KPI monitoring.
  • Subscription Show 2020 On-Demand with 77 sessions dedicated to the latest subscription economy trends and intel to help you grow your business.

Check out all of our Subscription Product Development information below – both news and subscriber-only – organized by date:

Apple Launches Apple Podcasts Subscriptions

Apple Makes It Easier for Developers to Challenge App Store Decisions

It's official. Apple has updated its app review process, so developers can challenge decisions made by Apple and the App Store.

Weekly Subscription News: Coconuts, Kahoots and Kits

Spring has sprung, and the subscription economy is blooming everywhere. In this week's subscription headlines, The Skimm raises $12 million to expand its subscription services, online media publisher Coconuts launches a metered paywall, and merger talks with Viacom could be a big boon for CBS. Also this week, Blue Apron is moving meal kits into grocery stores to expand its customer base, YouTube announces a music subscription (again), and education quiz app Kahoot raises $17 million.

The New York Times Reports Solid Growth in Digital Subscriptions in Q3

The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) credits growth in digital subscriptions, digital advertising, subscription revenue and overall profitability for a solid third quarter. These strong results made it possible for the company to declare diluted earnings per share of $0.20, compared to $0.00 for the same period last year. Total revenue for the third quarter of 2017 was $385.6 million, a 6.1 percent increase over Q3 2016 revenue of $363.5 million. Subscription revenue was $246.6 million, a 13.6 percent increase over subscription revenue of $217.1 million for the same period last year.

JDM Accessory Vault Launches Subscription Fashion Accessories for Men

Last week JDM Accessory Vault launched a fashion subscription service for men to offer affordable fashion accessories for upcoming young professionals. For less than $20 a month, subscribers receive three to five curated, matched male fashion accessories including watches, sunglasses, silk ties, pocket squares, belts, socks, scarves, cuff links and more to complete business, business casual and casual looks.

Microsoft Reports Net Income of $8.9 Billion for FY18 Q4

Last week Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) reported a strong fourth quarter for its fiscal year 2018 ended June 30, 2018. The company earned revenue of $30.1 billion, a 17 percent increase year-over-year, and net income of $8.9 billion (GAAP), or $1.14 diluted earnings per share. CEO Satya Nadella attributed the company's results to Microsoft Cloud, his teams' "relentless focus on customer success" and customer trust in the company and its products and services.

Five on Friday: Sales Tips, Digital Ad Dollars and the Future of TV

Yes, its finally Friday. We survived talk of the island in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by water, big water, ocean water, and we are ready for the weekend. (Sorry, I could not resist.) Before you head out, check out this weeks Five on Friday. In this weeks edition, Ad Exchanger reports that CPT advertisers are cutting their digital ad dollars and Amazon is reaping the benefits, Digital TV Research forecasts the future of online TV and video, Hubspot shares five sales tips, Zuora talks about the subscription economy in the U.K., and The Muse offers productivity tips to help us get more done.
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Samsung Launches Access Subscription for Galaxy S20 5G Series Phones Plus Perks

Samsung Launches Access for Mobile Subscription for Galaxy S20 5G Series Phones Plus Perks

Samsung launches Access for Mobile subscription for Galaxy S20 series phones with cloud storage, premium care coverage and Microsoft 365.

Inside Expert Profile: Rich Kreisman Demystifies and Explains the Content Acquisition & Content Licensing Market

Content drives websites, software and mobile applications.But creating great content is expensive. It requires deep expertise in a particular subject. Content Acquisition & Content Licensing expert Rich Kreisman explains how to acquire and license content to help grow your brand and customer base.
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Parent Company Helios and Matheson Analytics to Spin Off MoviePass

In October, MoviePass parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) announced that it would spin off its struggling movie subscription service, MoviePass. That idea is now a reality. The company made the announcement in a January 17 news release, advising that it has filed a confidential S-1 registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to create MoviePass Entertainment Holdings Inc.

Google Promises YouTube TV Is Coming Soon for $35 a Month

Google teases us once again with details about its proposed over-the-top TV product for YouTube. In the latest news, Google says the skinny TV bundle will be called YouTube TV and will offer 40 channels for $35 a month, reports WIRED magazine. When Google first spoke about the OTT service in May 2016, the product was going to be called Unplugged, but few details were released.In a blog post Tuesday, YouTube finally offered up tangible details about the new service, saying it would offer the best of live TV including "must-see broadcast shows" and live sports. Here are some of the highlights.

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