Expert Tips for Growing Subscription Revenue

Learn how to supercharge your subscription revenue. Read these tips to optimize your subscription strategy and secure more recurring payments for your business.

If you have ever been a “regular” at a restaurant, store or other establishment, that business has something special that keeps you coming back. Many ecommerce merchants and brands know their subscription services are the special sauce that turn one-time customers into loyal regulars — even in the digital world. But simply understanding how beneficial subscription services are for generating predictable revenue is not enough in this competitive landscape.

Ecommerce merchants and brands must adopt strategies for increasing revenue growth, especially since the pandemic has shifted many consumer shopping habits. Brands that successfully boost predictable revenue through subscriptions can pour more resources back into their business, generating additional opportunities for long-term customer relationships.

Whether your business is new to subscription services or you need to optimize your process, follow these tips for increasing subscription revenue growth.  

Fine-tune Landing Pages

Landing pages should show prospects your offer and nothing else. By eliminating distractions like unrelated products, articles and additional links, you can turn a landing page into a high-converting engine. Include one call-to-action button like “Subscribe Now” or “Buy Here” to quickly guide shoppers to the checkout page.

Bundle Relevant Products

Entice your customers with other relevant products by showcasing pre-built bundles of related products or targeted up sells based on buyer behavior data. Research shows customers appreciate when brands curate offerings. In fact, a study from marketing research firm Epsilon found 80% of consumers are more likely to make a purchase when brands offer personalized experiences. Be sure to clearly communicate that the products in the bundle cost less money than if the customer bought the product individually. Not only will you generate more revenue, your customers will be eager to snatch up the savings and try new products within the bundle.

Establish Multi-channel Presence

Consumers jump between several different channels before buying, so make sure they can purchase your offer from any one of them. Allow your customers to buy directly from your ecommerce store, in addition to third-party marketplaces like Amazon and social media platforms like Instagram. Remember that consumers increasingly want a seamless end-to-end commerce journey along with brand consistency across every channel.

Empower Customers to Self-manage Subscriptions

Give customers the gift of control and watch brand loyalty and customer lifetime value soar. Enable your customers to easily modify their subscriptions, pause or cancel subscriptions and adjust reorder frequency. Some brands fear that making subscription cancellation too easy will negatively impact revenue. It is an understandable concern, but making customers jump through hoops or complete a laborious process just to cancel will drive them away for good. Always keep the door open for returning subscribers.

Create a Two-step Checkout

Customers abandon their online shopping carts before completing a transaction about 77% of time in 2019, according to a Barilliance study. Reduce the risk of prospects slipping through your fingers by separating the checkout process into two pages. The first page should ask for the prospect’s contact information like full name, email, phone number and address. That way, if the prospect leaves before completing the transaction, you will have multiple ways to follow up with the same offer, a reduced price, related products and more. Securing contact information is the best way to establish relationships with customers.  

Keep Credit Cards Current

Credit cards expire every few years. This is a huge challenge for subscription service providers who rely on recurring revenue. In the past, a revenue stream stopped the minute a card declined. But features like’s Account Updater have completely changed the game. An Account Updater solution ensures credit card payment data is always accurate before a rebill cycle. Brands that leverage an ecommerce platform with this type of feature minimize opportunities for billing failure, while sparing customers the aggregation of a disrupted subscription cycle.

Stay Ahead of Chargebacks

A chargeback happens when consumers dispute a charge with their credit card company and the credit card company files that dispute. The credit card company will then issue a chargeback to the merchant. Chargebacks cost businesses over $80 billion annually, according to leading fraud solutions provider Kount. Merchants can stay ahead of chargeback claims by getting alerts. These notifications give merchants time to review and rectify a customer’s chargeback claim before it is officially filed. This keeps more money in merchant pockets and protects MID relationships. (MIDs terminate partnerships with merchants if they have too many chargebacks.) And if a chargeback does get officially filed, merchants can turn to outside experts for representment to help fight any malicious chargebacks.

The Takeaway

More predictable revenue means more resources to funnel back into your business or support other initiatives. Utilize these growth techniques to focus on retention and monetization. Leveraging these tips, along with staying agile and listening to customer needs, can ensure your ecommerce business grows quickly and efficiently.

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