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iTunes Connect Dashboard Expands Sales & Trends for Subscriptions

Gabe Kwakyi | September 13, 2016

Feature Image Credit: Help.Apple.com

In a September 13th update, Apple is now adding more data to its iTunes Connect dashboard in order to support its push for developers to monetize more apps through subscription revenue.

The new additions take place in Sales and Trends Reporting and allow developers to view more information on subscriptions, from active customers to cancellations to growth and top subscription products.

Data points from the report include:

  • The number of active subscriptions, which counts both pre-existing subscribers and new subscribers on a particular date.
  • A count of daily subscription units.
  • A count of daily subscription sales.
There are a variety of ways in which you can use these reports. For example, you can:
  • Analyze your push campaign effectiveness for increasing the number of new subscription signups (pre-post).
  • Cross-reference your new user acquisition reports with new subscriptions to determine whether you're acquiring quality users and what the lag time in subscribing is.
  • Diagnose the overall health of your subscription volume and, with a daily/weekly/monthly revenue goal, determine when you need to turn up your marketing activities to increase subscription cashflows.
itunes connect dashboard sales and trends subscription

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  • Subscription activity, listing a count of the individual subscription events per day including:
    • New subscribers
    • Renewals
    • Reactivations (users who cancelled and returned)
    • Refunds
    • Cancellations
  • The number of active free trials.
  • A breakdown, per month of conversion rates per subscriptions and trials, along with average rates over the past 12 months.
You can use these reports to determine how well your optimization activities are doing in terms of improving the conversion rate of both free and paid subscriptions. Track the dates on which your activities (such as promoting free trials, running remarketing campaigns or implementing a push or in-app notifications system) are occurring and then compare the conversion rate pre-and-post the start date of your optimization activities.

itunes connect dashboard subscription activity

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  • A subscription cohort analysis, showing active subscriptions by starting week, stretching back from the current week. This report is useful for determining the lifetime length of subscriptions, which helps when calculating the lifetime value of your customer (LTV is a must-know number in order to scale effectively, especially when running paid marketing campaigns). You can also use this report to determine how your subscription optimization efforts are doing, similar to the prior conversion rate report, yet this time in terms of total length of each subscription.
itunes connect dashboard subscription report - active by start week

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  • Subscription revenue (by dollar and percentage of the total) of users over time, segmented into those who have been subscribed for over or under 1 year, when Apple's cut of revenues swaps from 30% to 15%. This report is useful for determining how much of your subscription revenue is being earned by higher margin > 1 year users.
itunes connect dashboard subscription report - revenue growth

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  • A list of the top subscriptions for a developer account, by app and subscription name with a count of active subscription and active free trials. Use this report to determine which subscription products are performing better than others in terms of total conversions and free trials. Two other useful data points that can be calculated from this report include:
    • Determining the importance of a trial in producing a full subscription for each individual subscription by dividing the number of trials by active subscriptions (as applicable)
    • Determining whether free trials lead to more subscriptions in general by segmenting subscriptions into "offers free trial" and "does not offer free trial," and summing the total subscriptions for each segment.itunes connect dashboard top subscriptions report
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Apple is also offering a couple new reports for developers and marketers, including:
  1. Subscriptions – higher-level, audience or market data such as active subscriptions by country or subscription ID.
  2. Subscription Events – a more detailed view within individual subscriptions such as days before cancellation, cancellation reason and days cancelled.
Lastly for those inclined, Apple will provide access to pull reports from a command-line tool.

The Bottom Line: Apple continues expanding the iTunes Connect dashboard, now empowering developers and marketers with more data on subscriptions, hoping to boost the amount of recurring revenue and offset declining hardware sales.

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