Is Jeff Bezos building an integrated ‘CMS for subscriptions’ for the entire publishing industry?

Over at the Bezos owned Washington Post, the publishing platform known as Arc is being aggressively rolled out to other publishers and it will shortly include a paywall and digital subscriptions management module.

With over 100 engineers working on Arc, Bezos he is certainly backing it to succeed but will publishers see Arc as the solution to the nightmare of integrating multiple technologies that many of them currently face?

Click here to read more from the excellent NeimanLab

 Jeff Bezos Owner of the Washington Post

Jeff Bezos Owner of the Washington Post

New Subscription Economy Index report from Zuora reveals continuing high growth rates for subscription based companies

Now in its second year the report provides useful benchmarking data for subscription businesses by vertical. For example, Media subscription businesses have seen a 15% long term growth rate compared to Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses at 25%.

It also has a well presented section (pages 5 to 9) on the importance of usage and tiered based pricing when seeking to drive down churn and increase up sell rates.

The full report can be downloaded here (does require completion of a short registration form).

One of many graphs available in the report

New McKinsey research report reveals astonishing growth in e-commerce subscription revenue

New McKinsey research report reveals astonishing growth in e-commerce subscription revenue

The report is packed full of US consumer insights into what makes a great e-commerce subscription product and why – with a lot of detail on subscription boxes specifically.

An in-depth summary of the report can be found here

The full report can be downloaded here (does require set up of a free account to gain access)

49% of US online shoppers buy products and services online by subscription

Consumer spending on subscription services triples in just one year

 Birchbox - beauty products by subscription

Birchbox - beauty products by subscription

Astonishingly, UK consumer average monthly spending on subscription services has rocketed from £18.49 in 2016 to a whopping £56 a month in 2017 - according to a new study from Zuora and YouGov.

Are retailers missing out on this rapidly increasing new source of revenue or are they grabbing the opportunity? Find out here

Unlimited flights for a monthly subscription fee

The Surf Air light business jet

Surf Air is a 3 year old US based company that offers its members unlimited flights for a fixed monthly subscription fee. In the US it operates 90 daily flights on 12 routes and has an impressive 4000 members. It has recently launched in Europe with just one 8 seat plane. Could this be the start of something big with the subscription business model disrupting the flight business? (read more…)

Legal crackdown proposed to stop 'rip off' subscription practices

Legal crackdown proposed to stop 'rip off' subscription practices

 Amazon offers free trials of its Amazon Prime Membership service

Amazon offers free trials of its Amazon Prime Membership service

Great subscription companies succeed by building mutually beneficial long term relationships with their customers, not by ripping them off. Free trials are a proven way of allowing customers to 'try before they buy' but the temptation to use free trials to deceive customers into paying should be avoided at all costs. It does not work in the long run and the law could get involved....read more