Ok, this will be a long post.
Bubeat is providing business metrics and that includes but it’s not just payment related info. I’m aware that for anyone seeing it, Bubeat (Bb) is basically like ChartMogul without the one click setup, however, my long term vision for Bb is to provide any type of useful business metric (including acquisition costs for example) and clearly a lot of that info isn’t found in a PP or a billing system.
As a short example if you look at https://hubstaff.baremetrics.com/dashboard , in the ‘Other Revenue’ indicator you’ll see a very long list of numbers without any meaning. If you look at Bb’s “Other Revenue” you’ll see a nice table with the name of charges, volume, percentage of total, amount i.e you get more useful information from Bb than from Baremetrics (BM). Why? I can only guess, but I think that BM simply can’t get that information from Stripe. It isn’t available.
Anyone can use a bicycle , very low maintenance cost, easy to learn etc. And yet, the majority of people are using and preferring cars. Why someone chooses to go with something more expensive, where you need to take exams so that you can use it, instead of going with the easy, cheap bicycle? Well, a car is more flexible and has 3 big advantages: faster, doesn’t rely on human power to run and can carry more.
BM and similar are bicycles, while Bb is a car. An addon-on for your backend not for a specific PP, billing system, CRM etc. It can be very flexible (any PP present and future from any location + any real or virtual currency) but this flexibility comes at a price (integration and thus programming required). But unlike working with something like Keen.io where you need to design your events and code the logic required to turn those events into metrics, with Bb you already have the events designed for you and the logic taken care of. You just need to gather the required data and send it.
Clearly, this is more complicated compared to one click setup, but you do get the flexibility to have an analytics system that works with whatever your backend is integrated with. And in the future, there will be more metrics and tools that a PP specific add-on simply can’t provide.
Right now, you get data into Bb by either bulk importing it from a file (generated using the ApiClient, this is how I populate the demo metrics) or by having your backend sending events as they happen. Any real PP has the option to notify you about payment stuff, your backend just needs to map the info to one or more Bb events then to send them.
If you just want some analytics from your PP and are certain you won’t change it/add another one then Bb is indeed too much. However once your business grows and you want to mix PPs or specific Bb metrics/tools, then Bb becomes attractive.
I get what you are saying but, as it stands, I wouldn’t pay for the system as I already get the data for nothing from my PP
Hm, this sounds strange to me , because if your PP provides you with all the analytics you need then BM, ChartMogul etc wouldn’t have existed. Their existence implies that a PP doesn’t offer much analytics info. So, not really free.
About not many people using multiple PPs, I think it’s more common than you think, plenty of users ask for PayPal in addition of credit cards. And maybe not everyone accepting BTC prefers Stripe
As you see, ultimately the real USP of Bb is the flexibility of getting and keeping analytics regardless of the 3rd party data provider. And you’re right that I should add the juicy cohort stuff ASAP.
Btw, if you would have to decide between BM, Bb or ChartMogul strictly on the offered metrics , IMO (biased of course) Bb has more accurate/meaningful numbers (if you check each metric offered by each provider, for some you’ll see a different take on the same metric).To give you an idea, the MRR in BM is actually Subscription Revenue in Bb, because MRR is expected revenue and not actual revenue. Different interpretation of the same metric with different results. Also, the Cash-In Ratio tells you how much of the expected revenue (MRR) became real revenue.
It’s important to mention that the each provider seems to focus on a different area: Bb is about top down (strategical) business metrics, BM aims for more flashy and “see info per subscriber” approach (different long term vision) while ChartMogul seems to focus more on marketing. As a small hint, I hope to bring this kind of competition analysis (profiling, SWOT) as a tool in Bubeat.