June 2, 2013 at 7:48 pm #9164
I am starting a new daily newsletter on 1st July. From then on, every subscription will have 7 day trial for a minimum fee, before the main subscription starts.
I want to start recruiting subscribers now, and plan to offer them an ‘early bird’ 25% discount for subscribing via paypal before the service starts.
Ho do I set this up in WP eStore?
My assumption is that I should set up the discounted newsletter as separate product, but I can’t figure out how to set the future start date of the service.
As ever I would appreciate your help on the best way to make this work.
F.June 2, 2013 at 11:51 pm #55947
Hi, You probably should collect the only email addresses (the early recruiters) at the moment. You can create a new product and use the squeeze form and collect the users who are interested to join early or something like that.
Then a few days (lets 10 days before) before you start the newsletter, you can send an email to all these early recruiters and give them a link to a page where there is a subscription button with a special price. Or you can give them a discount coupon.June 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm #55948
Thanks for the speedy reply.
Sorry I wasn’t clear. What I really need help with, is how to technically set up a subscription for a future start date – for example, exactly the situation you describe in your second paragraph.
I want them to be able to use paypal to subscribe – for example – for 10 days before the service starts, and then to have a trial period, before the subscription defaults to their regular price.
Thanks in advance for your help.
F.June 4, 2013 at 12:15 am #55949
PayPal doesn’t allow you to create a subscription that starts on a specific date by default. Here is what you can do:
Add the extra days as trial period for the early bird subscription (this is how PayPal recommends you to do it). So for example, lets say you have a subscription product that will be offered to your *special customers* 10 day before the other one. So make this subscription product to have a 17 day trial period.
Does that make sense?June 4, 2013 at 5:30 am #55950
Thanks for the reply.
I understand the principle, so how do I achieve this scenario (points 3 & 4):
– the early bird period starts 10 days before the official launch (which itself includes a 7 day trial)
– if an early bird subscribes 10 days before launch, then the eStore product details are set so that they have a 17 day trial period
– if an early bird subscribes 5 days before launch, then I want them to have a 12 day trial period, so that all early bird trial period finish 7 days after launch. (Of course I really want people to be able to subscribe at any point during the early bird period)
Does this mean I have to change the trial period every day in the Product Details, or is there an automated/better way to achieve this?
F.June 5, 2013 at 12:46 am #55951
Changing it every day for those few days is one way to do it but I don’t like it since it requires manual intervention. I could custom develop an addon plugin that can do this automatically. Let me think about this.June 5, 2013 at 4:51 am #55952
If the manual intervention works then at least I have an option, but an automated ‘countdown’ version would be easier and more elegant.
It would also allow you to offer a good workaround for the ‘paypal doesn’t allow future events’ challenge, as I know other people have faced similar challenges.
My launch is pretty imminent, but I’d be interested to hear more about your addon idea if there is time.
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