Indie record label GroupUP Music was looking for a new way to connect with its fans. With concerts and festivals on hold, they were missing ample opportunities to get their latest releases and new artists in front of an audience.
Two things they had going for them was a passionate community and a killer lineup of artists like Michelle Willis, Mark Lettieri and Grammy-winning band Snarky Puppy. So they decided to turn to something old, and made it new: a record club.
Each month, GroundUP sends subscribers a limited-edition "Postcard Newsletter" linked to an AR concert video, exclusive download, behind-the-scenes videos and a message from on of the artists on their roster. It's a record club for the 21st century.
According to GroundUP, the services has been a great way to generate buzz–and some additional revenue. Snarky Puppy sells its subscription for $10 per month–considerably more than the cost of the postcard. What fans are really paying for is the exclusive digital content.
Each postcard features a QR code that links the subscriber to the GroundUP portal on Plynth. From there, a fan must have the postcard in hand to scan it and unlock the experience. The URL remains hidden throughout the experience, which means fans can share it with anyone else–unless they have the postcard.
This exclusivity is important to GroundUP, and to the fans. Plynth makes sure that the fans feel like they're getting something special, unique and limited edition.
The subscription service has grown over word of mouth in the six months since GroundUP started it, and fans art sticking around–only 2% of fans drop off each month, which is considerably lower than comparable subscription products.
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