A story in pictures. Justin and I have been at Silicon Y’all all week, and yesterday I presented a 20-minute TED Talk-style session, “Fighting Churn with Hand-to-Hand Combat, A Story About Not Giving Up Even When You Think You’ve Tried Everything.” I’ll come back to customer churn in a moment. First, let me rave about the […]
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The concept of “onboarding starting in the sales process” only truly applies to a SaaS company that has a sales team, and a product that requires an onboarding process. Many SaaS products are “sign and go,” and there is no setup or formal training needed. Think: Slack, DropBox, etc. Those types of SaaS tools are […]
What happens if a customer asks to pause their subscription? It’s something founders and executives don’t normally think about as they plan their SaaS pricing, packaging, terms & conditions, and cancellation processes. A request to pause a customer’s subscription is a bummer, of course. It’s a ding to your MRR, and who even knows how to […]
In sales “Land and expand” usually refers to a strategy to land a customer with a small deal, and then sell into the organization to expand your footprint to more seats, additional departments or more products & services. Nowhere does this make more sense than in SaaS. In a typical low-touch SaaS “sale,” an individual […]
Don’t throw in the towel too early when a customer wants to cancel. Every good customer is worth an all-out effort to save their business. Here’s how.
In the early days, the higher priced, enterprise SaaS companies tended to require annual, or at least quarterly, payments. But SaaS that targeted the SMB, or that was at a lower price point, offered monthly subscription payments as the norm. This approach to billing has shifted in the past year or two. SaaS companies at all […]
Too often salespeople glaze over important concepts during the sales process that leads to missed expectations during SaaS onboarding and product adoption. Managing buyer expectations can be the first key to increasing SaaS customer churn.
Some SaaS companies start by selling to the SMB market and evolve to sell to the enterprise at some point. Often this move is a planned strategy. And other times, it’s more accidental. Enterprise customers actually lead you there. You’re targeting small and mid-sized businesses and suddenly you notice that you have some Fortune 1,000 […]
Yes, it’s the other “s” word — services. SaaS services are frowned upon by many institutional folks and usually valued far lower than subscription revenue. Even recurring services revenue finds itself way down the valuation curve. In some cases, this disdain for services may be warranted. In others, it’s misplaced. The irony is that the […]
Can you win back a churned SaaS customer? If they fit your ideal customer profile and had a real business need for your product, then YES. You can absolutely win back a churned customer. In fact, you should always be thinking about how to win back a churned customer. SaaS is a fickle game. And […]