Statistic Info

Consistently retaining customers is an important characteristic of any successful SaaS business, and an entire industry, Customer Success, has sprouted up to help SaaS executives do just that. However, knowing what is a “good” retention rate for your individual SaaS company remains difficult to pin down. This research helps answer that question based on our survey of over 700 private SaaS companies.

SaaS customer retention is broken down by:

  • average contract value
  • company size
  • company age

This brief also explores the relationship between growth and retention, the “false positive” retention rates of young SaaS businesses, and the impact of Customer Success programs on overall retention.


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If your Net Revenue Churn is high (above 2% per month) it is an indicator that there is something wrong in your business; this will become a major drag on growth

High-growth companies are 8X more likely to reach $1 billion in revenues than those growing less than 20%.

The median startup spends 92% of first year revenue on customer acquisition, taking 11-months to payback their Customer Acquisition Cost

It’s 9x cheaper to retain existing customers than acquire new customers: costing $0.13 to acquire any additional dollar of revenue

The statistic shows the worldwide IT spending on enterprise software from 2009 to 2020.

All types of investment have grown, year-on-year, with the biggest growth during the seed stage of financing

The median TTM revenue growth rate + adj. EBITDA margin for publicly traded SaaS companies was ~37%, implying that just under one half met or exceed “The Rule of 40%”

When determining Sales Capacity, “it’s worth noting that some percentage of new sales hires won’t meet expectations, so that should be taken into consideration when setting hiring goals. Typically we have seen failure rates around 25-30% for field sales reps, but this varies by company. The failure rate is lower for inside sales reps. can be counted as half of a productive rep”

Between the SMB and Enterprise customer types, the top-quartile performers not only have net-revenue churn that is 14% to 23% percentage less than the average performers but also have net-revenue churn that is negative in an absolute sense

The median Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC) for upsells is just $0.28 per $1, less than a quarter of the $1.18 spent to acquire $1 of revenue from a new customer