Using Machine Learning to Optimize Subscription Billing

As a data scientist at Recurly, my job is to use the vast amount of data that we have collected to build products that make subscription businesses more successful. One way to think about data science at Recurly is as an extended R&D department for our customers. We use a...

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Subscriber Acquisition: Best Practices and Key Metrics

Subscriber acquisition is both an art and a science—and it can be a complex undertaking. A business needs to know who its best customers are likely to be, have a thorough understanding of what it is they want and what the business can provide (their pain points and how best...

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Subscription Best Practices: How to Reduce Friction and Accelerate Revenue Growth

The subscription model is ideal for today’s customer-centric, digital economy. However, to drive momentum and sustain growth, subscription businesses need to eliminate points of friction that can limit conversion from potential subscribers or cause existing subscribers to downgrade or churn. Join us as we share key insights into creating a...

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Curation and Consumables: Two Keys to Growth in the Subscription Box Market

For consumers, one of the most popular subscription type is the subscription box—that curated collection of goodies that subscribers receive on a regular basis (often monthly, but not always) which the box purveyor hopes will delight and surprise its recipient. Beauty boxes such as Birchbox were an early success story, along...

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Amazon Goes Back to School and Reduces Customer Friction

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”  -- Chinese Proverb In many parts of world, the month of August means the end of the school break. Students go back to school, parents’ lives become calmer, and businesses start to ramp up their various activities as employees return...

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On Beer, Germany, and the Importance of Customer Retention

Recently, we wrote a blog that involved a London pub’s innovation in beer drinking that enabled a friction-free experience for its customers during the busy holiday season. The goal of course of frictionless commerce is to make it easier for your customers to shop, pay, and receive their purchases, and in...

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Marketing to the “Mom” Demographic

In marketing and advertising, “key demographics” are the linchpin around which campaigns are formulated. The demographic informs marketers’ efforts to create highly tailored messages that will convert the most number of new customers and gain the highest amount of revenue from them. These target demographics of course vary by product...

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Recurly Research: Subscription Trends and Benchmarks That Provide Insights for Your Business

Most business decisions are driven by data. With a wide range of customers in multiple industries using Recurly, we have enviable visibility into comprehensive subscription data within our platform which gives us a unique perspective. Using this data—which we’ve aggregated and anonymized—we’ve compiled a variety of reports which provide meaningful,...

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Automated Fraud Protection Helps Merchants Facing Rising Fraud

According to CardNotPresent: “Merchants will lose more than $70 billion globally to card-not-present fraud in the next five years, but many still think fraud prevention is too costly, according to a new report. U.K.-based consultancy Juniper Research found that the ongoing migration to EMV technology in the U.S., a slower-than-expected...

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Music Industry + Streaming Services = So Happy Together

Here in the Bay Area, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Numerous events are taking place, and nearly all involve music. Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead covers are particularly popular. This music harkens back to a time when the music industry and its partner, FM radio,...

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