11 Creating Discount Offers

This document describes how to create discount offers in Oracle Monetization Cloud.

For background information, see About Creating Product Offerings.

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Creating Discount Offers

Use Offer Design to create the discount offer. When you create a discount offer, you do the following:

  1. In the discount offer, you define attributes such as the service that the discounts apply to, valid purchase dates, and so on.

  2. Create one or more discounts. For each discount, you define attributes such as how much to discount, and how to apply the discount (amount or percentage).

After you create a discount offer, you must add it to a bundle. You add discount offers to a bundle when you create the bundle. You then add the bundle to a package to make the discount offers available to customers.

Every discount offer includes the following general properties:

  • Name and description. These are displayed in Subscriber Management when an account is created.

  • The service that the discount offer is used for.

    Choose Account to create a discount offer that applies to any account that owns any service. For example, you might do this for late charges or for coupons.

  • The currency that's discounted.

  • The dates when the discount offer is valid for purchase. See Configuring Validity Periods.

  • The type of discount offer:

    • Subscription: Discounts apply only to the subscriber who owns the discount offer.

    • System: Discounts apply to all subscribers who use a particular service.

Creating Discounts

Discounts specify what to discount and by how much to discount it. You can create multiple discounts in a discount offer.

The following figure shows two discounts.

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When creating a discount, you define these properties:

  • The type of discount:

    • Recurring: Ongoing discounts that aren't generated or affected by usage, such as a monthly discount

    • One Time: Nonrecurring discounts, such as limited time promotions

    • Simple Usage: Discount for service usage, such as telephone calls or Internet sessions

    • Allowance: Discount based on using existing account balances

  • Whether the discount is a fixed amount or a percentage.

  • The amount of the discount.

  • How to prorate a discount if it's purchased in the middle of a cycle, canceled in the middle of a cycle, or valid for only part of a cycle. See Applying Discounts That Are Valid for Only Part of a Cycle.

Applying Quantity Discounts

For usage discounts, you can apply different discounts based on the level of usage. To do so, click the Add Quantity Range icon:

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Then enter an ending point for the range. For example, to create a range from 0–10, enter 10. Each subsequent range uses the end of the previous range as the starting value.

  • The end of the range is inclusive. For example, a range from 0–100 includes minute 100. The next range, 100–200 minutes, begins at 101.

  • For the first range, you can enter a minimum amount. To do so, after creating the range, click the Quantity Range value and change the Start value.

  • For the last range, you can enter a maximum amount. To do so, after creating the range, click the Quantity Range value and enter and End value.

This figure shows two quantity ranges:

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In addition to the ranges, you specify what the quantity range is based on:

  • Quantity Used: For example, if the quantity is based on minutes for a range of 0–10, the discount applies to the first 10 ten minutes used.

  • Charge Amount: For example, if the quantity is based on dollars for a range of 0–10, the discount applies to the first 10 dollars charged.

You also specify how to apply the discount for the range:

  • Single: Even though multiple discounts are configured, only one discount is applied, and it is applied to all usage. The range that the total usage falls within determines which discount is applied. For example, consider this scenario:

    • 0–500 minutes: No discount

    • 500–no maximum minutes: 10% off

    If 700 minutes are used, the 10% discount is applied to all minutes, even those for the 0–500 range.

  • Tiered: The discounts for each range are applied. Using the previous example, if 700 minutes are used, the discounts are applied as follows:

    • 0–500. No discount is applied.

    • 500–no maximum: 10% discount.

To delete a quantity range, click the Delete Quantity Range icon:

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Applying Discounts That Are Valid for Only Part of a Cycle

You can specify how to apply a discount when it's valid for only part of a cycle. There are three scenarios:

  • Discounts that are valid from mid-cycle to the end of the cycle. Mid-cycle is any time after the accounting cycle start time and before the accounting cycle end time. You can apply one of these rules:

    • Apply from the validity period start date

    • Apply to the full cycle

    • Don't apply to this cycle

  • Discounts that are valid from the start of a cycle but end in mid-cycle. You can apply one of these rules:

    • Apply to the validity period end date

    • Apply to full cycle

    • Don't apply to this cycle

  • Discounts that are valid for part of a cycle, in the middle of the cycle. You can apply one of these rules:

    • Apply from the validity period start date to end date

    • Apply to full cycle

    • Don't apply to this cycle