Surfline is a B2C site for surfing enthusiasts that offers a 15-day free trial to prospects. By splitting its trial conversion process into four steps, the site is able to market to trial prospects who abandon the cart by asking for an email address in the first step. .
When your niche is flooded with free competitors, user engagement from the get-go is critical. See how The Financial Times nurtures engagement among registered users with their five-part email series.
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.
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.
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.
Booz & Co. created Strategy+Business as a content marketing tool with a free-to-view website, but the publication has boldly began charging for the convenience of viewing the same content through mobile and tablet apps. Publisher Gretchen Hall spoke to us about why the site decided to bundle all of its digital offerings into one package and how social media sign-on has helped registration. Plus, learn how you can get the customer info you need from app subscribers, even when Apple refuses to provide it!
Last holiday season, more than $32 billion worth of gifts were sold online to Americans, including gift subscriptions to sites such as Angie's List and The Wall Street Journal. Here's how to get your slice of the pie. This quick how-to report outlines five gift subscription marketing tactics as well as three operational factors you'll have to consider to pull this off profitably. Plus, get inspired by real-life samples from other subscription sites gift offer campaigns.
In 2011, SafetySmart re-launched with a savvy Web platform that had online tools to save customers time and effort. John Doyle, Senior Vice President of Products and Content at parent company Bongarde, spoke with us about how moving to more interactive content services increased subscriptions by 200%, how low-priced items through sister sites have been an enormously productive source of lead generation, and how the company's sophisticated in-house sales system incorporates user-generated information and telesales. Plus, check out the best use of a call-to-action button on a site tour we've ever seen.
How WritersMarket.com Turned a 90-Year-Old Print Directory into a Profitable Online Subscription Site
At any given moment, 50,000 subscribers are paying to access WritersMarket.com's robust database. Winter Thielen, Director of Online Product Development at WritersMarket.com and Robert Brewer, Senior Content Editor, spoke with us about how the site maintains its listings, succeeds with email marketing, and creates perceived value with limited-release compilations. Plus, get inspired by some great conversion tactics, including an unusual navigation bar and a well-designed site tour.
Confused about how to set up a trial offer? Or unsure whether you're "doing it right"? In this 40-minute video, Subscription Site Insider Editor Minal Bopaiah takes you through the best practices for trial offers, from technical and payment processing considerations to marketing and design tips to improve conversion rates. Plus, learn why you might be better off with a $1 trial than a free trial offer!