Welcome to the 2nd Dover ACES update. Thanks for the feedback from last week. It was all very positive.
Many people have contacted me to discuss pricing for the ACES program. It is as if you are all financial advisers or something!
[UPDATE JANUARY 2017: THE ACTUAL PRICE BEING CHARGED FOR aces IS JUST $430 PLUS gst PER MONTH. THAT’S 14% LESS THAN WE INITIALLY PROPOSED. WE WERE ABLE TO ACHIEVE SOME FURTHER EFFICIENCIES, AND AGREED TO EAT BAKED BEANS FOR BREAKFAST LUNCH AND TEA).
We are anticipating a price per practice of $500 plus GST per month. We think this is pretty good, as we know that a website alone can cost upwards of $4,000 and the annual cost of hosting and updating can be almost that much again. The cheapest newsletter service we could find was almost $1,000 per year – and it definitely looked like the cheapest newsletter service we could find.
$500 per month will be well below (less than half) what you would pay if you were to buy the ACES services separately – bearing in mind that you simply can’t buy some of them separately.
There are a few other things to note about pricing:
- The service will be opt-in and you can choose to take up only some parts of the package.
- That said, the monthly fee will be the same regardless of how many features you use. It gets way too fiddly if we try to break up what is already a very low price.
- Billing is currently estimated to commence from 1 July 2017. It may commence before that, but only if everything about the program is fully in place having been fully tested. [UPDATE JANUARY 2017: BILLING COMMENCES IN FEBRUARY 2017, AS THE PROGRAM IS FULLY OPERATIONAL. OBVIOUSLY, PEOPLE WHO SUBSCRIBE AFTER THAT DATE ONLY START PAYING FROM THE DATE OF THEIR SUBSCRIPTION]
- Billing for ACES will be separate to Dover fees. Dover ACES will also offer 365 day terms.
- Subscribers to ACES will have the Dover fee held steady until at least 1 July 2019.
- The ACES fee will not rise for the same period.
As we say, the service will be opt in. Our plan is to make the package so effective it would be financial madness not to use it. We truly intend for this program to make money for you. We want to be providing this service for ten years, not ten minutes.
You will also be able to withdraw during the first three months of operation without having to pay invoices that apply to that period. Effectively, you get a money-back guarantee (except you won’t have given us any money yet so there will be nothing to give back!)
So, basically, you get to try the package with no risk. You pay if you like the package and want to keep using it.
Keep an eye out for the next Dover update.