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SUBSCRIPTION FATIGUE – AN EXPENSIVE HEADACHE

As more and more businesses have turned to a subscription-based model in recent years, we’re all starting to feel the effects. And what we’re calling these effects? Subscription fatigue. 

 

Subscription fatigue starts to occur when you have more subscriptions than fingers. Sure, some subscriptions you love and use daily. But then you have others, like the one only you only planned on having for two weeks to watch that one show, but now, two years later, your free trial is long expired and you still haven’t gotten around to unsubscribing. 

 

You don’t know what you’re paying for, what your passwords are or who is using your accounts. You just know the bottom line on your bank statement is taking a hit from them. 

But, this problem doesn’t just exist at home. It’s happening at work too.

Does this sound familiar?

Working from home? Zoom. 

Virtual office chat room? Slack. 

Ready to automate? Zapier. 

Appointment scheduler? SimplyBook.me.

This list of band-aid solutions goes on and on… & the problem with having a subscription for this and a subscription for that? 

 

Well, there’s more than one. Here’s the top 3:

1. It’s more costly than you’d expect

One minute it’s, “$10 a month? Cheap as chips, sign me up!” The next minute, the price has upped to $12p/m. This repeats until you have 10 different single-use apps, and suddenly you’ve capped out the max number of users on each of them and need to upgrade all of your plans.

2. Bringing people in (and out) of your organisation is painful

Does each user have their own login for these accounts? Meaning you need to manually kick them off the subscription when they leave? Or are you using a shared account? This means that when people leave, they can still access company data. Unless you remember to change the password each time, for each application. Wow, we hope you don’t have a transient workforce!

3. Lack of integration 

All these applications are great, but are they… talking to each other? For example, does your appointment scheduler automatically know when you’re already busy, or can it double book you? 

Did you know that your primary office stack, whether you’re using Microsoft 365 or Google Workspaces, has applications that will cater for all of your virtual meetings, chatting, automation and booking needs (and a lot more!)?

Are they as good? Let’s keep things real – not always! A single-use application is likely to have a lot more features on offer. But let’s be realistic – how many of these features are you ACTUALLY using? 

 

But the advantages of using your existing office applications?

1. No extra costs

Most of the time they are included in the office subscriptions you’re already paying for, meaning you don’t have to sign up for a bunch of extras. Subscription fatigue – gone!

2. Bringing people in and out is easy

You, and your employees, only need to remember one password (and turn on your MFA of course!). That way, it’s as simple as adding or cancelling one user when someone enters or leaves your organisation (or asking your IT provider to do it!).

3. Integration, integration, integration!

If you’re keeping all your applications within one office stack, these applications will talk to each other. Imagine your bookings going straight into your calendar, or receiving a notification on your desktop when it’s time to follow up with a customer. 

At Myrtec, we empower our customers to save money, take ownership and gain visibility over their IT systems. Jump on board with a FLEX Agreement today. 

So, there you have it – subscription fatigue. If it’s an issue at home, don’t bring it to work too. 

 

Speak to an IT Provider who isn’t willing to sell you a bunch of software because they know “the best available”. Speak to us, where we exclusively recommend services in YOUR best interest.