Oct 29, 2022 2 min read

Outpost has Gift Subscriptions for Ghost

Painting of an astronaut giving a gift to a ghost in space

Sometimes a supporter will love your work so much they want to gift a subscription to someone they think will love you too. Outpost built features to support and manage gift subscriptions, including autoresponder messages to do the work of communication for you.

You can set a gift subscription price, gift subscription renewal price for the person who gave the gift subscription, and special offer for people with gift subscriptions that expire. You can also let subscribers buy a gift subscription ahead of time, for a birthday or holiday, and have the gift subscription start on that day.

Doing gift subscriptions on your own is very complicated, so let Outpost handle it all, from thank you notes to the gift subscription buyer, notifications when a scheduled gift subscription is sent, and a comprehensive system for handling when gift subscriptions are about to expire. That includes ways to let the gift giver give again, or to let the gift recipient to pay for their own extension.

This works seamelessly with Stripe, and both gift givers and gift receivers are labeled in Ghost. That way you can easily see all the people who have given gift subscriptions, and all the people that have been given gift subscriptions, and if you want you can write either group directly from Ghost.

Screenshot of Gift Subscription button
Outpost's Gift Subscription Button

When someone clicks that button, they're taken here:

Screenshot of giving a gift subscription

Stripe makes the process painless:

Screenshot of Stripe payment
Screenshot of confirmation page after giving a gift subscription
We'll use the name of the recipient where it says "your bestie"

Outpost will handle notifying the gift recipient, welcoming them to your world with your preset Autoresponder messages. When the gift subscription is coming to an end, we'll notify the gift giver first to see if they want to give more time. If they decline, we'll notify the recipient and give them options to renew.

Ryan Singel
Ryan Singel
Ryan Singel is the co-founder of Outpost. He's a former journalist for Wired, the co-founder of online recommendation company Contextly, and a Fellow at Stanford's Center for Internet and Society.
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