Old Media vs. New Media and the Digital Shift

When it comes to digital entertainment—video streaming and OTT—there are number of different ways to look at the market. There’s platforms and technology, advertising vs. subscription revenue, content (what it is and who’s producing it), trends, regulations, demographics…. The list goes on. One frequent narrative pits old-school cable and TV...

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The Charitable Gift That Keeps On Giving

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.”  ~ Mother Teresa Last year, on December 1st, PayPal broke a Guinness World Record for the most money raised online for charity in 24 hours. On that day—known as ‘Giving Tuesday’—PayPal users around the world gave more than $45.8 million...

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Get Ready for New Zealand’s New GST on Digital Services With Recurly

The New Zealand economy is one of the fastest growing in the world and is notable in a couple of ways. For example, according to the Ease of Doing Business Index for 2016, New Zealand ranks second overall out of 185 countries. The country has sizeable manufacturing and service sectors, and...

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Keep Your Profits! Fight Fraud With Recurly and Kount

All the research indicates that fraud attacks are on the rise and that fraudsters’ strategies and tactics are becoming ever more sophisticated as fraudsters become more brazen in their attempts to steal from businesses and consumers. Fraudsters also have a new favorite target: digital goods. As a result of fraud,...

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Company Values That Scale for Years

Recurly just turned seven years old. It seems like yesterday that we elected to found a company based on the belief that the world was moving towards a ‘pay-as-you-go’ model. We believed that lightweight, flexible, nimble billing systems would become a competitive requirement for companies seeking to align their offers with...

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Is a Usage-Based Billing Model Right for Your Business?

For any business, setting a price for what they sell is a key piece of the revenue and profit puzzle. Subscription businesses have the added task of determining not just price points but the billing model they will use. For example, many subscription businesses have a fixed recurring model (same...

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Build a Retention Process Not a Cancellation Process

We recently came across a great blog from Profitwell which discusses how to turn a cancellation into an opportunity for you to take action and understand better why some customers choose to leave. While it’s written with software as a service (SaaS) in mind, the concepts are applicable to nearly...

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From Upstart to Unicorn: How Dollar Shave Club Hit it Big

There can be no doubt that Dollar Shave Club’s phenomenal success can be attributed to many factors—its irreverent and hilarious viral ads, its exemplary customer service, efficient manufacturing and distribution, and its incredible ability to scale, and (perhaps most importantly) its business model. Yes, there were many things that led...

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Two-Factor Authentication, User Roles, Anti-Fraud: With Recurly, Your Data is Secure

There’s no doubt that the internet has brought myriad and far-reaching benefits to people and organizations worldwide. Unfortunately, it’s also brought hackers, fraudsters, and other criminal elements intent on stealing our personal and financial information. They are relentless, exceedingly inventive, and always looking for the next exploitable vulnerability. Because of...

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New Automated Revenue Recognition Speeds Month-End Close

At Recurly, we’re dedicated to creating best-in-class subscription management tools for our customers. One aspect of subscription management that is particularly meaningful, and challenging, to our customers is ensuring that they are able to properly account for their subscription revenue and close the books quickly and accurately each month. We’re...

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