We just recently completed our Annual Membership Beta with a handful of creators. In order to make sure we reduce the operational risk (fraud, credit card disputes) from annual membership for creators, we will be slowly rolling out of the feature.
The following criteria below must be met to be eligible for Annual Membership. We'll be working hard to make it available to everyone as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!
Charge up front
Because Annual Membership locks in the full year’s value of a patron’s pledge upfront, it’s only available to CUF creators. Read more about switching to CUF, to see if this requirement for annual memberships works for you and your patrons.
Because Annual Membership is based on a monthly billing cadence (patrons pay for 12 months), creators will need to charge patrons monthly in order to be eligible. Read more about switching to Monthly billing here.
Creators will need to have an established payment history on Patreon. Due to the operational risk (fraud, credit card disputes) of a larger payment, we need to ensure creators have a solid history of payments on Patreon before they are eligible. Based on medium and location, this criteria may be subject to more restriction.
The sections below will outline key details about this payment schedule, including: how annual memberships work, refunding annual patrons, and how annual memberships will look on your earnings reports. Feel free to skip ahead if you know what you’re looking for by clicking the links below, or take a deep dive from the beginning:
- Setting up Annual Memberships and setting your annual discount
- Patrons switching from monthly to annual
Patrons can start their annual membership at any point, and their annual membership will automatically renew on the 1st of the month after 12 months from their initial join date have passed.
- Once you’ve set your discount percentage, scroll up and click
- Will joins your tier at $28.80 for an annual membership on May 3rd, 2020. Will populates in your
Letting your patrons know
Post Title/Subject Line: Pledge annually and save!
You can now choose to pay for Patreon on an annual basis. It’s a great way to show your support to me, and in return you’ll get a discount of [x months free] when you do. In addition to reducing transaction fees, you’ll help me create quality content faster and reduce the chance your credit card declines in the future. Optional: Lock in this discount now before it ends!
For existing patrons the following steps will help you switch over your pledge to annual.
New patrons, visit my Patreon page where you’ll see the option below the “Join” button of your chosen tier.
Check out this help center article if you have any questions about how it works.
Now is a great time to join my Patreon, where you can get [x months free] when you pledge annually! Check it out here [link to creator page].