⚠️ This article refers to Pico Version 1.17 and will be removed or updated in the future once we release Pico Version 2.0.
Benefits of using Group Subscriptions
Group subscriptions are perfect for schools, companies, governments, or just families who want to buy multiple subscriptions under one name. Group subscriptions also allow for the designation of just one contact to serve as the group's billing administrator making management and billing easier for all group members.
Steps on how to get started using Group Subscriptions:
1. Create a new Group Subscription Plan.
Go to your Pico Publisher App, and in the Monetization Plans section, add a new plan. Select the new 'Group Subscription' option.
2. Design and save the offer for this plan.
Your new plan will be anchored on the price per member. Set that price, select the benefits that every group member will receive, and if you'd like, give the plan a name ("Education Pricing - Annual," for example). Once you're satisfied with the offer, save the new plan. (Don't worry — you'll be able to override the per-member price to offer further discounts on a selective basis; this includes changing the group's per-member price in the future.)
3. Re-open your new plan to start inviting groups.
Re-open the plan you just saved. When you click on the Groups tab at the top of the editor, you'll see a new option to create your first group invitation. You'll need to select at least one validation option for members of the group: entry by group code, email domain validation, or an exact email address match. Once you submit the form, an invitation will be on its way to the group's billing administrator to make the payment. This billing administrator is the user within the group that will be responsible for paying the group invoice. Once paid, all other members of the group will be able to join without paying.
The link sent to the billing administrator to pay will also be the link that they can then send to their group members to sign up.
You can also send the link in the top right corner of the menu (Group Invitation) to the group members. If they are included in the validation options (ie. have the code or correct email), they will join the group membership.
⚠️ NOTE: To join the group, the members must join using the group URL as well as match the validation rules to be granted access.
For educational institutions or businesses that have all users under a single or limited number of domains, validation can be set to allow users with appropriate emails to join the group and gain access.
4. Paying the Group Invoice
Following the link sent in the invoice email, the group billing administrator will be shown your group landing page. If they are not yet logged in to your site through Pico, once they attempt to pay the invoice, they'll be asked to logged in. If they don't have a password saved, they'll be sent a magic link.
Checking their email, they'll find a magic link that should direct them back to the group invoice page, now logged in where they can enter payment credentials and complete the group purchase. Once this happens, the group invoice status in the Pico dashboard will show as paid.
Any subsequent users that wish to join the group will follow the previous steps, but won't need to pay, and will instead be able to join directly. They'll be logged in immediately if they enter a new email, and will instead receive a standard verification e-mail.