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What is Wrong with Subscription Marketing?


Marketing Horizons: What is Wrong with Subscription Marketing?

Memberships, subscriptions, loyalty programs—relationship marketing models of all sorts—have long been a staple of the marketing toolbox. But why is Peloton in such deep trouble right now? And Noom postponed its IPO? Join us as Mark DiMassimo explains what’s really going on, and how we can fix the apparent problem with membership marketing today. Spoiler alert: It’s not the model itself, you’ll be happy to know. Tune in for Mark’s advice on how to motivate customers to “start, stick and stay.”

Three Takeaways

  • Subscription and membership marketing is still a marketing megatrend, driven by changing consumer needs.
  • Its apparent downfall recently has to do with unrealistic expectations among investors, and the mistakes of inexperienced marketers.
  • The thinking behind behavioral economics is not new. It’s just called something different today.

About our Guest

Mark DiMassimo

Mark DiMassimo is the Founder and Creative Chief of DiGo (DiMassimo Goldstein), the industry-leading agency in Positive Behavior Change marketing, which he founded in 1996 in New York City and has appeared on Inc's list of America's fastest-growing private companies four times and been named an Adweek Gold Best Agency. DiMassimo's ideas and creative work have helped build dozens of major brands that are pioneers in their respective categories. He was named a “Future 50 CEO” by SmartCEO magazine four years in a row, was profiled in the New York Times bestselling book, "Leadership Secrets of the World's Most Successful CEOs," and his work has won numerous Effie Awards from the American Marketing Association, among a slew of other awards for excellence in advertising creativity.

Meet the Hosts

Cyndi Greenglass

Cyndi W. Greenglass is a founding partner and president at Livingston Strategies, a data-informed, strategic consulting firm that helps clients develop, execute, and measure their customer communications with a close focus on results. Cyndi has razor-sharp strategic skills matched by impeccable on-the-ground savvy and tactical abilities. She is an Adjunct Instructor in the Data Marketing Communications online master's degree program from West Virginia University.

Greenglass has twice been named into the Top 100 Influential BTB Marketers by Crain’s BtoB Magazine and was the 2012 CADM Chicago Direct Marketer of the Year. She is a member of the Board of Advisors for BRAND United and has taught, trained and presented at over 50 conferences throughout the world.

Ruth Stevens

Ruth P. Stevens consults on customer acquisition and retention, for business-to-business clients. Ruth serves on the boards of directors of the HIMMS Media Group, and the Business Information Industry Association. She is a trustee of Princeton-In-Asia, past chair of the Business-to-Business Council of the DMA, and past president of the Direct Marketing Club of New York.

Ruth was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Marketing by Crain’s BtoB magazine, and one of 20 Women to Watch by the Sales Lead Management Association. She serves as a mentor to fledgling companies at the ERA business accelerator in New York City.

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