Improvements to Product Catalog Navigation

Our Product Team has made some exciting new changes to Chargify's User Interface (UI) after collecting some feedback from our customer base! Although these changes are minor, the enhancements we made to the Product Catalog layout will look different than what you have been used to. 

We have now added pagination to the top of the Product Catalog to make it easier for you to navigate your product catalog across multiple pages, allowing you to scroll to the right page in your catalog. We have also added a 'Back' link to the Product, Component, and Coupon Details views such that after working with a particular product item, you are taken back to the same page in the catalog. 

This will make it easier to make several edits to products, components, and coupons in the same product family. For more information on managing products in Chargify, see our documentation here>

Salesforce: Calendar Billing

The way you bill your customers is essential to running your business. Many of our customers today take advantage of Chargify's built-in Calendar Billing functionality, allowing them to choose the specific day of the month their subscribers should be billed on, not the day they signed up for your product and/or service. For example, you may want all of your customers' subscriptions to renew on the first of the month. 

The goal with our CRM integrations is to mirror your Chargify environment as much as possible to provide your teams a seamless experience to sell and manage subscriptions. Because of this, we are excited to announce that we have extended Calendar Billing to our native Salesforce integration. When creating a Subscription via the Subscription Wizard, you can configure the subscription to be Calendar Billed on the specific day of the month you choose. 

For more information on how Calendar Billing works, see our documentation here>

Applying Recurring Coupons to Mid-Period Allocations

Providing enticing offers and discounts to your customers can help build long-term relationships for your business. We are excited to launch new functionality around coupons and discounting that increases flexibility in how you manage your coupons, discounts, and promotions with Chargify!

You now have the option of whether recurring coupons should apply to mid-period invoices when an allocation changes for the following components:

  • On/Off Components
  • Quantity-Based Components

Previously, these "mid-period allocations" would automatically apply any recurring coupons. Merchants who use recurring flat dollar amount coupons will find this feature useful since they typically will not want the coupon to be applied more than a certain number of uses. Further, for use cases that are less common, merchants will also be able to have their percentage-based recurring coupons not apply to mid-period allocations.

For more information on applying recurring coupons, see our documentation here>

Happy 1 Year Anniversary! Events-Based Billing at Chargify

It’s time to celebrate! Events-Based Billing was launched one year ago, and we are thrilled to see the value it is bringing many of our customers. Events-Based Billing is the future of usage-based and metered billing, allowing for the most complex SaaS billing models to take form.Since its initial launch, we have received lots of feedback and have made enhancements:
  • Introduced Multi-Attribute Rating
  • Invoice Template Updates 
Multi-Attribute Rating allows you to dynamically create segments from your events and define targeted pricing for each segment. This  enables increased price flexibility and invoice clarity, which in turn, prevents catalog bloat.

The invoice template was updated to clearly outline how your customers are charged for the value they receive. A new “Usage Details” section is included at the bottom of the invoice detailing both the amount consumed and unique price for each applied rate. 

With Events-Based Billing, your customers see exactly what they’re being billed for, even in the most complex pricing scenarios. Your applications’ usage data is ingested by Chargify in real time, allowing you to offer the ultimate customer-centric billing model. To learn how to start using Events-Based Billing today, please contact Chargify Support or your Customer Success Manager. 

For more information on Events-Based Billing, see our documentation here>

Links Available to Individual Segments on Consolidated Invoice

Many of our customers use consolidated invoices to simplify their customers’ bills when they have multiple subscriptions. The beauty of these consolidated invoices is that each subscription listed in the group generates an “invoice segment”. Previously, you had to go through a couple of steps to locate the individual segments that make up a consolidated invoice. 

Our UI now allows you to locate the individual segments on a consolidated invoice by directly linking to the member invoice for easy access. For example, if you have a customer with 10 subscriptions, the consolidated invoice would group this into 1. You are able to click into the “1 grouped subscription” to see the member invoices associated. 

For more information on Invoice Hierarchy, see our documentation here>

New Way to Stream Data into Chargify for Events-Based Billing

Event-driven architectures are crucial for enabling real-time, personalized product experiences and we believe they are the future of modern B2B SaaS applications. For organizations that are already events-based, we’ve introduced a simpler method to send data to Chargify via our Kafka Inbound Cluster. From there, you can use this data to build complex, value-based pricing models which charge your customers for exactly what they use—linking the value you provide to the invoice they receive.

For more information on streaming data from Kafka-based event pipelines to Chargify for Events-Based Billing, see our documentation here>

Enhanced UI for Customer and Organization Field Displays

Having options for detailing your customer records enables you to align the information in Chargify with how you manage your business. We know from our own customers, that some manage their business relationships on an individual contact level, while others manage via the organization level. 

Chargify now differentiates your customers as an organization or an individual contact. If you have populated the organization field for any customer, this information is now prominently displayed in many locations, including: 
  • Subscription Index
  • Subscription Record
  • Customer Index
  • Customer Record
If you do not use the Organization field in Chargify, the contact on the customer record will continue to be displayed. For more information on these changes, see our documentation here>

Partial Payment on Consolidated Invoice

Invoice consolidation improves the experience of your customer by combining multiple subscriptions into one invoice to be paid in a single transaction. Historically, your customers had to pay for the full amount on the consolidated invoice. Now your customers have the option to make a partial payment against the different subscriptions. 

For example, if your customer has 10 subscriptions that were $10 each, the consolidated invoice is $100. Previously, your customer would have to pay the $100 towards the invoice. You can now have the customer make a partial payment toward the invoice, for instance a $50 payment against it. It will spread the payment out over the different subscriptions and show a $50 balance due. 

For more information on Invoice Consolidation, see our documentation here

View ‘Other’ Open Invoices on New Invoices

Being able to customize your invoices by adding important information beyond the billed amount is value-add to your subscribers to keep them in the know of what they’re consuming. On top of being able to display unit price, quantities, date ranges, subtotals and $0 product line items, you now have the option to display an ‘Other’ balance. 

This option will display the total due on any existing payable invoices for said subscription at the point the new invoice was issued. In addition, there will also be a list of all invoices which were outstanding and the individual amounts that were due at the time of issuance. So for instance, if your customer did not pay their January bill, and the February invoice has been issued, the February invoice will show the past January balance as past due.

For more information on line item elements for Chargify invoices, see our documentation here>

Multi-Attribute Pricing on Events-Based Billing

Charging based on value is something we believe strongly in and are excited to announce that you can get even more granular with how you price and bill based on events. Previously, it was possible to bill on events and then vary the price based on 2 additional pieces of data (or attributes). This has now been updated to 4. 

For example, if you were billing based on messages sent through your platform, you could track "origin", "destination", "message type", and "data size" in addition to configuring different rates for every permutation of those attributes.  

Try Events-Based Billing today and see for yourself the sophisticated granularity you can achieve with it. For more information on Events-Based Billing, see our documentation here>

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