Reactivate Subscriptions with Prepayments and Service Credits

Sometimes customer subscriptions need to be reinstated after being cancelled. Instead of creating a brand new subscription, our reactivation functionality allows you to reinstate a subscription with the following options: 

  • Start a New Billing Period
  • Resume Billing Period
  • Collect Any Outstanding Balances 
  • Include Trialing Period 

In addition to those listed above, we are excited to announce that our Product Team has added new options for you to adjust how this reactivation gets paid by allowing for Service Credits and Prepayments to be selected. 

When this option is selected, any Service Credits and Prepayments on the subscription will be applied to the reactivation charge before attempting to use the customers' payment profile. 

For more information on reactivating a subscription, see our documentation here>

Updating Invoices with Customer Record Changes

Sending an invoice with incorrect customer information causes pain for both your end-customer and your team through added confusion, delays in payment, and possible brand damage. With Chargify, you never have to send an invoice with outdated customer information due to our latest enhancements to invoices in the UI!
 
As you produce new invoices in-app, you will now see an indicator on every open invoice letting you know if the customer information has changed since the invoice was issued. If your customer information has been changed, there is a clickable link for you to select so you can review the changes we detected and apply them to the invoice.

For more information on updating invoices, see our documentation here>


A/R Export Enhancements

As your company scales, having the ability to effectively reconcile your invoices becomes critical in servicing your customers, detecting fraud, and saving time and money on costly errors. Chargify's Accounts Receivable report breaks down outstanding balances into invoiced amounts, payments, and refunds. To provide more intricate detail for your finance and accounting teams, we are excited to announce a new export option to the A/R report!  

The Invoice Application Detail export will allow you to select an Invoice Issue Date option. The date range will give you a snapshot of your invoices for a particular period of time and their exact status relative to a payment. In addition to including all invoices, regardless of paid status, it will also show their respective refunds, credits, and applied payments. The ability to reconcile invoices has never been easier!

For more information on the Accounts Receivable report, see our documentation here>

Backdating Issue Date on Ad-hoc Invoices

We understand that charges can occur outside of a normal billing cycle and therefore provide the functionality for you to send ad-hoc or one-time invoices. Many customers utilize ad-hoc invoices to sell services or items on a non-recurring basis to their customer base. We are excited to announce that our Product Team has made some exciting developments to these types of invoices! You can now backdate ad-hoc invoices using both the UI and API. 

If performing this in the UI, you go under Subscriptions > Invoices > Create an Invoice. There is a new input field for Issue Date in the top right of the ad-hoc invoice within the UI. The issue date will be set by default to the current date. In order to back date the issue date, you will use the date selector functionality by clicking into the Issue Date input field.

Alternatively, you can also backdate the issue date via the API with the "Create an Invoice Endpoint". If no issue date parameter is passed, then the issue date will default to the current date. If you desire to back date, you can simply pass an issue_date parameter of any date in the past.

The primary use case for backdating ad-hoc invoices is when you experience a delay in issuing an ad-hoc invoice but would still like for the invoice to be due at the same time it would have been had there been no delay. As an example, one-off usage is incurred but not charged until 7 days later and you want the due_date to reflect your standard net terms of 15 days. In this case, you could back date the ad-hoc invoice to the day the usage was incurred and set the due_date to Day 15.

For more information on backdating the issue date on ad-hoc invoices, see our documentation here>

Navigation Bar Enhancements

Our Product Design Team has been hard at work after receiving feedback from our customers! We are excited to announce some enhancements to the Chargify UI:
  • Search is now front and center and easy to get to
  • Quick actions are clearer and now under the “Create” button
  • Site switcher now shows subdomain alongside the site mode
These enhancements were made to improve the navigation in-app to make things easier to find. If you would like to provide any feedback, please reach out to your dedicated Customer Success Manager or support@chargify.com.

Finance Report Enhancement

Tracking your monthly performance in terms of total sales provides you and your team a pulse on your revenue flow that can help identify growth opportunities and trends. Chargify's Finance Report provides monthly totals of your Total Billed, Payments, and Expected Payments. It breaks down Total Billed into Sales, Discounts, Taxes, and Credits.
 
To more closely align with the data presented, we are excited to announce a modification to the report terminology. In both the UI and exports, the Revenue fields have been updated to Total Billed less Tax as the report measures sales performance based on billed amount.

For more information on the Finance Report, see our documentation here


Proforma Triggers

Proforma invoices allows for proactive communication to your customers by providing a preview of their upcoming expected billing amounts, taking away any surprises once their subscription renews. Thanks to feedback from our existing customers taking advantage of proforma invoices, we have added some exciting functionality by announcing new proforma invoice triggers!

These triggers will allow for a proforma invoice to automatically be generated on set intervals of a subscription billing cycle. These triggers will allow you to select if you want the proforma invoice automatically sent to your customer at generation. For your annual subscribers, this will provide insight into what their invoice will look like 2, 4, 6 months (or whatever time interval you choose) out from their renewal.

For more information on proforma triggers, see our documentation here>


Proforma Invoices for Subscription Groups

Proforma invoices are an easy way to provide your customers with a preview of the upcoming charges and/or renewal of their subscription(s). After receiving valuable feedback from our users of proforma, we are happy to announce the extension of this functionality to Subscription Groups. 

You can now view and generate a proforma invoice prior to a group's next billing period, keeping you and the customer up-to-date on all of their consolidated subscriptions. If changes need to be made, just make the adjustments to the subscription and regenerate the proforma invoice with the new pricing. 

For more information on Proforma Invoices for Subscription Groups, see our documentation here>

Subscription Group Enhancements

Simplifying your customers billing is a necessary step in providing a delightful experience with your product. At Chargify, we love knowing our Subscriptions Group functionality provides an easy way to bill your customers when they have multiple subscriptions by consolidating invoices. We are excited to share a few enhancements to Subscription Groups, all thanks to the valuable feedback we have received from our customers! 

Chargify users will now be able to manage service credits and prepayments on the subscription group level, instead of the individual level. Additionally, users can now update the group payers payment profile and cancel an entire subscription group with one action. We hope this will save you time and energy in managing your customers' multiple subscriptions. 

For more information on these Subscription Group enhancements, see our documentation here>

New Default Payment Profiles

Maintaining great relationships with your end customers oftentimes starts out with the way you bill them. By utilizing online and public invoices through Chargify, you can provide a seamless experience for your end customer to pay you. As many of you already take advantage of this feature, your customers can access their invoice online from an automated email or from your team by copying the link from the Chargify interface under "More Options" when viewing the invoice. 

We are excited to announce a new feature to the UI of these public invoices! Your customers now have the option to save their Credit Card by making it their default payment moving forward. This will prevent your customer from providing their credit card information the next time they pay their invoice, by selecting the one that is already on file. 

For more information on online and public invoices, see our documentation here>


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