What is churn?

Churn means lost money or customers. Typically this is due to downgrades and cancellations, but there are other causes as well. Customers who are delinquent for more than 30 days are considered to have canceled.

Churn is typically presented as a percentage of either revenue or customers lost in a given time frame. 

A 5% User Churn Rate means that 5% of the total customers you had 30 days ago have canceled within the last 30 days.

A 5% Revenue Churn Rate means that you lost 5% of your MRR as it stood 30 days ago to churn in the past 30 days.

How is churn calculated?

User Churn

(Cancelled Customers in the last 30 days ÷ Active Customers 30 days ago) x 100

Revenue Churn

(MRR Lost to Downgrades & Cancellations in the last 30 days ÷ MRR 30 days ago) x 100

Which type of churn is more important?

This is a tough question! Both user and revenue churn absolutely have their place.

However, revenue churn is generally the one you want to focus on more, especially if you have lots of plans. Losing customers is always bad, but the value of the customers you are losing is important to monitor. 

A revenue churn rate that is higher than your user churn means that you are losing high-value customers more.

Help! My churn is really high! What do I do?

Check out the Slaying the Churn Beast in the Baremetrics Business Academy to learn some ways to tackle churn. 

How do I learn more about my churn rate?

We give you a ton of great ways to investigate your churn.

Cohorts

Knowing the rate at which folks churn is valuable, but finding out when they churn is even more valuable. Cohorts will help you do that.

Compare Plans

Keep a close eye on the churn rate of your most valuable plans. These folks are vital to your business. They likely bring in the bulk of your revenue and have a lower overhead than other customers. Keep them happy!

Compare Date Ranges

See how your churn is doing relative to say, 6 months ago.

Goals

Maybe you read our Business Academy article on  churn and you've put a few of our suggestions into practice. Set a goal to reduce churn, and keep an eye on how it's going.

Annotations

Release a highly requested feature that you think is going to keep folks around? Note it and watch to see if it's having the desired impact.

Trend Lines

Churn is highly prone to statistically random fluctuations, especially in small sample sizes. Just because your churn rate is high right now doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong–it could just be an anomaly!

Use trend lines to monitor your churn over a longer date range and see how it's trending.

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