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Meter your product's usage for free.

Bridge the gap between product usage and Stripe billing with just 3 clicks. Meter your product’s usage and send it to Stripe without manual effort. No more billing errors or disputes due to complicated Excel calculations.
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With metering.ai, you can price your product, the way it makes sense for your business. Not based on the limitations of your billing system. 

Metering.ai is a free add-on to your existing billing system (whether that’s Chargebee, Zuora, Recurly or Stripe) which unlocks pricing models that were previously not an option for your business. 

The best part? It’s completely no-code.

Usage based billing workflows - on autopilot

Aggregating usage data into a digestible format for Stripe is a monthly chore no one likes to do. The computations are complex and ripe for errors. We automate the entire process for you. For free.

 Accurate, automated and free metering. Here’s how it works.
Upload the CSV file
Connect your Stripe account
Create the formula for Computation
Data is synced with Stripe
Give it a try
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What kind of calculations are possible?

Most computations possible in Excel are possible here - around 391 functions which can be grouped into the following categories:
Click here to check out different computations in detail
Array Manipulation
Date and Time
Engineering
Information
Financial
Logical
Lookup and Reference
Math and Trigonometry
Matrix Functions
Operator
Statistical
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Which kinds of products will find this useful?

Any product which has a usage based billing component will need a metering infrastructure - a way to convert usage based data into a billable entity.

Today those are done in messy spreadsheets. This means a ton of periodic, manual grunt work and a very real possibility of errors, leading to billing disputes.

So this is for you if:

  1. if you are using Stripe,
  2. you have a usage based component in your pricing
    (whether it’s usage drawdown, pay as you go etc)

Why you will <3 Metering.ai

No more grunt work

At the end of every billing cycle for every single customer, you’re drowning in messy spreadsheets to aggregate usage data so you can send to Stripe. Wish someone else took care of this for you? You’re in luck :)

No more billing disputes

Manual calculations are prone to errors. One wrong calculation and you’re either in a heated billing dispute with your customer. Or you’re in soup with finance because you left money on the table. With metering.ai, calculations are accurate and automated.

Save 1 day every month

Finance and ops teams spend 12+ hours every month aggregating data so they can send it to Stripe. With metering.ai, you can focus on work that will move the needle. Not triple checking excel addition and division to ensure your customers are billed accurately.

FAQs

We don’t save any of your data. So it’s fully secure.

Yes! Download it in CSV format from whatever tool you use and upload it to metering.ai.

In order to take in your product and price information, we need to access your Stripe. We then combine that and your usage data to calculate the final values. You can either download that or push it to Stripe.

Most excel formulas are supported in here. Click here to see a comprehensive list.

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Metering.ai is a complete no-code tool to convert your raw usage data into metered aggregated values and push them into Stripe for invoicing. We had mentioned in detail the problems with Stripe metered billing here and why we built it here. In this blog, we explain how you can implement 5 common usage based pricing […]
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Metering.ai is a complete no-code tool to convert your raw usage data into metered aggregated values and push them into Stripe for invoicing. We had mentioned in detail the problems with Stripe metered billing here and why we built it here. In this blog, we explain how you can implement 5 common usage based pricing models using metering.ai
1. Count of API hits for a communications API company
If you are a API first company (eg: Twilio) and are pricing your platform based on the number of API hits - say 0.5$ per API request, you can simply upload your API usage log file into metering.ai and add the formula = count (API_request_id) , if your request_id is numeric value format = counta (API_request_id) , if your request_id is string value format
2. Percentage of total payment value for a fintech payments company

If you are a fintech company processing payments and charge your customers a commission based on a percentage of the total payment value processed, similar to Stripe, you can upload your customer wise payment value data and configure metering.ai as:

= sum(total_payment_value) * commission_percentage_value

This will directly give the output as the total commission revenue for your business.

3. Marketing automation product / customer data platform that charges based on monthly active users

We support any type of transformation and aggregation that Excel supports off the bat. In this case, if you are looking to meter the number of monthly active users for each of your customers and price based on that, you can simply use the below formula in metering.ai:

= countunique(user_id)

If you note here, we pull all your product and pricing details as is from Stripe without you having to manually configure anything on metering.ai. In the 1st two examples, we showed a standard pay-as-you-go pricing model which is charged on a per API hit or % of payment value processed.

However, in this example, we show a graduated pricing model (platform fee upto a certain usage limit and overages beyond that) being used in Stripe, and metering.ai handles it seamlessly.

4. Cloud infrastructure company that prices based on compute hour

For a cloud infrastructure company that has a pricing based on the total hours for which an instance was running during the month, there needs to be some instrumentation done to meter and send usage pulses periodically to a metering system. While you can use Togai for this and do the aggregation on top, metering.ai can also be used standalone to input your raw usage pulse events and apply your price transformations on the usage data and push them to Stripe for invoicing your customers and collecting payments.

In this example, we have a file where the usage data is collected every hour as microhour units but as a negative value due to some instrumentation issue. The pricing for this product is counted as the total number of credits that are metered multiplied by the price per credit, which is 3.2$ and maintained in Stripe.

The formula in metering.ai will be:

= abs(sum(ComputeMicroHour)*0.0036/3600))

5. Applying conditions and filters via metering.ai

In this example, we will explain how you can also configure metering.ai and apply different filter conditions to generate your invoices accurately on Stripe with absolutely zero code.

Here, we have 2 pricing models on Stripe - one for a customer on a basic plan and another is a premium plan with additional features and capabilities. The pricing is metered in both plans but the price per unit configured in Stripe varies.

The usage file consists of a column which has a flag (YES/NO) that says whether the customer is on a Premium plan or not. As you can see, by connecting to Stripe, both the plan details are pulled automatically.

Now we configure the formula with the filter condition as follows:

Basic plan customer: =sumif(Premium User,"=NO",Total usage in seconds)

Premium plan customer: =sumif(Premium User,"=YES",Total usage)

Here, you can additionally note that the usage fields used for both plans are different - this is another feature supported by metering.ai and you can have any number of usage and filter fields in your raw usage file and use them to apply your conditions.

Once the filters are applied, you can preview the output and then push the data to Stripe automatically for invoicing.

Metering.ai is an add-on product to your billing system - be it Stripe/Zuora/Chargebee/Recurly or even Togai, we help you meter any type of raw usage data with zero engineering effort and no code. Using Metering.ai you can now forget about inaccurate invoicing and long manual hours spent billing your customers. This tool helps you model any type of pricing use case in just 3 clicks, and best of all - it is completely free !!!

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to aravind@togai.com or reach out to us via our Chat support.

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If you are a B2B SaaS company facing challenges in converting your usage data into an invoice on different billing platforms including Stripe, Zuora, Chargebee or Recurly, Metering.ai is meant for you. We understand that maintaining 100s of Excel or Google sheets is not what you want to be doing. We also know that you […]
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Let me paint a picture for you - You are a product manager, a finance executive or a customer success manager at an early stage fast growing B2B SaaS company called Flack. You joined Flack hoping to learn and grow from doing a 0 → 1 journey. You are bristling with creative ideas and cannot wait to execute them. Life is good!

You have solved a core need for your users and can see the initial signs of product-market fit. Customers are pulling your product and it is just flying off the shelves. Wow amazing, right? If only, it was this easy 😣You launch a new feature that most customers ask and suddenly your engagement metrics fall drastically. That must have been a rude shock? How come a feature that majority of your users asked for leads to drop-offs? You then realize you missed instrumenting that feature and are unable to track the metrics and funnel for that feature anf a few others launched before too. (As they say, you need data only when things break 🙂)

You painstakingly instrument every little thing in your product and start collecting all sorts of metrics. Now, you identify the issue with that feature and realize it was a simple validation issue with one form. You go ahead and fix it and everything is rosy once again? Well, you start to get the picture now.

Next, you decide to start your monetization and get customers to pay. You do all the work and understand the willingness to pay and come up with a beautiful 3x3 matrix of customer segments with their corresponding pricing and packaging design with a hybrid pricing model that relies on actual usage, because that is the value metric your customers see. Only thing left - set it up on Stripe and start seeing the cash tap flow.

Till now, you have been working on game-changing and high impact ideas that have moved the needle for your business and customers. You took care of strategy and execution and can see your 5 year path with the startup ahead and cannot wait to get to the next level. Then at the end of the 1st month after you start monetization, you face the music - early stage fast growing startups are pure chaos. You pre-empted it but not to the extent that you see there. And the faster the startup grows, more does the chaos.

What does this mean for you? While the price plans were setup on Stripe, you did not think what would happen when payments had to be collected? So, you end up manually pulling the usage data from all metering system or analytics tool and collate it in an Excel. Then, you export all the price plan, product and package information from Stripe. Then you do some magic and automate everything without worrying about accuracy of your invoices. (oh sorry, we skipped to the part where you use metering.ai to do the magic).

In reality, you end up spending 20+ hours of Vlookups, Pivot Tables, Row and Column transformations on Excel/Google Sheets and then painstakingly update all this information on your Stripe account. 20+ hours that you could be spending on actual strategic things that move the needle for your business and you spend it on operating important, but unnecessary grunt work that makes you sigh - ‘It’s 2023, we have ChatGPT and general AI, but not a tool that converts my raw usage data into metered usage and push it automatically into my billing system’.

Well, metering.ai is that tool and as a builder, having faced this exact same problem myself, I cannot wait for everyone who faced this problem to use it. And the best part - it is completely free. What we are asking for is 15 minutes of your time and understand how we can solve it for you. Please feel free to write to aravind@togai.com or reach out to us via our Chat support, or if you prefer having a chat - you can book a time on my calendar here. Happy metering!!!

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Manual effort of atleast 20 hours every month to generate invoices
Automating it requires engineering bandwidth which is extremely hard to get
Time taken to launch a pricing strategy is extremely high (>3 months)
Maintain complex excel spreadsheets and Google sheets to manage your pricing in an unsecure manner
Unable to trigger workflows or set alerts based on rules (eg: change price plan when a customer crosses a usage threshold)
We realized the need for a tool that could solve for the above for a product/finance/customer success team without the need to involve other stakeholders. This was a pain they faced but more often than not, the solution required external help. This is why we decided to build a solution that solved the need of the end user and not the external stakeholder.

Metering.ai is built on the same foundation as Togai and provides the scalability and flexibility to

Convert raw usage data in format into Stripe invoices
Apply any type of computation and transformation (we support everything that Excel does)
Automatically push this information to Stripe
With absolutely NO code or engineering effort.
We decided to launch Metering.ai as a Free tool and help companies not have to worry about the bottlenecks of their billing system to change/implement their pricing model. In fact, Metering.ai does not even send your information to our servers and you do not have to worry about your data privacy in any way.

The only request I have is for people to share feedback through our Live chat or have a quick chat by booking some time here

Happy pricing and invoicing 😀 !!!

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