To study churn, we need to look at a particular group of customers that signed up in a particular time period. We refer to these groups as cohorts. So you might have a Jan 2014 cohort which is comprised of all the customers that signed up in Jan 2014. We will then want to track how many customers we retain, and how the revenue for each cohort evolves over time. Here is a graph that shows what happens to the number of customers in a particular cohort over several years with three different monthly Customer Churn Rates.
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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; which may have a dramatically negative effect on your company’s growth. Source: Mckinsey