Subscription Show 2022: Industry insights, fighting churn & a VIP dinner

From November 8 to 10, Subscription Insider hosted Subscription Show 2022 with FlexPay and keylight. Taking place in New York City’s Convene Conference Center this year, Subscription Show is “the leading subscription business conference for subscription-specific strategy and intel.” A few of Recurly’s own...

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ASC 606: Revenue recognition for subscription services

Revenue recognition is a Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (GAAP) that specifies how businesses need to recognize revenue. Compared to non-subscription industries, separating actual income from deferred revenue is more difficult, and Recurly’s revenue recognition for subscription services makes this more manageable. Contrary to traditional business models where delivery happens at...

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Simplifying revenue recognition for companies with subscription and recurring revenue models

At Recurly, we know how to simplify the complex–we’ve been helping merchants scale while streamlining recurring revenue and subscription billing for over a decade. And now, we’re bringing that same focus to revenue recognition automation. We’re thrilled to announce the acquisition of LeapRev, a global revenue recognition and forecasting solution....

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What is subscription revenue recognition?

To maximize revenue and capture more market share, subscription businesses need to understand the revenue recognition principle. Traditionally, revenue recognition is a generally accepted accounting principle (GAAP) that notes how you recognize revenue. In the case of subscriptions, revenue is only recognized and counted when the cash from a product...

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Recurly sees pay-as-you-go subscription models continuing to accelerate

Recurly sees no end in sight for pay-as-you-go subscription models. See our press release below. Recurly to Exceed $10 Billion in Transaction Payment Volume as Pay-As-You-Go Subscription Models Accelerate Consumer and Business Behavioral Shifts Unlock New Revenue Streams for Subscription Companies; Recurly Now Cash-Flow Positive SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 17, 2021 -- 

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How subscription CFOs can amplify value with the right back-office tools

This blog post was originally published on the Leapfin blog. We’ve made some slight tweaks to the content. Despite the proliferation of the subscription business model, most ERP and CRM systems aren’t built to handle the unique complexities associated with recurring revenue, from constantly evolving plans, changing billing modes,...

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Trying to Choose a Subscription Billing Platform? Start Here

We’ve all been there. After a long, tiring day, you plop onto your couch and start browsing through your go-to streaming app or just start flipping through the channels. The only problem? You’re so overwhelmed by all the options available that you end up choosing nothing at all. It’s called...

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Thinking of Building Your Own Subscription Billing Solution? Read This First

There's no shortage of benefits for companies that decide to adopt a subscription business model: lower customer acquisition costs, better customer retention, and a more predictable revenue revenue stream, just to name a few.  But even after you’ve decided to focus on a recurring revenue model, the game's not over....

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How to Streamline Payment Processes for Revenue Efficiency

A streamlined payment process brings simplicity to your business. It helps reduce churn and build trust with customers.  If the phrase “simple payment process” sounds like an oxymoron, keep reading. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to make payments easier for your customers. A subscription management platform can help....

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The 3 Stages of Creating Sustainable Revenue Streams

Building a sustainable revenue stream requires two things: A powerful recurring revenue engine and relationships that drive engagement and loyalty. Both key to surviving during these uncertain times. We recently sat down with Robbie Kellerman Baxter, a leading expert on subscription pricing and membership models and the author of The Membership Economy and The...

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Use Recurly + Zapier to Automate Subscription Processes

Many key business processes today are run on a suite of SaaS business applications. From marketing automation to inventory management to accounting, best-in-breed applications have permeated even the stodgiest of industries. While these applications have created tremendous efficiencies, it’s critical to ensure that each application is using comprehensive, up-to-date data....

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A CFO’s Guide to Maximizing Subscription Revenue Webinar

Most CFOs would agree, there's a lot to like about subscriptions - from predictable, compounding revenue to deep, long-term customer relationships. However, nothing jeopardizes subscription profits faster than involuntary churn due to failed payments. In this webcast, you’ll learn how leading finance executives are leveraging the latest in machine...

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Streamlining Financial Operations: Key Learnings From Our Webinar

Recurly recently presented a webinar entitled “Scaling Subscription Billing: A Guide to Streamlining Financial Operations” which received a terrific response from the attendees. This response prompted us to publish this recap along with a link to the recorded webinar for those who missed the live webinar last week. This webinar,...

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Live Webinar: The CFO’s Guide to Maximizing Revenue

Increasingly, CFOs and other business leaders are recognizing the many benefits of the subscription model—from predictable, compounding revenue to deep, long-term customer relationships. However, nothing jeopardizes subscription revenue faster than churn. Imagine if you could automatically repair a major factor in churn, involuntary churn due to failed payments?In this webinar,...

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Ditch Those Spreadsheets and Improve Revenue Recognition

In the best of circumstances, financial reporting can be a complicated and sometimes difficult task. Accuracy is critical but not always easy to achieve. Subscription-based businesses face added challenges in accurately recognizing revenue. The business may have different billing models with different terms, have numerous customer upgrades and downgrades that need...

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Recurly's integration with QuickBooks Online Streamlines Accounting for Subscription Commerce

Technology has revolutionized many aspects of business, perhaps none more so than the accounting industry which has gained incredible efficiencies. New accounting software reduces workloads, increases productivity, and improves accuracy and access to real-time data. QuickBooks Online brings those advantages to the cloud, enabling businesses to benefit from transformative technology...

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Best Practice Guidelines for Year-End Closing the Books

For consumers and retailers, the end of the year means holiday shopping, parties, eating too much, and sleeping too little. For another segment of the population, the end of the year heralds another less festive activity: closing the books. An organization’s year-end closing procedures, the accuracy of the results and...

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Recurly for QuickBooks Online: Streamline Your Accounting Process

In order to give our customers access to best-in-class applications in both subscription billing and accounting, Recurly has integrated with QuickBooks Online. Our integration will give you the ability to accelerate your month-end close process, automate your revenue accounting flow, and eliminate manual processes. The QuickBooks brand is synonymous with...

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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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Show Me the Money: Adobe Sees Record Results from Going Subscription-Only

In 2011, Marc Andreessen, technology pioneer and currently General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, declared that “software is eating the world.” What was true then is now even more so with the incredible growth of the subscription model. Indeed, Emir Alaguizy—Zynga CTO, Y Combinator alum and founder and CEO of Cratejoy—did...

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Key Metrics You Need to Know to Ensure Your Business is Profitable

There are certain metrics that a subscription business lives and dies by. For example…   Monthly Average Revenue Per User (ARPU)Monthly Subscriber Churn Percent (or simply “churn”)Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC); also known as CPA or SACSubscriber Lifetime Value (LTV); also known as CTV or TLVGrowth Margin Percent …and a handful...

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Recovered Revenue, Now Right at Your Fingertips

A few months ago, we discussed the methodology behind the revenue that Recurly recovers for you each month.  We heard from many of you who enthusiastically wanted to learn more about this valuable behind-the-scenes feature. Starting today, you'll now see your Recovered Revenue right in your monthly invoice to see just...

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Pro Tip: Calculating Your Monthly Recurring Revenue

Recurly’s Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) report is a helpful tool that gives you a best effort approximation of your monthly recurring revenue at any given time. Using the MRR report in your admin console, you can drag your cursor along the graph to find your MRR on any given day,...

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Top Ten Reasons to Use Recurly vs. Payment Gateway Subscription APIs

The short answer is: Flexibility and Total Cost Of Ownership We’re glad you asked - because this could save you many hours of development, and many curse words before learning the hard way – on your own precious company’s dime. Every payment gateway is designed to handle one-time transactions. Some...

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Planning a "Freemium" Revenue Model

When entrepreneurs come up with an idea- revenue plans are rarely the first thing that come to mind. After all, asking "how do we solve this incredibly painful business issue" can be a lot more exciting then "how are we going to monetize this". Since the first dot-com-boom, several models...

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