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5 best practices for pricing your memberships 💸

Knowing how to price your work when you've been creating it for free can be a challenge. Here are the 5 main tips we mention every time we talk to creators.

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📋 (Opens in a new window) Still thinking about membership? Here's our PDF list of 10 questions you should ask your followers to gauge their interest. (Opens in a new window)

1. Aim to attract annual members. 📆

Annual memberships have the advantage of guaranteeing you an income for at least a year. You can either: 

  1. Offer only annual memberships  OR

  2. Set the prices of the monthly plans 20% higher than the annual plans.

 People cancel their memberships most in the first 3 months, so it is advisable to secure a year-long commitment.

💡 Read more on how to get the most out of annual memberships. (Opens in a new window)

2. Begin with one plan, gauge audience uptake, and then add more plans. 👩‍🔬👨‍🔬

Note: once you have your first paying member, you cannot change the price of a plan. 

3. After you’ve successfully launched one plan, aim for 3 plans. ✅

Members are more likely to gravitate to the most moderate option out of 3: this is called middle option bias

Our experience shows that having three plans increases conversion probability by 50%. 

4. Set the annual price for the middle tier very close to the monthly price for the lowest tier. 💶

This way people will feel that for a similar price, they get something extra for their money—and it attracts annual members (see #1).

5. Consider allowing guest access on your highest tiered plan.

Guest access (Opens in a new window) lets members give memberships to friends and family. A great referral mechanism, and no extra work from you. 👯

💡Find out more about what benefits to offer here.  (Opens in a new window)

Case study: BRICKS Magazine 🧱

Bricks magazine offers the biggest discount on annual membership on their middle tier plan (20%), incentivising members to choose this option. 

The only additional benefit they offer on their highest tier is granting guest access.

Bricks Magazine membership plan pricing

Here’s how to set prices when not offering extra benefits 📊

It's possible to set up memberships that are based purely on support for you as a creator. In this case, create different tiers that describe your needs as a creator. 

For instance, “By buying plan A, you help us pay for X"; "By purchasing plan B, you help us cover all the expenses for Y". 

Extra credit

📋 Ask your followers these 10 questions before pricing your membership programme. (PDF). (Opens in a new window)

⚡ Get inspired by your fellow Steady creators’ plan structures on Steady’s
Discover page. (Opens in a new window) 

📑 For guidance on how to set up your plans, read this Help Centre article. (Opens in a new window) 

🚀Ready to launch? Let’s go! (Opens in a new window)

Topic Growth & Monetisation