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Digital Products - Subscription Licence Sales

A single Digital Product purchased by a third party subscriber or licencee, to grant access to one or more of their users, for a contracted period. [Available to Business Media and ROI sectors only]


 

Principles

1. The single Digital Product is purchased by a third party subscriber or licencee

2. The Digital Product must be defined

3. Reported by average price

4. You may report optional metrics


Requirements 

1. The single Digital Product is purchased by a third party subscriber or licencee
  1. There must be a contractual arrangement between the publisher and the subscriber or licencee for a defined period.

  2. A Subscription Licence Sale is defined as one transaction with a subscriber or licencee (granting access to the product for one or more users).

  3. If sold as part of a bundle and the price paid for the Digital Product is not clear, a bundle sale must be reported separately from stand-alone sales of the Digital Product.

  4. You must be able to provide evidence of each sale claimed, the number of users (if applicable), the contracted period and the price paid.

  5. Digital Product claims must be audited by ABC Staff Auditors.

2. The Digital Product must be defined
  1. By product name.

  2. By a product type/description that appropriately describes the product certified. For example: restricted access website.

3. Reported by average price
  1. The Reporting Period will be a whole calendar month or any combination of consecutive calendar months (up to a maximum of 12). Note: Any Reporting Period must fall within the period covered by the relevant Brand or Group Report.  

4. You may report optional metrics
  1.  You may additionally report the number of users. The number of users reported for a particular Subscription Licence Sale may be either:

    1. The number stated in the contract; or

    2. Based on actual access/usage by the user(s). If using this method this must be based on unique activity and therefore be de-duplicated between users/browsers for each month.


Reporting

You will report Digital Products - Subscription Licence Sales as follows, which will be reported on the Brand or Group Report: 

  1. The Reporting Period

  2. By Digital Product, including name and product type/description. For example: Business Magazine News, Online weekly magazine or website.

  3. By the average number of Subscription Licence Sales and average price paid in the Reporting Period, calculated as follows:

    1. Identify the number of Subscription Licence Sales that are live on the last day of each month in the Reporting Period and the total revenue for these Subscription Licence Sales.

    2. Aggregate these and calculate the average number of Subscription Licence Sales and average price paid in the Reporting Period.

      1. If you are reporting Subscription Licence Sales as being sold as part of a bundle (of 2 or more products) then you will report the average bundle price and a statement that the average is a bundle price will be included. 

    3. See example below

  4. If opting to report them, the number of users associated with the Subscription Licence Sales reported, calculated using the same method detailed in (3) above.

    1. See example below 

Example: Two month Reporting Period

 JanuaryFebruaryTotalAverage (to be reported)
No. of Subscription Licence Sales live on last day of month 10 20 30 Number: 15  (30/2 months)
Total Revenue £500 £820 £1,320 Price: £44    (1,320/30 subs)
No. of users (for Subscription Licence Sales live on last day of month) 60 90 150 Users: 75    (150/2 months)

Guidance

No additional guidance.

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