Paywall designs and best practices are always evolving. Here are 3 paywall trends we’re keeping an eye on in 2023.
The Honest Paywall was popularized by Blinkist as a way to improve conversion to paid plans. This style of paywall utilizes a timeline to help users understand when they will get charged. You can use an honest paywall to help answer questions about the trial. In addition, honest paywalls help buyers feel more comfortable with starting a trial.
The typical honest paywall has 3 timeline events: start of trial, reminder event, and end of trial.
The “Start of Trial” or “Today” event is a way to highlight the features the user is unlocking with their trial right now. The “Reminder” event refers either to the system reminder emails sent by Apple and Google or the emails and/or SMS reminders your system sends to users. Finally, the “End of Trial” event tells the user when they will be charged unless they cancel.
See more examples of the Honest Paywall in the Nami paywall gallery.
A free trial toggle is a toggle that activates a trial offer on the product. A paywall with a free trial toggle typically has 1 product, such as an annual product, and defaults to no free trial. But with a click, the user can activate a trial.
These trials can increase conversion by making users feel like they are getting a good deal and encouraging users to test before they commit.
In our Paywall Placement Best Practices blog post, we discussed the importance of a focused paywall that launches right after onboarding. This paywall typically only has 1 product and might utilize a free trial timeline.
However, this 1 product might not appeal to all users, especially if they aren’t ready to commit to an annual purchase. To help highlight other purchasing options, paywalls are adding a ‘View all plans’ button that opens a second page or drawer with additional subscription options.
Utilizing some of these paywall trends can help you gain subscribers and improve conversion. Get started creating paywalls like these using Nami’s no-code paywall creator.
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