Would you pay for an ad-free version of X?
Hot on the heels of reports that Meta may be considering an ad-free subscription option for its apps, X may also be exploring the same as part of its next push to incentivize X Premium take-up better.
Among the various options for X Premium accounts, some tags relate to “Half ads in For You,” which is a current subscriber benefit, and “No ads in For You,” seemingly a new option.
It needs to be clarified what all of these tags relate to. Still, the speculation is that this could be a new subscription option, with X potentially charging a different rate for users to cull ads from their main timeline entirely in favor of the monthly fee.
Which, if X were to go ahead with it, would likely be more expensive than the current $US8 X Premium offering.
Based on internal insights, X currently generates around $US12 per user per month based on ad exposure alone. In order for an ad-free version of X Premium to be viable.
It would need to charge at least that, while for every person that signs up, it would also reduce its ad space, shifting this calculation dependent on overall interest and take-up.
But it could be an option. If X charged, say, $20 per month for an ad-free version, then $8 for a lesser package, that could see take-up and provide another way for X to make more money from subscriptions without impacting its ad business.
Because it likely would not see major uptake, and maybe that would add another avenue for its verification program, it would get more people signing up for a blue tick, aligning with both its revenue and bot-battling goals for the program.
What is X hoping for its verified program?
X is hoping that it can get enough people to sign up for its verified program to make it a bot deterrent. Right now, bot peddlers can easily make thousands of profiles in the app and use them for whatever purpose they choose.
But, if all the real human users were verified and paid a small amount each month to use the app, then it would make bot creation more expensive.
Meanwhile, you would also be able to tell the bots from real people simply by checking for a blue tick.
Conceptually, the proposal makes sense, but the current X Premium offering is not overly appealing to the vast majority of users. It is the reason why only around 0.5% of X’s overall user base is currently paying to use the app.
At those levels, it is not anywhere close to working as a bot detector, but maybe if X can sweeten the deal and provide more incentives to more users, the program can still play a bigger role in the app’s broader reformation push.
And in this context, an ad-free option makes sense.
What is the part of the problem with the current X premium offering?
Part of the problem with the current X Premium offering is that almost all of the incentives are geared towards people who post a lot in the app. As X has acknowledged, around 80% of its user base doesn’t ever post or engage; they only come to the platform to read the latest updates.
As such, they are unlikely to pay $8 per month for features that they will never use. But no ads? That is another angle to consider.
What does Musk say about its low-priced version of X-premium?
Musk also recently flagged that a new, lower-priced version of X Premium is coming soon as part of its broader verification push, and X may be looking to add various tiers to the program in order to align with different user groups.
And with more new features becoming subscriber-exclusives, it is clear that X is not giving up on subscriptions as a key way forward for the app.
One way or another, it seems that X Premium is going to get a shake-up sometime soon as it looks to boost its subscriber intake.
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