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Complete Guide to Mitigating Churn Risk

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Running a SaaS business can sometimes feel like a roller coaster ride, with the constant challenge of customer churn threatening to derail your progress. The frustration of losing customers, despite your best efforts to provide a valuable solution, is all too familiar for many businesses.

Customer Success (CS) Teams play a pivotal role in mitigating churn risk and driving business growth. They're the ones who ensure that customers not only sign up, but also stick around and thrive with your product. 

In this blog, we'll explore practical strategies your CS team can use to identify and mitigate churn risk, ensuring sustainable business growth. From understanding the benefits of identifying churn risk to implementing effective strategies, we'll cover everything you need to know to tackle churn risk head-on. With that, let’s get started.

What is Churn Risk?

Churn risk in the SaaS industry refers to the likelihood of losing customers over a specific period. Customer churn, on the other hand, is the rate at which customers discontinue their usage or subscription to your SaaS product. 

This signal is crucial for SaaS companies because it directly impacts profitability, market share, and the ability to acquire new customers. When a customer churns, they stop doing business with your company, leading to revenue loss. 

The churn rate is the percentage of customers who churn over a given time period. For example, if a SaaS company had 1000 customers at the beginning of 2023 and lost 50 of those by the end of the year, they would have a churn rate of 5%. A lower churn rate means more customers staying with your product, leading to increased revenue and growth.

Now that we understand churn risk and its impact on SaaS businesses, let's explore the benefits of proactively identifying and addressing churn risk.

6 Reasons You Need to Start Predicting Churn Risk

Identifying churn risk in SaaS products is crucial for sustainable business growth. By proactively addressing churn risk, SaaS companies can reap numerous benefits, including:

  1. Increase customer retention

By diligently identifying and addressing churn risk factors, you not only keep more customers onboard but also cultivate stronger relationships and deeper trust with them. 

This proactive approach enables you to anticipate customer needs, resolve issues preemptively, and deliver tailored solutions that truly resonate with their objectives. 

  1. Improved customer satisfaction

Actively identifying and resolving the root causes of churn can help you gain invaluable insights into areas where your offerings may fall short or opportunities for enhancement exist. 

As a result, you not only foster higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty but also cultivate a reputation for responsiveness and innovation within your industry. 

  1. Sustainable business growth

Churn rates have a significant impact on a SaaS business's growth. As your business grows, so does the number of customers cancelling their subscriptions. 

A high churn rate can quickly lead to a growth ceiling, where the number of new customers is just enough to offset the churned ones, resulting in no overall growth in revenue or customer base.

By reducing churn rates, SaaS businesses can achieve sustainable growth, as they will be able to retain more customers and expand their customer base over time.

  1. Cost savings

According to a famous study by Bain, improving the customer retention rate by just 5% can improve profitability by up to 95%. This is because it's five times more expensive to acquire a new customer than it is to keep an existing one – which means reducing churn rates can lead to cost savings.

  1. Better forecasting

Understanding churn risk allows for more accurate revenue forecasting and budget allocation for expansion strategies. By pinpointing at-risk customers, managers can anticipate potential revenue losses and focus resources on retention efforts. 

This approach ensures that budgetary decisions are aligned with the goal of reducing churn and maximising customer lifetime value. 

By proactively identifying churn risk, SaaS companies can take action to address the root causes of churn, leading to increased customer retention, improved customer satisfaction, and sustainable business growth.

To effectively reduce churn risk, it's essential to identify at-risk customers early and implement personalised strategies to prevent customer loss. In the next section, we’ll show you how to do just that.

8 Ways to Identify Churn Risk 

Predicting customer churn effectively is crucial for SaaS businesses to retain customers and ensure sustainable growth. Here are some methods to predict churn and prevent it:

  1. Monitor usage patterns

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By tracking how often and how long customers use your product, you can identify patterns that may indicate churn risk. 

For example, a sudden drop in usage, engagement, or a prolonged period of inactivity can be a red flag. For instance, if a customer who used to log in daily suddenly decreases their activity to once a week, it could indicate a higher churn risk.

This can be tedious to do manually, so if you don’t want to spend time maintaining a spreadsheet of metrics, switch to a CS platform like Velaris that automatically calculates these things for you. 

  1. Analyse support tickets

Look for patterns in support tickets, such as an increase in the number of tickets or a trend in the types of issues being reported. This can help you identify areas of your product that may be causing frustration or dissatisfaction.

If there is a sudden increase in support tickets related to a specific feature, it could indicate that the feature is causing frustration or dissatisfaction.

  1. Conduct customer surveys

Use surveys to gather feedback from your customers on their satisfaction with your product, their likelihood to renew, and any challenges they are facing. This can help you identify at-risk customers and take action to retain them.

A survey could ask customers to rate their satisfaction with the product on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most satisfied. Customers who rate their satisfaction lower than 5 could be at a higher risk of churning.

With Velaris’ Customer Success Platform, you can send triggered NPS and CSAT surveys to collect and analyse data from customers.

  1. Monitor customer health scores

Implement a customer health score tracking system that takes into account factors such as usage, engagement, and support interactions. 

This can help you identify customers who may be at risk of churning and proactively address their concerns. For instance, a customer with a low health score could be at a higher risk of churning.

You can use Velaris to easily create and track custom health scores for different customer segments and lifecycle stages.

  1. Track customer lifetime value (CLV)

By calculating the CLV of your customers, you can identify those who are most valuable to your business and prioritise retention efforts for them.

If a customer has a high CLV, it could indicate that they are a valuable customer who is at a higher risk of churning if their concerns are not addressed.

  1. Use predictive analytics

Utilise predictive analytics tools to identify patterns and trends in customer behaviour that may indicate churn risk. This can help you take proactive measures to retain at-risk customers.

For instance, if a customer's usage patterns suddenly change, it could indicate that they are at a higher risk of churning.

  1. Monitor customer feedback

Regularly review customer feedback from various sources, such as social media, review sites, and customer support interactions. This can help you identify common issues and areas for improvement that may be contributing to churn risk.

Tracking your conversations with customers can be tricky, so consider opting for software like Velaris that brings communication to one platform.

  1. Implement a customer success program

A customer success program can help you proactively manage customer relationships and identify at-risk customers early on. This can include regular check-ins, training and education, and proactive communication to address any concerns or issues.

For instance, if a customer is not responding to outreach efforts or is not engaging with the program, it could indicate that they are at a higher risk of churning.

By proactively predicting churn, SaaS businesses are not caught by surprise and can work on preventing it. In the next section, we’ll cover a few strategies that your CS team can adopt to reduce churn risk.

6 Ways to Reduce Churn Risk

Implementing strategies to reduce churn risk can help you strengthen customer relationships and ensure sustainable business growth. Here are a few best practices you should consider integrating into your workflows:

  1. Communicate with your customers

Ask for feedback directly from your customers using satisfaction surveys or open communication channels.

By communicating with your customers and understanding their needs, you can identify areas for improvement and address any concerns they may have, which can help reduce churn risk.

  1. Ensure customers adopt all your features

Help customers understand the value of your product by ensuring they use all its features.

Providing training and support can help customers maximise their use of your product and realise its full value – increasing their satisfaction and reducing churn risk.

  1. Optimise the onboarding process

Make sure your onboarding process is simple and easy to understand and speed it up to provide value as soon as possible. 

By doing this, you can reduce Time-to-Value and help customers quickly realise the value of your product, which can reduce frustration and increase their satisfaction.

  1. Maximise post-sale customer management

Continuously engage with customers to encourage product adoption and feature use.

Providing personalised support and helping them achieve their goals can increase their satisfaction and reduce churn risk.

  1. Optimise the renewal process

Make the renewal process as easy and rewarding as possible for customers.

Provide clear instructions for renewal, such as easy-to-understand pricing, and provide incentives such as discounts for early renewal, loyalty rewards, or exclusive features to encourage them to take action.

  1. Segment your customers

Segment your customers based on their behaviour and needs.

By doing this, you can provide personalised support to each segment and ensure they receive the best possible service, which can increase their satisfaction and reduce churn risk.

By implementing these strategies, you can reduce churn risk, strengthen customer relationships, and ensure sustainable business growth. Remember, reducing churn requires a data-driven, proactive approach. By gathering and using customer data effectively, SaaS providers can create an intuitive, responsive, and personalised customer experience.


In summary, effectively managing churn risk is paramount for sustainable growth in the SaaS industry. By proactively identifying and addressing churn factors, businesses can foster stronger customer relationships and drive long-term success. 

Some ways to identify churn risk include tracking customer analytics and communicating with them, which can be made a lot easier by using an all-in-one CS platform like Velaris.

Start taking control of your churn strategy and see how Velaris can help you retain more customers and accelerate your growth journey – request your demo today.

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