Subscriptions and Growth Marketing

  • One of the core reasons is the Millennium and Z Generations consumption habit change compared to X and Y. Ownership is something that is not cool. People do not own things any more, they subscribe and use and drop when ever they want. They do not want to own cars that’s why they are using Ride Hailing , Micro Mobility. Same for not owning a DVD Player, they have Netflix
  • Emotional. Being part of the gang, club, clan, team… It is cool. You don’t have Netflix, people will possibly stare at you, right ? As a company you also start building a relationship with your customer
  • Operational Hassle elimination. Easy cancellation, simple policies, returns, getting rid of one off payments all the time, guarantees etc. You click, you try for a week, month, few months. Even cancel without payment. Most of the time entry price is lower, that makes smoother acquisition of consumer

Fixed amount of payment for a service you know. You know what to pay. It is always same day, same time being charged to your card or bank account

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  • More Revenue. Period. Not in the short run, but in the long run. You can predict your revenue forecasts better as well as slowly increasing better margins. ROI always increases. Compared to your standard models such as transnational way of making revenue, subscriptions requires less marketing effort and budgets to grow your KPIs. You can even cross sell with partner marketing and increase additional revenues. Ex: Buy a package get delivery free.
  • Higher LTV. Period. Telling your investor that you have 15–20% paying subscribers per month and the LTV is + xUSD, makes more impressive start to any of your pitch while asking for a second round of Investment.
  • Higher Retention rates. The subscribers for rolling 30 days calculations is always over 98% despite the few churned. Better retention rate, better word of mouth, less marketing spend and also scaling users to higher subscription models is way easier.
  • Customer Acquisition Costs (CAC) decrease. It is way much lower compared to standard transactional users. While acquiring a user with an offer to do one ride in Ride Hailing, you can now be more aggressive and push a user to buy a 10 ride package which gives you a activated and 10 trip rider rather than 1.
  • Better Segmentation. There is a huge advantage of clustering the users and trying make them move to higher segments via different packages. also you can suggest personalised and premium offers as well. This leads to less cancellation and better recommendation and referral. Amazing set of offerings for multiple segments is expected with your teams’ creative abilities.
  • Decrease in Tech Efforts. Not in the first months while you are building features like new UI, payment diversification and much less hassle for big release cycles. First you build the core Subscription , then you can tweak it. If you can put 30–40% of your customer base to these products, Tech will need to have less problems in terms of resource allocation.
  • On the other hand the subscription models are needs pampering and baby sitting all the time with properly analysing your data. I highly recommend give responsibility to a small squad with PM, Growth Hackers, Engineers and CRM resources so they are autonomous and doing everything by them self to increase the value given to the customers and create a lucrative segment which needs attention.
    Your team should continuously need to learn and iterate. One example was Auto renewals due to product cycle was delivered late when we were delivering packages in Careem. After the Auto Renewal life much easier for both us and customers.

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emre tok

emre tok

Product. Growth. Marketing. Mobile. Former VP Growth Careem. xMicrosoft. Investor:, abwaab