Structuring the Memberships: And a Snap Up Heart

Sun, 13 Feb 2011

"What's to stop me becoming a member for a month, downloading everything, then cancelling my membership" went the recent email. And of course he was correct, if he did do that he wouldn't be the only person. It is becoming increasingly obvious, as the back catalogue grows, that whole system is just not right. It seems almost as if monthly members who are regular, loyal payers are missing out compared to those who swoop in and download. I've been thinking about this for a while, looking round, to see if there are any solutions out there. I've found lots of websites that have subscriptions but all seem to have the same problem. After lots of thinking and planning and researching I think I've come up with a solution. Tell me what you think of this. Does it sound fair? This'll be for new subscribers, current subscribers will stay as they are.

For example: On 14th Feb 2011 you sign up for a monthly membership. You pay your £3. This lets you download all the projects produced until 14th March 2011. You can also download all the projects from the archive back to 14th Jan 2011.

The next month, you pay your £3 monthly membership, this gives you access to all the projects until 14th April 2011 but also, you now have access further back in the archive to 14th Dec 2010. (True Love's birthday by the way 🙂 And so it goes, each month you get access further back into the archive.

If you sign up for an annual membership you'll have immediate access one year back into the archive and if you buy the plus membership you'll have instant access to it all. 

I'm really pleased with it as a way forward. What do you think?

Oh, and I've linked the snap up heart model with this post, in case you missed it in the archives. Happy Valentine's Day

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Comments (5)

  • Nobledesign February 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    HI Rob, Sounds clever to me

    HI Rob, Sounds clever to me and it does seem to solve the dilemma you describe. But for my kind of simple non-math mind, it's also a bit complex perhaps?


    I like to be a subscriber of yours for the year, on-going-ly, and then freely download the models I'd like to, as I'd like to. I need your system to notify me each year that it's time to re-subscribe though. You know, on account of the simple mind thing.


    My philosophy regarding online information like your models is rather radical and odd for those who are both used to past modes of product transactions and those money-minded. I say let to the paper junkies who want, covet, and lust after your models have them, even if they subscribe just once (ideally you'd offer only a year's membership to simplify the matter). Let the sneaky paper hounds have it all (you are only out a few bob here and there from them and possibly hopefully cultivating a spark of humanity in their breasts so they won't abuse your kindness again. Or is that too generous?) and focus instead your attention to letting more of the grateful, upstanding, and loyal Ives fans around the world know what great stuff is happening over here so we can collectively pay you far more than the slackers can ever take!?!


    That's my two cents. And I bet it's long been time for me to re-up!

  • crankart February 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I like your new



    I like your new membership scheme.


  • Megan February 14, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Good solution to a tricky

    Good solution to a tricky problem. Like it.



  • suedee February 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I like your solution to the

    I like your solution to the membership page. Too many people have no respect for intellectual property these days. It's the same as music and video downloads. I think you have a right to get the rewards for your efforts. Imagine this being a market stall, this behaviour would be inequitable for you and other customers.

    • robives February 15, 2011 at 9:43 am

      Thanks for your feedback

      Thanks for your feedback everybody. I think I'm going to go ahead with this plan. I've done most of the coding but I need o spend some time sorting out the shop/blog relationship. I'll make a model or two first while I mull it over a bit more.

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