Analyzing Customer Churn – Basic Survival Analysis

If your company operates on any type of Software as a Service or subscription model, you understand the importance of customer churn to your bottom line. When a customer leaves, you lose not only a recurring source of revenue, but also the marketing dollars you paid out to bring them in. As such, small changes in customer churn can easily bankrupt a profitable business, or turn a slow-mover into a powerhouse.

If you’re ready to get a handle on customer churn in your business, you’re ready to start doing some survival analysis. These statistical methods, which have been applied for decades in medicine and engineering, come in handy any time you’re interested in understanding how long something (customers, patients, car parts) survives and what actions can help it survive longer.

And the best part? The methods involved are mathematically simple, easy to understand and interpret, and widely available in free tools. You don’t need a PhD in stats to do this!

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This won’t be you… I promise!

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