Why Software Companies Should Adopt a SaaS Subscription Model

In the U.S., software contracts usually forbid resale, but recently the European Court of Justice ruled that developers can't forbid the resale of programs or forbid companies from downloading updates from the Internet. This puts a serious kink in the business model of most software developers, since many U.S. companies can now acquire used software through European subsidiaries. Companies spend $250 billion to $275 billion a year on software, according to Bloomberg. Meanwhile, software is usually discounted…

Backstage.com Garners At Least $4M from Online Subscribers, Launches New Site Highlighting Web Tools

By the end of this month, Backstage will launch a newly designed and more integrated print publication and website. But what's most interesting is where the two properties diverge. Backstage.com already has 29,000 paid online members. With subscription rates varying between $144/year and $19.95/month, the site is pulling in $4.1 million to $6.9 million a year. On top of that, the print publication has 60,000 subscribers who can choose between print + digital bundle subscription plans…

Bloomberg Tackles Legal Research Market With Subscription Model

Online legal research has long been dominated by two companies -- Westlaw and Lexis Nexis. But this week, Bloomberg News announced its foray into the legal research market. The financial news service just launched Bloomberg Law in the hopes of taking a bit out of the $8 billion legal research market. And encouraging to subscription site executives is the media giant's decision to use a subscription-based billing Model. Instead of the complicated metered Model employed by Westlaw…

Nearly $38M in Subscription Revenues for LinkedIn

Recent Q1 reports indicate that LinkedIn saw a 91% increase in premium subscriptions last year, leading to $37.9 million in revenues for the first quarter.This figure, of course, does not account for all of the company's revenues as LinkedIn has a hybrid subscription-advertising Model. Advertising brought in $48 million, accounting for 26% of the company's total revenues. Yet, the 91% growth in subscriptions noted above is promising, as subscriptions now take up 20% of the…

Politico Charges $3K for Exclusive ‘Pro’ Subscription Plan for DC Insiders

Thought Vogue's $1,000+ annual subscription option was steep? Check out what Politico's pulled off.A year ago, the DC-based political site created a unique "Pro" subscription plan catering to Hill staffers, lobbyists, and others who need policy news on their BlackBerry - now. Politico Pro offers subscribers up-to-the-minute updates on four major policy areas: technology, energy, health care, and…

Protect Your Premium Content on Pinterest, Plus Tips for B2B Publishers

You've probably heard of Pinterest by now. But did you know that even if you don't have a Pinterest account or a Pin It button on your site, people may be pinning your content and making it available in the public domain? The reason is because of the Pinterest bookmarklet, which any individual can install on their Web browser and which lets them pin images and videos from any Web page--even those behind a paywall. Fortunately, Pinterest…

Academic Journals Enter The Fray on ‘Fair Use’ & User-Generated Content

Unlike most online publications, academic journals have almost always been exclusively behind a pawall. Sometimes that paywall was propped up by universities and research institutions, making the content free to students and researchers (or bundled in your tuition plan, depending how you look at it). But they have been able to weather the "free ride" storm better than most print publications.That may be changing as a number of notable academics are calling for an "Academic…

How CreditRiskMonitor.com’s Internet Subscription Revenues Rose 9%

CreditRiskMonitor, an information service for corporate credit professionals, just reported a 9% year-over-year increase in online subscription revenues, when comparing 3rd quarter 2011 to 2010. Interestingly, this increase was *despite* a major shift in their marketplace which would normally lead to decreased revenues.It seems that during the depths of the recession in 2008-2009, the company's information service was most often an "impulse buy" for credit pros who desperately needed to figure out credit-worthiness in a shifting…

Data Content 2011 Show Notes: Mobile, Mobile, Mobile & also Patrick Spain

Dan Savage Managing Partner of Resolute Digital got laughs when he said, "It seems like the topics have been mobile all day long so far!" Seems like mobile has become so central to nearly every data publisher's future, that no matter what the each Data Content 2011 speaker was officially presenting on, mobile snuck in somehow. Some show highlights: - Apps may have more impact than a mobile site currently (so if you only have time to…

Case Study Lesson: Clever Email Campaign Your Subscription Site Can Adopt

Our latest Subscription Site Insider Case Study reveals how EBMedicine uses a clever email series to engage current and potential subscribers who are emergency medicine physicians and practitioners. But any subscription site can adopt this great marketing idea. Once a month, the ""What's Your Diagnosis?" challenge email email is sent with a patient presentation of symptoms but will stop short of a diagnosis, instead asking the audience of medical professionals to post their guess at the…

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